A Giant History of the Draft

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Ichabod Noodle

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 13, 2011
9,081
13,242
The Riff
AFL Club
GWS
Other Teams
Raiders, Brumbies
Every year every club enters the draft with high hopes of a super haul - rarely does that happen. There’s always a bust or two, you just hope it’s not a high pick you’ve wasted - but there are also diamonds in the rough and outright champions taken further down after every club (including your own) has passed over a player (just remember Tom Brady was pick 199 in his draft year).

So here is a list of players we’ve taken at the draft and the positions they were taken at and some tick and crosses to indicate whether I think it was a good pick baring in mind a number of things…

1. time and hindsight will change the rating.
2. some busts are nobody’s fault (injuries rather than potatoness).
3. the bust of a player taken late or rookie is less than the bust of a top 10 pick.
4. the tick of a player taken late or rookie is bigger than a tick of a top 10 pick.
5. I’m happy to change a rating based on discussion
6. there is no consideration of players/picks we gave up to get the pick use, that’s for the discussion, this is just based on the player selected
7. I will change the rating based on hindsight


2011

Patton - 1 - ✅
Coniglio - 2 - big ✅
Tyson - 3 - got us Kelly - ✅
Hoskin-Elliot - 4 - small ✅
Buntine - 5 - ✳ clearly not a top 5 pick but a decade of service & culture setting doesn’t make him a bust either
Haynes - 7 - big ✅
Tomlinson - 9 - ✅
Sumner - 10 - ❌
Greene - 11 - big ✅
Adams - 13 - got us Shaw - ✅
Smith - 14 - ✅
Downie -56 - ❌
O’hAilpin - 79 - ❌
McDonald - 87 - ✅
Frost - Rookie 1 - ❌


2012

Whitfield - 1 - big ✅
O’Rourke - 2 - ❌
Plowman - 3 - ❌
Jaksch - 12 - ❌
Corr - 14 - ✅
Stewart - 27 - ❌
Thornton - Preseason 1 - total ❌❌
Brogan - preseason 12 - ✅
Redfern - Rookie 51 - ❌
Williams - Rookie 54 - ✅


2013

Boyd - 1 - ❌ (but he did get us Griffen)
Kelly - 2 - big ✅
McCarthy - 14 - ❌
Lobb - 29 - ✅
Lamb - preseason 1 - ❌
Schulz - Rookie 1 - shoulda stayed delisted - total ❌❌❌


2014

Pickett - 4 - ❌
Marchbank - 6 - ❌
Ahern - 7 - ❌
McKenna - 23 - ❌
Steele - 24 - ✳ academy kid, bloody good player (so not a ❌) but left us too soon (so not a ✅)
Finlayson - 85 - ✅ (eventually)


2015

Hopper - 7 - big ✅
Kennedy - 13 - ❌
Himmleberg - 16 - ✅
Flynn - 41 - leaning ✅ (eventually)
Reid - Rookie 8 - ✅
Lloyd - Rookie 26 - ✅


2016

Taranto - 2 - big ✅
Setterfield - 5 - ❌
Perryman - 14 - ✅
Cumming - 20 - ✅ (eventually)
Tiziani - 54 - ❌
De Boer - 58 - big ✅
Mzungu - Rookie 15 - ❌


2017

Bonar - 11 - ❌
Daniels - 27 - ✅
Taylor - 28 - big ✅
Langdon - 56 - ✅ (ish)
Shipley - 64 - ✳ Western Sydney academy kid, pick 64, not really a tick or a bust
Buckley, D - Rookie 15 - ❌
Reid - Rookie 29 - ✅ (again)


2018

Caldwell - 11 - ❌
Hately - 14 - ❌
O’Halloran - 22 - leaning ✅
Hill - 24 - ✅
Briggs - 34 - leaning ✅
Idun - 61 - ✅


2019

Ash - 4 - ✅
Green - 10 - ✅
Riccardi - 51 - 🔜 jury still out
Hutchesson - 65 - ❌
Stein - Rookie 15 - leaning ✅
Sheridan - Rookie 28 - ❌
Sproule - Rookie 36 - leaning ✅


2020

Bruhn - 12 - leaning ✅
Stone - 15 - leaning ✅
Angwin - 18 - 🔜 jury still out
Fleeton - 58 - 🔜 jury still out
Wehr - 59 - 🔜 jury still out
Reid - Rookie 9 - ✅ (again)
Sproule - Rookie 24 - leaning ✅ (again)

Peatling - 2021 Mid Season Rookie 8 - leaning ✅


2021

Callaghan - 3 - 🔜
Aleer - 15 - 🔜
Fahey - 42 - 🔜
Hamilton - Rookie 13 - 🔜
Wehr - Rookie 29 - 🔜 (again)
 
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GWS Goose

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 14, 2011
10,143
17,252
Emu Plains
AFL Club
GWS
12 and 14 draft given the picks we had are horrible.

Think Caldwell, Kennedy and Setterfield all worked out ok in trade value. (especially the 2 academy boys)
 

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