Norm Smith Medallist
- May 17, 2017
- AFL Club
Here's a quick analysis on "the best" key forward in each draft, vs the bloke who actually became the best forward from that draft. Very rarely does best forward in the draft actually end up meaning best forward, most of the time kids who dominate those positions U18 are just more developed. Especially if they are as you say, straight line mark and kick goals players.I'll be honest, I still don't fully get the hype around Darcy.
I don't know if this will make sense to people but form the footage I've seen of him he seems a little too.... much of a straight line, if that makes sense.
All for him being highly rated if it helps us get a better pick/into the draft quicker, but yeah.
Starting at 2017, just to give a decent few years to show output:
2017: Naughton highest rated, and current best
2016: Todd Marshall (Pick 16) highest rated, Nick Larkey (Pick 73) current best
2015: Josh Schache (Pick 2) highest rated, McKay/Hipwood (10, 14) current best
2014: Paddy McCartin (Pick 1) highest rated, pretty light on for key forwards in this draft - Peter Wright is the current best (Pick 8)
2013: Tom Boyd (Pick 1), Ben Brown (Pick 47) current best
2012: Joe Daniher (Pick 10 f/s) highest rated and current best
2011: Jon Patton (Pick 1) highest rated and best, despite retiring (woeful key forward year)
2010: Sam Day (Pick 3) highest rated, Jack Darling/Tom Lynch (Pick 26, Pick 11) best
2009: John Butcher (Pick 8) highest rated, Jack Gunston (Pick 29) best