NLL Expansion: Panther City LC Mock Draft

New York – Connor Kelly (RF)

This selection is all about talent. You would be hard-pressed to find an unprotected forward with more high-end tools (excluding the veteran unrestricted free agent group). Connor Kelly has shown impressive patience in the pick-and-roll game as both the ball carrier and the roller. Even with his relative inexperience in the box game, Kelly executes crease dives and crashes the glass like a seasoned professional. He finished 10th among forwards in offensive rebounding with 5.95 LBs per 20 minutes.

Philadelphia – Anthony Joaquim (LD)

If just accounting for lacrosse factors, this should be the selection. At 6’2 205 lbs, Joaquim can defend every archetype of forward. He was employed in all situations and played the 4th most minutes for the Philadelphia defense.

Rochester – John Wagner (LD)

Wagner’s greenness to high-level box lacrosse caused him to slip in the 2019 Entry Draft. Prior to his rookie year, he had played just 34 games of junior lacrosse, with just six of those games coming at the Junior A level. Wagner is an impressive athlete who was a bright spot on the Riptide defense. Inexperience aside, Wagner caused turnovers at the 6th highest rate in the entire league (1.50 per 20 minutes).

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