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

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

 

Mock Draft

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

 

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:

MLS SuperDraft Round 1 Projections
Pick Team Pick
1 Chicago Fire Joshua Yaro, RB/CB, Georgetown
2 Colorado Rapids Jack Harrison, MF, Wake Forest
3 Philadelphia Union Jonathan Campbell, CB, North Carolina
4 New York City FC Brandon Vincent, LB, Stanford
5 Real Salt Lake Richie Laryea, MF, Akron
6 Philadelphia Union Julian Buescher, MF, Syracuse
7 Orlando City SC Tim Kubel, RB, Louisville
8 San Jose Earthquakes Ben Polk, F, Syracuse
9 Toronto FC Jordan McCrary, RB/LB, North Carolina
10 New England Revolution James Moberg, MF, Washington
11 Sporting Kansas City Omar Holness, RW/F, North Carolina
12 Los Angeles Galaxy Kyle Fisher, CB, Clemson
13 D.C. United Zach Carroll, CB, Michigan State
14 Montreal Impact Michael Gamble, F/W, Wake Forest
15 Seattle Sounders FC Todd Wharton, MF, Virginia
16 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Keegan Rosenberry, RB, Georgetown
17 FC Dallas Michael Salazar, F, UC Riverside
18 New York Red Bulls Andrew Tarbell, GK, Clemson
19 Columbus Crew SC Timo Pitter, MF/F, Creighton
20 Portland Timbers Cole Seiler, CB, Georgetown

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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