Toast ND Pick #8 - Griffin Logue

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Name: Griffin Logue
Position: Key Defender
Height: 193cm
Weight: 94kg
DOB: 13 April 1998
Club: Swan Districts/Western Australia
Player Comparison: Phil Davis



DRAFT PROFILE

Griffin Logue became one of the most talked about prospects after the Under 18 championships after a strong role in the WA defence with some feeling he could’ve made the All Australian side. After rowing at school, the big bodied defender is hard to miss and has proven versatile at stages of 2016.

This year he split his time mainly between the Swan Districts Seniors and Colts sides. At League level he was not fazed by the bigger bodies and held his spot in the team for eight games during the season. He showed lots of AFL traits at this level with his mix of lock down and rebounding the football as a key defender.

This translated to the Under 18 championships very well where he became one of the best key defenders in the draft. The ex-rower showed off his trademark lockdown strength and his ability to get on the offensive end of the play.

Logue is a big bodied key defender who has a great mix of offensive and defensive skills. He has great speed and has a body already built for AFL level. He doesn’t boast the most height for a key defender and also has some agility problems that may need some fixing if he is going to make it at AFL level.

As one of the standouts of the combine, including mowing down Josh Battle in the second last lap of the 3km time trial has put Logue in good stead to possibly push for Top 10 honours at next month’s draft.

Strengths:
  • Shutdown ability
  • Rebounding
  • Size
  • Speed
  • Intercept marking
Logue as a key defender excels at the defensive side of the position. He is one of the best lockdown key defenders in the draft as he always beats his man first and foremost. He makes sure he keeps his man close and beats him when attempting to mark the ball. Whether it is on the lead or in a pack, you know that Logue will beat his man ever time the ball goes to him.

Logue isn’t just a one trick pony in defense as he can beat his opponent then get on the run and rebound the ball forward. Whenever he has the ball he looks to move it on quickly and start offensive plays for his team. This ability to rebound is an underrated aspect of his game but is key to how he will play at AFL level if he wants to succeed.

Speed is another aspect of Logue’s game. He deceivingly quick as he often takes breathtaking runs with ball in hand. This also allows him to beat his opponents on the lead as he is often quicker than his opponents. This makes him a daunting task for any forward knowing that he will have the speed over him.

His strength also hasn’t gone unnoticed. He is one of the strongest key position prospects in the draft and is already ready for AFL. He has already experienced playing against men as a key defender at WAFL level and has shown that he isn’t phased by the big bodies. You can expect Logue to play some games in his debut season and should be fast tracked compared to other key defenders due to his strength.

As one of the best players at reading the play and taking intercept marks, Logue sees the game well for a key defender getting to good positions to intercept the ball. This makes him very damaging as teams know that they can’t spray the ball inside 50 knowing he will be their to intercept the ball and damage the opposition.

Improvements:
  • Height
  • Agility
At 193 cm, you have to ask yourself if he is tall enough to be that number one backman. He is giving up height to a lot of forwards this year and it can catch him out at times. This will affect where he will play at AFL level as some of the players are stronger and often taller than Logue. This might not be an issue but is something clubs will need to consider him before they draft the Swan District’s tall.

Another thing in question of Logue is his agility. His ability to sidestep or turn quickly is quite poor and might get him caught out at AFL level. This is especially noticeable when he turns over the ball as he doesn’t turn quick enough to get back. This is also evident when he is on the rebound as he has little to no side step on the burst.

Summary:

Griffin Logue’s best comparison in my eyes is is GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis. Both are proficient in intercepting and rebounding the football as well as locking down on opponents. They are both not the tallest players but have immense strength and deceiving speed.

Logue looks likely to fall somewhere in the first round with some rating him in the Top 10 of the draft. He is one of the best key position players in the draft crop and has many clubs interested looking to bolster their key defender stocks.

Griffin Logue is one of the most combative key defenders in the draft and has a lot of traits ready for AFL level. He has a great mix of offensive and defensive traits which are all sought after at AFL level and will be on a list in 2017.

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Walkingwounded

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In the recent road to the draft with recruit guy Brad Lloyd from Freo, he indicated the clincher for selecting him was some late colts games were he got > 30 possessions playing as a midfielder, and controlling the game.. is Freo looking at him eventually being a big bodied mid... that could be exciting
 
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Hi Walkingwounded.
I absolutely believe Freo are grooming him to be a midfield beast.
Think of Pavs role, but maybe swapping with Mundy out of the backline.
Logue has a mega rig and a mid tank, and could become a real weapon inside and out.
Add it to the list of players trying to get a gig in the guts for Freo.
 

Ysaye

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(Whilst I still think he might end up midfield) I reckon he has CHB written all over him for this season.
 

theGav56

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(Whilst I still think he might end up midfield) I reckon he has CHB written all over him for this season.
And I noticed you want to shift our CHB (A Pearce) forward.

Got any other moves up your sleeve?

I think there is room for Hamling, Pearce and Logue in the backline, and think they could lock out any forward line. If they aren't personally driving the ball through the midfield they can feed Wilson and Ryan who will slice it up.
 

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12 intercepts today to go with his 13 last week, 2 contested marks again. These are elite numbers, ultra impressive coming off this absence but he's performing like his preseason showed he could. His footy smarts have clearly improved and clearly have scope for more improvement.

Serious proposition this young tall is.
 

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12 intercepts today to go with his 13 last week, 2 contested marks again. These are elite numbers, ultra impressive coming off this absence but he's performing like his preseason showed he could. His footy smarts have clearly improved and clearly have scope for more improvement.

Serious proposition this young tall is.
I remember reading not too long ago that Luke Mac was working at the club as a defensive coach, specifically working with Griffin on his defensive positioning. Seems to be working wonders.
 

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Luke Mc lives in Broome and has for a while... must be FIFO if he is doing defence coach role!

I remember reading not too long ago that Luke Mac was working at the club as a defensive coach, specifically working with Griffin on his defensive positioning. Seems to be working wonders.

"“I’ve come back as the defence specialist coach, I’m here for December and I’ll be working with some of the defenders on bodywork and other things when it comes to defending,” McPharlin said.


“At the moment I am working closely with Griffin Logue but I will be working with all the tall key defenders, Luke Ryan, Alex Pearce, Joel Hamling and Michael Johnson.”"
 

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"“I’ve come back as the defence specialist coach, I’m here for December and I’ll be working with some of the defenders on bodywork and other things when it comes to defending,” McPharlin said.


“At the moment I am working closely with Griffin Logue but I will be working with all the tall key defenders, Luke Ryan, Alex Pearce, Joel Hamling and Michael Johnson.”"
Nope Luke definitely lives in Broome.


 
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