SBI 2021 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

SBI 2021 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

MLS Draft 2021

SBI 2021 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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21. Michael DeShields, Wake Forest, CB (BIO)

Smart defender who has the passing range scouts like to see from central defense, Deshields may not have the upside of some other centerback prospects, but he is a safer bet to have a long career. Deshields signed with New England’s USL team but is available to be drafted.


22. Matt Di Rosa, Maryland, LB (BIO)

Converted midfielder is the kind of tenacious fullback who could have a good career in MLS. Di Rosa is a good passer, and while he doesn’t have the speed of some other fullback prospects, he is quick enough to handle himself in one-on-one situations.


23. Danny Trejo, CSU-Northridge, F (BIO)

Clinical finisher with an excellent first touch, Trejo has the ability to beat defenders on the dribble and has shown he can put away chances.


24. Brandon Hackenberg, Penn State, CB (BIO)

A strong 6-foot-1 central defender, Hackenberg is a left-footed centerback, which could help him break into the first round. He has the athleticism to compete on the pro level, but his technical quality on the ball will need to improve.


25. CC Uche Centerback Ohio State (BIO)

An injury cost him most of the 2019 season with Ohio State, which didn’t play in 2020, but prior to that Uche had an impressive body of work as a good defender and passer.


26. AvIONNE FLANAGAN, South florida (BIO)

One of the best natural left backs in the pool, Flanagan has all the quality scouts are looking for at the position, and he is also American. Flanagan has trained with multiple MLS teams before, including Sporting Kansas City and Atlanta United.


27. Colin Shutler, Virginia, GK (BIO)

In a year that isn’t considered a deep one for goalkeepers, Shutler is the top pick of the bunch. The 6-foot-1 goalkeeper doesn’t have prototypical size, but he makes up for that with his quickness, aggressiveness and impressive passing range.


28. Jackson Ragen, Michigan, CB (BIO)

The 6-foot-6 central defender will need to show he has the lateral quickness to succeed on the pro level, but one thing working in his favor is his above-average passing ability. That combined with his size and strength make him a potential first-rounder.


29. Jasper Loeffelsend, Pittsburgh, CB (BIO)

The German right back is quick, tenacious and has good technical ability, making him the type of prospect who can be molded into a starter. There are more athletic and bigger fullbacks available, but several teams are eyeing Loeffelsend as a late first-round, early second-round option.


30. JAVAIN BROWN, SOUTH FLORIDA, RB (BIO)

Teams looking for a dynamic defender with personality need look no further than the Jamaican right back. Though some would argue he is a better central defender, Brown is 5-11, and has shown he can thrive at right back. Brown signed with Atlanta United’s USL affiliate, but that won’t stop him from potentially making his way into the first round of the draft.


31. RIO HOPE-GUND, Georgetown, CB (BIO)

32. A.J. Marcucci, Connecticut College, GK (BIO)

33. LUTHER ARCHIMEDE, SYRACUSE, F (BIO)

34. FREDDY KLEEMANN, WASHINGTON, CB (BIO)

35. Alexander Dexter, Pittsburgh, W (BIO)

36. JAMIL ROBERTS, MARSHALL, CM (BIO)

37. LAMINE CONTE, LOUISVILLE, W (BIO)

38. Rodney Michael, UCSB, F (BIO)

39. Robin Lapert, UConn, CB (BIO)

40. Ben DiRosa, Maryland, RB (BIO)

41. NICKY HERNANDEZ, SMU, CM (BIO)

42. Irakoze Donasiyano, Virginia, CM (BIO)

43. KRISTO STRICKLER, VIRGINIA TECH, F (BIO)

44. TOMMY WILLIAMSON, California, F (BIO)

45. IWAN WEBSTER, MARYVILLE, CB (BIO)

46. Giuseppe Barone, Michigan State, CM (BIO)

47. Yoni Sorokin, Central Florida, CM (BIO)

48. Andrew Pannenberg, Wake Forest, GK (BIO)

49. SEAN O’HEARN, GEORGETOWN, RB (BIO)

50. UMAR FAROUK OSMAN, MICHIGAN, LB/LW (BIO)

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