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By the Numbers: Minutes by MLS SuperDraft top picks
by Paul Kennedy, April 18th, 2017 5:52PM
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The top six picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft have played a combined 120 minutes. Four haven't played, and none has started. In all, just seven players taken in the SuperDraft -- two in the fourth round -- have started.

Minutes by 2017 MLS SuperDraft top picks
1. Abu Danladi (Minn. United) 109
2. Robinson (Atlanta United) 0
3. Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC) 11
4. Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland) 0
5. Lalas Abubakar (Columbus) 0
6. Jackson Yueill (San Jose) 0

Starts by 2017 MLS SuperDraft picks:

7. Jakob Nerwinski (Vancouver) 2
8. Julian Gressel (Atlanta United) 6
9. Niko Hansen (Columbus) 1
18. Jacori Hayes (FC Dallas) 1
35. Justin Schmidt (Real Salt Lake) 3
75. Josh Smith (New England) 3
77. Jack Elliott (Philadelphia) 1

  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 18, 2017 at 6:31 p.m.
    Just goes to show that NCAA ball is a wasteland. There is barely anyone good enough to play in MLS in the entire NCAA. It's a place for good high school players to continue to play while earning a degree they can use in a future career. It's not a place for elite young soccer players.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 12:31 a.m.
    Don't forget about guys who signed homegrown contracts after time in college programs though. It seems like a decent route specifically for defenders to go: Lima and Crognale have had great starts to their rookie seasons after spending time on college teams. Rosenberry and Vincent weren't homegrowns but followed a similar path last year. And of course Morris...
  1. Brian Kraft
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.
    Ian Harkes is a 90-minute guy in DC and living up to the hype. Playing, incidentally, for Ben Olsen, who left UVA for United in '98 and quickly became a "Champion of the Americas." Of course The Boy shouldn't be leaving Dortmund for the ACC, but Deuce went to Furman University. Every year many "rookies" become MLS regulars, so I've never understood the hate. It seems really stupid and pointless, like hating MLS.
  1. Brian Kraft
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.
    I'm a DC United guy so I'll throw Bobby Boswell into this argument. Undrafted, discovered by United in 2005. In 2006 he was MLS Defender of the Year. He is currently the captain of the MLS Team of the Week. Okay, I made up the captain part, but if there was, it would be him. Anyway, stop it with the collegehate. Some guys are likely not mature enough for the professional ranks as teens and end up being better players because they went to college.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
    Your examples are all pre-academy, pre-USL reserve team. Now most teams have a pipeline to the first team and it's a total waste for players who want to be pros to go play NCAA ball. Yes, it is potentially useful for late bloomers but its role in our developmental system should be marginal, at most.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:44 a.m.
    How do these minutes compare to Homegrowns who didnt go the college rout?
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.
    Don't know the exact numbers but Kellyn Acosta and Tyler Adams have played more minutes on their own than all of the guys listed above.
  1. Alan Gay
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.
    .... good high school players to continue to play while earning a degree ... sort of like what intercollegiate athletics were supposed to be?
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 19, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.
    Exactly what it should be. It's just not a place for future pros.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:49 a.m.
    Let's talk about where future pros should be. Fire likes to talk about it so much but doesn't really elaborate on the proccess. A top 15-17 year old should already be playing in Usl or Nasl. Thats a real pro's path and a real pro club would push for that. Blaming college for an already 19-20 year old's decision to play there for 1-2 years as far as development is concerned is dumb because it conveneintly ignores what their Big DA club should have already been doing at 15-18. Today, Mls DAs refuse to let their top players move up to a Usl or U23 team because winning National DA Showcase is more important. If you are going to critisize Ncaa let's really say it how it is across the board.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.
    If 15 years old at good enough to play at USL level, they will be given the chance. RBNY has played high school aged kids in the second team like Tyler Adams (who is now in the first team and only 18), Brian Saramango (now in college), Ben Mines, Kevin O'Toole, and others. We aren't talking about a 19-20 year old playing for a year or two. If someone goes to college they are generally 18 and if they stay for four years they will be 22 when they leave. In those four years they maybe get the equivalent of a year of development - four short seasons crammed into the fall each year with silly free substitution rules. How about some examples to back up your claims?

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