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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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.
That in my opinion would be a good draft for Richmond
 

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Pick 43 - Lachlan Rankin - Oakleigh Chargers
182 cm 67 kg
Small Utility
Strengths: Kicking (top 3 in the draft), composure, speed
Rationale: With the ability to play anywhere on field, as well as use the ball to a really high standard, Rankin is the type of player every club could do with. I think long term Rankin will transition onto a wing with a focus in the forward half, but could start his career up either end to give himself time to build up his body. Relatively hidden this year due to his APS commitments, Rankin has taken his opportunities to shine in front of amateur watchers in the NAB League/ representative fixtures.

Pick 44 - Brady Hough - Peel Thunder
189 cm 71 kg
General Utility
Strengths: Athleticism, Kicking
Rationale: Similar to Rankin in the sense that he's a genuine Utility sort, I see Hough as mostly a forward half threat but he's gotten impressive numbers playing as a defender as well (Played it in his WAFL Seniors debut). Little bit less info on Hough given WAFL streams are hard to come by but I'm high on his upside and impact with his ability to accumulate on a wing and play as a genuine target up forward
 

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Cats still looking for forward/ mid options take Lachie Paton (WA)


Height: 182cm
Weight: 75kg
Date of Birth: 18/12/03
Medium forward who excels in playing that high half-forward role in pushing up the ground and using his workrate to create opportunities for his team before pushing back to hit the scoreboard. Had an impressive year at under-18s level in the WAFL playing 11 games, averaging 20.4 disposals with 3.6 clearances and 4.5 tackles. Represented Western Australia at under-19s level against South Australia on three occasions and was a solid contributor, averaging 15 disposals, including being among his side's best in the final match with 19 disposals and two goals.
 

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Marcus Windhager

Surprised he hasn't been taken yet but i think it shows the evenness of the #20-40 prospects

Determinant

Will you match?

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183cm/82kg
16/5/03
Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro


A member of St Kilda's Next Generation Academy, Windhager's progress this season has caught more eyes than just those of the Saints. Powerful and flexible, Windhager can be used in midfield roles or at either end of the ground. He overcame a knee reconstruction last year to piece together a strong campaign in 2021 and will be on the verge of the top-20 – where the Saints would not be able to match a bid for him.
 

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Surprised he hasn't been taken yet but i think it shows the evenness of the #20-40 prospects

Determinant

Will you match?

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A member of St Kilda's Next Generation Academy, Windhager's progress this season has caught more eyes than just those of the Saints. Powerful and flexible, Windhager can be used in midfield roles or at either end of the ground. He overcame a knee reconstruction last year to piece together a strong campaign in 2021 and will be on the verge of the top-20 – where the Saints would not be able to match a bid for him.
Matched
 

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OK, we've been a bit stalled on this pick. It's one where the limitations of our early mock draft clash with the real world situation. In reality, Brisbane only has 3 main list spots available, and has sold this pick (to GWS!), but that was after our mock draft was running.

I'm going to take a cheat's way out and say that Brisbane pass on this pick.

If JC100 really wants to take a selection (which in reality couldn't be made due to list spots, but I'll allow for this mock draft), he can come back and fill the pick in, but not by taking anyone drafted between now and that request.
 

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On to Collingwood and their first live pick of this draft. They have cut a bunch of players at the end of season 2021, so need to refill their depth. A bunch of those cut were midfielders, or mid/forwards, and they also have Penders and Sidey approaching the end of their careers, so even though they've drafted Daicos and traded in Lipinski, I'm still seeing midfield/forward depth as something they need to draft for.

While I wasn't specifically looking to draft a like-for-like swap of player, the player I'm selecting for Collingwood here could be seen as a reasonable replacement in terms of size and to an extent role for the recently-cut Brayden Sier. However, I simply think he's the next best midfielder on my list, and to be honest, a little surprised he wasn't already taken. (I re-checked the selected players a couple of time to be sure!)

At pick #49, Collingwood select Victorian Metro/Northern Knights inside midfielder Ned Long. 192 cm / 88 kg

SNAPSHOT: “A strong-bodied midfielder with great endurance who also loves a goal, Long was one of the most damaging players in the NAB League before injury cut his season short.” – Ed Pascoe

Ned Long is a tall and strong midfielder who uses his size to advantage in the midfield and up forward, while also proving hard to stop around the ground with his powerful running. Injury cut his year unfortunately short right before he could represent Vic Metro and help enhance his draft stocks like teammate Josh Ward was able to. Sharing comparisons to Josh Dunkley and Kyle Langford in terms of size and ability to play midfield and forward, it is that exact aptitude forward of centre that is his staking point compared to other taller midfielders Matthew Johnson and Mitch Knevitt.

STRENGTHS:

+ Scoreboard Impact
+ Endurance
+ Bodywork
+ Tackling
+ Smarts

IMPROVEMENTS:

– Kicking
– Speed

Long has been on the draft radar since representing Victoria in the Under 15 School Sport competition along side Northern Knights teammate Josh Ward, who he has formed a great partnership with in midfield and at APS level with Melbourne Grammar. Both players had impressed early in 2021 until Long succumbed to injury and wasn’t able to play much more football at NAB League, APS or representative level. Long’s form at the start of the year was impressive and in his three games of NAB League, he averaged 22 disposals and over two goals per game – with two games of three goals each. His lesser game yielded 15 disposals, but Long managed nine tackles in a wet day at Preston City Oval. His season tackle averages were also solid, with almost six per game.

The one big point of difference for Long is his ability inside 50, but the manner of how he kicks his goals differs from the norm for 192cm forwards. Long’s three goals against Gippsland came from good bodywork and quick thinking, rather than from any contested marking or marking on the lead. His goals against Western were different again, with one coming from a strong contested mark and another where he moved around the player on the mark at 50m and kicked a lovely goal on the run in what was his best game for the year. His speed may be a concern as a leading forward target, considering he doesn’t take marks in that fashion, but his agility once the ball hits ground is surprisingly sound and could catch defenders out.

Long’s endurance is at a very high level, highlighted with his 2km time of 6:05 and a 21.6 Yo-Yo test score back in 2020. His endurance helps the 192cm and 88kg player get around the ground better than most players of his build, and he can be hard to go with when he pushes forward from stoppages. Long could use this running capacity more to spread defensively from the midfield and push up higher when he does play forward, where he often plays from the square but he does offer good pressure, tackling presence, and willingness to attack. Long’s midfield spread against Western Jets was promising. winning plenty of the ball on the outside which players of his size usually struggle to do. Endurance has become a big factor in modern football, so this should be a strong consideration in Long’s draft hopes.

Handing over to fridgeman for Essendon's next pick.
 

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Add some more outside depth

Jamieson-Ballantyne

“A classy wingman who thrives when both manufacturing and operating in space, while running hard and using the ball well on the uptake.”



One of a number of GWV Rebels who added extra depth to the top-end quality this year, Jamieson Ballantyne provided some great outside run and spread for his team. Playing predominantly off a wing, Ballantyne not only found plenty of the ball in transition, but was able to move it on and usually put it into dangerous areas. His composure and vision with ball-in-hand were noticeable, whilst it is just completing the defensive aspects of his game that could build his overall profile.



STRENGTHS:

+ Outside game
+ Agility
+ Composure
+ Spread
+ Vision



IMPROVEMENTS:

– Tackling
– Inside game

PMBangers
 

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Pretty good prospect to be taking in the later rounds of the draft, has a nice base of athleticism and can win it in the contest or play the outside well which will give the dees plenty of ways to fit him into the side.

 

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Ah well, that last selection removed one of the options I was looking at for Collingwood with this pick, and narrowed me down to the player I've selected.

As per my comments with my previous selection three places ago, I'd be looking at Collingwood to replenish its midfield stocks and be positioned for near-future retirements. As such, I was looking at a bunch of the mid-range versatile midfield talent, that included players such as Ned Long, James Tunstill, Hugh Jackson (SA), Kade Dittmar (WA) and Hugh Stagg (SA).

However, in the end I've gone for a young player who (like Long) had some injuries that impact his ability to show his best this year. I don't think the injuries are ones that will bedevil his career (well, at least I'm hoping), and he has plenty of upside. While Long was tall and multi-positional (mainly as a forward) but speed off the mark was an issue, this guy is multi-positional mid/wing/forward/back and is explosive off the mark.

At pick #52, Collingwood select South Australia / North Adelaide's James Willis. 183 cm / 79 kg

SNAPSHOT: “A dynamic footballer blessed with speed and power, Willis has the ability to impact the game from multiple positions.”

Another product of SANFL club, North Adelaide, James Willis presents as one of the more versatile prospects in this year’s draft class, boasting an impressive combination of speed, power and explosiveness. Splitting time between the midfield, wing and half-forward, Willis has performed at a high level in each of the roles he’s been required to fill. A pillar of consistency for the Roosters’ Under 18s side, Willis averaged 24 disposals and just shy of a goal a game throughout his 2021 campaign, which was rewarded with selection in South Australia’s state Under 19’s squad. Unfortunately, injury prevented Willis from securing a representative berth, but his form throughout the year earned him an AFL Draft Combine invite. A dominant performance in Round 9 against Sturt, where he won 35 possessions and kicked two goals, was perhaps only eclipsed by a 34-disposal and three-goal effort in his final appearance for the season, to stake his claim for an opportunity at AFL level.

STRENGTHS:

+ Versatility
+ Athleticism
+ Explosiveness
+ Scoreboard impact
+ Inside-outside balance

IMPROVEMENTS:

– Finishing
– Kicking at speed

Willis is a well built, hard running footballer who possesses a blend of speed and explosiveness which is quite unique for his size and frame. He combines these physical tools with an appetite for contested football that makes him a threat to impact every contest. Willis offers a balanced skillset through the midfield, capable of winning ground balls and contested possessions but equally effective on the outside where he can accelerate away from the contest and deliver to teammates. His wins at stoppages are typically high impact because of his ability to take possession of the football, exit the contest at pace, and deliver the ball with speed inside 50.

The depth in North Adelaide’s midfield has given Willis some exposure in other roles, primarily across half-forward and on the wing, where his speed and ability to cover the ground has made him a dangerous contributor on the outside. Willis pushes hard up the ground to influence the contest but then works back intelligently into space, to be an attacking option. Using his speed and running ability to create separation from his opponent, Willis is capable of accumulating the football and is typically a steady user when given time and space.

When positioned in the forward half, Willis possesses real forward craft that has seen him have genuine scoreboard impact this season. He has the kicking power and penetration to finish from beyond 50 metres, the athleticism to elevate and out-mark his opponent, and the class to finish around his body. Willis registered 10 goals and 14 behinds from his 12 games this year, showing that while the scoring opportunities were plentiful, there’s still room to improve his finishing in front of goal.

Willis’ ability to be productive and fulfill multiple roles makes him an appealing prospect at the next level. Should he be given the opportunity, Willis would likely begin his AFL career across half-forward where his physical tools, competitiveness and forward craft will give him every chance to flourish.

Danny88 - you are back on the clock for Hawthorn's next pick.
 

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Bit of a project player who will need to put on some size to play at the level but a good user with potential for the hawks long term


Miller Bergman
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State: Victoria (Country)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 65kg
Date of Birth: 25/01/03
Medium forward who also plays on the wing or at half-back. He's the player his team loves to see with the ball in his hands being a great decision-maker and user of the ball by hand and foot. Very lightly built now but has the repeatable skills and athletic traits to be a real AFL prospect as he develops physically. Showed his considerable potential in representing Victoria Country Under-19s in NAB AFL Draft Challenge match against Victoria Metro in July as well as impressing in seven matches for the Stingrays averaging 17.7 disposals at 79 per cent efficiency.
 

Giant Strides

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Brisbane has the next pick on the board, but as per my comments on their last pick, we'll assume they are complete due to list spots, call this pick a pass (unless JC100 really wants to make a couple of selections) and move to Fremantle. So GWS Goose you're on the clock.

I'm sensing that interest is waning - I guess the big moves are done in the first two rounds and there's less at stake at the latter picks (although it's always interesting who might be a curveball selection late) - so I'm happy not to be so strict on the time limits to get the last few selections made.

And if you think you're team would likely pass and take up a DFA or rookie selection, or leave a gap for the PSSP, then just pass please.
 

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One thing the various mock drafts have given me is a sense that - because in the real draft, I don't think the total picks will hit more than about 60 - there might be a few bargains/surprises taken in the rookie draft.

For GWS, while one part of me would like to reward the academy kids, so take someone like Patrick Voss as a rookie, I also wouldn't might a speculative pick on someone who has good attributes but doesn't get selected in the main draft. Someone such as James Willis (who I selected for Collingwood in our mock draft). Probably everyone has someone they think as a later selection could be a decent roughie.
 

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