I think you're reading far too much into a comment made to highlight that the extra pick was a complete freebie, and we didn't have to "compromise" to get it. Wanted Kemp, got Kemp, also got a free hit at 20.
I also think it's clear that Philp was an astute pick up. Sounding like plenty of clubs were interested at the picks following ours. He has a good head on his shoulders, a strong work ethic, and some really impressive athletic attributes. Read the comments from the Knights talent manager, it paints a clear picture. This wasn't a "reach" for the sake of it, it was a targeted acquisition of a player who impressed the hell out of the club's recruiters, and happens to fit the specific needs the coach has apparently laid out.
Clubs that are already overloaded with midfielders- like Richmond were interested in Philp.
Clubs like us who are not overloaded with midfielders (and will struggle when or if our premier midfielder Cripps gets injured) - should have gone and would have gone for the percentage pick in Robertson, not Philp.
I wish Philp all the best - and hope he becomes the player he needs to be for us.