NWSL – 2017 NWSL Draft – Round Two Analysis

Round Two Analysis

11 – CHI – Michele Vasconcelos – F/MF – BYU

I’m not sure how much more forward power Chicago needs, but Vasconcelos is the type of player that can fill multiple roles in an attack. She finished on top of my Four Factors rankings for the 2016 college season and was ridiculously efficient. Definitely a player that thrives around other top attacking talent, which could mean big things in Chicago, as long as Dames finds the proper role for her.

12 – CHI – Morgan Proffitt – MF, D – Marquette

Steady performer at both center-back and in defensive midfield. Big question is where she plays as a pro, though she certainly has size to play in central defense. Biggest worry from what I’ve heard is pace at the next level, though Dames has been good in past at getting most out of collegiate players with certain flaws. Probably an overachiever here, but I think this is a round too soon.

13 – FCKC – Toni Payne – F – Duke

It’s not the most natural fit for a possession oriented team, but Payne might be coming here to add a much needed different dimension to the attack that might need some pace with the aging Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux on center stage. I think Payne’s going to be more of a counter-attack player off the bench to begin, and there are questions over her production. Still think this works out for FCKC though.

14 – POR – Rachel Hill – F – UConn

Defense is probably a more pressing need, but Hill’s first-round value in the middle of the second round. She’s another burner but has been unbelievably consistent through four seasons, which says a lot at a big conference school. The big question is where she fits in right away with a stacked forward corps. Likely as a super sub to begin with.

15 – HOU – Jane Campbell – GK – Stanford

Obviously, one of the Dash’s two keepers isn’t coming back with Campbell being brought aboard. That in mind, this pick makes a lot of sense considering the club is pretty much set elsewhere with their roster. Not sure how ready Campbell will be right off the bat, as she’s more inconsistent than people think, but she’s got starter potential for a long time if she’s brought along correctly.

16 – SEA – Katie Johnson – F – USC

The Reign paid an inexcusable price for this pick, giving up a top ten pick next year for a player who probably wasn’t a top ten forward in this class. Johnson had an amazing College Cup, but she wasn’t consistent during her collegiate career and has a history of a serious knee injury. She probably would’ve been around at #26, making this one a puzzler.

17 – FCKC – Stephanie Ribeiro – F – UConn

This is a pretty big signal that FCKC’s worried about the Rodriguez/Leroux duo coming back from maternity leave considering they just took another forward in Payne. Ribeiro has been super productive but only came out of Rachel Hill’s shadow this past season. Can do a little bit of everything in the attack and midfield. Not sure about how much they needed another forward though.

18 – POR – Savannah Jordan – F – Florida

Portland traded up to get this pick. They clearly fancy their chances of keeping her in market somewhere down the line or trading her rights. She’s a different type of forward than Hill, less a burner than a complete forward in a 4-2-3-1. The big question is whether she plays stateside in 2017, as she’s been rumored to be going abroad. Hard to grade this pick until we know where she’ll be. Could be a stroke of genius down the line though.

19 – WSH – Lindsay Agnew – F – Ohio State

Late bloomer had a great senior season after ups and downs before. Has a ton of 1v1 skill and can torture defenders on her day. Has been amazingly inconsistent for college career though and has disappeared from games. If you can get her playing on form consistently, you’ve got a player worth this pick. That’s a huge ‘if’ though, especially for a team with a ton of young attackers.

20 – NC – Claire Wagner – D – Clemson

Very good pick at the end of the second round. Wagner’s a physical center-back who has some offensive skill off set pieces. Extremely productive with Clemson for four seasons. Don’t think she’s going to be a superstar, but has the potential to be a solid pro. Pretty good fit for a Riley team and fills need.

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