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MLS MOCK DRAFT: We took defender Keith Traut with NYCFC’s second round pick

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Our sole selection comes from Queens by way of SUNY Albany’s Great Danes, where he was captain in 2016.

CLICK HERE to check out the results of SB Nation’s full Mock SuperDraft!

Thanks to conditions attached to the acquisition of Kwadwo Poku’s MLS rights from Seattle in early 2015, New York City FC had to surrender its first round SuperDraft pick to the defending champs this year. Considering that former first rounders Khiry Shelton and Jack Harrison are among the brightest talents in all the Five Boroughs, you’re not wrong if this feels like drag.

Luckily, a native son is here to bewitch your hearts and jolt you back into good humor— that is, if Claudio Reyna and the front office choose to follow Hudson River Blue’s advice for the second round of the SuperDraft.

In what was a truly spectacular affair, the SB Nation MLS crew conducted a mock draft over the weekend. When it came time for us to make the 38th selection, we looked inside our hearts and tapped defender Keith Traut of ye olde State University of New York at Albany.

Here’s our elevator pitch for Mr. Traut:

The Great Danes' captain played predominately as a right fullback, but this 6'2" Queens native has the kind of athleticism that should earn him a look at a few different positions on the pitch, including the much-needed Number Six.

Given that a number of NYCFC signings for 2017 have yet to be made, we knew we wanted a versatile guy ready to make a defensive contribution. Patrick Vieira isn’t afraid to convert a fullback into a CDM, and Traut’s size ought to earn him a look as a center back in a pinch. The fact that this a true blue local lad is icing on the cake.

And who doesn’t like cake?