Time for a draft thread already? I was getting it ready two weeks ago, but suddenly it looks like we wont be picking quite so early. So I put it on the back burner. But it's never too early! Most of the states haven't quite finalised their initial squads yet, but there are a few lists to look at... For starters, the AIS/AFL squad... These are the 'big' names and it's a fairly good mix. There's something for everyone, just depends what you're after. Early form this year has midfielders Cameron Rayner and Luke Davies-Uniacke as quickly climbing the draft board. Generally, the top prospects are considered to be utility Darcy Fogarty, small midfielder/forward Jack Higgins, midfielders Lochie O'Brien and James Worpel along with KPPs Sam Hayes and Jarrod Brander. And just as a side note, Charlie Spargo and Jarrod Brander are not part of any Academies. So they're free for the taking and are shaping as first round picks. Meanwhile, we've got the South Australian U18 Academy list here. While follow the links on this page to see Vic Country's preliminary list and some trial squads for both Country and Metro. For WA, it's not looking like a great year. They haven't named any academy yet, but 6 players featured last year as 17 year olds - Sam Taylor, Matthew Young, Jake Patmore, Aaron Naughton, Jaxon Cahill and Brandon Starcevich. In 2015 though, this was the WA U16 squad. Speaking of 2015, Vic Country won the U16 Championships and Queensland took home Division 2. The MVPs were - Hunter Clark (VC), Lachlan Fogarty (VM), Isaac Hewson (SA), Callan England (WA), Charlie Spargo (NSW), Connor Ballenden (QLD), Lachlan Clifford (TAS) and Kieren Parnell (NT). With Jack Higgins (Div 1) and Charlie Spargo (Div 2) taking home the B&Fs overall. So what positions could we be looking at this year? I'll do my best to offer up some names, as early as it is. Or simply just give some heights and stats for whoever.