Report: Draft could see change in 2017

Report: Draft could see change in 2017

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 21, 2015

For the last couple of years, the MLS SuperDraft has begun to be a tad watered down. The emerging talent in the Homegrown departments of the 20 MLS clubs has meant those coming from the college draft aren’t nearly as valued as they once were before.

MLS is apparently looking to change some things with the draft in the future according to the Orlando Sentinel.

As the MLS draft pool is further watered down by the increase of homegrown prospects in the college ranks, and with teams putting an emphasis on developing players through its own youth systems, MLS is considering combining the draft with the MLS combine, a source with knowledge of the plans said.

The move would likely not happen until the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. The combine is held the week before the draft, traditionally in South Florida.

A move away from the convention of the NSCAA would be a fairly big shift for the league. Most people that I’ve talked to has said in the past that the draft being held at the NSCAA convention each year has worked out fairly well for both sides.

Mainly this move tells me that the league knows they have to do something to make the draft meaningful again. I’d honestly start by removing the word ‘super’ from its name. The Combine is always a bit of a crapshoot for the players anyways.┬áIf anything this just gets the draft done a little sooner on the calendar and allows clubs to start preseason a week earlier.