Review 2008 - Re-do the 2008 draft

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With all these threads I thought I would start one for 2008
Couldnt find another one so sorry if there is already one.
For me

This is only MY opinion

1 Nic Nat
2 Hurley
3 Sidebottom
4 Zaharakis
5 Shuey
6 Beams
7 Sloane
8 Redden
9 Hartlett
10 Rich

I will probably cop a bit a flack for having Zaka high but I think he is quite underrated coming of a B&F season and doesnt get much media attention along with Redden.

Shiels, Yarran and Trengove on the cusp.
 

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Am I the only one who thinks Hurley is a little bit overrated?

He's tremendously skillful and has a lot of upside, but doesn't kick nearly as many goals as he should in a dominant team playing as a key foward.
He is overrated, but I would still have him at two, FWIW Nic Nat is overrated as well.
 

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With all these threads I thought I would start one for 2008
Couldnt find another one so sorry if there is already one.
For me

1 Nic Nat
2 Hurley
3 Sidebottom
4 Zaharakis
5 Shuey
6 Beams
7 Sloane
8 Redden
9 Hartlett
10 Ziebell

I will probably cop a bit a flack for having Zaka high but I think he is quite underrated coming of a B&F season and doesnt get much media attention along with Redden.
Don't get me wrong, I think he's a very good player, but with the exception of Ziebell, I'd take everybody you've listed under him before.
 

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I am an Essendon supporter and I seriously think Michael Hurley is fast becoming the most over rated player going around.

Sure he shows glimpses here and there, but in terms of output, there is a handful of guys ahead of him at this stage of there careers..
 

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This has been done to death, my goodness...search button is your friend. After Hurley's deplorable start to this season, I wouldn't be putting this up if I were you!
 

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The amount of quick skilful players in this draft is insane.

Shuey, Zaharakis, Hartlett, Yarran. I'm sure there is more.
 

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I am an Essendon supporter and I seriously think Michael Hurley is fast becoming the most over rated player going around.

Sure he shows glimpses here and there, but in terms of output, there is a handful of guys ahead of him at this stage of there careers..
:thumbsu:

He needs to sort his shit out. A move to defence would do him well.
 

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A top ten based on output would look something like this;

1. Sidebottom
2. Beams
3. Naitanui
4. Shuey
5. Rockliff
6. Zaharakis
7. Redden
8. Hurley (pre 2012 was really good)
9. Robinson
10. Sloane

But in my opinion the top end talent of this draft will come through over the next couple of years; the Watts', Yarran's, Hill's, etc.

Over there careers I'd expect the top 10 to be quite different, especially considering the good KPP talent in the top 20.
 

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A top ten based on output would look something like this;

1. Sidebottom
2. Beams
3. Naitanui
4. Shuey
5. Rockliff
6. Zaharakis
7. Redden
8. Hurley (pre 2012 was really good)
9. Robinson
10. Sloane

But in my opinion the top end talent of this draft will come through over the next couple of years; the Watts', Yarran's, Hill's, etc.

Over there careers I'd expect the top 10 to be quite different, especially considering the good KPP talent in the top 20.
Shuey is too high. Missed most of seasons 2009 and 2010 due to injury.
 

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It's a fascinating draft.

Who will end up the best player? Hartlett? Shuey? Sidebottom?

Will Watts start to creep into people's top 10 lists?

Will the fast starters (Hurley, Rich, Redden, Hill etc.) fall out of favour?

1-2 Naitanui-Shuey for mine, not fussed about the rest.;)
 

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Hasn't Daniel Rich fallen off everyone's radar! I for one would like to revisit this list in say 5 years time. I think KP players like Schoenmakers/Davis might eventually push themselves into this top 10 list as defensive rocks take time to develop smarts/bulk. Even Jack Watts might end up being a good half back/wingman.

One player I'm still not 100% sold on is Naitanui. Good ruckman but for a guy that size he doesn't take that many marks.
 

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Zaharakis is the most underrated player on this list. Cannot understand how people don't rate him. I love watching him play. Absolute jet. Gets a lot of possession, uses it well and does a lot of the little things that don't show up in the stats sheet.
 

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I am an Essendon supporter and I seriously think Michael Hurley is fast becoming the most over rated player going around.

Sure he shows glimpses here and there, but in terms of output, there is a handful of guys ahead of him at this stage of there careers..
It's no coincidence that the fittest players lead these silly threads early in the piece.

Hurley is never going to realise his potential until he gets his strength up to scratch.

The good judges (me) know that he is not going to stamp himself on the competition until he is at least 23.

The same rationale applies to Watts and Ziebell.

The true absurdity of this thread is the rationale applied to Hurley that is not extended to Natanui. Natanui is comfortably the most overhyped player in the entire competition, much less this draft. His single claim to fame is that he can jump.
 

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Knives are out for Michael Hurley after one game where if he kicks straight he is one of the top 5 players on the night.

His confidence in front of goal is shot but apart from that he is doing everything that is asked from him.

Yes, I agree he probably wouldn't be ranked at 2 based on output but there aren't many players I'd swap him for.
 
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