The 2015 NWSL Mock Draft

It’s a wide open draft ahead of the NWSL’s next season
by Eric Harris   |   Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Three things seem to be sure in this week’s upcoming NWSL Draft, Morgan Brian will almost certainly be the first selection, There will be a lot of UCLA and there will be a lot of the WNY Flash. Because of the unique circumstances to this draft, trades seem likely. The Flash hold a lot of power, especially in the first round. How aggressive they choose to be could have a major impact on the entire draft.

Houston Dash — Morgan Brian, midfielder, Virginia

Brian is the clear choice for the first pick, and she has been for quite sometime. The past week she has been bouncing back and forth between award ceremonies and USWNT trainings. She didn’t end her career with a national championship but she had her third season with more than 30 points and cruised to a Hermann Trophy. The Dash need defensive help in the worst way, but Brian is too much of a talent to pass on.

Sky Blue FC — Sam Mewis, midfielder, UCLA

Now is the UCLA portion of the draft. This may be a bit of a reach, but there is no denying Mewis’ talent. Mewis also has earned a senior national team cap, and this past season she exploded for 16 goals, more than doubling her previous career high. The reason this reach makes more sense is it would reuinite Sam with her older sister Kristie.

Western New York Flash — Sarah Killion, midfielder, UCLA

Here is the part that is unlike any draft seen before. The Flash have stockpiled four of the next five picks. I don’t have an exhaustive draft history, but it seems unlikely that this has happened before. Because of this, the Flash have a lot of room to make risks, which makes them somewhat unpredictable. Trades could happen, and that could throw off the whole draft. But it seems unlikely they trade No. 3, where they take Killion to fill the hole left by Carli Lloyd.

Western New York Flash — Abby Dahlkemper, defender, UCLA

The Flash gave up 18 more goals than they did last season, so expect them to take steps to sure up their backline. Dahlkemper is the most skilled defender and she also comes from the LA Blues program that new Technical Director Chris Naimo spent time with.

Chicago Red Stars — Kristin Grubka, defender, Florida State

Halftime in the WNY Flash draft show is filled by Chicago. We also see the first player from the reigning National Champs drafted. Grubka did an excellent job containing the Virginia offense in the national championship game. Any other year she might find her way into a top-3 spot in the draft.

Western New York Flash — Choima Ubogagu, defender, Stanford

I don’t expect the Flash to keep all four of their first round picks, but predicting a trade is next to impossible. But if they were to keep it, the pick would follow the same logic as the 4th pick. Ubogagu can help add some depth to the backline while making an immediate impact.

Western New York Flash — Jamia Fields, midfielder, Florida State

After already making three safe picks in the first round, the Flash can get a little aggressive. After taking two defenders, expect them to look for someone more attack minded. Fields made a huge impact for the Seminoles in the NCAA Tourament and raised her draft stock to this point.

Chicago Red Stars — Danielle Colaprico, midfielder, Virginia

After going defensive with Grubka, the Red Stars make an offensive move with this talented midfielder. In her past two seasons with the Cavaliers, she racked up 32 assists. She and Julie Johnston could team up for one of the more talented young midfield duos in the league.

Boston Breakers — Cheyna Williams, forward, Florida State

With the final pick of the first round, Williams could be a bit of a surprise, but after the first five picks or so, the talent level really drops off. This is a really top heavy class, which makes the picks after that somewhat unpredictable. Williams however, is the most talented forward in the draft and sneaks her way in to the first round.

Another who could sneak into the first round is Arin Gilliland from Kentucky. Of course this could also change with some teams trading their way up for a specific player. After the top five picks there are a lot of interesting prospects and teams can go a lot of different ways this year.

Eric HARRIS

Nationality:
USA
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U of Arkansas
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Sporting KC
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Fulham
American soccer fan by birth, SKC and Fulhamerican by choice. Watcher of all soccer, professional, WoSo and college. A life long Arkansan, he spends more money on soccer jerseys than a college student should.
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