MLS Mock Draft: Sounders take Aodhan Quinn at No. 13

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Seattle typically drafts the best player available. With no regard for positional needs, good fortune said to get one of the best attacking mids from the college game. He just happened to already be a Sounder.

When the Tacoma Tide became the Sounders U23s one of the main parts of the relationship was to help the First Team scout soon-to-be-available draft-eligible talents. While Seattle Sounders FC do need more creativity, they can use the draft to build their depth of talent. At the 13th pick getting a game-changer is unexpected, getting a quality man that can help is perfect.

With that in mind in the mock draft I went with Aodhan Quinn as an expected target went just a pick prior to Seattle's.

Quinn has shown an ability to maintain possession through quick passing, creative dribbling and use of space (primarily centrally) in the college and PDL game. Scoring seven goals with one assist as a forward with Akron in 2013, with the Sounders U23s he showed a more creative side in the midfield. While many organizations would see such a player as a tweener, Sigi Schmid is used to player like that (Ljungberg, Montero, Dempsey).

Seattle does have a need for that kind of player. More importantly they have a need for a player with creative qualities no matter where they fit on the pitch. Aodhan has those. His familiarity with Yedlin as well as some of the technical staff from his time with the U23s can only help his ability to fit into the future of Sounders FC.

What Sounders FC will be looking for in the draft: Depth that can contribute in the Open Cup and Reserve League. Seattle does not make "positional need" picks.

Who the experts say Seattle will pick: The best CAM or CB available at the time, because most mocks use needs as a guide. But this is the Seattle club that drafted Estrada, Tetteh, Duran and Zavaleta with their first picks. None filled a positional need.

Why I'm invariably wrong: Seattle goes off board quite often with the only 1st round pick that anyone expected being Zakuani. For an MLS side they have an aggressive scouting department and they hold their own (this year other teams got to go) combine in addition to the MLS/Adidas Combine.

Why I'm smarter than the pundits: I'm not, but if Quinn's available, no GA players are left and the board moves the way it did in the SBN Mock he's a quality get who can learn ball handling from Dempsey and spatial awareness from Evans. That's pretty cool.

Full Mock Draft results (click on player names to see the profiles)

First Round

Team Blog Pick
1. D.C. United Black and Red United Patrick Mullins
2. Philadelphia Union Brotherly Game Steve Neumann
3. Vancouver Whitecaps 86 Forever Andre Blake
4. Columbus Crew Massive Report Steve Birnbaum
5. FC Dallas Big D Soccer Christian Dean
6. Union Brotherly Game Marlon Hairston
7. Whitecaps 86 Forever Damion Lowe
8. Chicago Fire Hot Time In Old Town Grant Van De Casteele
9. San Jose Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Eric Miller
10. Montreal Impact Mount Royal Soccer A.J Corrado
11. Colorado Rapids Burgundy Wave Schillo Tshuma
12. New England Revolution The Bent Musket JJ Koval
13. Seattle Sounders Sounder at Heart Aodhan Quinn
14. LA Galaxy LAG Confidential Fifi Baiden
15. Toronto FC Waking the Red AJ Cochran
16. Houston Dynamo Dynamo Theory Mamadou Diouf
17. Portland Timbers Stumptown Footy Reinaldo Brenes
18. Real Salt Lake RSL Soapbox Ben Sweat
19. Revolution The Bent Musket Marco Franco

Second Round

Team Blog Pick
20. Chivas USA The Goat Parade Enrique Cardenas
21. Sounders Sounder at Heart Taylor Peay
22. New York Red Bulls Once a Metro Pete Caringi
23. Crew Massive Report Pedro Ribeiro
24. Toronto FC Waking the Red Joey Dillon
25. Union Brotherly Game Jared Watts
26. Timbers Stumptown Footy Kevin Cope
27. Union Brotherly Game Kyle Venter
28. Earthquakes Quake, Rattle and Goal Mackenzie Pridham
29. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Jimmy Ockford
30. Whitecaps 86 Forever Nikita Kotlov
31. Revolution The Bent Musket Victor Chavez
32. Dynamo Dynamo Theory Kristopher Tyrpak
33. Rapids Burgundy Wave Rafael Diaz
34. Red bulls Once a Metro Alex Martinez
35. Rapids Burgundy Wave Zach Bolden
36. Timbers Stumptown Footy Mark Sherrod
37. Impact Mout Royal Soccer Michael Calderon
38. Sporting Kansas City The Daily Wiz Romena Bowie
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