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2016 MLS Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Full Selection Order

Mar 21, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; MLS soccer ball prior to a match between the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

With the MLS Draft Combine underway and the top players in the country being put under the microscope, the league's franchises are hoping to identify the players who will lead them to success for years to come.

That means it's time to break down this year's draft order and a first-round mock draft while taking a closer look at some of the top prospects available to teams this year.

 

Draft Order

MLS SuperDraft Selections
PickTeam
1Chicago Fire
2Colorado Rapids
3Philadelphia Union
4New York City FC
5Real Salt Lake
6Philadelphia Union
7Orlando City SC
8San Jose Earthquakes
9Toronto FC
10New England Revolution
11Sporting Kansas City
12Los Angeles Galaxy
13D.C. United
14Montreal Impact
15Seattle Sounders FC
16Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17FC Dallas
18New York Red Bulls
19Columbus Crew SC
20Portland Timbers
Round 2
21Columbus Crew SC
22Colorado Rapids
23Philadelphia Union
24Montreal Impact
25Real Salt Lake
26Houston Dynamo
27Seattle Sounders FC
28San Jose Earthquakes
29Vancouver Whitecaps FC
30New England Revolution
31Columbus Crew SC
32Orlando City SC
33Chicago Fire
34Montreal Impact
35Seattle Sounders FC
36Vancouver Whitecaps FC
37FC Dallas
38New York Red Bulls
39Montreal Impact
40Portland Timbers
41Columbus Crew SC
Round 3
42Los Angeles Galaxy
43Colorado Rapids
44Philadelphia Union
45FC Dallas
46Real Salt Lake
47Houston Dynamo
48Orlando City SC
49San Jose Earthquakes
50Vancouver Whitecaps FC
51New England Revolution
52Sporting Kansas City
53Los Angeles Galaxy
54Seattle Sounders FC
55Montreal Impact
56Toronto FC
57Chicago Fire
58FC Dallas
59Toronto FC
60Columbus Crew SC
61Portland Timbers
Round 4
62Chicago Fire
63Colorado Rapids
64Philadelphia Union
65Real Salt Lake
66Real Salt Lake
67D.C. United
68Orlando City SC
69San Jose Earthquakes
70Toronto FC
71Vancouver Whitecaps FC
72Sporting Kansas City
73Los Angeles Galaxy
74D.C. United
75Montreal Impact
76Seattle Sounders FC
77Vancouver Whitecaps FC
78FC Dallas
79New York Red Bulls
80Toronto FC
81Portland Timbers

 

Mock Draft

MLS SuperDraft Round 1 Projections
PickTeamPick
1Chicago FireJoshua Yaro, RB/CB, Georgetown
2Colorado RapidsJack Harrison, MF, Wake Forest
3Philadelphia UnionJonathan Campbell, CB, North Carolina
4New York City FCBrandon Vincent, LB, Stanford
5Real Salt LakeRichie Laryea, MF, Akron
6Philadelphia UnionJulian Buescher, MF, Syracuse
7Orlando City SCTim Kubel, RB, Louisville
8San Jose EarthquakesBen Polk, F, Syracuse
9Toronto FCJordan McCrary, RB/LB, North Carolina
10New England RevolutionJames Moberg, MF, Washington
11Sporting Kansas CityOmar Holness, RW/F, North Carolina
12Los Angeles GalaxyKyle Fisher, CB, Clemson
13D.C. UnitedZach Carroll, CB, Michigan State
14Montreal ImpactMichael Gamble, F/W, Wake Forest
15Seattle Sounders FCTodd Wharton, MF, Virginia
16Vancouver Whitecaps FCKeegan Rosenberry, RB, Georgetown
17FC DallasMichael Salazar, F, UC Riverside
18New York Red BullsAndrew Tarbell, GK, Clemson
19Columbus Crew SCTimo Pitter, MF/F, Creighton
20Portland TimbersCole Seiler, CB, Georgetown

 

Top Players

Joshua Yaro, RB/CB, Georgetown

Joshua Yaro is an interesting case. He's an incredibly talented, bright and ambitious young man and was the rock of Georgetown's defense this year. He also handled the announcement that he would be going pro with his usual class:

But he's also considered a 'tweener by many scouts, who aren't sure where his natural position might be at the next level.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post broke down the player most believe will be the top overall pick:

Yaro is a center back with vision and speed uncommon at the college level. With him marshaling the backline, the Hoyas posted six consecutive shutouts during a 14-game winning streak and rose to No. 2 in the coaches’ poll before losing to Boston College on penalty kicks in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.

Because of Yaro’s smallish size (5 feet 11 and 163 pounds), a pro team might end up converting him to outside back.

Such is Yaro's ability that a team might even consider transitioning him into a central defensive midfielder. It probably doesn't matter where Yaro is played—he has all the makings of a difference-maker at the next level.

Thus, it would be pretty surprising if the Chicago Fire passed on him with the top overall pick.

 

Jack Harrison, MF, Wake Forest

Jack Harrison is the unquestioned top midfielder in this draft and is arguably the top talent, period; though, Yaro supporters would have a few things to say about that. He had a sterling freshman season for the Demon Deacons and is a pure playmaker, able to both set up his teammates with incisive passes and let rip from distance with his powerful left foot.

In a draft not stacked atop the board with talented attackers or creative midfielders, Harrison stands out in this class.

 

Jonathan Campbell, CB, North Carolina

Yaro has gotten most of the attention among the defenders, but Jonathan Campbell is no slouch. He has excellent athleticism for his position and is very versatile as well, as he played in both a back three and back four during his time at North Carolina.

He's also very experienced, as he played four years with the Tar Heels and won't be a wide-eyed kid as he embarks on his MLS career. What separates Campbell from many of the other players in the draft is that he doesn't have a discernible weakness. He may not quite flash like some of the other top prospects, but he also doesn't present many areas of concern.

That combination of athleticism, versatility, experience and steadiness makes him an excellent prospect and a likely top-five pick.

 

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