Preview 2021 AFL National Draft

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King Corey

Jun 9, 2001
Windy Hill Safe Injecting Room
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
St Johnstone
Daniel's boy:

Jesse Motlop - the 17-year-old son of former AFL player Daniel - was electrifying in his Premier League debut for Wanderers.

Motlop kicked three goals in a 53-point win over Tiwi Bombers.

If only Daniel played 77 more games for us.

He bled for the NMFC.

Edit: sorry meant he bled the NMFC

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Premium Platinum
Sep 13, 2011
Independent Republic of Perth
AFL Club
North Melbourne
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Full Article Below:
AFL draft 2020: Alec Waterman, Kalin Lane, Will Collins among WA’s unluckiest players overlooked
Jordan McArdle
The West Australian
Mon, 14 December 2020

Eleven West Aussies realised their AFL dreams in this week’s national and rookie drafts in a huge result for the State.
But there were several more WA talents who should consider themselves unlucky for various reasons.
List cuts saw a lot less players picked up than normal.
But it’s not the end of the road yet with train-on invites set to start next week and the potential of getting picked up in the pre-season supplementary period and mid-season draft.

Alec Waterman

Age: 24

Position: Forward

Height: 182cm

Weight: 88kg

The son of dual West Coast premiership player Chris Waterman should consider himself very unlucky to not get a second AFL chance after the season he put together.

Waterman bounced back from the long-term illness which ruined his first stint in the AFL to produce his best season in the WAFL.

The 24-year-old played most of his career as a big-bodied midfielder but has thrived as a high half-forward this year, winning the Tigers’ EB Cook fairest-and-best medallion.

He is an absolute beast and has one of the best kicks in the competition, a left-foot cannon which can travel 60-plus metres.

Essendon, Fremantle and Geelong were among the clubs keeping close tabs on him for a potential second chance in the AFL, but it wasn’t to be.

It’s not the end of his hopes though with several other ways to get onto a list including train-on invites and the mid-season draft.

Will Collins

Club: Swan Districts

Age: 18

Height: 185cm

Weight: 81kg

Position: Defender

The Swan Districts defender attracted plenty of late interest, mainly from interstate, after a strong finish to the colts season.

Collins’ 2019 campaign was hampered by a foot injury, but he put that behind him to produce a consistent season at full-back.

He’s got good aggression, competes hard and has a raking left boot.

He was impressive in the All-Stars draft showcase series.
Jaiden Hunter

Club: Perth

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 75kg

Position: Ruck / key defender

Similarly to Will Collins, Perth’s Jaiden Hunter attracted plenty of late interest that didn’t eventuate into an AFL gig.

For a player rated higher as a key defender, Hunter did a really good job as a ruckman in Perth's colts campaign.

The athletic big man was thrown into the ruck by Demons coach Michael Pratt because of the team's lack of tall timber, and put together a consistent season despite punching above his weight most weeks.

He got his opportunity down back in the All-Stars matches, holding his own against young gun Logan McDonald in game one and showing some good signs in the finale as well.

He also earned a late invite to the State combine, with a few AFL clubs showing interest in the back half of the season.
Lachlan Vanirsen

Club: Subiaco

Age: 18

Height: 182cm

Weight: 76kg

Position: Midfielder

Vanirsen couldn’t have done much more to show AFL recruiters his talent.

The Subiaco midfielder won pretty much every award possible this season, aside from the colts coaches’ award, which he lost by a vote to Heath Chapman.

He topped the Jack Clarke Medal voting as the competition’s best-and-fairest player to go with the club version.

But he saved his best game for the Lions’ grand final boilover against minor premiers Claremont, taking out the Mel Whinnen Medal in the process.

Vanirsen’s ball-winning ability, clean disposal and scoreboard impact are among his strengths.

He somehow didn’t earn a combine invite but did some good things in the All-Stars opener.
Kalin Lane

Club: Claremont

Age: 18

Height: 204cm

Weight: 93kg

Position: Ruck

The beanpole 204cm ruckman from Denmark-Walpole in the Great Southern was a victim of the AFL’s list cuts.

Lane was seen more of a project player who would need a couple of big pre-seasons in the gym, but will have to now prove himself in the WAFL and potentially go down the mature-aged pathway.

He moves so well around the ground for a big man, with his follow-up work mirroring that of Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy.

Lane featured in both State games and also earned a national combine invite after a breakout colts season, where he averaged 25 hit-outs and five clearances to help Claremont reach the grand final.
Jack Avery

Club: Claremont

Age: 18

Height: 189cm

Weight: 83kg

Position: Defender

It almost felt like Jack Avery’s draft interest peaked mid-season.

He was pretty unlucky late in the season when he rolled his ankle in the colts grand final and didn’t have his best game because of it.

Avery puts up midfield-like numbers across half-back, averaging more than 23 disposals to go with 10 intercept possessions.

He was rewarded with a draft combine invite and a State debut in the All-Stars finale after recovering from the ankle injury.
Finn Gorringe

Club: East Fremantle

Age: 18

Height: 183cm

Weight: 77kg

Position: Midfielder / half-back

Former WA under-18s coach Peter Sumich has urged AFL clubs to take a punt on “no-frills” midfielder Finn Gorringe.

The versatile Shark’s draft stocks rose after massive colts season, winning his team’s best-and-fairest award.

He averaged the equal-second most Champion Data ranking points in the competition with 130 - just two fewer than leader Heath Chapman.

Gorringe has shown he can play both midfield and half-back, with his defensive pressure and hunger for the contest coming to the fore.

Pretty much every teammate of his at colts or State under-18s level gave a glowing review of Gorringe’s work ethic and hunger to make it at the top level.

Nick Martin

Club: Subiaco

From: Noranda JFC

Age: 19

Height: 188cm

Weight: 81kg

Position: Forward

Martin was one of the shining lights for Subiaco this season, playing every game and winning the club’s leading goal-kicker award with 13 majors including two three-goal performances, beating the likes of Ben Sokol and Rhys Waters which is no mean feat.

Looks to have worked on his set shots, which was a knock on his game last year, and has got even fitter to help with a smooth transition to senior ranks.

Played in the winning team in both All-Stars matches, for WA Black in game one and WA Gold in game two, and did some good things.

Rad Roo

Premiership Player
Aug 2, 2017
AFL Club
North Melbourne
It's unlikely we will be bottom in 2021 given how we have recruited and drafted. Team dynamic and club culture will be significantly more upbeat after turfing out the 11. The nice comfortable club should be well and truly dead.
Aug 11, 2020
AFL Club
North Melbourne
If we finish just outside the eight then players such as Jacob Van Rooyen and Cooper Murley would be more in our range.

Jacob Van Rooyen has been likened to Wayne Carey.

Jacob Van Rooyen = The Flying Rooman


the Ziebull

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 14, 2010
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Yeah if we finished outside bottom 6 then lock in Van Rooyen as the best big KPF

but if we finish bottom 6 it would be hard to pass up any of Sonsie, Horne, Sinn, Hobbs, Rachele or Chesser as smaller running players


Norm Smith Medallist
Feb 1, 2008
AFL Club
North Melbourne
THE AFL has announced that the 2020 NAB AFL Draft held on Wednesday, December 9, attracted a total audience of 351,585 – the most watched draft in the history of the game.

The historic 'virtual' draft was up 60 per cent on last year's NAB AFL Draft, with audiences tuning in through the AFL Live Official App (with thanks to Telstra), AFL Digital channels on web and broadcast, Fox Footy and Kayo.

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