2013-SuperDraft-mock

It is indeed that time of the year again. Time for mock drafts to come your way with the 2013 MLS SuperDraft exactly a month away.

Naturally I should point out that this is the first installment of probably three editions of the Mock Draft. A lot can and will change between now and the MLS Combine next month as well. Most of this first edition is based on team needs that I see right now for each club based on what they’ve done so far this winter and where they could be headed going into preseason.

I wanted to wait until a month away for a few reasons. I mainly wanted to wait until the Generation adidas list from a couple of sources was correct and that it was as close to being finalized as possible. Those players still have to sign with the league but all signs indicate that those offered a contract will. I have also included a couple potential GA players that have not been offered contracts a spot in my mock draft. Should they not be offered a deal this winter, I’ll adjust accordingly in the next version.

So let’s get down to it. 

* – Generation adidas player

1. Toronto FC – * Andrew Ferrell (Louisville)

We all know Toronto needs a defender like no other and the rookie would get paired with newcomer Danny Califf in the back line. Keep an eye on this pick though, while Ferrell seems to be the best bet for a top pick this year, Toronto has been in talks with several clubs about dealing this pick. If they do that I’d imagine they’ll still get one of the top defenders in Walker Zimmerman at number 3.

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*

2. Chivas USA – * Mikey Lopez (UNC)

No one really knows where Chivas will go with this pick. I think if they can they’ll deal it but for the time being Lopez is second on my board. He’s an excellent player that won’t take up any cap space. Lopez is also someone that fits the new/old profile of this club with his Mexican-American status.

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, Eriq Zavaleta*

3. Toronto FC – *Eriq Zavalata (Indiana)

Zavaleta hasn’t signed any GA deal yet and it is still unclear if he will even be offered one. Should he get a deal done I still believe he is a top three pick. If they keep both picks in the top three, he seems like a near lock to land here. I don’t think Toronto will go with two center backs in the top three with Califf there now.

Other possibilities: Walker Zimmerman*, J.J. Johnson*

4. New England Revolution – *Walker Zimmerman (Furman)

New England has plenty of needs up front and in the defense but getting a big time defender for the future in Zimmerman will be too hard to pass up here. He is one of the bigger guys in this draft and would be an instant upgrade in the defense.

Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, J.J. Johnson*

5. Vancouver Whitecaps – Dillon Powers (Notre Dame)

Powers easily could have gone to the SuperDraft as a GA the last two years but opted to stay in school. Vancouver has a few holes in their midfield and a guy like Powers would be a good fit there.

Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, J.J. Johnson*

6. Colorado Rapids – *J.J. Johnson (VCU)

Johnson could land in Toronto at three or slide down to Colorado at six. It all depends on a few different factors but either way if Colorado sees him available here they’ll be hard pressed to not take him. With Oscar Pareja lining up to get his 4-3-3 formation for 2013, getting a speedy option like Johnson will go along nicely with Omar Cummings and Edson Buddle.

Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, Jose Gomez

7. FC Dallas – Erik Hurtado (Santa Clara)

Portland had tried to claim him on a HGP status but was denied. That instantly put him atop a lot of clubs lists. Hurtado is more of an attacking option on the wings, an area that Schellas Hyndman will be looking to upgrade through this draft. I don’t buy the idea of FCD looking for a forward with an international tag here (there are a couple in this draft) or at this point another defender (they’ll get London Woodberry on a HGP contact here soon).

Other possibilities: Patrick Mullins*, Blake Smith

8. Montreal Impact – Ashton Bennett (Costal Carolina)

Bennett may be a bit of a reach here for the Impact but he shouldn’t count against their international numbers since he is in the Canadian ties. Bennett showed some good flashes of how dangerous he can be this past year.

Other possibilities: Patrick Mullins*, Deshorn Brown*

9. Columbus Crew – *Patrick Mullins (Maryland)

Mullins is in the same boat as Zavaleta, he may be signed to a GA deal but he also may not be. Columbus is looking to upgrade their forwards for next year and Mullins would be a huge hit in Columbus. His size and speed are excellent and he gives them a smart attacking player to go along with some veterans up top that could help groom him.

Other possibilities: Deshorn Brown*, Blake Smith

10. Vancouver Whitecaps – *Deshorn Brown (Central Florida)

Brown could go as high as three or four but I think based on some team needs above here, he’ll fall down to Vancouver at 10 – which would be a massive steal for them. Brown would add plenty of speed on the outside and be a big time threat like Darren Mattocks is to them.

Other possibilities: Blake Smith, Carlos Alvarez 

11. Chicago Fire – John Stertzer (Maryland)

The Fire have been very good with their draft picks over the last few years and I think they’ll find a steal at 11 once again. Stertzer would be a solid pick up for their midfield as he would add some depth and skill to the center of the park for the Fire. He is a smart player as well that would be a good fit in Frank Klopas’ system.

Other possibilities: Carlos Alvarez, Jose Gomez

12. Real Salt Lake – Ryan Finley (Notre Dame)

With the big changes in Salt Lake, we could see RSL go a number of ways with this pick. Finley seems like a good fit as RSL adds to their striker core again. Finley may see time on the wings in MLS but he could pair nicely with Alvaro Saborio.

Other possibilities: Blake Smith, Ketuha Manneh*

13. Houston Dynamo – *Ketuha Manneh (FC Solar)

While I think the Dynamo have more pressing needs than a young GA player at striker, I think the Dynamo roll the dice here on a player that could have a massive upside for the future. I also believe that if Manneh goes anywhere he needs to go to the right system and set up, with Dominic Kinnear, that would be a good fit for him.

Other possibilities: Blake Smith, Ryan Hollingshead

14. Sporting KC – Blake Smith (New Mexico)

Sporting has a number of options here but at this point in the draft Smith may be their best bet. He is a serviceable player from the wings and adds more speed to the Sporting attack. Smith does very well at getting wide and sending in excellent passes into the penalty box.

Other possibilities: Ryan Hollingshead, Jose Gomez

15. San Jose Earthquakes – Tommy Muller (Georgetown)

The Quakes need depth in certain places like defense and Muller showed in the College Cup how valuable he may be in the long run. He is a little undersized but his leadership in the college game proved to be big.

Other possibilities: Eric Schonele, Jose Gomez

16. Seattle Sounders FC – Eric Schonele (WVU)

With Jeff Parke gone, the Sounders need defensive cover. Schonele flirted with a GA deal last year to return to school for his final year in Morgantown. He lead the Mountaineers in scoring and was a big time leader for the squad as they transitioned from the Big East to the MAC in 2012.

Other possibilities: Taylor Kemp, Michael David

17. D.C. United – Taylor Kemp (Maryland)

Adding depth in the defense is a priority this winter for United. Kemp is a left back and is likely the best outside back in this draft. He has some injuries issues from the past that could make him drop to a second rounder for most but United will love snagging him here.

Other possibilities: Ian Christanson, Jimmy Nealis

18. Montreal Impact – Ian Christanson (Georgetown)

With the Chicago Fire not making a HGP claim on this defensive midfielder, he’ll likely fall somewhere in this first round with the Impact being hard pressed not to take him here.

Other possibilities: Jimmy Nealis, Will Bates

19. LA Galaxy – Ryan Hollingshead (UCLA) 

The Galaxy just want depth in as many places as possible and adding some more to their wings will be a wise move with this pick. Hollingshead is a local guy from UCLA that will fit in nicely to their set up.

Other possibilities: Kory Kindle, Will Bates