The Seattle Reign drafted defender Carson Pickett out of Florida State University with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft, the first of four players Seattle selected on Friday morning in Baltimore.
Pickett started all 25 games during her senior year as the Seminoles reached the College Cup for the fifth consecutive season. The Fleming Island, Fla., native finished her career second on the FSU all-time appearances list with 103.
“It’s such an honor to be drafted by Seattle Reign FC,” Pickett said in the club release. “Reign FC is an awesome family to be a part of and I’m looking forward to meeting all the fans in Seattle. A huge thank you to Seattle Reign FC and especially Laura Harvey to have faith in me. I’m ready to compete for starting position.”
The Reign picked up a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels in the third round, selecting defender Paige Nielsen 25th overall and forward Summer Green five picks later. Nielsen shifted positions from forward to center back prior to this previous season, leading her team in minutes played. Green, a member of the United States U-20 national team, started 58 games during her first three years at UNC but was limited by injury as an upperclassman.
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Seattle rounded out its draft by taking Utah goalkeeper Lindsay Luke in the fourth round with the 40th overall pick.
“We are really pleased with the results of today’s draft, as we believe we were able to add four solid players that will each fill a need for us this season,” Reign coach and GM Laura Harvey said in the release. “In particular, Pickett is a player that we have been tracking closely for a long time. We were hoping she would still be available with our pick in the first round, so the choice to select her was an easy one. We think she will be a valuable addition to our squad during the upcoming season.”