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2013 Mock Draft: Pre-Combine edition

10 January 5:52 pm

2013 Mock Draft: Pre-Combine edition

By Jonathan Kaplan

With exactly a week to go before the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the real fun begins. Now is the time that draft experts make their predictions about who will be selected by each club come draft day. Unlike college basketball and college football, college soccer is not as widely televised, so fans of most MLS teams rely on reporters and bloggers to learn more about their team's potential picks leading up to the draft.

MLSsoccer.com recently completed their first mock draft, with Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Matt Doyle providing their first round selections.

Click here for the full mock draft.

Both Borg and Saghini predicted the same player, West Virginia defender Eric Schoenle, would be drafted by Houston with the No. 13 pick in the first round. Here is what they each had to say about the pick:

Borg: A center back the way Dominic Kinnear loves them. No-nonsense, tough and exceptional in the air on defense and on attacking set pieces.

Saghini: Neither Schoenle nor the Mountaineers had a great 2012 season, but he’s still a big, technical central defender who can provide depth at a spot where Houston needs it.

Doyle also projected the Dynamo to select a defender in the first round, but believes it will be Georgetown left back Jimmy Nealis. Here are his thoughts:

Doyle: Without many glaring needs, Kinnear takes the best left back off the board to provide some competition for Corey Ashe and depth for CCL.

So what do you think? Would you like to see the Dynamo draft a defender or is there another position you would like to see drafted?

MLS Combine matches start tomorrow, so be sure to follow http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013/combine for the latest information about draft-eligible players.