2017 MLS Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Full Selection Order

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 17: Official MLS soccer ball is seen prior to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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While the January transfer window is in full swing in European soccer, the crown jewel of MLS offseason is just around the corner, the MLS SuperDraft.

Below, we'll break down a first-round mock draft and break down the full draft order.

2017 MLS SuperDraft Mock Selections
PickTeamPlayer
1Minnesota UnitedJeremy Ebobisse, F, Duke
2Atlanta United FCAbu Danladi, F, UCLA
3Chicago FireJackson Yueill, MF, UCLA
4Houston DynamoMiles Robinson, D, Syracuse
5Columbus CrewChris Odoi-Atsem, D, Maryland
6San Jose EarthquakesBrandon Aubrey, D, Notre Dame
7Vancouver WhitecapsNick DePuy, F, UC Santa Barbara
8Atlanta United FCReagan Dunk, D, Denver
9Columbus CrewNiko Hansen, MF/F, New Mexico
10Portland TimbersJacori Hayes, MF, Wake Forest
11Chicago FireZeiko Lewis, MF/F, Boston College
12D.C UnitedJulian Gressel, MF/F, Providence
13Real Salt LakeFrancis de Vries, D, Saint Francis
14Sporting K.C.Brian Wright, F, Vermont
15Colorado RapidsGordon Wild, F, Maryland
16Seattle SoundersChristian Thierjung, F, California
17New York Red BullsColten Storm, D, North Carolina
18FC DallasWalker Hume, D, North Carolina
19Montreal ImpactBrian Nana-Sinkam, D, Stanford
20New England RevolutionLalas Abubakar, D, Dayton
21Colorado RapidsGuillermo Delgado, F, Delaware
22Seattle SoundersShamit Shome, F, FC Edmonton

Here's a look at the draft order in the second round:

MLS SuperDraft 2nd-Round Order
PickTeam
23Minnesota United
24Colorado Rapids
25Chicago Fire
26Toronto FC
27Toronto FC
28San Jose Earthquakes
29Vancouver Whitecaps
30Houston Dynamo
31New England Revolution
32Portland Timbers
33Philadelphia Union
34D.C. United
35Real Salt Lake
36Houston Dynamo
37FC Dallas
38NYCFC
39New York Red Bulls
40FC Dallas
41Montreal Impact
42Philadelphia Union
43D.C. United
44Seattle Sounders

There may not be a consensus top pick in this year's draft, but four names tend to hover around the early picks: Jeremy Ebobisse, Abu Danladi, Jackson Yueill and Miles Robinson.

So who are these guys?

Ebobisse is arguably the safest forward in this draft and maybe the top talent available, period. He has been incredibly impressive with the United States under-20 national team, notching nine goals in eight games during the 2016 campaign, per 

Ebobisse is one of those jack-of-all-trades forwards, capable of just about anything in just about any system. That has to be music to an expansion club’s ears. Of course in this he lacks specialization, but that certainly hasn’t hurt Wright-Phillips, who’s banked on his all-around game to become one of the most lethal scorers in MLS history. Ebobisse has that in him if he can find a creative system that can generate looks. The good news? He’s malleable, skilled and endlessly technical. As far as picks go, it gets no safer than Ebobisse, who’s ready to go now.

                  

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