We're moving forward in our 2014 MLS SuperDraft profiles with our next player. Up next is a highly rated forward from the University of Maryland, Patrick Mullins.
Mullins has been widely regarded as the top forward in this draft and likely to be one of the first seniors drafted in January's draft. Many believed he could have gone early in the draft in 2013 had he signed a Generation adidas contract that had been offered to him by MLS. He won the 2012 Herman trophy (given to the top player in college) and is once again a finalist in 2013.
In four years with Maryland, he has scored 44 goals and tallied 25 assists. That isn't a bad hull folks, not bad indeed.
Some folks have rated Mullins as the top pick for the draft, while others believe he will fall a couple of picks once the Generation adidas class is announced in a few weeks. To me, I could see him go as high as number one and as low as number five, which also happens to be where FC Dallas is picking.
We know a lot with this pick depends on the new coach but snagging a talent like Mullins at number five may be too tough to pass up for Fernando Clavijo. The club has other young forwards in Jonathan Top and Bradlee Baladez but Mullins would fit in very well with that group behind Blas Perez.
As you can see from the highlight below, Mullins is the type of player that loves to go at defenders and force mistakes.
ACC Must See Moment | Maryland's Patrick Mullins Forces Own Goal Win ACC Championship (via ACC Digital Network)