- Sep 18, 2018
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
Defensive pressure is something you can develop quickly in an AFL environment. As you've identified, the key will be understanding his level of motivation and drive.Hmmm...
See, I don't disagree here overly. What bothers me is the low possession count combined with the low tackle numbers. I get that wasn't his game and that the juniors are not the place to look for defensive footy, but I'd want someone with his pace and power averaging 3-5 tackles a game as a mid/forward in this climate.
We need tacklers around the stoppages, especially on the second and third rings.
As I said, I'm definitely interested, and I absolutely do not want us overpaying for anyone via trade to the extent that we're no longer active in the first round. He looks like a great prospect, and that size coupled with that disposal, pace and balance is very appetizing; some of those breakaways from clearances look like early Judd.
I'm cautious on the basis of that grey area that is that vacant senior year; in that year, he could've found the next level, or he could have discovered alcohol and cigarettes, or he could've become such an intense Mormon that - like Rance - he doesn't commit to footy the same way he would've otherwise.
Clubs have been doing a lot of interviews. I'd back our guys in to assess his commitment levels. If there's genuine buy-in from a player like Perkins, he may be worth the risk. Character assessment is going to be massive in determining this years draft order.
At least from our perspective, there are guys who appear to be around the mark who meet the needs of what we're looking for. Means we're probably not going to be reaching if we do retain our pick in the first round.