AgreeI think your underrating how long guns can hang around for and how quickly gun draftees can surge with a bit of quality development.
I read this and it seems your take is for us to go gun ho and go all for the now and then big rebuild. I think we can be smarter than that without going all for the now like Hawks and Geelong. I think we can do a Port and be very vibrant in 4-5 years with top drafting as well as other recruits like through FA and other options.
I would rather we win 4 to 5 premierships over the next ten years than get close in two, possibly win and then fall off a cliff. I do not want to see another 1980's when ego got ahead of dedication and focus and vision as well as drive.
Carlotn are a great example of ignoring the draft at your own peril. They only seemed interested in number one picks after the spoon
For the next 5 or so years we need to keep building depth so that we can compete as Cotch and Bachar etc fall off. After that it'll be all about whether we have managed to get 5 or so A grader in from the draft. Currently I'd say we have 2 looking likely, balta and Shai (already there almost). Maybe Graham too if he can hit his highs regularly. We have a heap of other talent - RCD, Stack, Ross etc. Get the best out of them + our drafting over the next few years and we could win another GF or 2, then fast rebuild and be competitive for another 5-8 years.