Game Day 2018 AFL Draft (6:30PM AEDT)

caesar88

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Boy oh boy Kinnear, Harley & co did not **** around at the draft tonight!!!! What a brilliant move, made all the better by getting Blakey for an absolute steal!

Happy times (so far)!!
 
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I really don't see how we can possibly trade into the first round before we match a bid for Blakey. As soon as we do that trade, a bid will be made on Blakey and we will be using that newly acquired first round pick to match. The only way we avoid that is to make the trade for the next pick to come up, but that means we are looking at a pick inside the top 10 if we are getting in before Blakey. I don't see any team wanting to give up a spot in the top 10 this year for uncertainty next year.

The only way we can manage to get another pick in the first round is to make the bid on Blakey and then look at a trade involving future picks, probably has to be our first round pick next year and something else. There is a risk that we don't get the full value of whatever that first round pick would be worth, but if there is a player we really want who is available it would make sense.

I would laugh if we do this after Beatson said yesterday that he didn't expect any live trading in the first round :)
I laughed!

I mentioned this a little while back in the other thread, the possibility to trade back in to the draft after Blakey was selected with a pick that was higher than the ones we actually used to get Blakey.

The way I saw it going down wasn't so daring as this, though. I thought we would be giving up a selection in 2019 to make it happen, I didn't imagine we would trade out our second round pick to park it with another club only to trade it back in after Blakey was selected. I love it, it was even ballsier than how I thought we would do it. But the loophole was there, the club was aware of it, they created a situation where we were in a really strong position to cover a bid on Blakey early while also having a plan to capitalise as much as possible if the bid didn't come as high as some were expecting it to. Anyone in the industry who was blindsided by this wasn't doing their job.

How can you not have faith in this club and the people running it? Time and again we show ourselves to be one step ahead. We have plans, we make them happen. It isn't by accident that we have stayed at the top of the league for so long, it isn't by accident that we were able to lure the biggest name in the game to come and play for us, it isn't by accident that we just pulled off a massive steal, getting a top 10 draft pick for peanuts. Bravo again to the management of this club.

Bring on day two, would love to see Valente picked, captain of SA, MVP at U18 championships, inside midfielder. Ticks a lot of boxes.
 

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I’ll just chuck out a little bit of a wish list with our remaining picks. McLennan, Rowbottom and Grundy

I know we’re all excited about the draft but I really hope we can add Callum Wilkie, Dunkley, that rugby playing ruck and a couple of academy kids in the rookie draft.

Fingers crossed for later today
 

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Crows already picked a mid, and have a stacked midfield. We might get Valente yet. What's the knock on him? Speed?
It’s not really a worthy knock but he just doesn’t have a stand out trait, maybe leadership....? He’s just really even across all the technical football skills. In the mid 20’s he’s great value
 

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It’s not really a worthy knock but he just doesn’t have a stand out trait, maybe leadership....? He’s just really even across all the technical football skills. In the mid 20’s he’s great value
He captained the SA team, leadership isn't an issue. Basically isn't among the fastest players and he doesn't have "x factor", he isn't a flashy kind of player, but he gets the job done on the inside.
 
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