Prediction 2021 GWS Board Mock AFL National Draft

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Giant Strides

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2021 National Draft Selections

1. North Melbourne - Jason Horne-Francis (SA)
2. Western Bulldogs - Sam Darcy (VM), matching a bid from GWS Giants
3. Collingwood - Nick Daicos (VM), matching a bid from GWS Giants
4. Hawthorn - Finn Callaghan (VM)
5. Gold Coast Suns - Josh Ward (VM)
6. Adelaide - Ben Hobbs (VC)
7. GWS Giants - Mac Andrew (VC) **plus Hawthorn's 2022 first round selection**
8. Fremantle - Neil Erasmus (WA)
9. Richmond - Josh Gibcus (VC)
10. Fremantle - Tyler Sonsie (VM)
11. St Kilda - Josh Rachele (VC)
12. West Coast Eagles - Matt Johnson (WA)
13. Essendon - Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (SA)
14. Port Adelaide - Arlo Draper
15. GWS Giants - Jye Amiss (WA)
16. Brisbane Lions - Matt Roberts (SA)
17. Richmond - Josh Sinn (VM)
18. Sydney Swans - Campbell Chesser (VC)
19. Melbourne - Michito Owens (VM)
20. Brisbane Lions - Jacob Van Rooyen (WA)

21. Fremantle - Josh Goater (VM)
22. North Melbourne - Darcy Wilmot (VM)
23. Hawthorn - Jack Williams (WA)
24. Geelong Cats - Josh Browne (WA)
25. Hawthorn - Sam Butler (VC)
26. GWS - Josh Fahey (NSW), matching a bid from Carlton
27. Carlton - Zac Taylor (VM)
28. Richmond - Mitch Knevitt (VC)
29. Richmond - Leek Alleer (SA)
30. West Coast Eagles - Blake Howes (VM)
31. Geelong Cats - Rhett Bazzo (WA)
32. Sydney Swans - Judson Clarke (VC)
33. Geelong Cats - Corey Warner (WA)
34. Adelaide - Jesse Motlop (WA)
35. Geelong Cats - Toby Conway (VC)
36. West Coast Eagles - Angus Sheldrick (WA)
37. Melbourne - Tom Brown (VC)
38. Richmond - Connor Macdonald (VC)
39. Melbourne - Taj Woewodin (WA), matching a bid by Sydney Swans
40. Sydney Swans - Braden Andrews (VM)

41. Richmond - Cooper Murley (SA)
42. Brisbane Lions - Paul Curtis (VC)
43. North Melbourne - Lachlan Rankin (VM)
44. North Melbourne - Brady Hough (WA)
45. Geelong Cats - Lachie Paton (WA)
46. St Kilda - Marcus Windhager (VM), matching a bid by Essendon
47. Essendon - Blake Schlensog (WA)
48. Brisbane - pass due to list spots
49. Collingwood - Ned Long (VM)
50. Essendon - Jamieson Ballantyne (VC)
51. Melbourne - James Tunstill (WA)
52. Collingwood - James Willis (SA)
53. Hawthorn - Miller Bergman (VC)
54. Brisbane - pass due to list spots
55. Fremantle - Kade Dittmar (WA)
56. Port Adelaide - Charlie Dean (VFL)
57. Carlton - Sam Breuer (VC)
58. Hawthorn - Sam Banks (Tas)
59. Western Bulldogs - Charlie Molan (VC)
60. St Kilda - Hugh Stagg (SA)
61. Collingwood - Ronald Fejo jnr (NT)
62. St Kilda - Jake Soligo (VM)
63. Melbourne (*pick 44 remnant from matching Taj Woewodin) - pass due to list spots
64. West Coast Eagles - Morgan Ferres (SA)
65. Fremantle - pass, leaving a spot vacant on main list
66. Sydney Swans - Joshua Cripps (WA)
67. St Kilda (* pick 55 remnant from Marcus Windhager) - pass, leaving a spot vacant on main list
68. Port Adelaide - Jase Burgoyne (SA), matching a bid by North Melbourne
69. North Melbourne - Anthony Caminiti (VM)
70. Port Adelaide - pass, leaving a spot vacant on main list
71. Adelaide - Arthur Jones (WA)

Expended picks moved to the back of the draft:
Western Bulldogs
Western Bulldogs
Western Bulldogs
Collingwood
Collingwood
GWS Giants

Selectors:

Adelaide - Andre the Giant
Brisbane - JC100
Carlton - Determinant
Collingwood - Giant Strides
Essendon - fridgeman
Fremantle - GWS Goose
Geelong - Orange crush
Gold Coast - GWS Goose
GWS - JC100
Hawthorn - Danny88
Melbourne - PMBangers
North Melbourne - PMBangers
Port Adelaide - fridgeman
Richmond - Andre the Giant
St Kilda - Determinant
Sydney - Danny88
West Coast - Orange crush
Western Bulldogs - Giant Strides
 
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Andre the Giant

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Selection 34 - Adelaide - Jesse Motlop

SOUTH FREMANTLE young small forward Jesse Motlop, the son of former Port Adelaide and North Melbourne player Daniel, has had an impressive 2021 season across the WAFL Colts and PSA competitions. His form and undeniable potential earned him a WAFL League debut with South Fremantle, against fellow finals contenders Swan Districts. The Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospect ended up being an important part of the side’s six-goal victory, chiming in with two goals of his own in the third quarter whilst setting up a few more throughout the entirety of the game.

POCKET PROFILE
Jesse Motlop South Fremantle/Western Australia
DOB: 23/11/2003 Height/Weight: 176cm/74kgPosition: Small Forward/Midfielder
Strengths: Speed, smarts, goal sense
2021 Averages: WAFL Colts (4 games)
15.3 disposals | 2.5 marks | 3.0 tackles | 4.0 inside 50s | 1.5 goals (6 total)

Orange crush you’re up son!
 

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Ok despite geelong being where rucks go to die .... we’ll take a shot at local boy Toby Conway
Height204cmWeight90kgCurrent TeamGeelong Falcons

POSITION: Ruck

SNAPSHOT: “A strong and smart ruck, who has a high endurance base and work rate that helps him get around the ground into ball-winning positions, as well as being a dominant force at stoppages.”

Toby Conway is the number one pure ruck choice in the 2021 AFL National Draft. The Geelong Falcons big man stands at 204cm and 90kg, and is hard to beat at stoppages with his sheer strength and ruck smarts. He can take a contested mark, and positions himself well around the ground to be an outlet option and target, though is still improving areas of his game such as his kicking and developing that forward craft. Not the most athletic of players, Conway plies his trade through strength and work rate which is evident in his game by wearing down opposing rucks.

STRENGTHS:
+ Ruck work
+ Work rate
+ Endurance
+ Contested marking
+ Positioning
+ Strength
 

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And me from WCE again .... we’ll take that young bull, Angus Sheldrick.

Height179cmWeight88kgCurrent TeamClaremont, Western Australia

POSITION: Inside Midfielder
SNAPSHOT: “A strong inside bull who bustles through congestion, and provides consistent ball winning output through sheer will and determination.”

Over a two-year period where so many draft prospects have lacked the opportunity, some have taken each of theirs remarkably well. One such AFL hopeful is Angus Sheldrick, who has played himself into top 30 contention on the back of a remarkably consistent body of work. The Claremont product and Christ Church Grammar skipper had an early finish to his 2020 campaign, but has shown marked resilience and a strong rate of development in 2021 through his desire to work and improve. He is a player who hardly has a bad outing and can be turned to in the trenches, producing game-winning efforts by making the best of what he has. From a fringe state Under 19s squad member to squad barometer, Sheldrick’s top-age season has proven a memorable one.

STRENGTHS:
+ Contested ball
+ Strength
+ Work rate
+ Toughness
+ Consistency
+ Scoreboard impact

Now time for a break .... Can’t help but think I’ve done better for the eagles than for the cats .... hatred can have that effect :D
 
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... and time for PMBangers to select for the Dees.
Pick 37 - Tom Brown - Murray Bushrangers
General Defender
186 cm 71 kg

Standout Attributes: Speed, Leap, Marking, Disposal by foot
Rationale: Melbourne don't particularly need anymore medium sized defenders, but I've got Brown sitting at 21 on my draft board so at 37 it's too good to pass up. Brown has been somewhat hampered by injury and inconsistent form early in the season, as well as being tucked away in the Geelong Grammar APS program which makes it difficult to get much press from amateur draft watchers, but he reminded everyone of why he was and is seen as a first round contender come the Metro v Country challenge match where he was arguably the best Country defender of the day.

Realistically he's shown he can play anywhere on field, so he could well slot into the Dees forwardline as a Fritsch understudy, or be backup for when Hibberd retires
 

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Selection 38 - Richmond -
Connor Macdonald

Height 184cm

Weight 77kg

Current Team -Dandenong Stingrays

POSITION: Inside Midfielder

SNAPSHOT: “A accumulation inside ball-winner who produced an outstanding season for the Stingrays, able to catch the eye with his stoppage work and athleticism, as well as defensive pressure.”

Connor Macdonald is an inside midfielder with a speedy burst out of congestion and some nice all-round athleticism.

With some terrific inside skills, as well as his decision making generally being on-point, it is more about ironing out Macdonald’s kicking and finishing execution than anything else.

With the Dandenong Stingrays this year he picked up no less than 24 disposals from his four games, including two matches of 30-plus disposals in what was an outstanding showing of consistency, catapulting himself into draft calculations.

STRENGTHS:

+ Acceleration

+ Stoppage positioning

+ Accumulation

+ Inside game

+ Athleticism

+ Tackling

IMPROVEMENTS:

– Kicking consistency

– Finishing
 

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I’m going to assume Taj Woewodin doesn’t nominate as a father son and is available to bid on

Rationale: he suits the Sydney mould of fast movers with hard running pace. A few question marks over whether or not he can do it at the level but the athletic ability is there
 

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I’m going to assume Taj Woewodin doesn’t nominate as a father son and is available to bid on

Rationale: he suits the Sydney mould of fast movers with hard running pace. A few question marks over whether or not he can do it at the level but the athletic ability is there
Everything I've read indicates he will nominate as a Melbourne father-son, so I think we should honour that here.

Father-sons are unaffected by the match free zones
I'll consider that Sydney has nominated him; up to PMBangers whether Melbourne will match?
 

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Everything I've read indicates he will nominate as a Melbourne father-son, so I think we should honour that here.



I'll consider that Sydney has nominated him; up to PMBangers whether Melbourne will match?
Yeah I'll match, maybe Brownlow's are a dominant gene?
 

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Danny88 back to Sydney's pick, then.

I've slotted Taj into the order and brought Melbourne's pick up, but there are left over points that I need to slot back into the order but don't have time just now to do that.
 

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Danny88 back to Sydney's pick, then.

I've slotted Taj into the order and brought Melbourne's pick up, but there are left over points that I need to slot back into the order but don't have time just now to do that.
my understanding was if it's only using one pick to match the points go into the clubs backpocket rather than take form of a pick?
 

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my understanding was if it's only using one pick to match the points go into the clubs backpocket rather than take form of a pick?
I thought that rule only applied to first round picks. It does stand to reason, because essentially there's an extra pick created. Let me nose around the rules in Lore's thread and see if I can find something definitive later today when I have time. If not, we might just apply that rule anyway.
 

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Well in that case i'm using the GWS Bruhn method and backing in a player who was great in their bottom age year but injured a lot of this year.

Braden Andrews
Oakleigh Charges, NAB League / Boroondara FC / Carey Grammar
State: Victoria Metro
Height: 189cm
Weight: 83kg
Date of Birth: 21/02/03

Medium defender who has had an injury interrupted year after playing consistently well for Victoria Metro at under-16s level in 2019 to earn All-Australian honours after averaging 16.7 disposals and showing he had the power to navigate through heavy traffic. Played just five games at NAB League level this year and missed the NAB AFL Academy game against Geelong’s VFL team due to injury.
 

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Selection 41 - Richmond -
Cooper Murley - Midfielder

Age:20/6/2003
Weight:70kg
Height:178cm
Club:Norwood/SA
Stats

2021 SANFL U18 (4 games)

105 ranking points, 21.5 disposals, 5.8 score involvements, 4.5 marks.

2020 SANFL U18 (16 games)

128 ranking points, 25.9 disposals, 11.2 contested possessions, 4.7 clearances, 19 goals total.

After earning All-Australian selection at the 2019 under-16 carnival, the speedy, 178cm midfielder dominated in his bottom-age year in 2020, averaging 26 disposals and winning Norwood’s best-and-fairest in a premiership side.

Murley may be slightly built but he is clean, well-balanced, wins the ball on the move and uses it well with both feet.

He is one of four South Australians in the NAB AFL Academy but has featured at reserves level for the Redlegs in 2021.

But injuries, which have sidelined him since July, continue to stall his development.

DOB: 20/06/2003
Height/Weight: 178cm/70kg
Position: Midfielder/Small Forward

2021 Averages: SANFL Reserves: 4 games | 12 disposals | 7.8 kicks | 4.3 handballs | 3 marks | 2.8 tackles | 0.8 clearances | 2.3 inside 50s | 0.8 rebound 50s | 0.8 goals (3 total)

This was a tricky selection as I did give serious consideration to Arthur Jones who is a speed machine and also Lachie Rankin. Ultimately we plumped for Murley who just seems a very balanced and classy user of the ball who probably only dropped this far because of injury.

In Gibcus (developing KPD), Sinn (speedy wing/half back), Knevitt (taller mid/forward) Alleer (mature KPD), Macdonald (inside ball winning mid) and Murley (speedy mid/small forward) we think we have a good spread of high end talent that cover a variety of positions and should give the Tigers every opportunity of remaining a relevant force as current stars start exiting the club.
 

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