Richmond are a gameplan team.brisbane have been rebuilding for quite some time, and seem to have a solid coaching group so it's no surprise they have good youth. They may suffer from the "go home" effect in a few years however, can never rule that out especially for the northern teams.
Port adelaide meh, yes they've got good players in the draft but people forget how players can look promising early and fall away. Seems like everyone has just penciled in that all port's draftees are bonified guns and will be for a long time. Wait and see on that one in a few years.
Gold Coast, yes but they are probably going to continue to struggle with having to pay overs to keep average players at the club. If they can get manage to get their salaries normal then I have heaps of faith in stewy dew to bring the crop of youngsters up well.
Richmond for mine have really really really drafted well, so much so I'd say they've extended their premiership window 2/3 years longer.
Stack, Castagna, Higgins, Ross, Bolton, Balta, Baker are all serious players, even keeping a Rioli out of the side.
Stack, Higgins, Ross and Balta are all good players. Bolton is greedy and plays like he's already a superstar, Castagna and Baker are both battlers that are good for Richmond's game plan.
That's the point really. Richmond have got a game plan that works for their players, we don't yet. The talent gap definitely isn't that big, at all. The talent gap between the best side in the comp and the worst isn't even that big, it's all continuity, confidence and game plan.
Look at Carlton, if all players are available they have a really good side bursting with some good young talent.