*My mock draft has moved to a new home here. So I was looking at some of the draft prospects for this season, and figured I'd put them together into some sort of a list. I decided not to bother with making it into a phantom, because that would mean having to predict a final ladder. And I've never been good at tipping. History suggests that half of the players I've listed will probably slip through to the rookie draft, or go undrafted all together. That's just what happens this early on - some players drop off, while others work their way up as the season goes on. Top 50 1. Lachlan Whitfield - 184cm midfielder, Dandenong 2. Jimmy Toumpas - 182cm midfielder, Woodville West Torrens 3. Jake Stringer - 191cm midfielder, Bendigo 4. Mason Shaw - 197cm forward, South Fremantle 5. Josh Simpson - 181cm midfielder, East Fremantle More of the same at the top of the order. The only one of note here is Josh Simpson, who might not be this highly rated by others. But he has everything I look for in a player - natural feel for the game, skills, attack and versatility. Considering what he produced last year, I can't wait to see more. 6. Brodie Grundy - 201cm ruckman, Sturt 7. Liam McBean - 202cm ruckman, Calder Cannons 8. Jack Viney - 177cm midfielder, Oakleigh 9. Matthew Haynes - 189cm midfielder, Northern Knights 10. Laine Wilkins - 190cm midfielder, Peel I didn't really want to split Grundy and McBean, because I can't pick which player will be chosen first. Who would you rather, Darren Jolly or Brad Ottens? Could go either way, and there is a case for each player. As for the others, Haynes might be the more well known prospect being from Victoria and all, but I like Wilkins as a similar player. 11. Joe Daniher - 200cm forward, Calder Cannons 12. Lachlan Plowman - 192cm defender, Calder Cannons 13. Tanner Smith - 194cm defender, North Ballarat 14. Shannon Taylor - 177cm forward, Claremont 15. Sam Mayes - 185cm forward, North Adelaide The first of the KPDs come off the board now, and I have Plowman just pipping Smith to be taken first. Both are a good size and strong defensively, but Plowman has a better attacking side to his game. Mayes might appear a bit lower than usual, but while I do rate him highly I'm still waiting to see more of him in a midfield role. 16. Jonathan O'Rourke - 183cm midfielder, Calder Cannons 17. Nathan Wright - 183cm midfielder, Dandenong 18. Clay Cameron - 190cm defender, Mt Gravatt 19. Daniel Williamson - 179cm midfielder, Norwood 20. Nick Vlastuin - 187cm midfielder, Northern Knights Cameron looks to be one of the better players to come out of Queensland for a while, although that just means he'll be a zone selection. But anyway, I prefer him as a defender to a forward which is why I listed him as one, as opposed to others. Williamson meanwhile is one of my personal favourites out of SA, maybe not a game changer, but not unlike a Toby Greene or Clay Smith either. This also might seem low for Vlastuin, I have him somewhere in the 10-20 range. I see him a bit like a Dom Tyson or Reece Conca, a good solid player but others might have the higher ceiling. 21. Troy Menzel - 185cm forward, Central Districts 22. Sean Lynch - 185cm defender, South Fremantle 23. Dayle Garlett - 181cm forward, Swan Districts 24. Ben Kennedy - 174cm midfielder, Glenelg 25. Emmanuel Irra - 180cm midfielder, South Adelaide Just SA and WA guys featuring here. They are all attacking and skilled players. All of them would be very good picks around the 20-25 range. Kennedy could be this years Prestia/Smith, someone who is consistently underrated because of his size but goes higher on ability. I also tend to think Irra will go quite high, just for his intangibles alone. 26. Chase Bower - 189cm defender, Norwood 27. Aidan Corr - 194cm defender, Northern Knights 28. Jed Anderson - 178cm midfielder, Darwin/GWS 29. Kamdyn McIntosh - 193cm defender, Peel 30. Brodie Murdoch - 188cm forward, Glenelg Anderson is all but gone to GWS, but the others are all potentially quality KPPs. Corr is a big guy who can play at either end, and McIntosh is a nice player in the McInnes mould. I was a big fan of Jordan Murdoch last year, and it's no different this year with Brodie. He is more of a classic forward as opposed to a flanker, but there is lots to like there. 31. Spencer White - 194cm forward, Western Jets 32. Todd McKay - 175cm midfielder, South Adelaide 33. Rory Atkins - 185cm midfielder, Calder Cannons 34. Adam Carter - 179cm defender, South Fremantle 35. Jason Pongracic - 182cm midfielder, Dandenong I expect more key forwards to stake their claims as the season goes on, but for now I think White is as good a prospect as any. Showed promise last season, and is a big strong marking player. The other four are quite similar style players, Carter in particular is only this low because his midfield game hasn't been showcased quite as much so far. But I'd expect him to step up for WA this year, and climb the rankings. 36. James Stewart - 197cm forward, Sandringham 37. Eddy O'Connor - 183cm midfielder, Norwood 38. Chris Yarran - 183cm forward, Perth 39. Craig Moller - 204cm ruckman, GWS 40. Josh Archer - 190cm defender, Sturt Stewart and Moller are pencilled in with clubs already, the question is only where they'll be picked. I've spoken about O'Connor and Archer in the SA draft prospects thread, and I really like them. Both are promising athletic types, and I'm looking forward to watching them develop. Yarran meanwhile is a hard one to place, just because unlike others his game is nearly entirely played in the forward fifty. He is dangerous up there, just hasn't shown all of what he could possibly do. 41. Brant Colledge - 192cm forward, Perth 42. Oliver Wines - 185cm midfielder, Bendigo 43. Nathan Hrovat - 174cm midfielder, Northern Knights 44. Jesse Lonergan - 182cm midfielder, Launceston 45. Brandon Jack - 180cm midfielder, Pennant Hills A couple of Division 2 players here, and the first from Tasmania. Lonergan was a stand out for Tasmania last year, and I expect most of the attention to on him again this year. Brandon Jack will be an interesting one to watch on draft day, the success of Kieran Jack will likely see him go earlier than he otherwise might have. 46. Braedon McLean - 182cm midfielder, NT Thunder 47. Tim Membrey - 188cm forward, Gippsland 48. Jackson Thurlow - 189cm forward, Launceston 49. Michael McMahon - 186cm forward, North Adelaide 50. Mason Middleton - 191cm forward, West Adelaide And the list finishes off with some strong forwards. Membrey and Middleton are both big bodied players, with Middleton particularly being a real presence at full forward. McMahon has simply forced his way onto this list through his early performances. And as people probably know by now, I love my NT players just as much as those from SA. But having said that, McLean didn't get on this list by being from NT alone - he has a lot of talent.