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  • PMBangers

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    IF YOU WANT TO READ THROUGH THE THREAD AND ONLY SEE THE SELECTIONS RATHER THAN COMMENTARY FROM NON-DRAFTERS, CLICK 'READER MODE' NEXT TO YOUR 'WATCH' BUTTON

    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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    Pick 1 - Jason Horne-Francis
  • 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]”


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    Pick 3 - Nick Daicos (Matched Bid)
  • 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.

    ...

    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
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    Pick 4 - Josh Gibcus - GWV Rebels
    194 cm 84 kg
    Tall Defender
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    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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    Pick 5 - Neil Erasmus (BFONE)
  • Ysaye

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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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    Pick 7 - Ben Hobbs
  • 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.




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    Pick 9 - Josh Ward
  • Smythe

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    PICK 9 - RICHMOND TIGERS - JOSH WARD - 181cm 79 kg - MIDFIELDER

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    Josh had an unbelievable year albeit playing only the 5 games.
    The young man has already got an impressive resume as he was named Captain of not only the APS team of the year, but the NAB League Team of the year as well.

    He was able to average over 30 possessions to go along with 5 marks and 5 tackles per game highlighting his tenacious want for the ball in a contest but also his 2 way running ability.

    Josh covers the ground really well and is always getting from contest to contest easily, showcasing his beautiful mix of inside and outside capabilities. He is not the quickest player out there on the field but nowhere near the slowest. Would love to teach him how to be more damaging in the front half and start kicking goals to go along with his high possession high clearance game, but I'm sure that will come with time in a full time football environment.

    At heart, he is a ball winning, high possession, clearance mid, but he also has a very well rounded game and his skills and vision help his team get the ball out and away from the contest and moving forward and he is very much a team first man.
    His disposal is very good and his awareness in traffic and game IQ shines through in almost every passage of play he is involved in whether its bursting through traffic, a quick handball to a team mate or hitting up a leading forward he generally makes the right decision.

    I was surprised he got to this pick and could not have selected him fast enough, as i believe he would fit into the young Richmond midfield brigade very easily and be the Cotchin replacement that we will soon need.


    Chris25 you're up again
     
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    Pick 11 - Matthew Johnson
  • Knightmare

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    If this were the draft proper, if I'm the ultimate decision maker for St Kilda, I'd be trading this pick down into the late first round region as the options available are not meaningfully better than anything I could get 15 picks from now.

    But since this draft doesn't include the opportunity for pick trading.

    Pick 11 - St Kilda - Matthew Johnson
    Best position:
    Inside midfield
    Height, weight: 192cm, 80kg
    Recruited from: Subiaco
    Projected draft range: 5-20
    Plays like: Scott Pendlebury
    Rationale: Finishing the WAFL Reserves season off strongly and named Western Australia's best in both of their clashes against South Australia, Johnson is rapidly progressing up draft boards around the country. A classy tall midfielder, there are few as composed and sound by both hand and foot as Johnson in this pool.
    Strengths:
    Composure
    Classy and sound decision making with ball in hand
    Creates time and space for himself in traffic
    Evasion in traffic
    Agility
    Quick first step
    Already knows what he is going to do before he gets ball in hand
    Vision in traffic
    Long handballs to targets
    Reliable ball user who displays vision on his kicks
    Places kicks out in front of leading targets inside-50m to lead onto
    Makes something happen when he has ball in hand
    Weaknesses:
    Early season lack of consistency
    Contested ball winning

    Why Johnson for Saints? Best available and ideal list fit for the Saints who are both too short and lacking class through the midfield. It's also nice seeing his second half of season form on a level where he was Subiaco's best player in that premiership side throughout the WAFL Reserves finals and also played like the best player to feature during the Under-19 Championships across his two games, before sitting out for the third.


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    Pick 12 - Josh Goater
  • Monocle

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    Pick 12. Josh Goater. 190 cm 78kg. Midfielder. Calder Cannons.



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    Versatile hard running balanced midfielder, that has a damaging burst of speed that see's him attack the ball at full pace and then be able burst away from the pack.

    The amount of separation that he gains with his pace is both an offensive and defensive weapon.

    He is a proven contested ball winner that moves very well in heavy traffic, his evasive skills are quite extraordinary and often when he has done this, I have seen flashes of what I call "AFL Moments" in his game.

    Another feature of his game is his ability to distribute the ball by hand, this makes him a dangerous extractor and a link up player, he can take the ball away from a contest by hand in a blink of an eye. His foot skills are sound but his movement of ball by hand is elite.

    His pace is not lost on the outside where his run and carry is a feature of his attacking game style.
    An additional bonus to his game is that his overhead marking is very strong and he can play above his height.

    There is also a degree of positional versatility to his skill set, as he can play as a rebounding defender or an attacking forward.
    I see him starting his AFL career on a wing and as he build some core strength he will transition into the middle on a more permanent rate.
    A strong tackler as well as also being able use his blistering pace to break a tackle too

    His speed and agility is what sets him apart from others in this range.

    He has a lot of Elliot Yeo like traits to his game style.

    Given West Coast's need to retool its midfield going forward Goater is an exciting prospect.


    Others that I considered were: Arlo Draper and Josh Sinn both quality footballers but also both have durability / injury concerns.
    One from a bit left field that I also toyed with reaching for was Mitch Knevitt who has some similar traits to Goater.
     
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    Pick 13 - Tyler Sonsie
  • foj1

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    Pick 13 Essendon Tyler Sonsie 181cm 76 kg Midfielder Eastern Ranges

    Tyler is an inside/ outside midfielder who had a topsy turvy mini season.
    However his form as a 16 year old was fantastic and I really liked his game for Box Hill this year- 24 disposals 2 goals and was not fazed by bigger bodies.
    Tyler kicks the footy well, is clean under pressure with good decision making skills and has the rare knack of being able to make something happen.

    This decision came down to Tyler or Mitch Knevitt. I just feel that Sonsie is too classy to pass up. Knevitt is the big body inside mid that the bombers crave but Sonsie is the better footballer for mine.

    Sonsie will begin his career much like Archie Perkins and play that high half forward role and will get some midfield minutes as the season moves on.
    ironically I think Perkins might be the big strong young inside mid the bombers can develop.

    If Tyler develops he can be a similar player to Trent Cotchin and I think worst case he becomes David Zaharakis who was a good player in his own right.
     
    Pick 14 - Josh Sinn
  • Macca19

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    Josh Sinn - Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

    186cm, 82kg Defender/Midfielder

    He may have been in some injury hell this year but Sinn has sent me to heaven with this pick (sorry). Have to go best available with my first rounder and absolutely stoked to have got the #4 on my rankings list in Josh Sinn. I feel given his injuries he's fallen unfairly down the list of a lot of people and almost become a bit of the forgotten man in first round contention this year, but that just makes it all the more better for me.

    Josh is a line breaking, super quick back flanker who takes the game on and has the best left foot kick in this years draft pool. He excels at hitting targets after a zone busting run and creates a lot of scoring chains by doing so. That run and carry makes him such a mouth watering proposition as a defender, with the capability of running 30m and hitting a pin point pass 40m down the field. His vision and quick thinking on the run make him a stand out for me in this years draft crop.

    But what stands out even more for me is his midfield potential. He's spent some time there this year with some success and the sky is the limit with what he could produce in the future. There is quite a bit of a young Dangerfield in the way he moves around packs and is capable of breaking free from clearances. With more development around his midfield craft, that is where I see his long term future. With Port screaming out for a dynamic midfielder to not only compliment Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines and youngsters Rozee & Butters, he looms as the perfect player to learn from and take over from Travis Boak over the coming seasons. He will add plenty of exuberance to an already solid outside midfield group of Amon, Duursma and Bergman to start with before moving into the centre square in time.

    Class, Excitement, Leadership. You beauty.

    Only other player in contention was Mac Andrew but this was a clear cut, no brainer decision.

    PMBangers
     
    Pick 15 - Mac Andrew
  • PMBangers

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    Pick 15 - Mac Andrew - Dandenong Stingrays
    200 cm 70 kg
    Ruck/ Tall Forward
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    Strength:
    X-Factor/ Upside
    Rationale: So I really didn't expect Mac to slip this far, I was ready to spin a wheel with other players names on it so I didn't actually have to make a decision, but I knew if West Coast didn't take Mac I was probably getting him which was just oh so exciting. I think on actual draft night there's more chance of Mac Andrew at 2 and Gibcus at 13, if that happens I'll do as I promised and throw a parade, you're all invited

    Andrew has been one of the more discussed players of the past month ever since Rendell linked him to GWS at Pick 2, and since then we've heard a few other clubs with top end picks linked to him as well. Some people have said the Luke Jackson factor has been a cause of this, I think they're different players though. Whilst Mac's game is reliant on his physical strength and a lot of body work, there's no denying that at 70 kg there's some concerns as to whether he can put on the required size to be able to compete as a KPP/ Ruck at the next level, further than that though, I seriously don't see much of a weakness to him, if I'm being pedantic he hasn't had a standout dominant game, but that's not a concern to me.

    His leap is insane, he regularly gets above other rucks ribs to put his knee in and elevate himself higher to win the taps, but for a 200 cm player his ability below his knees is ridiculous as well, making his follow up work from a ruck contest the best in the (admittedly Ruck poor) draft class, and he utilizes it just as well up forward. His basic skills of marking, kicking and handballing are equally impressive for a 200cm player, and his positioning around the ground is good as well, he's not a typical tall 'athlete > footballer' selection, he's pretty well developed with his overall football craft.



    Also Considered: Jye Amiss, Arlo Draper, Mitch Ownes, Sam Butler, Campbell Chesser, (special mention to Darcy Wilmot who I rate really highly but wouldn't have taken due to our Medium Defender depth)

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    Pick 16 - Jye Amiss
  • ModernArtillery

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    Pick 16 - Brisbane - Jye Amiss
    195cm/83kg
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    I think Amiss presents a bit of value in the mid teens and am pleased to be able to get him in with my first pick. I think stylistically he's comparable to Bayley Fritsch but with the extra size there's probably more upside. He's incredibly strong on the lead with good pace and clean hands and his finishing in front of goal is high quality. I think he operates at his best inside forward 50 but he's not incapable of getting on a long lead and marking up the ground.

    I think the Lions are in a strong position to develop a key forward as they can afford to balance patience (some positional depth exists) with opportunity (Hipwood's injury). Brisbane is strong through the middle which is great for a young key forward and the talent that already exists should allow Amiss to operate against the third or fourth defender. I think that presents a really good opportunity for him.


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    Pick 17 - Jacob Van Rooyen
  • Smythe

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    PICK 17 - RICHMOND TIGERS - JACOB VAN ROOYEN - 195cm 89kg - FWD/DEF


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    Jacob is a (Nick Reiwoldt style) hard running type of player who gets up and down the ground from the forward line and in defense this year, at times, he showed his poise and class in strong marking intercepts and rebounding skills. But you will soon hear that it is another Reiwoldt that he tries to emulate.
    A member of the AFL Academy, State rep team and National Combine invitee he does have a lot of suitors waiting to select him.

    The lifelong Dockers supporter said it was surreal to be training alongside club greats Nat Fyfe and David Mundy earlier in the year, although it is a Richmond spearhead he idolises when developing his own craft in attack. "I like Jack Riewoldt and the way he always jumps at contests. He doesn't always mark it but he is always there making contests and he's also a very good player on the lead," he said, and being strong in the contest is Van Rooyen to a tea, if he isn't marking it, the pack is being crashed and the ball is coming to ground.
    Making this, best available/needs pick even more special to the young man. He will be able to learn and develop next to his idol and then take the mantle.

    He takes plenty of marks, also tackles and has a good set shot routine, but to add to that he also looks for better options and plays as a team orientated player.
    Jacob suffered glandular fever towards the earlier part of the year but has since then resumed his on field duties and shown very good adaptive skills in learning a defensive role. He has a booming kick on him, and in his recent WAFL Colts grand Final couldn't quite get his side over the line with a four goal performance.
    Welcome to Tigerland Jacob !

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    Pick 19 - Campbell Chesser
  • eDPS

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    Pick 19 - Melbourne - Mitchito O……wait maybe I shouldn’t be petty as Melbourne couldn’t have their own NGA player

    The real pick

    Pick 19 - Melbourne - Campbell Chesser
    186cm 83kg - Balanced Midfielder/Half Back

    Was between he and Wilmot for this Pick and since Wilmot went the pick before it made this selection very easy

    Chesser was very unlucky getting injured at a bad time, he was superb in a practise game at the start of the year and was one of the better players in Round 1 blockbuster against Oakleigh. Although he hasn’t been able to show that dash he was known for in under 16s he still showed some impressive form as a hardworking and classy wingman who barely made a mistake showing great composure with ball in hand and his heat map would likely involve touches all over the ground despite playing on a wing for most of it.

    Seeing Chesser slide this far shows that people either don’t remember his under 16s form or didn’t see it and didn’t watch him in Round 1 before the injury. Could be the steal of the draft he he drifts this far in the real thing, a footballer with great all round athleticism should be a big tick for recruiters.



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    Pick 20 - Mitch Owens
  • ModernArtillery

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    Pick 20 - Brisbane - Mitch Owens
    190cm
    Sandringham Dragons


    I'm sorry Saints fans. I'll try and shift the blame to andleanback & eDPS who took the two players I wanted at this pick.

    I am a big Owens fan though and as much as I think he'll probably end up at the Saints, it's hard to justify having him so high on my board and not taking him here. I was very close to going in another direction but I'll keep that under wraps in case something crazy happens later in the draft.

    Owens has a pretty intriguing skill set. I see him as a defensive winger early days where I can see his intercept marking being a real asset. I think it'll be important for him to really build up his tank and so the first few preseasons will be really key for him. The defensive part of his game is solid so I think that raises his floor. The real value comes if his offensive output develops even further.

    I've quoted a short comment from after the Victorian Challenge game below which highlights a few other features of his game that I really value.

    Owens was a late in to the Victorian Challenge game but made the most of his opportunity. He's got good size and athleticism which allows him to be a real threat aerially. He really attacks it in the air and can intercept and pull down some contested marks. What also impresses me is his ability to follow up and impact the contest when the ball goes to ground. He's pretty fearless in his attack on the footy and is willing to put his head over it and fight for the contested ball. He's a pretty safe user by foot and can be a pretty craft finisher around goals. Owens has some really appealing tools.

    Chris25
     
    Pick 21 - Mitch Knevitt
  • Chris25

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    I know Fremantle posters aren't too happy with me going small early. I probably won't be let back onto the board if I don't go tall here, so at 193cm and 81kg...

    Pick 21 Fremantle - Mitch Knevitt (midfielder, Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)

    Okay, so a few notes first...

    - there's next to no chance Fremantle takes this pick. It'll be used to move down the order and probably try to pick up a future second rounder in the process. So it's a difficult one for 'realism'

    - going small early was more just an experiment as such, since Fremantle posters are so focused on going tall early. So I wanted to look at another option and what could happen, and I did suspect all the big name talls would be gone by now. I've floated the idea on the Fremantle board that if we rate Jack Williams then maybe we get a goal kicker like Rachele and outside skill in NWM early, and then position ourselves for Williams in the second round. If I could trade down, I'd consider that

    - if this was the real thing, I think it's unlikely we'd have passed up on Mac Andrew if he was available (which I doubt he will be)

    But onto the pick...

    I really like Mitch Knevitt, probably more than most on here - although I suspect he'll get some more attention the closer we get to the draft. He's one of a host of Victorian players that would have been really interesting to watch play a full season, because I think he was primed for big things. And he definitely made the most of his opportunities this year, winning big time numbers in the midfield and consistently being one of his teams best.

    I know Josh Goater has his fans who highlight his athleticism and potential, but I reckon Knevitt is right up there. His upside is huge and it looks like he's only just getting started. I also think he has a more defined primary position. His Combine testing proved his athleticism too. And while Matt Johnson is arguably the 'big body' midfielder of note in this draft and he's no doubt better and more composed now, Knevitt does things that Johnson just can't. When you think of guys like Petracca, Bontempelli, Cripps and Fyfe, what sets them apart from other midfielders? Contested marking. And that's where Knevitt has the other two covered, and makes him such an attractive option in the modern game.

    He's still improving as a player. He has the endurance base, and he's starting to utilise it more in games. His inside game is developing from pure strength to incorporating more finesse and positioning as well.

    If I was going to justify this pick to Fremantle fans, I would highlight there was no KPF that I rated around this mark available and also we'll be unlikely to be picking here. And that while Knevitt is absolutely a midfielder, he's one that could definitely play forward too - allowing Fyfe to also go forward more often too. I've also got a couple of talls up my sleeve still.

    giantroo
     
    Pick 22 - Tom Brown
  • giantroo

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    Pick 22 - Tom Brown - Medium defender - 186cm/77kg - Murray/Vic Country

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    Sorry, Geelong fans, Paul’s son is North bound.

    Brown is another exciting prospect that would fit very well into North Melbourne’s defence. Tom is an athletic half-back flanker who has ‘mercurial-type ability’ through traffic, who knows how to read the play well and is a very good mark above his head. He is a great interceptor, having rated elite for intercept possessions this season and rarely wastes the ball by foot.

    In preseason testing, he finished in the top 10 for the standing vertical jump, running vertical jumps and agility tests while finishing 3rd in the 20 metre sprint during the recent Vic Country Combine. He will need to add some size to his frame, but otherwise a great prospect that North fans would love.

    2021 NAB League (5 games)
    16.8 disposals, 5 marks, 7 intercept possessions, 93 ranking points.

    Combine testing

    Standing vertical jump (75cm)
    Running vertical jump (94cm)
    Agility test (8.02sec)
    20m Sprint (2.983 sec)



    Davo-27
     
    Pick 23 - Rhett Bazzo
  • Davo-27

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    pick 23 - Rhett Bazzo - Swan Dist - 195cm 81kg

    i think he is the best KPD in the draft, although Gibcus has been favoured by most for most of the year and some like Leek Alleer i favour Bazzo, his dominant displays for WA and in the WAFL Colts GF when put on JVR and limiting his impact after he had a dominant first quarter, these performances after having a little bit of criticism and trying out unsuccessfully as a forward, have made me realise he has some character and drive to succeed so i brought him back into my top 20 after starting the year there or at least early in the year was there, good height, defends well as well as floating off his man to intercept, he is a good balance between the 2 roles(defender and interceptor) and we could do with a pairing for DGB for the future.

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    Pick 24 - Josh Fahey (Matched Bid)
  • PMBangers

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    Geelong bid on Josh Fahey with Pick 24

    PMBangers :)
    PICK 24 - Josh Fahey - Queanbeyan
    186 cm 77 kg
    General Defender
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    Strength:
    Rebound Game
    Rationale: Pretty easy one to lock in all things considered, I did know that a few guys I had higher on my board would be available at the later selections but think it's good to reward academy products who have put in the work. Josh has earnt a lot of praise for his run and carry out of defence, with his long penetrative kick catching the eye everytime he plays. Most notably Josh shot himself into the eyes of many against the Geelong VFL side, where he was one of the few players to have a good performance, earning the MCC Presidents Medal for BOG in the process. Outside of that thought Josh had a quiet year due to the COVID lockdowns and has slipped down most boards ever since.

    He's a pretty safe prospect really, if he can stay uninjured he'll play a lot of footy, but I expect him to be one that frustrates GIANTS fans as he tries to bite off kicks that are too hard, or runs himself straight into trouble, but that's the fun of his style of play
     
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