Time for the final version of my mock draft. Just as expected, several changes from the first two versions as teams have swapped picks since before the MLS Combine kicked off last week. Some Combine performance was weighted in this but I do feel like this could be the first year in some time that the Combine won’t have a significant factor in where most players go in the first round.
More than likely, I’ll be way off on a lot of these picks come tomorrow but that is part of the fun. This is my sixth draft that I’ve covered since I’ve been blogging on this site, and the mock drafts are always a favorite thing of mine to do. I hope you’ve enjoyed them this year as well.
Here we go, the final mock draft for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
|1||Patrick Mullins, F, Maryland||Given the body of work done by DCU this winter, I’m back on them taking Mullins instead of one of the two center backs from Cal.|
|2||Christian Dean, D, California*||Philly gets a cap-friendly defender to replace Jeff Parke.|
|3||Steve Birnbaum, D, California||The Caps snag arguably the best defender in this draft with the third pick.|
|4||Schillo Tshuma, M, Maryland*||I still wonder if the Revs traded up high enough to get what they wanted, which is obvious, they want offense. If Mullins is here, they grab him, if not, they may have to take a project type player in Tshuma instead.|
|5||Marlon Hairston, M, Louisville*||Dallas would love Mullins if he falls this far but I don’t see a way for that to happen at this point, not with New England in their way now. So instead, Pareja takes a guy that can eventually be ‘the guy’ in the center of the midfield for him.|
|6||Steve Neumann, M, Georgetown||Neumann still seems like a solid bet to go here to a club that is familiar with him and what he will bring to the table.|
|7||Andre Blake, GK, UCONN*||If the Caps are smart, they hold off and take Blake at #7 instead of #3, no other club above them here needs a keeper as it is and taking a defender at #3 makes way more sense to me even if Blake is a ‘can’t miss’ prospect.|
|8||AJ Cochran, D, Wisconsin*||Chicago will love getting a big center back in Cochran, plus his some-what local ties in Wisconsin don’t hurt to have as well.|
|9||JJ Koval, M, Stanford||While I think grabbing a defender isn’t out of the question, they also need depth in the midfield, and Koval would be their best bet here at this stage in the draft.|
|10||Eric Miller, D/M, Creighton*||The Impact need some defensive help and getting one of the GAs would be a big get for Frank Klopas. Miller can play right back or center back, two areas that Yallop would probably do well to address in this draft.|
|11||Kyle Venter, D, New Mexico||Figuring out where the Rapids go in this draft is harder than some might think. Adding some center back depth may be the theme of this draft so the Rapids may as well add some quality behind Shane O’Neill and Drew Moor.|
|12||AJ Corrado, M, Indiana||He is a true playmaker, something the Revs have really lacked over the last few years.|
|13||Ben Sweat, D, USF||If there was a weak spot in the Seattle defense, it may be on the left side. Sweat won’t get minutes out of the gate but adding some insurance to that side may be a good bet for Sigi Schmid.|
|14||Pedro Ribeiro, M, Coastal Carolina||Columbus traded back into the first round, hoping to snag something out of it. Ribeiro had a so-so Combine, which may make him tumble more than this spot. Still, Columbus would do well to snag a guy like him, that can do just about anything in the midfield.|
|15||Damion Lowe, D, Hartford*||Toronto needs all the help that they can get in the defense at the moment. If Lowe does drop this far down, they almost have to take him thanks to his GA tag. Not a bad thing if that happens though if you think about it.|
|16||Marco Franco, D, UC Irvine||Franco is a quality outside back that Houston could certainly develop over time. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to have more depth in that department given the way their roster looks at the moment.|
|17||Kevin Cope, D, Michigan State||A former PDL Defender of the Year, Porter adds another piece to his defense that saw a lot of change in 2013.|
|18||Jared Watts, M, Wake Forest||RSL would be giddy if Watts slipped this far to them. He’d be a quality depth player to have in that midfield.|
|19||Mackenzie Pridham, F, Cal Poly||The true flier in this draft may be Pridham. He’s a dangerous striker that does well at finishing the ball and putting himself in good spots to score. New England has three picks in the first round, so they can afford to take such a risk here.|