MLS Mock Draft: Sounders select Taylor Peay with No. 21 pick

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The Sounders need only look across town to find a center back who can score on set pieces.

As the draft deepens boards diverge. Unlike other American sports there is much less consensus as to who the best players are, especially in a league with an expanding mix of playing styles and systems. Seattle Sounders FC is quite familiar with the UW Husky men's soccer team. They have several Academy players there and scout the college side often (sometimes to watch the opponent for sure).

Peay is a decent defender with great size, leaping ability and a nose for goal. His ability to play out of the back is lacking and he could improve his tactical awareness.

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 "need" picks. With the second pick that is more difficult. They can sit and wait for development.

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 need.

Why I'm invariably wrong: Seattle's board variety is large. With a nearly dedicated college scout that travels the country to look at talent, easy access to PDL matches with four clubs within driving distance of CenturyLink and one of the most well respected college coaches in NCAA history their awareness of players is greater than almost everyone. It may not be "right" but it is not from a lack of preparation.

Why I'm smarter than the pundits: I'm not, in fact I didn't even draft they guy I wanted to pick, that would be Pedro Ribeiro who went just two picks after Peay. Taylor is second round talent and has some limited exposure to pro-quality coaching from a smattering of Academy time with Salt Lake (Seattle drafted and flipped a guy like that once before). Plus he played for the UW, and that's got to be worth... something.

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

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