The Colorado Rapids selected Wake Forest midfielder Jared Watts with the 14th pick in the second round, the 33rd overall selection in the SuperDraft.
The Rapids had acquired the pick from the LA Galaxy in June 2013 in the trade for Pablo Mastroeni. Ironically, Mastroeni is now part of the Rapids technical staff that made the selection.
Watts was a four-year start for the Demon Deacons at defensive midfield. He finished his college career by playing in 73 games, five goals, and 10 assists. He was a three-time All-ACC First Team selection.
He has also been part of the U.S. U-20 and U-17 National Teams. In 2009 he captained the U.S. U-17 side at the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Nigeria.
On his bio on MLSsoccer.com, he's describe as: "A defensive-minded player who can play both defense or midfield, Watts is not just a simple goon set out to crunch anyone who comes near the ball; his feet are still good enough that he can pass well to either switch fields or connect with the offense over distance, dribble his way out of tight spaces, and even play higher up the field if necessary...is great in the air and can head the ball well, but his greatest strength might be his intangibles; the Demon Deacons' midfielder was the heart and soul of his team, and his leadership and ability can elevate his teammates' game...For any team looking for a tough, skillful defensive midfielder, though, Watts will definitely be one to watch.
College: Wake Forest
Date of Birth: February 3, 1992
Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina