Your eyes may not lie but they’re looking through navy blue glasses. He’s a promising young player, I wanted him for the price he’d come at but you can’t assume he’s going to make significant gains while discounting the chance that others do too. Right as we sit he’s not close to any of those mentioned in the post you replied to on exposed form and while he may get there, your blind faith is likely a little premature. He behind 2 bombers players for a start (McGrath & Ridley, I won’t count Begley), let alone Taranto, McCluggage, SPS, SPP, Florent, Hayward, English, Witherden, Fisher, Battle, Stewart and others.
As a few have mentioned the shine is starting to wear off of Witherden. He is a good kick no doubt and can find himself quite a bit of football in the back half but his pace and fitness is looking like it will limit him as a footballer. He really needs a couple of monster pre seasons if he is going to continue to improve and become a top line player. I'm not sure he should be mentioned in the top ten in this thread tbh.
Last year I would've had Witherden inside the top 10 comfortably. This year he has gone backwards a fair bit and is very lucky to keep his spot in the side. He is slow, doesn't work hard, and gets beaten regularly 1 on 1. His weapon is his kicking but even that has been sub-par this season, he turns it over quite a lot and is lacking the confidence he had in his first 2 seasons where he would pull the trigger on very risky kicks and most of the time pull them off, he hasn't done much of that at all this season. Hopefuly he can turn it around. I'd have him currently around his original draft position at 20ish.
My post is probably more suited to the Lions board 😊 as lots of Lions fans are very harsh on him. I do agree he's got lots of work to do in terms of improvement. But as a 3rd year player, I just don't think he's been as bad as some lions fans make out.
Other than your current draft ranking, i think your assessment of his kicking is a little harsh. He really hasn't been that inconsistent by foot IMO, but I do agree he is taking less risks this year. His disposal efficiency is actually up 5% this year. And about 10% on his first year. Perhaps he is following Fagan's instructions to not take any risks at this stage of the season... the disposal efficiency improvement would support that.
Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? With us being 5-3 currently, I am leaning towards the "wait and see" option.