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- Oct 15, 2008
- AFL Club
It was the sixth best player for Carlton and that can mean different things to different clubs.And this goes back to my original question and comment.
Did Carlton genuinely rate Stocker as the 6th best talent in the draft, or 6th best talent on a list needs basis, or 6th best inside/balanced mid in the draft?
I can believe 6th best mid in the draft if you rate;
Either Jackson Hately or Tarryn Thomas ahead of Stocker.
I struggle the believe 6th best talent, excluding KPP’s in regards to list needs.
There’s also a scenario where they end up overrating Stocker, as they believe he’ll be available at a pick at the back end of the first round, and he moves up their draft board as a consequence, but this phenomenon is covered much better in the Lystics AFL podcast, than I could explain here.
Clubs don't necessarily care for talent alone, if they don't rate the character and the application to become the best they can be.
Was McCasey the sixth best talent in 2019? Pickett? Weightman?
Pointed it out here before that Carlton recruiters called Stocker a brute and that was evident to me in his first Northern Blues game for the club.
I also don't think Stocker will amount to being seen as the sixth best talent from the draft, but he may yet be the right player for the club.
From the first game I saw, Stocker reminded me of Hodge. He's unlikely to be anywhere as good, but think Hodge.