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- Jul 5, 2013
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The article actually gives credence to the point I am making that today the approach towards the draft, trade and recruitment process is much more professional and better handled today than in those early days of 2000s.Some guys knew what they were doing 15 years ago and valuing picks.
Hawthorn and Richmond were classic examples of the 2 extremes pretty similar to many clubs 15 years latter
Hawthorn was more of an exception than a rule. It was one Club. If anything the Hawthorn approach gives weight to my argument of Trading Pick 1. Having multiple picks in the Top 10 would be of more value than Pick 1 alone. Hawthorn had fortuitous circumstances in their favour as well. Namely bottoming out at the the fortunate time of what some viewed as a superdraft year of 2004. If they didnt they wouldnt have had those picks. McPharlin wanting to return to Freo is what triggered the Hawks to receive picks and not the other way around. Did the Hawks know what they were doing or was there a degree of luck? Maybe a bit of both.
Lets not forget Hawks were not perfect, they made mistakes too. Such as recruiting a broken Rehn for Pick 12, which Port used via Adelaide on Burgers. No one is denying the Hawks made astute draft choices, but they also made some bad ones as well.
The AFL landscape has changed greatly since the early 2000s. Free Agency,Research, Medical Sport Science, Social Media, Go Home issues, Salary cap, Marketing etc etc.
Which clubs are you referring to 15 years later?