Toronto FC got back in on the draft action in the second round with the 29th overall selection. Having taken a pair of CBs and a goal keeper in the first round they once again went defensive with University of South Florida defender Wesley Charpie.
Charpie was a steady defender for the Bulls over his four seasons with the school and was considered to be one of the best right sided defenders available in this draft. While the pool seemed to be a fair bit deeper on the left side there were a few potentially good additions to be had on the right side and Charpie was certainly one of them.
He started 81 games in his four years for the school as he managed to not miss a single start over the course of his four years with the program. Picking up some decent numbers on the attacking side of play as he should the ability to consistently push forward down the wing.
There are some who think that Charpie could be used as more of a winger in MLS but his experience is primarily as a defender which is where he will probably be the most natural fit at the next level. He has a lot of similarities to many wide defenders coming in to MLS from the college game in that he is capable of getting forward, can take a decent shot, and is a capable crosser but can sometimes get exposed by his ability on the defensive side of the ball.
If Charpie manages to earn a contract and break camp with the team he would need a fair bit of work on his defensive game if he is going to challenge Mark Bloom for the starting position on that side of the back four. With TFC's lack of defence in that position he will at least have the chance to fight for a place on the team which is about all you can ask for from a second round draft pick.