2022 NWSL Draft Rankings

2022 NWSL Draft Rankings
by TopDrawerSoccer
December 17, 2021

Twelve days after the end of the Women's NCAA Division I season, the 2022 NWSL Draft is set to take place.

This week, the league announced the list of players registered for the draft. With the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility, some of the top prospects that could've been available are set to return to school. Others that were drafted in the spring and played this fall, NWSL teams that drafted them kept their rights until the start of 2022 preseason. Players that declared for the 2021 draft and didn't get picked had their Discovery Rights available -- such as BYU standout Cameron Tucker, who was signed by Gotham FC this week.

With that in mind, the pool of available players is missing some names that could have ended up getting picked close to the top. There is still a decent level of talent available. Below is the TDS Top 30 of players from the list. International talent has been pushed down, but could certainly play a factor.

Rank Player School In Brief
1 M Jaelin Howell Florida State Experienced center mid is a safe pick
2 D Naomi Girma Stanford USYNT center back helped Stanford win 2019 title
3 F Mia Fishel UCLA Early departure and U.S. youth vet scored 32 goals in 59 games
4 F Sydny Nasello South Florida Tricky dribbler should be able to make attacking impact quickly
5 M Emily Gray Virginia Tech Talented center mid can thrive in deeper role in pro game
6 F Diana Ordonez Virginia Goal-scoring record impressive, efficiency can improve
7 F Julie Doyle Santa Clara Didn't play in the fall, but dynamic winger from spring champs
8 F Jada Talley USC Limited in the fall, though intriguing athlete that can play on the wing
9 D Sydney Cummings Georgetown Talented, physical center back played at Brown before finishing at Georgetown
10 M Raleigh Loughman Michigan Lone Wolverine in the draft can make an impact as two-way center mid
11 D Isabel Rodriguez Ohio State Left back that can get forward and combine. Quick enough to excel in league?
12 F Sammi Fisher Notre Dame Forward scored career high in goals (13) and assists (6) this fall
13 D Caitlin Cosme Duke Center back played in 70 matches at Duke. Height perhaps a question for pros
14 D Ryanne Brown Wake Forest Athletic right back finished career on a high note with Wake Forest
15 D Renee Guion Clemson Left back played in nearly every possible match at ACC program
16 M Savannah DeMelo USC Versatile attacking mid recovered well from injury. Speed, athleticism a question
17 F Natalie Beckman Denver Prolific offensive player at Summit League power could also move to outside back
18 D Chyanne Dennis South Florida 5-foot-10 central defender has the tools and quality to stick in the league
19 D Kelly Ann Livingstone Georgetown Tough center back huge part of Georgetown's success
20 F Miri Taylor Hofstra English attacker had tremendous season; internationals hard to gauge
21 F Sarah Griffith Purdue Electric wide player can score and create at a high level; Big Ten Forward of the Year
22 M Marley Canales UCLA Smart, technical midfielder will need to be able to keep up in athletic league
23 M Lauren Chang South Carolina Three-time All-SEC Second Team performer can chip in goals from midfield
24 GK Claudia Dickey North Carolina Lots of goalkeepers available. Dickey perhaps the best of the players on the list
25 D/M Calista Reyes Pepperdine Crafty left-sided player can play outside back or on the wing
26 D Jayda Hylton-Pelaia Arizona State Battle-tested right back has the makings of a modern fullback
27 D Kaitlin Fregulia Long Beach State Two-time Big West Defender of the Year could attract SoCal interest
28 D Kayla Bruster Georgia Center back arguably deepest position in the pool. Bruster is an intriguing prospect with 80 appearances for Georgia
29 F Haleigh Stackpole Mississippi Flank attacker with a good engine; could get a look as an outside back
30 M Giovanna DeMarco Wake Forest Quality central midfielder is good passer, has battled injuries during her career
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