An early look at who I think will go in the first round of the PLL Draft come April.
#1. Atlas (via Cannons): Sam Handley (Midfield - UPenn)
Handley is a unicorn and seems like the clear cut top prospect right now. Someone of his size and athleticism shouldn’t be as polished offensively as he is. He can be streaky at times, but he should be slam dunk selection for the Atlas that desperately needs help from the midfield alongside Bryan Costabile.
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#2. Redwoods: Tucker Dordevic (Attack/Midfield - Georgetown)
After passing on Matt Moore in last year's draft, Coach St. Laurent takes a similar prospect in Dordevic, a slippery dodger that can take over games when needed.
#3. Atlas: Gavin Adler (Defense/LSM - Cornell)
With their second pick in the first round, the Atlas take an undersized but extremely talented defender in Adler, who shot up draft boards after leading the Big Red to the National Championship Game in 2022.
#4. Archers: Will Bowen (Defense - Georgetown)
If Scott Ratliff goes elsewhere in free agency, it seems like a given the Archers take a defender. Bowen is a tenacious defenseman who will be a Day 1 starter alongside Graeme Hossack.
#5. Chrome: Brett Makar (Defense - Maryland)
The Chrome don’t have a glaring hole in their roster. If faceoff man Connor Farrell doesn’t return then Mike Sisselberger and Zach Cole will be in contention for this pick, but right now Coach Soudan takes one of the safest prospects in the draft with the tough and battle-tested Makar. Brett was recently announced as our newest FCL athlete. Take a look at one of his favorite approach drills for defenders.
#6. Whipsnakes: Matt Campbell (Midfield - Villanova)
A known commodity at the midfield, Campbell isn’t the flashiest, but finds a way to put up huge numbers. A big lefty, he can let it fly on the run and has two-point range. He will help stabilize the Whips midfield immediately.
#7. Chaos: Mike Sisselberger (Faceoff - Lehigh)
Fills a need and is a perfect culture fit for Coach Towers. Sisselberger is a warrior at the X who can use the overhand grip in the PLL, where he can overpower opponents. He is also dangerous with the ball in his stick.
#8. Waterdogs: Zach Cole (Faceoff - Saint Joseph’s)
With the last pick of the first round, the defending champions have options here. In this mock draft, they opt for Zach Cole, a high-end prospect at a premium position.
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