The AFL world would love to see something like what you have put together, but I think Gold Coast are in a great position to demand so much more for what they have. I think locking them in with just the SA clubs could lighten the stranglehold they have on this draft. Just adding Stkilda into the fold could work out very well.
2, 3, 6, 24 & 29 is a fantastic position to be in heading into any draft, but a draft that has both South Australian clubs drooling at the prospect of one or two elite home grown talents entering their systems and still being able to select two elite talants themself, makes this a chance of a lifetime for The Suns.
First Gold Coast need to make it known they are going to take all three of the SA boys if Carlton take Walsh. In order for this to happen, they need to give up picks 6 and 24 to StKilda for pick 4.
Roll on draft day. Gold Coast have already made clear their intentions and will come out massive winners should they use those picks, so it is all on the two SA clubs to work something out.
Port swap Picks 5 & 15 for Pick 2 (keeping 10)
Crows give up Picks 8 & 16 for Pick 3 (keeping 13)
StKilda lose Picks 4 and walk away with Pick 6 & 24
Gold Coast cash in Picks 2, 3 & 24 and sit down with Picks 4, 5, 8, 15, 16 & 29. They build Twin Towers on the Gold Coast...
Draft Points are a moot, it's the price you need to pay for this kind of home grown talant and both SA clubs know it. Even with that said, it's not extreme overs in any sense!
Gold Coast will have some decent options with live trading. However if Jack Lukosius is as good as prospect as some draft watcher are saying, It would be hard for them to trade the pick that will land him. There was also an article not long back saying that’s hes comfortable with a potential move to the Coast.
The pick I’d be looking to offload would be pick 3, looking at auctioning off Rankine to Port (who mightn’t even appeal to GC through homesickness) Adelaide holding a strong draft hand and Stkilda potentially being interested at pick 4 may force Port to try and move. Think both sides could be seriously tempted by pick 3 & 29 for Pick 5 and 2019 future 1st.
Port Adelaide secures Rankine, while keeping picks 10 and 15 in a strong SA draft year, could still potentially pick up Hately or Valente. Even if those type don’t appeal always good getting talent in a year earlier, they also get pick 29, they’ve shown in the past they like to pick the potential slider and not a bad pick to have a look at that type.
Gold Coast potentially lose nothing on the first pick downgrade. Draft could go
Pick 1 : Walsh
Pick 2 : Lukosius (GC)
Pick 3 : Rankine (Port)
Pick 4 : Max King (saints)
Pick 5 : Rozee (who they’ve talked about pairing with Lukosius at 3 anyways)
They secure another future first, to go with theirs (likely number 1) our future first (could easily be another top 5) and Ports. Would make for 2 strong back to back drafts atleast.
The way I see it , no matter what happen they ( Craig and Dew ) are going to take 5 pick into this year draft , whether the 5th pick going to be mature age players such as Marlion Pickett I am not sure . I am not saying you are wrong but So far Craig is quite consistent with taking 5 draftees in this year draft ..
Possible as long it end 5 pick in top 30 . Adelaide have 4 pick in top 25 and Port have 3 in top 15 .
How many pick North need to gave up for Thomas if bid come in early ? What about Geelong F/s pick (Browless) , Brisbane (Mcfayden) ,GWS (Brigg) , Sydney ( Blakey), Melbourne (Toby Bedford) ,Bulldog (west ,kamis ) academy players could be more than 7 pick .
It looks like they currently have 38 players, I think that means they need to add nine players over ND, RD and PSD combined. They have picks 1, 69, 71 and 77. These later picks will all come in a long way with bids on the below 13 prospects, I think it could well be more than the seven spots your later post suggests:
That said, that only gives them four spots filled from the ND, meaning they'd need to rookie or PSD five more players, which seems unlikely.
The list doesn't need filling so much now, more maturing. Holding on to pick one was always the most likely scenario, as trading put of the top 4 this year would be a massive risk. The work was done this year with players already in the system, so add pick one (likely Walsh) and a 2 or 3 late picks it will be a good result for us.