2013 Western Bulldogs Mock Draft

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_Mike_

Super Moderator
Aug 10, 2009
26,472
22,044
Victoria
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Western Bulldogs
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Pick 57 - Gold Coast

Suprised noone has taken up this kid yet... (should have been my 30 somthing pick)

Toby Nankervis
Height:199cms
Weight: 100kg
Team/Club: TAS/North Launceston
Position: Ruck/Forward
Player Comparison: Dean Cox
Draft Range: 20-50



It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Toby Nankervis. After bursting onto the scene in last year’s National Championships – it was easy to see that Nankervis had a truck load of natural talent and ability, but still had areas of his game that required further development. In the 2012 National Draft, Nankervis was overlooked, and again in the Preseason and Rookie drafts, which sent home a few “home truths” that clubs felt as though initially he wasn’t even worth a rookie spot, used predominately for development players. He can count himself a bit stiff, given he finished equal-fifth in the clean hands category at the combine, as well as equal-fourth in the goal-kicking test – those stats are key indicators for AFL quality ruckmen. Fast forward to 2013, and Nankervis is a different player, in fact – he can now class himself “elite” after a stellar championships saw him finish with All Australian Honours and the prodigious Harrison Medal (Div 2 best and fairest), in which he jointly won. Nankervis came into the championships wanting to prove himself, and he’s done exactly that – he has impacted in every game he played for Tasmania this year, and arguably was Tasmania’s most important player. Nankervis is a beast, at a touch under 2 metres tall, and weighing in at 100kgs – Nankervis is physically imposing, he has an extremely good endurance base which allows him to move around the ground with ease, playing the number 1 ruck role. Nankervis dominates at the hit outs, racks up abnormally large amounts of the football and is a machine up forward; he is the modern day ruckman. Toby Nankervis is a Darren Jolly (think 2005-2010), type of player. Owns the hit outs, runs all day, and is a brilliant mark and kick for goal – one you can pencil in before it’s kicked. Nankervis also uses his body size to his advantage, he is physical in the air, and loves to crash and bash through packs, and tackles hard. Nankervis’ draft stocks have dramatically risen after a faultless championships, however history tells us that clubs tend to steer clear of using their first round picks on rucks, which may see Nankervis taken in the second to third rounds, but do not discount a club spending a late first round pick on him – the upside here is enormous.

Stregnths

Body size and shape, he incredibly filled out for a player of his size, and is extremely mobile for his height and weight. Considered to be this year’s best if not second best ruck prospect and his ability to be a dangerous forward target is what makes him so much of a weapon. Rucks extremely well, throws his weight around, likes to tackle, has strong hands in a contest and has a serious competitive edge

Weaknesses

Athletic ability might be Nankervis’ biggest issue. He was overlooked in last year’s draft, and wasn’t considered good enough to be worth a rookie spot which speaks volumes about his development this year. He needs to build up his endurance and agility as he is very much a “straight forward runner”.

Dogs_r_barking


*edit - maybe we (The Dogs) should look at this kid?
 

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_M_16_

Premiership Player
Nov 26, 2009
3,248
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Melbourne
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Western Bulldogs
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Post in a minute, I saves a list of draftees and deleted the taken ones one by one, but lost it grrr, so be painstaking going through it again
 

_M_16_

Premiership Player
Nov 26, 2009
3,248
3,989
Melbourne
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Liv FC, LA Rams, Pitt Pen, Michigan
Knightmare has him listed as the exact same pick when I decided to take him, and before I realsied.

#62 Essendon - Thomas Shanahan (WA – Mid)
Height: 183cm, Weight: 75kg, DOB: 28/04/1995
Recruited from: East Perth
Style:
Player comparison:
Range: 30-rookie
Profile: Shanahan is someone who has really made a case for selection with some incredibly impressive production. He’s winning his own footy inside the contest but also finding plenty of it outside and linking up well. He’s a strong tackler and plays a solid two way game. He’s got excellent endurance and runs all day. He’s not the most damaging user of the footy and not a freak athlete but he’s still been exceptionally impressive and is deserving of selection
 

timtamWB

Resident Biscuit
Jun 3, 2012
20,858
25,228
Melbourne
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Western Bulldogs
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Gold City Royals
Pick 63 - Collingwood - Karl Amon

Knightmare's write up:

Height: 180cm, Weight: 73kg, DOB: 19/08/1995
Amon doesn’t find a whole lot of the footy at this stage but when he does he has the ability to really do damage. Amon has some linebreaking pace to him and can really take on the game but then also has damaging footskills with real hurt factor on that left foot of his. He has some penetration on that kick and has the ability to hit his targets over a variety of distances as well as finish when within range. He’s got the versatility to play forward, back or on a wing so he gives you plenty of options.

Dannnnnnnnnn
 

Dannnnnnnnnn

Moderator
Aug 24, 2012
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Pick #64 - Richmond - Ben Sokol​
Height - 183cm​
Weight - 87kg​
Ben's a really competitive small forward who plays much taller than he is, with the added ability to rotate through the midfield. He's both incredibly strong, rarely being beaten in the air, as well as being able to find the ball effortlessly both inside and outside the contest. He judges the flight perfectly and is much more capable than your average player of his height overhead. Has a few things to work on - namely disposal - but should be a serviceable player at this pick.​
 

texdog

Senior List
Oct 9, 2012
283
93
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
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Manchester City, Oklahoma Thunder
Pick 65-Carlton-Matt Sully
Mature age pickup and will be great depth
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Chris Grant

Club Legend
Jul 9, 2012
1,886
1,412
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Western Bulldogs
Pick 69 - Fremantle - Errin Wasley-Black
189cm, 80kg

Medium defender that can play tall or small. Very quick player that runs hard and is a real playmaker from defence. He's also generally a good user of the ball and is clean at both ground level and in the air. One big criticism of him is I've yet to have seen him make an impact as a midfielder and he can have some really bad off days when his confidence down.

threenewpadlocks
 

StringyDog

Party Pieman
Oct 10, 2007
7,613
5,197
Melbourne
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Western Bulldogs
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Van Canucks, Cin Bengals
Pick 73 Melbourne - Jack Johnstone

Has had a bit of a breakout in form on second half of 2013 for Williamstown as one of the better players in second half of year. Has some nice pace and run and carry through midfield so is ale to link up in chain and also get on end of chain to hit scoreboard playing through midfield.

Snarling Bulldog
 

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