Ohio State University's Logan Schuss is projected as the first overall pick in IL Indoor's first mock of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.
National Lacrosse League draft guru Stephen Stamp from ILindoor.com has released his first mock of the first round of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft for the 2014 season.
"It will feature the top candidates to go early this September as well as some dark horses who could be in consideration for high picks," Stamp writes. "Will a big scoring lefty will go first overall again? Could this be the year that a goalie goes in the first round for the first time in a while? And just how many athletic transition players’ names will be called among the first nine picks?"
1) Minnesota Swarm (from Buffalo): Logan Schuss, LF, Delta Islanders and Ohio State University
"While he’s not quite the lock that Mark Matthews was last year, Schuss is the clear favorite to go first overall, and for many of the same reasons that led the Edmonton Rush to take Matthews in 2012. Schuss is a big, strong lefty forward who can fill the net and help others to do so. He’s a wizard on the field, where he is currently taking part in the NCAA Tournament with the Buckeyes, and on the floor. Schuss scored 31 goals and 34 assists for 65 points in just nine regular season games with the BCJALL’s Delta Islanders last year. He should make an immediate impact for the Swarm alongside Ryan Benesch and Shayne Jackson on the left side of the offense."
2) Minnesota Swarm: Jason Noble, LD, Orangeville Northmen and Cornell University
"Noble won’t stand out the way that Schuss will. In fact, you can watch entire games and not really notice him. That’s because the defender will almost never catch your eye for getting beaten on a play. One of his Cornell teammates described him this year as the perfect player, always making the right play and making those around him better. His colleagues in Orangeville would say the same, especially after Noble was named the OLA Jr. A league’s best defender in 2012 en route to winning his third Minto Cup in five years with the team. The one concern teams may have is that Noble is listed at just 5′10” and 165 pounds. He will never be a physical beast of a defender, though he is strong and solid. But Noble is so sound fundamentally and has such impeccable footwork that he doesn’t need to be."
To see more prospects that could be drafted in the first round, check out the rest of Stamp's first-round mock with his expert analysis on IL Indoor here.