Preview 2021 AFL National Draft | NM - #1, #20, #38, #69, #74, #92, #110

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giantroo

Bleeding Blue and White
Sep 23, 2005
77,555
184,414
Melbourne
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North Melbourne
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What sorta player is ZT? Midfielder?
Mid.

As per Souup. Souup had him ranked at 17.

Tier 4
15 - Paul Curtis
16 - Jack Williams
17 - Zac Taylor
18 - Hugh Jackson
19 - Ned Long
20 - Josh Ward
21 - Matt Roberts
22 - Jacob Van Rooyen
23 - Toby Conway

Great pick-up mate! Not many talk about him but I've been a fan since watching him in round 1 this season and since then he's made the transition from wing to on-ball and absolutely torn it apart (averaging 31 touches, 7 marks, 7 clearances, 6 tackles, and 160 ranking points in the last 4 games). He's the Lachie Neale of this draft - no better comparison for me. He can do it on the inside as well as on the outside and is very clean.

I'd argue he's one of the best kicks in this draft (beautiful off both feet), and as you mentioned, he's agile, works hard around the ground and spreading from the contest and his delivery going inside 50 is sublime.

I think the reason no one is taking notice or talking about him is because of his size - everyone wants to find the next big-bodied midfielder in the mould of Cripps, Oliver, Bontempelli etc. and are too worried that those sleight-bodied closer to 180cm types will get bullied in there. When I put my rankings out the other day I had him in the top 20 and he won't be dropping out of that range.
 

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Roosurgence

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 25, 2006
12,285
17,295
Mount Waverley
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North Melbourne
Surely the list management team have seen enough of Horne now to put any talk of trading out Pick 1 to bed?

On the weekend while he wasn’t prolific, in a wet weather game he was clean, he was combative and he runs hard both ways. All as an 18 year old in a SANFL final.

He is by no means perfect, but it seems silly not to take a kid with this level of talent and competitiveness.

Many have said it, this kid could be a match winner and a potential superstar. This club has been crying out for a Marquee Player for a while now and while it’s no guarantee, this kid shows he has the tools to be anything. Unless some club is willing to sacrifice their future and give us the most ridiculous deal, then you turn off the phone and announce him on draft night.
 

Psicosis

Norm Smith Medallist
May 7, 2012
7,170
21,464
Bird Rock
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Surely the list management team have seen enough of Horne now to put any talk of trading out Pick 1 to bed?

On the weekend while he wasn’t prolific, in a wet weather game he was clean, he was combative and he runs hard both ways. All as an 18 year old in a SANFL final.

He is by no means perfect, but it seems silly not to take a kid with this level of talent and competitiveness.

Many have said it, this kid could be a match winner and a potential superstar. This club has been crying out for a Marquee Player for a while now and while it’s no guarantee, this kid shows he has the tools to be anything. Unless some club is willing to sacrifice their future and give us the most ridiculous deal, then you turn off the phone and announce him on draft night.
Think it's fair to say that he ticks all the boxes that Noble, Clayton & Rawlings have preached.

Competitiveness
Leadership
Talent
Balance of attack & defense
Winning 1 on 1 contests
Clean 1 possession player

It's become clear to me that these are the traits which saw us recruit Phillips.
 

Themanbun

Premiership Player
Apr 19, 2019
4,966
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Surely the list management team have seen enough of Horne now to put any talk of trading out Pick 1 to bed?

On the weekend while he wasn’t prolific, in a wet weather game he was clean, he was combative and he runs hard both ways. All as an 18 year old in a SANFL final.

He is by no means perfect, but it seems silly not to take a kid with this level of talent and competitiveness.

Many have said it, this kid could be a match winner and a potential superstar. This club has been crying out for a Marquee Player for a while now and while it’s no guarantee, this kid shows he has the tools to be anything. Unless some club is willing to sacrifice their future and give us the most ridiculous deal, then you turn off the phone and announce him on draft night.
Agreed. It's also clear that South Adelaide were using him defensively as well. He chased harder than his teammates, was always positioned on the defensive side of the stoppage, etc. I'd love to see what he could do if unleashed though.
 

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Psicosis

Norm Smith Medallist
May 7, 2012
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Think it's fair to say that he ticks all the boxes that Noble, Clayton & Rawlings have preached.

Competitiveness
Leadership
Talent
Balance of attack & defense
Winning 1 on 1 contests
Clean 1 possession player

It's become clear to me that these are the traits which saw us recruit Phillips.
Further to this... I'm a big WAP fan, but JHF is every bit that WAP is in each of these boxes, if not more.
 

susurrar

Team Captain
Apr 30, 2018
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maybe im seeing what i want to see, and i do understand that daicos is putting up monstrous numbers and will probably be a good player, but thats not a very impressive highlights tape at all
 

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