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Everything OSU fans need to know about the NWSL draft

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OSU midfielder/defender Kim Rodriguez looks on during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Bedlam soccer match on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at John Crain Field in Norman, Ok.

What is the NWSL draft?

The NWSL draft is the National Women’s Soccer League’s annual draft. The 2021 draft will be held on Wednesday. There are four rounds where 10 players will each be drafted. The upcoming draft will be the ninth draft in league history and will be held virtually because of COVID-19.

Who is eligible for the NWSL draft on Oklahoma State?

In the past, players would have to declare for the draft in order to be picked by a team. However, because COVID-19 hit the league so hard, the NWSL announced that all college seniors will be eligible to be drafted, whether they declared or not.

What if a Cowgirl is drafted?

If a Cowgirl is drafted, she will have three options:

The first option is to immediately report to her new team. In this case, the player would forego her college eligibility and become a professional soccer player.

The second option is to delay reporting to her new team until after the spring. As long as the player doesn’t hire an agent, she can compete in the NCAA spring soccer season that will include the Women’s College Cup with her college team.

The third option is to stay in college for an additional year. Remember, seniors are allowed to do this because of an NCAA COVID exception. If a drafted player decides to return for another year of college, their rights will still be owned by the team that drafted them until the 2022 NWSL pre-season begins, whether it is their intention to play in the league or not.

Have any Cowgirls declared for the draft?

According to OSU athletics, no Cowgirls have declared for the draft and all plan on returning for the spring and/or the fall.

This means each OSU player who could potentially be drafted, of the three previously described options, will be selecting either option two or three.

Will any Cowgirls be drafted?

As most sports fans know, drafts of all kinds are somewhat unpredictable, but there are a couple of things OSU fans can know for sure.

OSU senior defender Kim Rodriguez has a good shot at being selected early in the draft. She is No. 19 on a big board of prospects put together by Chris Henderson of allwhitekit.com. Rodriguez has been a four-year starter at OSU and one of the Cowgirls’ best players during her time in Stillwater.

The only other OSU Cowgirl to appear on Henderson’s big board was fellow senior defender Charmé Morgan, who came in at No. 72.

The Cowgirls have a number of experienced players who could potentially catch the eye of an NWSL team. Players such as Gabriella Coleman, Camy Huddleston, Hannah Webb and Grace Yochum could return to college for another year to try and boost their draft stock or attempt to sign on with an NWSL team after the draft like their former teammate Jaci Jones did.

How can OSU fans watch the draft?

The draft will be streamed exclusively on the NWSL’s twitch page at 6 p.m. central time on Wednesday.

Have the Cowgirls had anyone drafted before?

OSU has had one player drafted when goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft.

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