It doesn't take a great eye, it just takes the ability to ignore recruiting biases that favour certain types of players over certain other types of players, often without good justification.
That’s more than he did in every single game last year so technically the commentary you’re hearing is correct.Just how much of the ball did Tayla Walker get? Admittedly I only watched the last 2 and half quarters, but I only saw him a couple of times. The amount of people I've heard say "Tex is back" is astounding. From memory I saw him take 1 mark and kick 1 goal.
I think the first 3 times he touched the ball he got caught holding the ball. Also gave away a blatant 50 metre that led to a goal for us.Just how much of the ball did Tayla Walker get? Admittedly I only watched the last 2 and half quarters, but I only saw him a couple of times. The amount of people I've heard say "Tex is back" is astounding. From memory I saw him take 1 mark and kick 1 goal.
Can remember Butters being a very popular call on this board with our 3rd selection pre draft. Robbie was smart enough to talk everyone into not taking any chances.
If he was rated outside the top 25 due to his size then every recruiter in the country should be sacked. Fact is he wasn't, he was rated in top 10-20 spots and I'm glad we picked him up. I doubt there would be 5 better players then Zak out of that draft, or 5 players who have performed better then Zak from that draft.
I thought he had a reasonable season last year. He provided a cool head to the defence. At times though (like the Richmond final), it looked like he was struggling to keep up with the pace of the game.For those writing off Hammer. This was two games ago:
PORT ADELAIDE 2.1 4.2 7.4 9.4 (58)
GEELONG 1.4 3.7 4.8 5.12 (42)
Port Adelaide: Rockliff, Powell-Pepper, Ebert, Motlop, Wines, Hartlett, Butters
He was incredible that game. Will take more than a couple of errors in the prelim and a patchy scratch match to recommend putting him out to pasture for mine.
Was predicted to get picked in the 15-30 range so pick 14 is hardly a reach.
Every game Tex plays is one more game the franchise is likely to lose and one less game they get in to a player with potential.The pumping of Ted's tyres is so bizarre. I can't tell if its due to pity or commentators having a working relationship with him.
Much more talented, much more likeable guys have been afforded half the praise he gets for his utterly diminished abilities.
His ratio of effort to pay scale paints him as a lazy comfortable thief. Your right I hope they keep blowing smoke up his arse.Every game Tex plays is one more game the franchise is likely to lose and one less game they get in to a player with potential.
TEX IS BACK BIG TIME!! SPREAD THE WORD!
Outside the Crows spudinskis, that top 20 looks wild.
lol, missed that he went at 12 and not 14 as the poster I replied to claimed. Still not a reach though.
In hindsight there’s probably no one taken ahead of him that’s been in an AA squad yet either.