Once a surprise first-round pick David Estrada's 2014 is a clear example of his positional flexibility, ability to play multiple roles and his drive to just get on the field. He played for Seattle, Charlotte, Atlanta and D.C. United while playing in MLS (two teams), USL PRO (two teams), NASL, Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
Estrada is good at grabbing space. Never developed the finishing technique expected of him. Strong passer in short and medium situations. Needs to improve crossing to be used as a wide player. When as a right back is more dangerous cutting in than staying on the line.
Anyone who can play forward, central mid, wide mid and right back has a tactical understanding of the game that adapts well. Decent on-man defense, but really stands out in his reading of the game. Good person to leave back as a safety in set-piece situations due to speed and awareness of the proper time to foul.
Estrada is fast and extremely fit. He uses those tools to make up other deficiencies in play. His effort can not be questioned. Though not large is quite willing to mix it up with stronger opponents.
Best Case 2015:
David belongs on an MLS roster as a fringe member of the 18. His role flexibility and undying effort are perfect for a player coming off the bench. His attitude in practices is exemplary. Any MLS team should be happy to have him on a roster and spot starting.