After analysis, research and talking with players, agents, coaches and general managers, we have a second National Lacrosse League mock draft for more information.
1. Edmonton- Mark Matthews
We talked to Matthews this week, and we know he is ready to play professional indoor lacrosse. He said he thinks MLL and NLL will be very different, although they are both pro leagues. We’ve seen what he can do in the box game, so don’t expect anything less.
2. Minnesota- Brock Sorensen
These next three picks all belong to Minnesota, so it doesn’t matter what order they go in. But they’ve beenÂ targetingÂ Sorensen since before last season even began, so he is a safe bet at number two.
3. Minnesota- Keil Matisz
Matisz has pro lacrosse experience with the Ohio Machine this season, where he played eight games. He scored nine points in those games. The former Robert Morris star has played box lacrosse with the Burlington Chiefs.
4. Minnesota- Shayne JacksonÂ
Jackson was talked about as a sleeper pick in the PLL draft earlier this year, which is funny because Jackson won’t be anything short of a stud at the NLL level. Minnesota would be thrilled to get him.
5. Buffalo-Â Â Dhane Smith
We also talked to Smith earlier this week, and talked to a few people in the league throughout the week and I like Smith more than ever. He is going to be a great professional lacrosse people, and with Joe Resetarits dropping farther down, Smith would be a good bet to join Buffalo.
6. Calgary- Matt Dinsdale
Dinsdale is someone we did not have here last week, but he is moving up on the draft board. He won the Minto Cup in 2010 with the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs, and this season scored 95 points. A strong righty shooter, looks like a good fit for Calgary.
7. Calgary- Carter Bender
Bender drops just a little but with Resetarits dropping out of the first round and Smith moving up, and also Dinsdale entering into the equation. One way or anothr, Bender will be a good pro as we talked about last week.
8. Edmonton- Cody Hawkins
Hawkins is another player we didn’t feature here last time that teams are starting to get a good look at. With the Delta Islanders for his Juniors career, he can provide some defensive help for an Edmonton team that just lost Chris Corbeil.
9. Colorado- Chris Attwood
A forward with the Saint Catharines Athletics, Attwood scored fifty eight points in 2012. He played with the Ohsweken Demons in CLax, where he led the league with seventy one points.
10. Minnesota- Colton Clark
Clark played college lacrosse with the Bellarmine Knights, and has played in the WLA with the Burnaby Lakers. He scored thirty six points in 2012.