On Friday morning, 40 out of 145 college players will find out if they will make it into the NWSL. The draft consists of 105 D1, 4 D2, 1 D3, and 2 NAIA players. After obsessively discussing who might end up where and tracking the NWSLdraft hashtag on Twitter I felt like I should just dive in & make my own draft. So with the help of Chris Henderson’s posts and the Twittersphere, here it is for your viewing pleasure: my top 20 picks in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.
Round 1 Pick 1 Portland Thorns FC (via ORL)
Raquel Rodriguez, F/M, Penn State
Rodriguez might just be the best player in the draft this year. A regular shark in the midfield, she received the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy for 2015. While no one is sure how the Thorns missed the playoffs, they had a stellar team last year and seem to be focused on adding fire power and shaking things up on the field. This Costa Rican can do exactly that.