Toast Fremantle's 2nd 2018 National Draft Pick: Luke Valente [Pick #32]

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I'll double check if I can find my old combine results and report back.
You dont need to.
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-11-06/meet-connor-blakely
From that:
'Blakely doesn't have the breakaway pace that other midfielders possess, and he runs a 3.19 second 20-metre sprint. His kicking is fine without being a huge strength, but he gets around that by knowing where to go and where to be to get the footy in his hands.'
I was wrong it was 3.19 rather than 3.15 for the 20 metre sprint. I read somewhere that there might of been mistakes with the 20metre sprint testing that year. Connor is not slow so that would make sense.
 

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You dont need to.
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-11-06/meet-connor-blakely
From that:
'Blakely doesn't have the breakaway pace that other midfielders possess, and he runs a 3.19 second 20-metre sprint. His kicking is fine without being a huge strength, but he gets around that by knowing where to go and where to be to get the footy in his hands.'
I was wrong it was 3.19 rather than 3.15 for the 20 metre sprint. I read somewhere that there might of been mistakes with the 20metre sprint testing that year. Connor is not slow so that would make sense.
I dont have his years combine results, I swear AFL.com is incorrect. I seem to remember being surprised by his testing results because he never really showed his speed from the contest.
Looks like I was wrong, reading my old profiles from 2014, seems like he had bad testing results but I had previous speed test results that showed he was quicker than the the combine results.
 

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I dont have his years combine results, I swear AFL.com is incorrect. I seem to remember being surprised by his testing results because he never really showed his speed from the contest.
Looks like I was wrong, reading my old profiles from 2014, seems like he had bad testing results but I had previous speed test results that showed he was quicker than the the combine results.
Oh well

Some of us get bogged down in who ran what on one day a number of years ago

I'm happy to look at his body of work and see his improvement in footy
 

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Oh well

Some of us get bogged down in who ran what on one day a number of years ago

I'm happy to look at his body of work and see his improvement in footy
Footy is so much more than running fast in a straight line, pace in you team is important, but when was the last time
an outside player won the majority of awards?
Inside/outside players are worth their weight in gold.
 

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He's definitely improved his speed. But he's never going to be the guy streaming down the wing with the ball in hand breaking lines (ala Langdon) so it's not really a major factor. He needs acceleration and agility in congestion which it appears he has plus sufficient endurance and footy smart to get to contests - he's had plenty of 30+ disposal games so that doesn't appear a problem either.

I don't get the comparisons to de Boer? Blakely is miles ahead of de Boer in getting his hands on the ball at AFL level. I'd prefer to compare him to Barlow, who's output he compares really well to, and similarly against Neale. The only noticeable difference to both is scoreboard pressure. But Connor's still only 22yo so maybe we'll see him kicking a few more goals (or creating more) once he settles into a full time midfield role?
 

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Footy is so much more than running fast in a straight line, pace in you team is important, but when was the last time
an outside player won the majority of awards?
Inside/outside players are worth their weight in gold.
Do they do any kind of test running with the ball? Which is obviously more important than running without.
 

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