Norm Smith Medallist
- Oct 2, 2016
- AFL Club
It's worth mentioning, the Doggies wouldn't have been able to match for JUH in the same way they did this year. You can only go into the draft with as many open spots as you have on your list. The dogs had to use 6 picks to match for points. Any other year that wouldn't have been possible. This will force clubs to have points closer to how you have described it.I don't mind academies (Northern academies, NGAs) and father-son selections, but its application needs to be refined.
A bigger price needs to be paid for matching bids in the top 5.
For example, teams should only be able to match bids for academy/NGA players with their next pick. Using Bulldogs as an example, if the bid comes at number 1 and Bulldogs' next selection is number 14, then they must use pick 14 to match the bid and take on a deficit next year. No using 5 or 6 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders to collect points. They actually need to figure out how to trade UP the draft to minimise the deficit rather than trading down. If they can get a top 5 pick by trading their first (14) with a future first, then that should do it. They should be finding a way to get Adelaide's pick 1 so that they don't go into a deficit next year. If they don't want to take on the deficit from a bid, then they can choose not to match the bid. If they match, then they'll be wiped out of next year's first round which is fair considering they are getting the best talent in this year's pool.
Another example is Sydney. If they select Logan McDonald with pick 4 and Hawthorn bid on Campbell with pick 5, then they must match the bid with their next pick even if it is in the 30s. if they match with a pick in the 30s, they basically have to sit out of next year's draft with the large deficit they accrue. If they want Campbell, they should be using pick 4 to select him so that they can avoid a deficit rather than selecting Logan at pick 4 and matching a bid at pick 5 with a collection of 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders. If they rate McDonald higher than Campbell, then they select McDonald and Hawthorn select Campbell.
If the reason for the academy is having NSW players on your list, then Campbell should be requesting a trade to Sydney in a couple of years right?
Handing out top-end talent because they collected picks in the 20s, 30s and 40s is ridiculous. If a team has a highly rated NGA/academy/FS, they should be trading INTO the draft to match or trade up before the bid to select the player with their first pick rather than trading out of the draft.