Guy we talked about snagging in rd 1 will be picked in a minute— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) January 16, 2014
With the No. 26 pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Portland Timbers selected centerback Taylor Peay out of the University of Washington. A four-year senior, Peay, 22, was a force to be reckoned with for the Huskies in his four years there.
Peay is a player recognized both for his brains and his brawn, with MLSsoccer.com calling him a centerback who is able to stand up to the rigors of the pro game while also praising his intelligence. There do appear to be some questions about his skill on the ball, a big issue in Caleb Porter's system.
Although he has played primarily as a centerback, Peay was pushed out wide to the right back position several times at the MLS draft, a good indication that some teams projected him as a potential fullback.
Peay was an unusually prolific attacking centerback in his college career, scoring eight goals over the last four years, six of which came in 2013 as Washington won the PAC-12.
Here is Peay in action: