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On paper, this is one of the better MLS SuperDraft classes of recent years, with solid talent all over the pitch.

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The 2017 MLS Draft is on Friday, and SB Nation is back with its annual mock draft to get you ready for the real thing. Now in its seventh consecutive year, the SB Nation mock draft brings together contributors from each of the network’s MLS blogs to select players for their respective teams.

What were the picks in 2017’s mock draft? Full results from the first two rounds are below. Head over to each site to find more coverage on the draft and general coverage of every team in the league.

First round

1 Minnesota United: Jeremy Ebobisse (F, Duke)

The obvious pick. Jeremy Ebobisse is, in our minds, the best player available in the draft and had to be No. 1. Yes, MNUFC just signed Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra, but we feel that was even more reason to take "Ebo." It puts less responsibility on him to produce as a rookie. - Nate Siems, E Pluribus Loonum

2. Atlanta United: Miles Robinson (D, Syracuse)

A center-back who can play in a possession style is a perfect fit for Tata Martino's system. He will be able to learn from a veteran like Michael Parkhurst and could be a stalwart for Atlanta for a long time. — Jason Longshore, Dirty South Soccer

3. Chicago Fire: Brandon Aubrey (D, Notre Dame)

A solid CB who I think will will fit in next to Jonathan Campbell fairly well. I didn't trust the other consensus picks enough as Jackson Yueill seemed a bit off to me, and Abu Danladi is injury prone. — John Carollo III, Hot Time in Old Town

4. Houston Dynamo: Jackson Yueill (M, UCLA)

As the Dynamo continue to change their identity under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera, Jackson Yueill seems to be a perfect fit. His experience with the U.S. U-20s, versatility in the midfield (and capabilities in central mid), and his attacking nature can prove to be what the Orange need in the present and moving into the future. — Derek Stowers, Dynamo Theory

5. Columbus Crew SC: Abu Danladi (F, UCLA)

Despite the health concerns, it was too hard to pass up the best offensive talent in the draft when he dropped. Danladi will have a chance to find his feet in MLS instead of being asked to shoulder the entire load with the presence of Ola Kamara, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, and Federico Higuain on the roster. — Patrick Guldan, Massive Report

6. San Jose Earthquakes: Nick DePuy (F, UCSB)

It was only a few months ago that Nick DePuy looked like a sure-fire Hermann Trophy candidate and top-5 pick, but his stock fell after an ineffective 2016. The Quakes only have two healthy strikers on the roster, though, and DePuy (6'4", 185) fits the physical profile Dominic Kinnear likes, so I'd take a flier on him given the names still on the board. — Colin Etnire, Center Line Soccer

7. Vancouver Whitecaps: Shamit Shome (F, FC Edmonton)

The Whitecaps obviously need help with scoring next season, however, it isn't likely they’ll be able to grab the type of immediate-impact player they so desperately need in the SuperDraft. Other areas of glaring need are right-back defensive mid, where Sheanon Williams and Matias Laba are solid starters, but it gets thin behind that. Shamit Shome could be a nice development project, and the Maple Leaf certainly doesn't hurt. — Jon Szekeres, Eighty Six Forever

8. Atlanta United: Jacori Hayes (M, Wake Forest)

Tata Martino has no fear of playing smaller, technical midfielders and Hayes fits that description perfectly. It will be a bit of a transition to see where he fits in the central midfield, but the potential is there for Hayes to be a key player in the Red & Black. — Dirty South Soccer

9. Columbus Crew SC: Chris Odoi-Atsem (D, Maryland)

Harrison Afful is an all-out attacker, and backup Hector Jimenez is converted from wingback, so having a solid defender in space will be valuable option if Berhalter wants to keep things tighter at the back. Massive Report

10. Portland Timbers: Jonathan Lewis (F, Akron)

Lewis was an assist machine in his freshman year with Akron — notching 12 helpers along with a pair of goals for the Zips — and the Timbers could use some creative depth out wide to back up Darlington Nagbe and the team's rumored incoming Designated Player. Plus, with the Timbers spreading the TAM around liberally to keep their core together over the last two years, anyone on a Generation Adidas contract that is still on the board at No. 10 is worth a look. — William Conwell, Stumptown Footy

11. Chicago Fire: David Goldsmith (F, Butler)

A consistent cannon, I see Goldsmith as one of the best producing players in this draft because he's a volume shooter. Basically, the thinking is he’s going score a lot because he shoots a lot. Hot Time in Old Town

12. D.C. United: Julian Gressel (M, Providence)

There's some uncertainty about Gressel's best position, but in our book he's an ideal back-up to Patrick Mullins. His experience in the midfield gives him the ability to hold up play, connect passes and create for himself as well as others. Gressel can flat-out play as a lone forward, and United has free international spots to burn. Plus, the last German named Julian that United picked turned out to be good. — Jason Anderson, Black and Red United

13. Real Salt Lake: Reagan Dunk (D, Denver)

Reagan Dunk was easily the best fullback in the college game in 2016. Dunk’s attacking tendencies will add to RSL as they look to feed their attackers in the opposition’s box. He will have to work on his 1-v-1 defensive ability, but with both Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert there to mentor him, the sky is the limit for this young defender. — Weston Jenson, RSL Soapbox

14. Sporting Kansas City: Niko Hansen (F, New Mexico)

Sporting Kansas City needs more depth on the wings which Hansen provides. He’ll be more of a project coming straight out of college, but Sporting KC have the starters on the wings to allow him to develop. — Ben Gartland, The Blue Testament

15. Colorado Rapids: Brian Wright (F, Vermont)

Colorado has needs on the wings and up top, and at the 15th pick, Brian Wright out of the University of Vermont is among the best forwards available. Wright, in his senior season for the Catamounts, started every game and tallied 14 goals and 12 assists. — Mark Goodman, Burgundy Wave

16. Seattle Sounders: Daniel Johnson (M, Louisville)

After winning the MLS Cup, the Sounders are in the middle of a roster refresh. They need youth that can step up quickly in central midfield. Johnson's background with West Ham should help him adapt to the pro game quickly. — Dave Clark, Sounder at Heart

17. New York Red Bulls: Walker Hume (D, UNC)

The Red Bulls need center-backs and Hume is one of the best available in the SuperDraft. He's a big, big presence at 6'5", and should be mature enough to handle the rigors of the professional game at 23 years old. — Austin Fido, Once a Metro

18. FC Dallas: Colton Storm (D, UNC)

FCD loves defensive picks — and ones from the ACC, for that matter. While right-back may not be the top item on the list, getting one of the best available defenders at this spot in the draft is key. Storm is a player that can compete with Atiba Harris and Ryan Hollingshead on Day One. — Drew Epperley, Big D Soccer

19. Montreal Impact: Brian Nana-Sinkam (D, Stanford)

Brian Nana-Sinkam is a center-back for Stanford University, and previously the Philadelphia Union academy. He has started 63 games in the last three seasons and won a NCAA championship in 2015. The backline was a big issue for the Impact in 2016, and he makes our defense deeper. — Brandon Bay, Mount Royal Soccer

20. New England Revolution: Justin Schmidt (D, Washington)

The Revolution's biggest need right now is at center-back, and picking this late in the first round draft, with Colorado's natural pick after the Jermaine Jones trade, means the top guys won't be falling down this far. However, Schmidt is a solid prospect and a defense-first type of player which is exactly what the Revs need. Schmidt was a four-year starter for the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12, meaning he's used to going up against strong attacking teams and players like Jordan Morris. — Jake Catanese, The Bent Musket

21. Toronto FC: Kwame Awuah (M/D, UConn)

We were hoping to get a right-back to eventually replace Steven Beitashour in this spot, but with Chris Odoi-Atsem, Reagan Dunk and Colton Storm off the board, no one stood out. Awuah, however, fell further than we expected and is an intriguing left-footed midfielder who followed the same Sigma FC-to-UConn path as Cyle Larin. — Oliver Platt, Waking the Red

22. Seattle Sounders: Adonijah Reid (F, ANB Futbol)

The slight forward from Brampton, Ontario will not count as an international due to his status as a Canadian GA. Seattle could look to use him on the wing as they've done with Sanna Nyassi, Cordell Cato, Mike Fucito and Steve Zakuani in the past. They have time to develop him with the name talent they have in the attacking band. Reid is only 17 and has posted prolific scoring totals at the youth level. Sounder at Heart

Second Round

23. Minnesota United: Eric Klenofsky (GK, Monmouth)

This was as much because MNUFC has yet to sign a goalkeeper as it was because Klenofsky is the best goalkeeper in this draft class. We were happy to see him fall to us, and felt we had good value picking him at the top of the 2nd Round. E Pluribus Loonum

24. Colorado Rapids: Zeiko Lewis (M, Boston College)

Lewis is quick and technical, and has played at striker and as right midfielder for BC. The Rapids currently only have three healthy wingers, so a wide midfielder or forward with size and/or speed like Lewis, Christian Thierjung, Gordon Wild, Russell Cicerone, or Adonijah Reid would be good here. Burgundy Wave

25. Minnesota United: Francis DeVries (D, Saint Francis)

We thought about a of couple players for this pick, but we decided to go with the defender from St. Francis in Pennsylvania. We felt that with the current defense as it stands, a young rookie would be a great depth piece. E Pluribus Loonum

26. Toronto FC: Chris Nanco (F, Syracuse)

Canadian wild card Adonijah Reid would have been the ideal pick here, but having just missed out on him we'll take another Brampton boy in Chris Nanco. He looks a bit further away than Awuah, but has pace to burn and can be a prominent player for TFC II in 2017. Waking the Red

27. Toronto FC: Wuilito Fernandes (F, UMass Lowell)

Because when all my main targets have gone, I'm taking the 26-year-old (yes, twenty-six) dude from Cape Verde every time. Cult hero status guaranteed. Waking the Red

28. San Jose Earthquakes: Christian Thierjung (F, Cal)

The Quakes are in desperate need for any sort of offensive spark. Christian Thierjung has shown enough as a string-puller in the final third to garner mid-first-round grades from most outlets. San Jose knows him well from his years at Cal and their USL-PDL affiliate, so they would be delighted with the value he represents this deep in the draft. Center Line Soccer

29. Vancouver Whitecaps: Mike DeGraffenreidt (D, Louisville)

The Whitecaps are thin at RB, and DeGraffenreidt was apparently a solid member of the University of Louisville backline, starting 76 of 77 matches over four years. Eighty Six Forever

30. Houston Dynamo: Liam Callahan (D, Syracuse)

With DaMarcus Beasley’s status up in the air at the moment, the Dynamo can add some depth and youth to the LB position in Callahan. The four-year collegiate starter has experience pushing into the midfield as he’s been able to contribute to numerous assists for Syracuse along with a goal of his own. Dynamo Theory

31. New England Revolution: Lalas Abubakar (D, Dayton)

The Revolution once again go with a center-back, but they might get a steal in the Ghanaian youth international. Abubakar dropped in our mock draft but is a first round prospect as far as his physical talents. If his first touch and passing improve, this is a great value pick for the Revs, who have plenty of international spots on available on their roster. Lalas has trialed with Portuguese giants Sporting CP, the Revs international affiliate/partner, and won a PDL title with the Michigan Bucks. The Bent Musket

32. Portland Timbers: Jordan Wilson (D, Kentucky)

The Timbers are decidedly in need of some center-back depth and in Wilson they have a player who could certainly step in and contribute immediately if asked. Of course, the Timbers seem likely to bring in a young center-back of their own from T2 in 21-year-old Rennico Clarke, but Wilson certainly has the ability to compete for a spot on the depth chart. Stumptown Footy

33. Philadelphia Union: Jorge Gomez Sanchez (F, Temple)

The 21-year-old Spaniard starred locally at Temple the last two seasons with 27 goals after coming up through the Osasuna system, and has trained on a couple occasions with the Union. As a forward with experience playing up top, attacking midfield and on the right wing, Gomez Sanchez is technically sound, clinical inside the 18 and a fierce competitor who would provide much-needed depth at forward for the Union. — Matt Ralph, Brotherly Game

34. D.C. United: Connor Maloney (F, Penn State)

United doesn't need wingers in 2017. Patrick Nyarko, Lloyd Sam and Lamar Neagle are an elite group of wide players, and both Nick DeLeon and new signing Jose Guillermo Ortiz will also take minutes as well. However, Nyarko, Sam and Neagle are all over 30, and finding someone to develop into a successor for that group is a good idea. United is also a "best player available" devotee, so Maloney would get a shot to prove he's one for the future. Black and Red United

35. Real Salt Lake: Nazeem Bartman (F, South Florida)

Coming off a disappointing year that saw Nazeem Bartman score only six goals, the 23-year-old striker should be hungry and looking to prove that he belongs in the top division. Comparable to Dom Dwyer, Bartman is dangerous in front of the goal, emphasized by earning First Team All-American Athletic Conference accolades his last two years. RSL Soapbox

36. Houston Dynamo: Jakob Nerwinski (D, UConn)

Possibly bound for a loan spell at the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, Nerwinski would provide competition among new and young central defenders on the Dynamo roster. Nerwinski played a huge role as a co-captain at UConn and helped establish the Huskies as one of the stingiest defenses in the conference while providing service to goals — notably in his senior year where he ranked fourth in the ACC in assists. Dynamo Theory

37. FC Dallas: Alec Ferrell (GK, Wake Forest)

One of the biggest needs in this draft is a third-string keeper and Ferrell fits the mold very nicely for FCD. He's big and lean, someone who can get after the ball and will do well to back-up and learn from veteran Chris Seitz. Big D Soccer

38. New York City FC: Keith Traut (D, Albany)

The Great Danes' captain played predominately as a right fullback, but this 6'2" Queens native has the kind of athleticism that should earn him a look at a few different positions on the pitch, including the much-needed No. 6. — Sam Dunn, Hudson River Blue

39. New York Red Bulls: Austin Ledbetter (D, SIUE)

An experienced defender, Ledbetter made 79 career appearances over four seasons. He developed with noted talent factory St. Louis Scott Gallagher and played with last year's RBNY first round draft pick Justin Bilyeu. Once a Metro

40. FC Dallas: Tanner Thompson (M, Indiana)

Dallas needs additional depth in the midfield, and while Thompson would be a bit of a reach for them, it would be interesting to see what Oscar Pareja would be able to do with the creative midfielder. Big D Soccer

41. Montreal Impact: Michael Amick (D, UCLA)

Michael Amick is a center-back for UCLA and previously the U.S. Men's U-18 National Team. He was made team captain the past two seasons and won numerous individual achievement awards. Mount Royal Soccer

42. Philadelphia Union: Tucker Hume (F, UNC)

The 6-foot-5 target forward was a super sub for two years at North Carolina after transferring from Division II Rollins College, scoring 18 goals in two seasons in Chapel Hill. He'll turn 24 in August, but this late in the draft he'd be worth rolling the dice for, especially since he's from Texas and therefore wouldn't require an international spot. Brotherly Game

43. D.C. United: Robert Sagel (D, Penn State)

United doesn't need a center-back in 2017, either. However, Steve Birnbaum will probably continue to attract European interest. Bobby Boswell is 34. Kofi Opare had a down year in 2016. United took a center-back at roughly this time last year, and I don't think they're done hunting for a successor. Sagel would have to fight to make the roster, but United is planning for the future at this position, so don't be surprised if they go this way on draft day. Black and Red United

44. Seattle Sounders: Souheib Dhaflaoui

Another small, young forward with an MLS future on the wing. Dhaflaoui played in Denmark, which the Sounders have scouted in the past. The dual citizen of Tunisia and Denmark may be challenged to make the squad, but could see plenty of time at S2. Dhalfaoui is just 19. Sounder at Heart