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Behind The Crest: Final mock draft round-up; Vincent rising

We're now less than 24 hours from the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, which will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Live coverage can be seen on

Keeping up with the rumors, let's take a look at some of the final mock drafts that are popping up. In some of our earlier roundups, Part 1 and Part II, a lot rumors focused on the Union selecting Stanford's Brandon Vincent with the No. 3 overall pick. Since Vincent's surprise call-up to the Men's National Team for the January camp, his stock has noticeably risen. That has been reflected today, here, where two of the four drafts have Vincent going before the Union select at No. 3. It should be noted, in all mock drafts, Georgetown's Joshua Yaro is the consensus No. 1 pick., final version

No. 3: Jack Harrison, midfielder, Wake Forest
Note: Harrison's the youngest player in the draft by a year-and-a-half, and he was the best player in the country's best collegiate league this past season. We're not sure if he'll play centrally or on the wing for the Union, but I'd expect to see a bunch of him in 2016 regardless.
No. 6: Keegan Rosenberry, right back, Georgtown
NoteI've heard they're absolutely not going to take Rosenberry -- whose Homegrown rights they had, then lost -- with this pick. But he makes a ton of sense and addresses a position of need in a big way.
If Holness or Campbell are available here, Philly might prefer one of them instead.

Top Drawer Soccer, media mock draft

No. 3: Brandon Vincent, left back, Stanford
Note: The Union has largely ignored the left back position for the better part four seasons. It's true that Fabinho had a decent year in 2015, but he began the season on the bench and still had some shaky defensive moments in 1v1 situations. Vincent can be a long-term starter for this team. He can play the left fullback spot with Fabinho or Chris Pontius at the LM spot in front of him. He can also play centrally, where the Union need reinforcement following the departure of Steven Vitoria and Ethan White. --Kevin Kinkead, CBS Philly/Philly Soccer Page.
No. 6: Kyle Fisher, center back, Clemson
Note: The Union need help at forward, but I'm "reaching" for Kyle Fisher at #6. Philly needs defensive structure more than anything, and adding a starting quality LB in Vincent, and a starting quality CB in Fisher is a good step towards rebuilding a defense that has struggled since the Peter Nowak days.  --Kevin Kinkead, CBS Philly/Philly Soccer Page

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No. 3: Abu Danladi, forward, UCLA (note: player not yet declared for draft)
Note: The Union will be hoping that Brandon Vincent slips to this pick, but if he doesn’t, and the Union can snag Danladi, you won’t hear Jim Curtin complain. Danladi is a dynamic striker who could be the most pro-ready offensive player in the draft. Of course, he hasn’t signed a Generation adidas deal yet, and if he’s not available, the Union could grab Jack Harrison and either keep him or deal him to NYCFC.
One scenario to consider is having Joshua Yaro fall to this pick, which is entirely possible if Danladi doesn’t sign and someone (read NYCFC) trades into the top spot to grab Jack Harrison.
No. 6: Keegan Rosenberry, right back, Georgetown
Note: As much as they probably don’t want to use a high draft pick on a player they strongly feel should have been a Homegrown Player for them, the Union might be hard-pressed to let Rosenberry go when he has been so impressive at the Combine. A week ago it would have been considered a reach to take Rosenberry this high. Now? Not so much.

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No. 3: Brandon Vincent, left back, Stanford
Note: Left back has been a position of need for the Union for several seasons now, so drafting Vincent third makes sense (reports that Abu Danladi could still be signed to a Generation Adidas deal would certainly change that). Vincent would provide the Union with a solid left back who can be dangerous in the attack, has leadership qualities and experience playing in central defense his first two years at Stanford so he's a solid pick at No. 3. - Matt Ralph, Brotherly Game
No. 6: Omar Holness, forward, North Carolina
Note: With the sixth pick of the draft, we selected Holness. The Jamaican international is leaving college early as part of the Generation Adidas class. While his college numbers might be alarming when considering him as an attacking option, Holness has an impressive combination of size, speed and skill that make him a worthwhile selection in the top 10. - Brotherly Game

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