FRISCO - We're one week out from the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and that means mock draft season is in full swing.
FC Dallas holds the No. 4 and No. 10 overall picks this year, both by virtue of trades, and for the second year in a row could make two selections in the top half of the draft if they stand pat on draft day.
Who do the experts have Dallas taking with their picks in the pre-combine round of 2019 mock drafts? Let's take a look.
- No. 4: Callum Montgomery (CB - Charlotte) - I'm torn on this one. Montgomery is the consensus best center back in the draft, and Dallas could use young depth at that spot. But 1) he's not a GA, and 2) they actually need fullback depth more than CB depth. Still, I think the idea should be "best talent," and that's what Montgomery is here.
- No. 10: Akeem Ward (FB - Creighton) - Ward's the consensus best FB in the draft, just ahead of Logan Gdula. He'll get a chance here to earn a spot as Reggie Cannon's backup at RB, and perhaps as Cannon's successor should the US international be sold on to a European club in the not-too-distant future. Or he could compete for a starting job at LB.
- No. 4: Callum Montgomery (CB - Charlotte) - If Chris Richards is transferred to Bayern Munich as expected, adding a center back that can get minutes on the new USL team and make the roster for depth could lead them to Montgomery, one of the top central defenders in the draft pool.
- No. 10: Sergio Rivas (M - Seattle) - It's difficult to imagine either of FCD's Top 10 picks getting minutes this season, so even at No. 10, this pick could either be moved or picked for USL purposes. Rivas is an under-the-radar prospect that could thrive as a focal piece for North Texas SC and play his way into the FCD first team.
- No. 4: JJ Williams (F - Kentucky) - A youth movement is set to hit FC Dallas under new manager Luchi Gonzalez, and one position where FCD can use some young legs is the striker position, where Williams has the size and nose for goal to develop into a starter.
- No. 10: John Nelson (LB - North Carolina) - With a standout young right back in Reggie Cannon on the right side, adding a promising left back prospect in Nelson could eventually set up FC Dallas with two promising American fullbacks for years to come.