Its probably on par with a 2016. There's 4 standout elite guys (Anderson, Rowell, Young, Flanders) and then the next batch of probably 11 players who are the rung below.What's the quality of this years top end, say top 10, in comparison to other years ??
Last years is shaping up to be the best of all time.
This could really be the worst talls draft of all time. 2016 was bad, this is probably on par if not a bit below. It's why we saw someone like Brodie Kemp playing as a quasi KPD on the weekend and why someone like James Schischka might play there too.
Very poor for kf but I don’t think drafts are normally that much more stocked for key defenders than this year?This could really be the worst talls draft of all time. 2016 was bad, this is probably on par if not a bit below. It's why we saw someone like Brodie Kemp playing as a quasi KPD on the weekend and why someone like James Schischka might play there too.
Gould is the standout but he's not really a true KPD.
Brodie Newman is a 193cm intercept defender. He looks alright, though was disappointed in his game on the weekend. Has played well for Calder this year though.
Sam De Koning is 200cm so good height, but is stick thin and very laconic. Could be good though. Played well on the weekend.
Josh Worrell is 193cm so KPD height but I like him more as a runner.
Fischer McAsey is 196cm and probably the best pure KPD in the draft. very good defensively but can take marks and has decent skills. Likes a scrap.
I'm a fan of Finlay who's 192cm from North Adelaide. Reads the play really well, good one on one, great skills. Worth a look.
Haven't seen enough of Grivell to form an opinion yet.
I think i've got 4 KPD's in my top 60 so it's pretty bare. KPF's aren't much better.
Darren Mead is regularly listed as 193cm from his player bios. I think that was about right. Was already 191cm as a young player at Port.Dad was only 188cm’s, doubt the spurt will come
2016 was a very good year for KPDs.Very poor for kf but I don’t think drafts are normally that much more stocked for key defenders than this year?
I mean 2017 had naughton (who is now a kf) brander (who was a swingman I don’t know if he’s forward or back now?) Noah balta Sam Taylor and Harrison petty
I reckon that’s probably an example of a deep key defender draft and a hard one to match quality wise.
2016 had logue battle and Cox.
Extremely shallow year for key defenders. Battle has only just moved back.
2015 had weitering , Francis , himmelberg doedee burton , Ben Mackay and Kieren Collins.
Pretty decent haul but a couple of those are busts.
I think 2019 will end up looking alright in hindsight. Would be fairly stoked to land any one of this years crop at the right pick.
I think Stephens could make it a top 5. Taheny, Sharp, Serong, Ash and maybe Worrell and Williams, should make it a strong top 10.Its probably on par with a 2016. There's 4 standout elite guys (Anderson, Rowell, Young, Flanders) and then the next batch of probably 11 players who are the rung below.
Last year I had 9 elite guys, then a batch of 14 in the rung below that.
Of the 2016 group, love the look of Battle and Rotham who I reckon will be long term players for their respective clubs. Logue has a lot of potential, injuries have afflicted his time in the AFL so it remains to be seen he's got what it takes. Cox also very talented, not sure the extent to which he makes it though. I note Young and Macreadie have both recently broken in for games, but haven't really formed an assessment on them.2016 was a very good year for KPDs.
Logue, Ridley, McClarty, Watson, Rotham, Battle (if he counts), Cox, Maibaum, Young & Macreadie all went in the top 50. Some of those haven't made it, some of those are yet to impact and some have been alright, but going in it was a very deep draft for KPDs.
2017 had Naughton, Brander, Balta, Taylor, Petty, Clavarino, Payne & Zerk-Thatcher. Pretty deep again. 6 inside the top 40.
We'll see how it goes but at the moment, I can see maybe 4 going in the top 50, and 2 of them aren't even really KPD's. Good value late and through the rookie draft, but its looking light for top end KPD talent.