I agree ... But he needed to hone his craft as a defender first ... Its time to do a "Houston" on him, and move to a more attacking roleDont get me wrong, ryan burton is a fine 3rd tall defender. However, if we are serious about his development we must roll him into onto a wing/mid or lead up/link up fwd role. Imaging using a kid who is 191 cms played all his junior footy as a lead up key fwd in defense because hawthorn said so. If Alistair clarkson was our coach (please god work a miracle and bring him back) he would be rolling him out of a 3rd tall role to compliment dixon and marshall/westhoff. They say you cant draft a half back in the top 10. Well i say you cant waste one of the best set shots on goal, lead up marker, decision maker/ball user, line breaker as a 3rd lockdown tall.
Oh and did i mention this kid is as clean below the knees as any 191cm player in the AFL. When he got drafted he said he wanted to be the next nat fyfe... now imaging playing nat fyfe in defense.
The problem I have with this perspective is that it is how Hinkley thinks. He is so stubborn and slow to select players, often too slow to drop them. Too slow to try them in new positions and often too slow to move them back if the experiment doesn't work. Boak, Motlop, Ryder, SGray to name a few. Or he will go to the other extreme as he did with Frampton and Howard.Nah. He is a defender. I love how composed he is back there. Great 2 way player and can play 200 Very good games back there.