Setting expectations for Orlando City's SuperDraft picks

2022 Division I Men's Soccer Semifinal
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W Shakur Mohammed
Expectations: Reliable depth winger or high-level offensive fullback

Orlando believed in Duke forward Shakru Mohammed during the SuperDraft. The Lions traded away a multi-year starer in Ruan to acquire the Ghanaian forward. The 19-year-old winger was one of the best players in college soccer for the Blue Devils and Orlando worked aggressivley to select him with the No. 2 pick.

With that level of belief and investment, Mohammed will likely get a real chance to be a first-team contributor this season. He'll most likely get an opportunity to serve as a key reserve on the wing, and will get minutes with all the competitions on the schedule this year.

There's also a possibility that Mohammed becomes an ultra-attacking right back. In 2020, the New England Revolution deployed rookie Tajon Buchanan in that role during the playoffs to tear through Philadelphia and Orlando en route to a conference final appearance.

Good attacking players in college often find their permanent professional homes at fullback, or at least spend a little time in defense. Maybe Mohammed is locked in as a forward, but there's precedent for a player like him filling in along the backline.