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PMBangers

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Pick 1 - North Melbourne - Jason Horne-Francis
Pick 2 - Western Bulldogs MATCHED BID - Sam Darcy
Pick 3 - Collingwood MATCHED BID - Nick Daicos
Pick 4 - GWS - Josh Gibcus
Pick 5 - Gold Coast Suns - Neil Erasmus
Pick 6 - Adelaide - Finn Callaghan
Pick 7 - Hawthorn - Ben Hobbs
Pick 8 - Fremantle - Josh Rachele
Pick 9 - Richmond - Josh Ward
Pick 10 - Fremantle - Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera
Pick 11 - St Kilda - Matthew Johnson
Pick 12 - West Coast - Josh Goater
Pick 13 - Essendon - Tyler Sonsie
Pick 14 - Port Adelaide - Josh Sinn
Pick 15 - GWS - Mac Andrew
Pick 16 - Brisbane - Jye Amiss
Pick 17 - Richmond - Jacob Van Rooyen
Pick 18 - Sydney - Darcy Wilmot
Pick 19 - Melbourne - Campbell Chesser
Pick 20 - Brisbane - Mitch Owens

Pick 21 - Fremantle - Mitch Knevitt

Pick 22 - North Melbourne - Tom Brown
Pick 23 - Hawthorn - Rhett Bazzo
Pick 24 - GWS Giants MATCHED BID - Josh Fahey
Pick 25 - Geelong - Arlo Draper
Pick 26 - Hawthorn - Conor Macdonald
Pick 27 - Carlton - Angus Sheldrick
Pick 28 - Richmond - Zac Taylor
Pick 29 - Richmond - Cooper Murley

Pick 30 - Richmond - Blake Howes
Pick 31 - West Coast Eagles - Toby Conway
Pick 32 - Geelong - Sam Butler
Pick 33 - Sydney - Ned Long
Pick 34 - Geelong - Leek Alleer
Pick 35 - Adelaide - Matty Roberts
Pick 36 - Geelong - Brady Hough
Pick 37 - West Coast Eagles - Jesse Motlop

Pick 38 - Melbourne - Judson Clarke
Pick 39 - Sydney - Paul Curtis

Pick 40 - Brisbane - Alastair Lord
Pick 41 - North Melbourne - Jack Williams
Pick 42 - North Melbourne - Arthur Jones
Pick 43 - Melbourne - Charlie Molan
Pick 44 - Collingwood - Kai Lohmann
Pick 45 - Geelong - Kade Dittmar
Pick 46 - Essendon - Shay Linke
Pick 47 - Brisbane - Hugh Jackson
Pick 48 - Collingwood - Taj Woewodin
Pick 49 - Essendon - Corey Warner
Pick 50 - Melbourne - Youseph Dib
Pick 51 - Collingwood - Lachlan Rankin

Pick 52 - Hawthorn - Joshua Browne
Pick 53 - Brisbane - Miller Bergman
Pick 54 - Fremantle - Anthony Caminiti
Pick 55 - St Kilda - Bailey Rogers
Pick 56 - Port Adelaide - Sam Breuer
Pick 57 - Carlton - Luke Polson
Pick 58 - Western Bulldogs (Darcy bid residual points) - Morgan Ferres
Pick 59 - Hawthorn - Jake Soligo
Pick 60 - St Kilda - Jack Avery
Pick 61 - St Kilda - Charlie Dean
Pick 62 - West Coast - James Tunstill
Pick 63 - Fremantle - Eric Benning
Pick 64 - Sydney - Justin Davies
Pick 65 - North Melbourne - Sam Banks
Pick 66 - Port Adelaide - Harvey Harrison
Pick 67 - Port Adelaide - Oscar Adams
Pick 68 - Adelaide - Jordan Lukac
Pick 69 - Brisbane - Marcus Windhager

(Selections to meet minimum of 3 criteria) note: this is for the phantom only, in the real draft rookie upgrades and such will happen to meet the minimum criteria

Pick 70 - Gold Coast Suns - Jase Burgoyne
Pick 71 - Carlton - Isaac Birt
Pick 72 - Gold Coast Suns - Ethan Regan
Pick 73 - Western Bulldogs (Darcy bid residual pick) - Luke Nankervis
Pick 74 - Western Bulldogs (Darcy bid residual pick) - Hugh Stagg
Pick 75 - Western Bulldogs (Darcy bid residual pick) - Dante Visentini
Pick 78 - GWS (list spots left after Fahey bid) - Ronald Fejo Jnr

Rookie Draft (1 Round for fun xx)
RD Pick 1 - North Melbourne - Jahmal Stretch
RD Pick 2 - Collingwood - Lukas Cooke
RD Pick 3 - Gold Coast Suns - Max Chipper
RD Pick 4 - Adelaide - James Willis
RD Pick 5 - Hawthorn - Toby Murray
RD Pick 6 - Carlton - Mani Liddy
RD Pick 7 - Richmond - Lewis Rayson
RD Pick 8 - Fremantle - Luca Whitelum
RD Pick 9 - St Kilda - Blake Schlensog
RD Pick 10 - West Coast Eagles - Lochie Paton
RD Pick 11 - Essendon - Dylan Landt
RD Pick 12 - Sydney
RD Pick 13 - GWS - Corey Preston
RD Pick 14 - Brisbane - Oscar Morrison
RD Pick 15 - Geelong - Kaden Harbour
RD Pick 16 - Port Adelaide - Zavier Maher
RD Pick 17 - Western Bulldogs - Zac Becker
RD Pick 18 - Melbourne - Jamieson Ballantyne

Bids in more detail
Pick 2 - GWS bid on Sam Darcy - (Requires 2014 points to match, Dogs use 23, 43, 44, 45, 52. Gain 2, 60)
Pick 3 - GWS bid on Nick Daicos - (Requires 1787 to match, Pies use 36, 38, 40, 43. Gain 3 [pretty sure this is about bang on])
Pick 24 - Geelong bid on Josh Fahey - (Requires 690 to match, GWS use 46 and 65. Gain 24. 200-odd point deficit)
 
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PMBangers

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Welcome to the 2021 edition of the Bigfooty Annual Phantom Draft, where draft watchers from across the Draft Board and club boards come together for a collaborative draft! As always we want to thank all the contributors taking part in the draft for participating, this is truly the main event on the DTFA board every year and you all make it possible <3

Selectors;
Adelaide - Thunderstruck
Brisbane - ModernArtillery
Carlton - Arr0w
Collingwood - Pie 4 Life
Essendon - foj1
Fremantle - Chris25
Geelong - Bastyy
Gold Coast - Ysaye
GWS - PMBangers
Hawthorn - Davo-27
Melbourne - eDPS
North Melbourne - giantroo
Port Adelaide - Macca19
Richmond - Smythe
St Kilda - Knightmare
Sydney - andleanback
West Coast - Monocle
Western Bulldogs - Wizard17

Rules
- Time frame is always the big talking point and there won't be a set limit this year, rather a 'reasonable' length of time will be given. The draft is shorter this year, and historically this thing ebbs and flows throughout the day so there's no need to rush. But if it goes on a bit long, a pick will either be made for the drafter or it'll be skipped over until they're back

- Academy and F/S players are able to be bid on. Someone will do the points calculation and adjust the draft order accordingly

- Gold Coast Suns linked players born in 2003, such as Austin Harris, Bodhi Uwland and Ned Stevens are assumed to be pre-listed for the purpose of this draft, however overaged prospects are open slather

- There is NO Live Pick Trading

- List Managers must make a minimum of 3 selections, and can pass once they've made 3 picks (includes academy or father-son)

- It is preferable if selectors include some basic info (Name, Club, height, weight, position) and a rationale for their selections

THIS THREAD WILL OPEN UP ON MONDAY MORNING FOR SELECTIONS TO BEGIN TAKING PLACE
 
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Pick 1 - Jason Horne-Francis New

giantroo

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Pick 1 - Jason Horne- Francis - Midfielder - 184cm/78cm - South Adelaide/South Australia

He wanted the No.1 tag and he’s got it. Jason Horne-Francis - the name that is on everyone’s lips and the hottest draft prospect. Multiple AFL clubs recently attempted to trade for the coveted #1 pick but were knocked back by North Melbourne.

The ultimate prototype midfielder who ‘has all the attributes’ you would want from a player. Horne is a quick, competitive, powerful, tough midfielder who can play on the inside and outside, possesses a good leap and has strong overhead marking. But it isn’t just the offensive side of the game that has the AFL world buzzing. His defensive application in the game is truly elite with his tackling and run down tackles a highlight of his game. Horne-Francis is very flexible and has shown to be capable of playing multiple roles which included playing at half back, half forward , wing and in the centre for South Adelaide this season.

There wouldn’t be a North Melbourne fan who wouldn’t be excited about adding Horne-Francis to the likes of Tarryn Thomas, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Jy Simpkin, Jaidyn Stephenson, Tom Powell and Will Phillips.

Horne-Francis : "[North Melbourne] have spoken to me and said [they will select me]”


JHF’s 2021 Season Highlights





PMBangers
 

Bastyy

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Pick 1 - Jason Horne- Francis - Midfielder - 184cm/78cm - South Adelaide/South Australia

He wanted the No.1 tag and he’s got it. Jason Horne-Francis - the name that is on everyone’s lips and the hottest draft prospect. Multiple AFL clubs recently attempted to trade for the coveted #1 pick but were knocked back by North Melbourne.

The ultimate prototype midfielder who ‘has all the attributes’ you would want from a player. Horne is a quick, competitive, powerful, tough midfielder who can play on the inside and outside, possesses a good leap and has strong overhead marking. But it isn’t just the offensive side of the game that has the AFL world buzzing. His defensive application in the game is truly elite with his tackling and run down tackles a highlight of his game. Horne-Francis is very flexible and has shown to be capable of playing multiple roles which included playing at half back, half forward , wing and in the centre for South Adelaide this season.

There wouldn’t be a North Melbourne fan who wouldn’t be excited about adding Horne-Francis to the likes of Tarryn Thomas, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Jy Simpkin, Jaidyn Stephenson, Tom Powell and Will Phillips.

Horne-Francis : "[North Melbourne] have spoken to me and said [they will select me]”


JHF’s 2021 Season Highlights





PMBangers
Was hoping he'd slide to my first 😔
 
Pick 3 - Nick Daicos (Matched Bid) New

Pie 4 Life

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Good, I did a lot of pre-planning to match points

Pick 3 - GWS bid on Nick Daicos
Pie 4 Life
I mean I'm not keen on getting murdered by Pies fans on this board, so I guess I'll match.

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NICK DAICOS PROFILE

Having entered his top-age season riding a wave of hype, Nick Daicos has delivered on so many levels. The Collingwood father-son prospect comes from elite pedigree and carries a name lodged deep into Magpie folklore, meaning he is already a fan favourite among the black and white army – despite supporting Carlton. Faced with arguably more expectation and attention that any other draft prospect in recent memory, the impressive 18-year-old has taken on each challenge with aplomb and is rightly considered one of the best two prospects nationwide. He captained the AFL Academy and Oakleigh Chargers, dominating each game he played with elite decision making and production through midfield.

STRENGTHS:

+ Consistency
+ Production
+ Clean Skills
+ Leadership
+ Endurance
+ Decision Making
+ Scoreboard Impact

IMPROVEMENTS:

– Impact per Kick
– Strength

Despite the limited opportunities and being heavily managed throughout the season, the 18-year-old delivered in each game with an incredibly high level of production across multiple levels. He was nothing short of dominant among his peers; consistently racking up game-high numbers in the NAB League or one-off representative showcases.

Looking at pure numbers, Daicos’ 2021 averages stack up against the likes of Matt Rowell and Sam Walsh, both of whom were undeniable number one picks out of the NAB League. As leader of his Chargers, Daicos averaged an astonishing 35.8 disposals, 5.8 marks, and two goals per his five outings. His consistent output and sheer production levels are massively impressive, and largely credit to two factors; his running capacity and decision making.

Able to run all day and find the ball in all areas of the ground, Daicos’ impact on games is one of accumulation. His endurance level makes him a readymade AFL midfielder, and he consistently makes good decisions while bringing others into the play. A team-first player, Daicos loves to give-and-go and often demands the ball back from each disposal through sheer work rate. Teammates trust him with the ball and he is seldom caught in possession, keeping his feet and showcasing great poise and awareness to come away effectively by hand or foot.

His smarts also extend to stoppage craft, where Daicos is able to position himself best and time each run beautifully. Even with body contact, he proves clean in his handling of the ball and has enough athleticism to get to the outer. After his initial acts on the inside, Daicos then shows his balance on the outer with the aforementioned running capacity and knack for rolling forward to kick goals. Seemingly a genetic quality, he has no problem finishing on the run, with dribbled efforts, or from set shots beyond the arc.

While he has an abundance of strengths, there are a few more improvement areas to nitpick with Daicos – as is often the case with the very best prospects. While clearly a terrific endurance athlete, Daicos can look to add some muscle to his 72kg frame going forward, helping him better deal with the rigours of midfield work at senior level. Some question his defensive running, though with 3.4 tackles per game this year he clearly is not afraid of getting his hands dirty at the contest, and can easily improve that side of his game. His true value is shown going the other way, in any case.
 
Pick 4 - Josh Gibcus New

PMBangers

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Pick 4 - Josh Gibcus - GWV Rebels
194 cm 84 kg
Tall Defender
gib.jpg

Strength:
Athleticism
Rationale: So there's been rumours galore surrounding what GWS might do wtih Pick 2; trade down, select Mac Andrew, select Finn Callaghan, select Josh Rachele, Select Josh Gibcus, etc. Ultimately blind freddy can see that we're well stocked for midfielders as it is, and I'm an advocate for going best available usually but in a draft with so many quality midfielders I'm confident there'll be a good one available to me at Pick 15 if I'm deadset on getting one in.

The consideration then became Andrew v Gibcus, Andrew has an insane ceiling obviously, and I think he could play anywhere, but at the end of the day I'm more confident that Gibcus becomes a genuine top level KPD than Andrew becomes a top level Ruck/ Forward. That's not to say I'll be disappointed if we go the way of Mac come actual draft night, I just don't quite have the nerve to pick him when a safer player (in my view at least) is available

Gibcus's biggest strength is his athleticism, he's able to keep up with every opponent he's played on with his speed really impressive for a tall, and obviously his leap amongst the best in the pool, but what I think is understated about Gibcus is just how accountable he is, very rarely have I seen his opponents capitalise on a mistake he's made, because he makes so few when it comes to defending. He's capable of winning his grappling contests, he's smart enough to know when it's best to spoil or go for the mark, and he's athletic enough to get away with things other player simply can't afford to.

The only concern I have with Gibcus is his kicking in offense, his ball use is generally safe, but when he does try to make miracles happen going forward it doesn't always pay off, but in a system with the likes of Whitfield, Kelly, Cumming, etc. supporting him, I don't think it's a limitation that'll effect the team


Also considered: Finn Callaghan, Mac Andrew

Ysaye up next
 
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BCrocker37

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Pick 3 - Josh Gibcus - GWV Rebels
194 cm 84 kg
Tall Defender
View attachment 1262775
Strength:
Athleticism
Rationale: So there's been rumours galore surrounding what GWS might do wtih Pick 2; trade down, select Mac Andrew, select Finn Callaghan, select Josh Rachele, Select Josh Gibcus, etc. Ultimately blind freddy can see that we're well stocked for midfielders as it is, and I'm an advocate for going best available usually but in a draft with so many quality midfielders I'm confident there'll be a good one available to me at Pick 15 if I'm deadset on getting one in.

The consideration then became Andrew v Gibcus, Andrew has an insane ceiling obviously, and I think he could play anywhere, but at the end of the day I'm more confident that Gibcus becomes a genuine top level KPD than Andrew becomes a top level Ruck/ Forward. That's not to say I'll be disappointed if we go the way of Mac come actual draft night, I just don't quite have the nerve to pick him when a safer player (in my view at least) is available

Gibcus's biggest strength is his athleticism, he's able to keep up with every opponent he's played on with his speed really impressive for a tall, and obviously his leap amongst the best in the pool, but what I think is understated about Gibcus is just how accountable he is, very rarely have I seen his opponents capitalise on a mistake he's made, because he makes so few when it comes to defending. He's capable of winning his grappling contests, he's smart enough to know when it's best to spoil or go for the mark, and he's athletic enough to get away with things other player simply can't afford to.

The only concern I have with Gibcus is his kicking in offense, his ball use is generally safe, but when he does try to make miracles happen going forward it doesn't always pay off, but in a system with the likes of Whitfield, Kelly, Cumming, etc. supporting him, I don't think it's a limitation that'll effect the team


Also considered: Finn Callaghan, Mac Andrew

Ysaye up next
Interesting choice would of thought Giants would take Mac Andrew
 

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GWS Goose

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Interesting choice would of thought Giants would take Mac Andrew
I prefer Gibcus to Andrew but would have gone with the best available of Callaghan who is different to our other midfielders.
I hope our draft team does the same. Im hoping it is a long time before we get a pick this early and would like us to use it well.
 
Pick 5 - Neil Erasmus (BFONE) New

Ysaye

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Nov 10, 2005
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Pick 5: Neil Erasmus
Height:
188cm Weight: 80kg* (WAFL Website - note he might be bigger than these numbers)
Club: Subiaco Lions
Strengths: Marking, Big possession winner, position versatility, above average in nearly all categories including footskills, ball handling, speed, endurance etc.
Weaknesses: Standout weapon, can become a little messy with disposal in traffic

Reasons for choice: I had a few players tied on points, these being Erasmus, Finn Callaghan, Josh Gibcus, Mac Andrew and Josh Rachelle. I was expecting to have to have the choice of Callaghan pre-mock draft and he was probably the closest competitor with respect to tie-breaking. In the end I went with Erasmus because:
  • More Fail Safe - I think unlike others Erasmus is more likely to make 100 games than any of the others in the same bracket. Whilst he doesn't really have a standout weapon apart from his around the ground marking, he is above average in lots of categories and his average possession count this year for the games he played showed that he consistently finds lots the football.
  • More versatile - Whilst I think his best position will probably be in the middle of the ground, he equally has the tools to be useful off the flanks or wing.
I want to emphasize though that the distance wasn't that far between him and the next player.
 
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BCrocker37

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I prefer Gibcus to Andrew but would have gone with the best available of Callaghan who is different to our other midfielders.
I hope our draft team does the same. Im hoping it is a long time before we get a pick this early and would like us to use it well.
Just thought a ruck would be a better option
 

PMBangers

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PMBangers - can we change the draft order and fix the points to reflect today's pick swap, earlier today richmond gave 38 and 40 (plus future 3rd) to collingwood for 27
ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh





sure
 
Pick 7 - Ben Hobbs New

Davo-27

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pick 7 - Hawthorn - Ben Hobbs - GWV - 183cm 80kg

tough inside mid, with great leadership potential, up there with Daicos as the best inside midfielder in the draft, he is too good not to take here, Ward was the other option at this spot if Hobbs was taken, but Hobbs will help improve our midfield which has been a weakness for us and help with our contested football in the midfield.



Chris25 you're up
 

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