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Our Game Magazine NWSL Draft review: all Heart-eyes for Reign

Our Game goes beyond simple draft grades to dig into Seattle's performance at the 2016 NWSL Draft, and they like what they see.

Reign draftee Summer Green versus China at the U20 Women's World Cup
Reign draftee Summer Green versus China at the U20 Women's World Cup
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Our Game Magazine (which ably covers women's soccer) has put together a well-researched and comprehensive two-part review of the 2016 NWSL Draft. Part One covered Boston through Portland, and today they published Part Two, which includes the Reign.

The quick summary is that they're very impressed with Seattle's picks. In fact, Laura Harvey is credited with both of the top two steals of the draft.

First round pick Carson Pickett is recognized as an assist machine and a candidate for an immediate starting spot at left back: "..a dependable outside back for a Florida State team that has dominated the NCAA world for the past four seasons she was there. She’s also a smart player that hustles hard to make the tough play."

Second pick Paige Nielsen is hailed for her versatility: "Heading into the draft, Nielsen was listed as a defender, midfielder, or forward. All of the above are true. Nielsen is an extremely versatile player who really can play and excel at most positions on the pitch."

Third pick Summer Green is rated as the second-biggest steal of the draft, thanks to her top-end ability to be as good a forward as any in the league if she can fully find her form after multiple injuries.

And their biggest steal of the draft is keeper Lindsey Luke, who they rate as the best keeper in the draft even though the Reign took her with the last pick of the day.

Despite not relying much on the draft in their first three seasons (thanks in large part to unfortunate injuries), it looks like in 2016 Seattle did an excellent job finding players who can be consistent contributors.

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