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2021 NWSL Draft Big Board

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: January 13, 2021

Determining the top talent available in this year's edition of the NWSL Draft is even more difficult than normal.

With questions swirling about who is eligible -- the NWSL changed the rules so that players that have exhausted three seasons of eligibility prior to 2020-21 are -- and two of the best players in the draft pool already making the decision to sign in Europe, there's plenty of uncertainty facing teams and players.

Players also have the opportunity to stay in school this spring and play the 2021 campaign even after being drafted.

Two players have elected to leave school and turn pro early, with U.S. youth internationals Brianna Pinto and Trinity Rodman making that decision this week. They sit atop the Big Board, as both offer upside and international experience. Pinto is closer to being an impact player in the league than Rodman, and it will be interesting to see how their careers play out.

Below is the TDS Big Board for the 2021 NWSL Draft. Players that are understood to not be eligible -- for example, Savannah DeMelo is not listed, as she played just two seasons of her eligibility at USC -- are not included.

Rank Player Position School
1 Brianna Pinto M North Carolina
2 Trinity Rodman F Washington State
3 Madison Haley F Stanford
4 Emily Fox M/D North Carolina
5 Sam Coffey M Penn State
6 Kiki Pickett D Stanford
7 Tara McKeown F USC
8 Yazmeen Ryan M/D TCU
9 Jimena Lopez D Texas A&M
10 Mikayla Colohan F BYU
11 Taryn Torres M Virginia
12 Emina Ekic M Louisville
13 Taylor Otto M North Carolina
14 Kelsey Turnbow F Santa Clara
15 Gabby Carle D Florida State
16 Delanie Sheehan M/D UCLA
17 Sarah Stratigakis M Michigan
18 Parker Roberts M Florida
19 Viviana Villacorta M UCLA
20 Kim Rodriguez D Oklahoma State
21 Parker Goins M Arkansas
22 Channing Foster F Mississippi
23 Taylor Mitchell D Duke
24 Victoria Pickett M/F Wisconsin
25 Joelle Anderson M Pepperdine
26 Haley Berg M Texas
27 Emily Smith D California
28 Kirsten Davis F Texas Tech
29 Amirah Ali F Rutgers
30 Lucy Parker D UCLA
31 Alexis Loera D Santa Clara
32 Kayla McKeon M Arkansas
33 Addie McCain M Texas A&M
34 Haley VanFossen D Arkansas
35 Jada Talley F Arizona
36 Hannah Betfort D Wake Forest
37 Shelby Hogan GK Providence
38 Makamae Gomera-Stevens M Washington State
39 Maddie Elwell D Vanderbilt
40 Shea Moyer M Penn State
41 Julie Doyle F Santa Clara
42 Ceri Holland M Kansas
43 Kaylie Collins GK USC
44 Deanne Rose F Florida
45 Alyssa Malonson D Auburn
46 Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel F West Virginia
47 Sydney Zandi M Virginia
48 Madiya Harriott D Vanderbilt
49 Sydney Schneider GK UNC Wilmington
50 Ryanne Brown D Wake Forest

Other names to know: GK Laurel Ivory (Virginia), M Sabrina Bryan (Hofstra), GK Emily Alvarado (TCU), D Kayla Bruster (Georgia), M Nicolette Hernandez (Michigan), D Karina Rodriguez (UCLA), D Mia Gyau (Duke), F Clarissa Larisey (Memphis), D Carina Baltrip-Reyes (Florida), GK Hillary Beall (Michigan)

 
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