Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft is about as predictable as the fortunes of the players selected in it, a function of Homegrown Players thinning the herd of possible picks.
Scant few players from the five round ordeal play major minutes in Year One, and it’s even a 50/50 proposition as to whether the No. 1 overall pick will thrive in the league.
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That feels a bit different this year, at least at the top end. Stanford’s Brandon Vincent feels like he could be 12-year defender in the league. Clemson’s Andrew Tarbell is a legit United States men’s national team prospect. West Virginia’s Jack Harrison is a dynamic attacker and Georgetown’s Josh Yaro would’ve been the first pick if he came out last season.
So we’re going to do a ‘Blink’-style mock draft, one that gives only first blush thoughts at what could happen in a trade-free (yeah right!) SuperDraft.
Our 2015′ mock draft was wildly inaccurate, so feel free to trust this one done in less than an hour.
- Chicago Fire — Brandon Vincent, LB, Stanford
- Colorado Rapids — Joshua Yaro, CB, Georgetown
- Philadelphia Union — Jack Harrison, MF, Wake Forest
- New York City FC — Omar Holness, MF, North Carolina
- Real Salt Lake — Julian Buescher, MF, Syracuse
- Philadelphia Union — Jonathan Campbell, CB, North Carolina
- Orlando City — Keegan Rosenberry, RB, Georgetown
- San Jose Earthquakes — Abu Danladi, FW, UCLA
- Toronto FC — Ben Polk, FW, Syracuse
- New England Revolution –Kyle Fisher, CB, Clemson
- Sporting KC — Max Lachowecki, DF, Notre Dame
- L.A. Galaxy — Jordan McCrary, RB, North Carolina
- D.C. United — Michael Gamble, FW, Wake Forest
- Montreal Impact — Callum Irving, GK, Kentucky
- Seattle Sounders — Andrew Tarbell, GK, Clemson
- Vancouver Whitecaps — Eric Moberg, MF, Washington
- FC Dallas — Fabian Herbers, FW, Creighton
- New York Red Bulls — Neco Brett, FW, Robert Morris
- Columbus Crew — Patrick Hodan, MF, Notre Dame
- Portland Timbers — Richie Laryea, FW, Akron
Other names to consider “steals” — Ryan James, Bowling Green; Emir Alihodzic, Omaha; Chris Hellmann, Lynn; Justin Bilyeu, SIU Edwardsville; Thomas Sanner, Princeton; Zach Bennett, Michigan State; Andrew Souders, Akron.