IL Indoor has brought you the annual Top 50 Prospects list. Four of our writers have taken turns as GMs, rotating through picks for a three-round mock draft. Now, with the 2012 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft just hours away, we wrap up our draft predicting frenzy with a complete mock draft. That’s right, every selection for every team. Actually, I should stop saying “we”. This one’s all mine. For the choices that are right, I will take a humble bow. For the choices that are wrong, that’s all me, too. Mock my mock as you wish, have a go at your own, and share it all over at the forums. To be clear about the differences between the Top 50 Prospects and this mock draft: the Top 50 is a ranking of prospects as I see them; the mock draft is who I think the teams will select. Make the jump to see how things play out. And bear in mind: there could be plenty of trades between now and the first pick, so things could still change drastically.
1. Edmonton (from Washington) Mark Matthews, LF
No mystery here. Edmonton’s already announced they’re taking the big, talented forward and he did interviews with Derek Keenan at the NLL Combine. Matthews is as close to a sure thing in sports as you’ll find.
2. Minnesota (from Buffalo) Brock Sorensen, LD/T
Minnesota’s been locked on the big defender for a long time. The fact that he couldn’t play this summer because of knee surgery wasn’t particularly troubling. Swarm coaches Joe Sullivan and Bobby Keast have seen plenty of Sorensen and know he’s an impact player.
3. Minnesota (from Philadelphia via Edmonton via Buffalo) Kiel Matisz, RF
There’s been some talk of Minny moving off Matisz, but that seems unlikely. He’s big, strong, talented and has senior experience in MSL. Combined with Sorensen, this is a great pair of picks.
4. Minnesota Shayne Jackson, LF
The Swarm are keen on Jackson, the small but talented forward. He’s shifty, shoots well and will help take some pressure off of Ryan Benesch on the left side of the Swarm offensive set.
5. Buffalo (from Toronto via Minnesota) Dhane Smith, RF/T
For a long time it seemed certain that Buffalo was going to take Joe Resetarits, who grew up just down the highway and is ready to contribute at the NLL level. But Smith’s complete package of size, speed, stick skills and huge upside is just too tempting for the Bandits to pass up.
6. Calgary (from Colorado via Rochester) Joe Resetarits, RF
Having had their eyes on Smith, Calgary is quite happy to “settle” for Resetarits.
7. Calgary Mitch Jones, LF
Very difficult call to make here. Do you pick Jones, who won’t be able to play the first half of a season until 2016 because of his hockey scholarship? The main reason not to would be feeling like you need him right away. Calgary has won 10 or more games four years in a row. They should be pretty confident they can get through until he can join them and see if he can help.
8. Edmonton Curtis Knight, RF/T
Knight is a great player, an excellent leader and one of Derek Keenan’s favourite players. He won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on this pick.
9. Colorado (from Rochester) Matthew Dinsdale, RF/T
The Mammoth want a right-shooting forward. They may consider Jackson Decker or Colton Clark, but ultimately Dinsdale is the best player available here.
10. Minnesota Alex Crepinsek, RD/TThe Swarm have liked Crepinsek for a while and they have strong advocates for him on their roster. He’s not a slam dunk here but he reinforced with a strong combine performance that he’s ready to take a shot at the pro league.
11. Washington Hayden Smith, LD/T
The Stealth will be thrilled to get Smith with this pick. He’s excellent value in the second round.
12. Washington (from Buffalo) Jordan Critch, LF
Given that their primary need is for a lefty forward, Washington will feel like they’ve hit the jackpot to be able to grab Smith and also have Critch available. He’s a solid, reliable lefty who should make the team and make a difference.
13. Buffalo (from Philadelphia via Rochester) Carter Bender, LF
It will be a familiar refrain of a team saying they’re surprised a player was available. Bender will be considered by team’s earlier but should slide to the Bandits, giving them a big young presence on the left side who can work his way into the lineup behind their aging lefty stars.
14. Toronto (from Minnesota via Buffalo) Jackson Decker, RF
The Rock don’t tend to follow any drummer but their own, so it’s always hard to predict their selections. Decker will give them some needed depth on the right side and has the potential to surpass the Top 50 ranking IL Indoor gave him (26).
15. Edmonton (from Toronto) Mike Lum-Walker, LD
There is tremendous depth in the group of strong defenders in this draft. Hostrawser, Pychel, Garrison and Campbell are all considerations here, but when players are closely bunched it makes sense to go with someone you know. Like with Matthews and Knight, Keenan’s time coaching Lum-Walker makes it all the more likely he could fit into Edmonton’s plans and systems.
16. Buffalo (from Colorado via Toronto via Edmonton) Joel Matthews, LF/T
The buzz was that Buffalo was going to take Matthews at 13, but it’s hard to imagine they could pass up Bender at that spot. So they’ll be pleased as punch that Matthews is still on the board for them here.
17. Calgary Colton Clark, RF
A western kid with talent, a big frame and lots of potential. Once again, Calgary will be excited that he’s still available.
18. Buffalo (from Edmonton via Minnesota) Billy Hostrawser, RD
Hostrawser slips from Indoor’s Top 50 ranking of 12 only because of team needs and preferences, not from any concern over his game. He’s a legit high-second round talent, so getting him late second round is a coup for Buffalo.
19. Washington (from Rochester via Edmonton) Justin Pychel, LD
If the cards had rolled differently, Washington may have been willing to take Pychel at 12. Again, getting him several picks later is a huge bonus.
20. Toronto Caleb Wiles, LF
The Rock got a righty earlier in the round. They need a lefty to be bringing along for when their aging left side starts to see players retiring. There aren’t many left so Toronto will jump on Wiles while they can.
21. Washington Cody McMahon, LF
With Wiles going, the pickings are getting really slim for lefty forwards. The Stealth got Critch, but they’ve also already added two good defensive prospects and there are plenty of good D guys left. Another lefty is a good option for them and McMahon is an intriguing candidate.
22. Buffalo Davide Diruscio, RG
Mike Thompson retired (for now), Anthony Cosmo is closer to the end of his career than the beginning and Angus Goodleaf has yet to prove he can consistently perform up to the potential he has shown. DiRuscio is a tantalizing blend of size and athleticism. He could well be their goalie of the future.
23. Washington (from Philadelphia) Robbie Campbell, RD
Campbell is sliding in part because it’s not clear where he’ll be willing or able to play. If he’ll go to Everett, he’s a great pick here. If not, the Stealth can deal him or stick him on the holdout list and they still have a bunch of good picks in hand.
24. Minnesota Chris Attwood, RF
How many spots can Minnesota have on their roster given the turnover they had last year with 12 rookies? They’re pretty happy with their squad and at this point they’re playing with house money. Why not put it all on one spot on the roulette wheel and see if it might just pay off big by the uber-talented Attwood deciding he want’s to play enough to adjust his approach to fit into a system.
25. Toronto Bradley Kri, RD
An Orangeville grad who could challenge for a spot on the Rock’s D.
26. Rochester (from Colorado) Tyler Garrison, RD
With it not clear if all their veteran defenders will return in 2013, the Knighthawks would like to add a mobile guy with experience at fitting into a solid team defensive system. Garrison’s lacrosse IQ and steady performances with Coquitlam make him a good candidate.
27. Toronto (from Calgary) Kyle Buchanan, RF
He’s a talented player who may have slipped under the radar because he hasn’t played high-level box lacrosse in the last year. At 27 he’s well worth a shot even if he can’t wind up cracking the roster.
28. Edmonton Kyle Belton, RF
Belton is fast, he has a good shot and a constant motor. His performance at the combine Sunday may have boosted his stock. He played well, made smart decisions and showed off his athleticism but played within himself. He’s worth a shot at this stage in the draft.
29. Rochester Michael Cudmore, RD
A steady, smart defender with some speed, Cudmore would fit nicely into the Knighthawks defensive approach.
30. Washington Mitch Barnard, LD/T
Barnard came from way under the radar to absolutely light up the combine. He finished in the top three on five of the nine strength and agility tests conducted and was the top overall player in the testing. He then went out and shone in the afternoon scrimmage, scoring five goals and playing a strong overall game. He also made it clear that he’s willing to choose the law school he will attend based on which team he is able to make. At the end of the day, he said whether he’s drafted or not he’s just hoping he did enough to get a team to extend him an invitation to camp. After his performance at the combine, it’s highly unlikely he’ll get through the draft unselected.
31. Buffalo Michael Burke, RF
Buffalo needs some young guns. Burke’s a talented shooter who could provide some goals if he can show he can work within a team’s system.
32. Philadelphia Michael Manley, RD
Philly builds their roster differently than other teams, focusing on a high percentage of Americans, especially on the defensive end. Manley fits their M.O. perfectly. He’s a talented, athletic and intelligent field defender who should be able to make the transition to the box.
33. Minnesota Kevin Randall, LD
Minnesota owner John Arlotta is a loyal Notre Dame alumnus and he loves to give his fellow Irish a chance. Randall is considered to be good at the fundamentals like positioning and footwork, which translate well from the field the box. He would be an excellent pick at this point.
34. Toronto Cody Hawkins, RD
The glut of strong defenders is finally starting to get depleted, so it makes sense for the Rock to grab Hawkins and let him fight for a spot at camp.
35. Minnesota (from Colorado) Kevin Brownell, RF
Minnesota’s had a lot of picks in the last couple of this years and there’s only so much room on the roster. Brownell is worth a shot here because he looked very promising a couple of years ago then underperformed with Brooklin in MSL in 2011 and didn’t play this summer. If nothing comes of it, they haven’t lost anything. If he comes to camp and fulfils the potential teams saw in him before, it’s a great pickup.
36. Calgary Kevin Shoemaker, RD
With three strong forwards already selected, Calgary should grab the best defender available. Shoemaker is a western kid and was consistently solid for Coquitlam.
37. Edmonton Jaeden Gastaldo, RT
An athletic westerner with talent, versatility and upside.
38. Rochester Wenster Green, LT
Curt Styres and the Knighthawks like to select players from Six Nations. Green is raw but shows lots of potential. He did poorly in the combine testing, but he played well in the scrimmage. With a commitment to improving his strength and fitness he could turn out to be a good player.
39. Philadelphia (from Washington) Matt Lovejoy, RD
Another talented and athletic American defender, and he’s keen to have a go at the indoor game.
40. Buffalo Shane Francis, RT
Francis put up good numbers with Akwesasne Jr B and he stood out at the combine scrimmage, showing poise and good decision-making.
41. Philadelphia Sam Bradman, RT/F
Bradman needs to fill out, but he’s shown a ton of talent at Salisbury College. He may not be ready right away but is a worthwhile project.
42. Minnesota CJ Costabile, RT
At the risk of sounding redundant, at this point in the draft and with so many young athletes in their stable, why not take a shot at a player with plenty of talent who may never make the transition to box lacrosse successfully. If he does, he’ll wind up being a terrific 42nd pick.
43. Toronto Michael Teeter, LF
A speedy Orangeville grad, so he’ll be well known to the Toronto brain trust.
44. Colorado Dustin Caravello, RF
Colorado’s loaded up and down the roster, but they do need some depth at righty O. Caravello’s a smart player who has showed the ability to play a variety of roles for a team.
45. Calgary Jordie Daradick, LF
Daradick spent some time in Calgary with the Okotoks Raiders. He’s shown he can score and distribute.
46. Edmonton Ryan Serville, RF
Like the rest of the fourth-and-later round selections, he’s a long-shot to make a team. Keenan liked the way Serville stepped up his game at times during the Ontario playoffs and Minto Cup and may give him a shot to show what he can do in camp.
47. Rochester Robert Koger, LD
He’s a big, strong defender with experience in Major Series. He was fifth among 12 defenders in the strength and agility testing at the combine. He probably fell down some draft boards with his performance in the scrimmage, where his positioning and one-on-one defence were shaky. Still worth taking a shot: he may have just been having a bad day and he has good speed for his size.
48. Washington Adam Brown, LF
Scored 65 points for the Jr A Victoria Shamrocks this summer and was named a BCJALL all-star. Washington’s clear need is for lefty forwards. A sixth-round match made in heaven.
49. Calgary (from Buffalo) Simon Giourmetakis, LF
The late-round theme of going local strikes again as the Roughnecks grab an Alberta lad who’s shown a knack for putting the ball in the net.
50. Calgary (from Philadelphia) Jordan Godin, RF
Godin scored the highest of the draft-eligible forwards on the combine testing. He’s 6′1” and 215 pounds. Worth bringing to camp to see how he fares.
51. Minnesota Nick Beattie, RF
Another Notre Dame grad and he’s shown he can find the back of the big net. Will he be able to score inside? Who knows? Drop a number 51 pick on him and find out.
52. Toronto Craig Wende, LG
He faced a lot of rubber in junior and stopped his fair share of shots. The Rock have lost three goalies to retirement in the last three years and have a pair of young stoppers on the roster. It couldn’t hurt to have another keeper in camp to have a go.
53. Colorado Rob Pollock, RT
He consistently scored around 60 points per season in Jr B.
54. Calgary Austin Powell, RD
Played for Victoria in the WLA and led Bellarmine College in caused turnovers.
55. Edmonton Justin Turri, LT
Turri was a big-time scorer for Duke, he’s 6′3” and 215 pounds. Interesting.
56. Rochester Kyle Pereira, LT
He would have gone way earlier if he wasn’t going to school in Nova Scotia. Mike Hasen is familiar with Pereira from Brampton and knows that he can do a lot of things for a team. He’s definitely worth taking with the final pick of the draft.
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