Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0

It's time for the least exact science known to mankind: Predicting the MLS SuperDraft! Below you'll find the pre-Combine version, and a week from now you'll get the post-Combine version.

Bear in mind that, thanks to the infusion of TAM, MLS teams are more aggressively targeting young international players from other leagues. That means it's going to be more difficult for internationals to get drafted out of college, so a few of the guys listed below will no doubt ply their trade at the USL level for a while before getting a serious MLS look.

As always, feel free to give me the business in the comments section below.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - LAFC

Tomas Hilliard-Arce

CB - stanford

It's been 15 years since the last non-Generation adidas No. 1 SuperDraft pick (Chris Gbandi), but Hilliard-Arce should buck that trend. He checks every physical box you'd want in an MLS CB, he's a winner (three straight titles in Palo Alto), and recent roster building success by top clubs has tended to revolve around "hey, if you can get a domestic CB on the cheap, you should do it." 


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - LA

Mason Toye

FORWARD - Indiana (GA)

Toye is a true center forward who can stretch the field and has the tools to hold the ball up a bit, too. His technique is very good, and he was superb as a true freshman. The one worry is that he plays small despite his size (6-foot-3, 180). He might be a bit of a reach at No. 2, but the Galaxy aren't in a position to toss around international slots.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - DC

Francis Atuahene

Winger - Michigan (GA)

The Ghanaian is a speedster, best in isolation on the wing though capable of playing as a second forward. His upside is probably the highest of anyone in the draft, but his college career was beset by injuries and there are legitimate questions about his ability to combine.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - MTL

Joao Moutinho

CB/MF - Akron (GA)

He might end up being too slight to be a center back in MLS, but he's got the technical ability to step into midfield and conduct business there (as he often did for Akron). Put him with the right partners in the defense, though, and you'd have a true orchestrator from the back – a rarity in MLS.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - MIN

Chris Mueller

ATTACKER - Wisconsin

The first player in more than a decade to register 20+ assists in a college season, Mueller is somehow still flying under the radar – in part because he comes from a traditionally weak program, and in part because he's a 'tweener. I think he could operate just fine as a second forward off of either Christian Ramirez or Abu Danladi, though.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - ORL

Ema Twumasi

Winger - Wake forest (GA)

Another Ghanaian winger, Twumasi lacks the explosiveness of Atauhene but is better on the ball and more clever in the final third. He could fill a need for an OCSC team that lacks some elusiveness in attack.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - MTL

Tristan Blackmon

CB/RB - Pacific

Blackmon spent most of his college career as a pure right back, but might end up projecting better as a highly mobile center back in a back three or a back five. He's comfortable on the ball, and has the size to make a go of it – though it would take a year of development in USL to get him up to speed.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - NE

Mo Adams

Defensive midfield - Syracuse (GA)

The Revs lack a true defensive midfielder. Adams – an Englishman following the Dom Dwyer path to the pros – is probably the best defensive midfielder in the draft, and is on a GA contract. This should be an easy pick for Brad Friedel & Co.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - NE

Jon Gallagher

FORWARD - Notre Dame

Mueller, but less productive (still pretty good tho with 13g/2a for a traditionally strong program). He loves to take defenders off the dribble and has the ability to finish plays off, though there's some question of whether that can translate up to MLS.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - RSL

Jon Bakero

FORWARD - Wake Forest

A big, imposing center forward who plays the game like an artist. Dude's got the softest feet in the draft, the vision of a No. 10 and the brain of a future coach. He might be three steps too slow for the pro game, but on a team with fast, field-stretching wingers, there's something to be said for having a playmaking No. 9 to send them through.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - DAL

Justin Fiddes

Left back - washington

Dallas need central defensive depth more than anything, but if you can grab a left back with the physical measurables to play in MLS at this spot, you should probably take him. Fiddes won't be asked to do much besides learn in Year 1, which is as it should be.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - SJ

Mohamed Thiaw

FORWARD - Louisville

Thiaw lined up everywhere across the front line for the Cardinals during his college career, and I'll admit I'm still not sure what his best spot is. But he checks a lot of boxes, and for the Quakes at this point it's just a matter of pure asset collection.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - SKC

Danny Musovski


He banged in just about a goal per game as a senior, improving over very productive sophomore and junior years (and he was nearly part of last year's GA class). This clearly fills a need for SKC, and given Peter Vermes's history of trusting the draft, this would be a pretty good landing spot for the kid.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - ATL

Gordon Wild

Forward - Maryland (GA)

He probably should've come out for the draft after his wildly productive sophomore year instead of his hugely disappointing junior year. There are real questions about Wild's ability to make it in MLS, but somebody pushed for him because here he is with a GA contract. He's smart and understands how to use the space others create, which could make him a very useful back-up to Josef Martinez if the Five Stripes want to spend an int'l slot on him.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - CHI

Ken Krolicki

midfielder - Michigan state

A selfless and versatile workhorse of a midfielder who lined up just about everywhere for Sparty. My guess is he projects as an all-energy box-to-box guy who can provide low-cost, relatively high-upside depth behind Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - NY

Brian White

Forward/Winger - Duke

He was the PDL MVP playing for RBNY's U-23s, bagging 17g/3a in just over 1100 minutes this past summer before putting up a solid senior season in Durham. What's his best position? Don't know. I do know that he's got talent, though, and the Red Bulls have seen it up close.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - VAN

Rafael Andrade Santos

Midfielder - VCU

He was probably the best No. 10 in college last year, but the Brazilian might end up being a better long-term prospect out wide on the left as a wingback, or maybe even as a fullback. This is maybe a weird fit for a 'Caps team that loves to play very direct boom-ball, but on pure talent, he shouldn't drop lower than this.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - SKC

Drew Skundrich

Midfielder - Stanford

If you keep winning championships you get noticed, even if you're a no-frills central midfielder whose best attribute is your ability to keep the game simple and put your teammates into good spots. Skundrich is simply tireless, which will endear him to Vermes (and his teammates). 


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - NYC

Wyatt Omsberg

CB - Dartmouth

A strong Combine could see him rocket up the draft boards, given his physical profile (6-foot-4 left-footed CB who can pass the ball) and the leaguewide need for center backs. Teams want to see if he can be a commanding, physical presence and bury his tendency to be a little too passive at times.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - HOU

Brandon Bye

Right back - Western michigan

Bye is a project, but he had a simply outstanding season at right midfield for the surprise team of 2017. Like many college players who play in a direct system, he projects better long-term as an overlapping fullback. But – long story short – this is part of the reason why teams invest in USL affiliates. A year or two in Rio Grande Valley could make Bye into a weapon.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - CLB

Chris Lema

Defensive midfielder - georgetown

Meet Wil Trapp's new back-up. Lema's smart and well-schooled – he came through the RBNY academy, though they opted not to sign him to a Homegrown deal – and should be able to adjust to the speed of the game in MLS.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - SEA

Alan Winn

Winger/forward - North carolina

Pure asset collection here from the Sounders, who get a speedster capable of playing anywhere along the front line. Winn could – maybe even should – end up going much higher than this.


Armchair Analyst: 2018 Mock SuperDraft v1.0 - TOR

Oliver Shannon

Defensive midfielder - Clemson

No-frills hard-man in the middle for a very good Tigers team over the last few years, Shannon should be able to find a niche as a destroyer behind Michael Bradley for the Reds. TFC are one of the few teams with international roster slots to spare, so they can afford to spend one on the English ex-pat.