There is of course the conspiracy theory that SOS never actually wanted to trade for Martin at all, preferring the PSD because of the healthy state of our TPP after the Cogs deal feel through. Probably total BS, but I do love a good conspiracy theory....Probably sums up Essendon to a Tee.
In fairness, we were rated down because we missed both Papley and Martin during the trade period. I know we ended up with Martin in the PSD, but it wasn't ideal.
The combination of Kemp and Philp will probably end up being a better outcome than Papley on his own, assuming pick 9 would have got the job done.
I will say I am a little nervous that we overlooked Deven Robertson though.
Robertson was an interesting one...some clubs rated him highly, but Tigers also overlooked him as well for Dow, so something just doesn't add up there. Even Port were willing to trade with Lions rather than selecting him at pick 22.