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MLS Draft 2017: FC Dallas selects three in mock draft

We go for depth needs in the SBN Mock Draft.

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Over the weekend all the SB Nation MLS blogs got together for a quick-ish Mock Draft. FC Dallas has three picks in the first two rounds, which meant we had to come up with three selections.

I opted to go a couple different ways with the three picks given how the results were coming in during the first round. Naturally there were a couple players that I earmarked as a guy I wouldn’t mind seeing here in Dallas that were selected right above us in the order. But I feel pretty good about the three picks I snagged for FCD in this Mock Draft.

1st Round (#18) Colton Storm - right back - UNC

Storm isn’t going to wow a lot of people with the type of play that he has on the field. But he knows competition and has seen a lot of big games over the years at UNC. He is athletic and does well at getting forward. He is also a pretty typical FCD pick when you look at him anyways given that he comes from UNC (so did Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges). I think he could push Atiba Harris pretty early on or at least get some decent minutes in Oklahoma City on loan.

Why we selected him: I’m always an advocate that you can never have enough defensive depth in this league. If it means getting another full back, then you do it that way. Storm was the best player available at this time in the draft and while the team needs more central defensive support, Storm was a tough guy to pass on at this point.

2nd Round (15th pick) Alec Ferrell - goalkeeper - Wake Forrest

We discussed Ferrell last week in our prospects to look for piece in the draft. He’s big and mobile, something you want in a keeper. But most importantly, he wouldn’t be expected to be ‘the guy’ in goal on day one.

Why we selected him: Depth. Purely depth.

2nd Round (18th pick) Tanner Thompson - midfielder - Indiana

I know what you are saying, yes, this is Tommy Thompson’s brother. He is a creative player that would do well at the next level with some seasoning. I imagine him behind Javier Morales and Mauro Diaz when he is healthy. He was a First-Team All American by several outlets in 2016 as a senior.

Why we selected him: To be perfectly honest, this was about taking the best player available again in this spot. There wasn’t a good defensive midfielder left on the table that could push Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo and Victor Ulloa and there certainly wasn’t a forward left that was going to be worth taking. All the other central defenders were gobbled up so I went with some attacking flair in the middle of the midfield.