The 11th pick in past MLS drafts has produced a number of solid pros, including three for Colorado

Colorado again hold the 11th selection in the SuperDraft, club hoping to replicate past success

The Colorado Rapids once again hold the 11th overall pick in the Draft - the same spot where the club selected the MLS Rookie of the Year, Dillon Powers, in 2013. Powers was the third #11 selection to play for the Rapids, following Tyrone Marshall and Ross Paule back in their days.

While no team - in any sport - has figured out the exact science to selecting productive players in any draft position, the 11th overall pick in Major League Soccer has proven to produce solid pros in general. Players such as Paule, Marshall, Evan Whitfield, Sasha Victorine, Brian Carroll, and Scott Sealy all played at least seven seasons in MLS. More recent #11 selections Roger Espinoza, Jeremy Hall, David Estrada, Will Bruin, and Matt Hedges are also playing key roles on MLS teams (or in Europe, in the case of Espinoza).

Thursdays MLS SuperDraft begins at 10 a.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN News. The Rapids also have two picks in the second round, the 33rd and 35th overall selections.

Here are the players selected #11 overall in the first 18 MLS SuperDrafts (or college drafts, as they was called from 1996-2000). Regular season stats only:

Number Name Team Seasons GP /  G
1996 Scott Lamphear NY  none --
1997 Ross Paule COL 1997-2005  192 / 31
1998 Tyrone Marshall COL 1998-2012 337 / 18
1999 Evan Whitfield CHI 1999-2005 108 / 3
2000 Sasha Victorine LA 2000-2009 242 / 32
2001 Isaias Bardales Jr. SJ 2001/2003 13 / 0
2002 Daouda Kante DC 2002-2004 28 / 1
2003 Brian Carroll DC 2003- 301 / 8
2004 Leonard Griffin CHI 2004-2009  19 / 0
2005 Scott Sealy KC 2005-2012 144 / 33
2006 Leandro de Oliveira NE 2006 -
2007 Bryan Arguez DC 2007/2012 --
2008 Roger Espinoza KC 2008-2013* 113 / 2
2009 Jeremy Hall NY 2009- 112 / 2
2010 David Estrada SEA 2010 - 40 / 5
2011 Will Bruin HOU 2011 - 87 / 25
2012 Matt Hedges DAL 2012 - 61 / 6
2013 Dillon Powers COL 2013 -  30 / 5

* Espinoza, who attended Regis Jesuit HS in Aurora, transfered from Sporting KC to Wigan Athletic in England and won the FA Cup last May.