Is Tesho Akindele Worthy Of A First-Round Pick In The Upcoming MLS SuperDraft?

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The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Thursday, and with the event only a few days away, there is growing speculation about what each team will do with their first-round pick.

Some teams need help at the defensive line, and others need some help at the forward lines. While several top names will be available, one player that has gained a lot of attention in recent days is winger Tesho Akindele.

The Canadian forward – a player that relies on his pace and dribbling skills to create havoc on opposing defenses – has shined at the 2014 Adidas MLS Player Combine and after tearing up the NCAA Division II with Colorado School of Mines, he decided to take the next step and got an invitation to the combine. But no one thought he would get that much attention after the first day.

More than seven teams already interviewed him and he now has the looks of a potential first-round pick thanks to a strange blend of speed, athleticism and quickness. The fact that he scored in his first match at the Combine didn’t hurt either, and he has been one of the brightest players during the Camp, making him look like a player worthy of being selected as soon as possible.

Akindele is no doubt a talented player, and he showed that he’s worthy of a first-round pick right at the perfect time. Despite the fact that he played in a lower tier at the college level, he certainly has enough talent to make it the MLS and adding wouldn’t be a reach for a team that needs help on the forward lines.

This year’s class is headlined by defenders like Christian Dean and Steve Birnbaum, but don’t sleep on Akindele’s ability. His stock has risen after each day and he will definitively be a good addition for any team that signs him even during the first round.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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