2017 MLS Super Draft Results
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 13, 2017
Minnesota United F.C.: Alec Ferrell, G, Wake Forest B Grade
- Back in March when constructing the first round of my 2017 MLS Mock Draft I had Alec Ferrell going in the late first round. I thought missing the 2017 MLS Combine would cause his stock to drop.
- The 6-4 190 lb Alec Ferrell was the top ranked goalie back in the preseason with a first round grade at one point. Ferrell went 12-1-3 in 16 starts with 9 goals allowed, 8 shutouts, a 0.54 GAA, and a .862 save percentage. Ferrell is the most consistent goalie, but Ferrell missed some games with injuries in 2016 as well as the 2017 MLS Combine which is why he's projected to go in the second round. With Hubbard not receiving a combine to the 2017 MLS Combine, Ferrell is now my top goalie again.
- Minnesota got Abu Danladi and the top goalie Alec Ferrell. Both have durability issues, but both are the best players at their positions. We're gonna look back and either praise Minnesota for looking past these medical concerns or we will fault them for going with these players. I'm giving Minnesota United F.C. a B grade for a solid pick.
Colorado Rapids: Liam Callahan, D, Syracuse B Grade
- Colorado drafts a left back for depth. Some teams have a first round grade on Liam Callahan, but others have him falling to the end of the third round. It's hard to get a read on where he ends up with him not getting an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine.
Philadelphia Union: Marcus Epps, F, South Florida D Grade
- Philadelphia Union goes offense. The 6-0 155 lb Marcus Epps can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, central midfielder, or attacking midfielder with his versatility. I had him as my third best South Florida player, but he may work in Philadelphia. Philadelphia gave Minnesota $20,000 in allocation money for this third round prospect. That's why this is a D grade.
Chicago Fire: Stefan Cleveland, G, Louisville F Grade
- Stefan Cleveland is a third round prospect. He had a good MLS Combine, but he's not worth $75,000 dollars in allocation money.
Chicago Fire: Guillermo Delgado, F, Delaware A- Grade
- I think Gullermo Delgado is a steal at this point. I only gave Chicago an A- grade because because they gave up $75,000 to Toronto for this pick and the Stefan Cleveland pick.
- Guillermo Delgado may be listed as a second round prospect, but he has a first round resume if you watch his tape Delgado has the speed scouts love and has 4 consecutive seasons of 10 goals or more at Delaware. Delgado did well at the 2017 MLS Combine. His 5-8 height is an issue for some teams. Delgado is a steal for a Chicago team in dire need of a striker
- The 5-8 170 lb Guilermo Delgado had 15 goals, 5 assists, and 35 points as a true freshman in 2013. Delgado had 12 goals, 2 assists, and 26 points as a true sophomore in 2014.
- Delgado got named team captain of Delaware in 2015. That year he had 10 goals, 4 assists, and 24 points as a junior.
- Delgado had 12 goals, 8 assists, and 32 points as a senior. Delgado showed he could develop as a passer in 2016 and looks like a top 20 prospect that could be picked very early in the second round or possibly late in the first round depending on what he does at the 2017 MLS Combine. Delgado scored in the 2017 MLS Combine.
San Jose Earthquakes: Lindo Mfeka, M, South Florida D Grade
- Lindo Mfeka only had 4 goals, 5 assists, and 13 points on tape in 2016. Mfeka is a guy that can play striker, secondary striker, left wing, right wing, or attacking midfielder. I think the 5-5 155 lb midfielder would get drafted more for his speed and versatility rather than anything else.
- San Jose had a chance to reload at center back. They failed to do that. Mfeka is a late second round pick. This was a huge reach that warrants an F grade.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Francis de Vries, D, Saint Francis A Grade
- Francis de Vries is a heck of an offensive defenseman as he had 6 goals, 4 assists, and 16 points in 2015. Francis de Vries helped Saint Francis record 10 shutouts in 2016. Francis de Vries has ideal size for a center back at 6-2 170 lbs. His biggest concern is a lack of muscle. I see Francis de Vries as a first round prospect, but some teams believe he's too skinny and giving him the opportunity to develop in Vancouver's Academy for a few years seems like a logical selling point.
Houston Dynamo: Jake McGuire, G, Tulsa F Grade
- The 6-3 175 lb Jake McGuire accepted an invite to the 2017 MLS Combine. McGuire went 10-5-5 in 20 starts with 23 goals allowed, 6 shutouts, a 1.09 GAA, and a .733 save percentage. Some think Jake McGuire could go in the late second round and he is just as capable of falling to the fourth round with a bad MLS Combine.
New England Revolution: Napo Matsoso, M, Kentucky B Grade
- New England gets a midfielder in Napo Matsoso. Matsoso may be one of the ten fastest players in the entire 2017 MLS Super Draft. That's why Matsoso could be picked very early in the second round, and may even sneak into the first round if he impresses at the 2017 MLS Combine.
Portland Timbers: Michael Amick, D, UCLA B Grade
- Portland picks here. Portland can add a left back for depth here. Michael Amick was a center back at UCLA and a top 5 pick at one point. Durability concerns and his lack of size make him a left back in the MLS, but Portland can add UCLA's three time captain for depth.
Philadelphia Union: Iman Jones, D, Clemson B Grade
- Iman Jones is a solid pick at this point. He gives Philadelphia a future left back to develop.
D.C. United: Eric Klenofsky, G, Monmouth B Grade
- The 6-6 170 lb Eric Klenofsky may be the top goalie picked in 2017 now simply because scouts love his height and think he can be coached up if he adds more muscle. I think Alec Ferrell of Wake Forest is the top goalie in this years draft, but Klenofsky played in the MLS Combine and looked good while Ferrell didn't. That gives Klenofsky an upper hand of being the first goalie taken even though Ferrell has the best tape among the goalies in the 2017 MLS Super Draft when healthy. Some mock drafts have a first round grade on Eric Klenofsky, but I had a second round grade on Klenofsky.
Real Salt Lake: Justin Schmidt, D, Washington A Grade
- This pick is a steal. Real Salt Lake got a first round center back at 6-1 180 lbs with this second round pick.
Houston Dynamo: Danilo Radjen, D, Akron A- Grade
- Houston reached here. They got A.J. DeLaGarza from the Los Angeles Galaxy for $175,000 in Allocation Money. That's why I really credit the Dynamo for pulling this off.
F.C. Dallas: Walker Hume, D, North Carolina A Grade
- F.C. Dallas adds some youth at center back. The 6-5 203 lb Walker Hume is a pure defensive center back. Hume dominated in 2014, but suffered a season ending injury in 2015 which kept him from getting a Generation Adidas offer. Walker Hume helped North Carolina record 13 shutouts in 2016 without Jonathan Campbell solidifying his status as a first round prospect plus he has 4 goals, 4 assists, and 12 points in 2016 finally showing his offensive potential this season. F.C. Dallas got a huge steal in the second round.
New York City F.C.: Jalen Brown, F, Xavier F Grade
- New York City F.C. ignored defense again. Jalen Brown wasn't even in my top 100.
New York Red Bulls: Ethan Kutler, F, Colgate F Grade
- New York City Red Bulls must have saw something in Ethan Kutler. Ethan Kutler wasn't even in my top 100.
F.C. Dallas: Adonijah Reid, F, ANB Academy A Grade
- Adonijah Reid can play forward or midfielder after the 5-9 155 lb player played for ANB Academy in Canada. He weighed in at 5-5 instead of 5-9 and I honestly see him as more of a second round pick than a first round prospect. Most MLS teams agreed with me on this Canadian Generation Adidas, but F.C. Dallas locked him up here.
Montreal Impact: Shamit Shome, M, Edmonton F.C. A Grade
- I had a second round grade on Shamit Shome, yet I felt like someone would reach for him in the top 10. Montreal got two players in the top 10 of my mock draft without reaching for Shome getting the better of the two Canadian Generation Adidas imports.
- The 5-9 155 lb Shamit Shome may not be the goal scorer teams seek. He has excellent dribbling and shooting accuracy on both his passes and shots completing 85 percent of passes with his legs. He's also great at intercepting the ball and is a sound tackler. Shome is either gonna be a defensive midfielder or he will be used as a winger that can play defense. I don't see Shome converting to an outside back on defense, but he's versatile enough to play defensive midfielder, left wing, or right wing in the MLS. He needs to show more shooting power on his shots, but he's a great prospect for a former NASL player and some think he has an outside shot of going first overall despite having 0 goals and 0 assists in 2016 because he's so sound on defense.
Minnesota United F.C.: Thomas de Villardi, M, Delaware F Grade
- Minnesota had the twenty fifth pick in the 2017 MLS Super Draft and moved it for $20,000 dollars and wasted this pick they got on an undrafted player.
D.C. United: Jo Velte Rimstad, M, Radford C Grade
- Jo Velte Rimstad played in the 2017 MLS Combine. I have mixed feelings about this pick.
Seattle Sounders: Dominic Oduro, F, F.C. Nordsjaelland B Grade
- Dominic Oduro impressed at the 2017 MLS Combine. Some people had him going as high as 33 in mock drafts. I like this pick and think its a solid pick.
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