List Mgmt. Trade & Free Agency VI - Who do we target in the midseason rookie draft?

Joined
Nov 13, 2010
Posts
2,604
Likes
854
AFL Club
Essendon
I am laughing, yes.
tongue in cheek statement because it was rediculous the AFL gave it to Blues and Suns last year.

However it’s opened Pandora’s box and for nearly every argument why they were rewarded those rights there’d be a counter argument to stake our case.

The only 1 we couldn’t? Blues have had more wooden spoons.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Joined
May 4, 2004
Posts
16,737
Likes
16,625
Location
lurking in the shadows of the matrix
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Penrith Panthers
Anyone who thinks the mid season draft will solve any issues this year is mistaken. Have spoken to a few and watched a few games and seriously I would rather play Zac Clarke who had heaps better form than any of them last year. You would want to be looking at a project player as there is nothing there that would be up to playing this year.
 
Joined
Jan 11, 2007
Posts
73,840
Likes
33,300
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Coburg Lions, All Boston sides
Anyone who thinks the mid season draft will solve any issues this year is mistaken. Have spoken to a few and watched a few games and seriously I would rather play Zac Clarke who had heaps better form than any of them last year. You would want to be looking at a project player as there is nothing there that would be up to playing this year.
You mentioned you wathed the state game, what was Knoll like in the ruck for SA?
 
Joined
May 4, 2004
Posts
16,737
Likes
16,625
Location
lurking in the shadows of the matrix
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Penrith Panthers
You mentioned you wathed the state game, what was Knoll like in the ruck for SA?
His tap work looked okay and he found a bit of the ball around the ground but he is still a bit of a work in progress despite being 26 as he has only had 3 years of footy. He was better than the two WA rucks . To me he looks like a bloke that should have been cat b rookie.
As the AFL site mentioned Oliver Eastland had a decent season last year and a good finals series but he has been average this year.
If you have a look at Zak Clarkes stats in the WAFL GF it show how much he was ahead of the rest in WA. 17 disposals.7 marks. 4 tackles. 50 hit outs and kicked 1.1. Too bad he has fallen a long way short of that.
 

Mercurial89

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Apr 20, 2011
Posts
10,043
Likes
12,413
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Anyone who thinks the mid season draft will solve any issues this year is mistaken. Have spoken to a few and watched a few games and seriously I would rather play Zac Clarke who had heaps better form than any of them last year. You would want to be looking at a project player as there is nothing there that would be up to playing this year.
So there is nothing there that is even worth trying to grab to protect against tbell and Clarke going down?
 
Joined
Dec 14, 2015
Posts
13,257
Likes
15,634
AFL Club
Essendon
Thread starter Moderator #8,157
So there is nothing there that is even worth trying to grab to protect against tbell and Clarke going down?
Guess it depends whether they consider the season to be a write off at this point. If that’s the case then you look at your needs for round 1 2019. If this season is still a sneaking chance then you look at how best to finish the year.
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2016
Posts
2,266
Likes
2,740
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Bayern Munich
So there is nothing there that is even worth trying to grab to protect against tbell and Clarke going down?
McKernan will return within the month as well remember.

I am with Ant555 on this one. We dont need the additional ruck. I would prefer to spend our pick on either
1. State league star midfielder to challenge our current midfield (Jye Bolton, Marlion Pickett etc) and be our Menegola or Tim kelly (in type, not necessarily brownlow level form like the latter)
2. Genuine small forward with upside as our depth behind Bags is shoddy and Fanta is always injured (Adam Tipungwuti, Corey Rich, Sam Lowson - although he is unlikely as blues really like him)
3. Project player who missed out on last year but is showing upside (Ben Kelly, Mitch Riordan, Harry Nolan

We need to take the opportunity to pick a guy we are looking at picking up at the end of the year ahead of time. 6 months of extra development would be a handy headstart.
 
Last edited:

BrunoV

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
May 5, 2009
Posts
15,063
Likes
18,480
AFL Club
Essendon
Guess it depends whether they consider the season to be a write off at this point. If that’s the case then you look at your needs for round 1 2019. If this season is still a sneaking chance then you look at how best to finish the year.

It's really more about whether the ruck we could play is worth drafting because he can make an impact this year.

Sure he could get his hand to the ball more than McKernan, for example, but there is the around the ground work of McKerna which would offset the loss of hit outs.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

brutus76

Premium Platinum
Joined
Jul 26, 2016
Posts
1,104
Likes
1,473
Location
Brisbane (VIC until 21, SA until mid 30's)
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
LFC, NFL Redskins, Brisbane Lions
Sier for a second.

Mid season draft - a tough mid who can run both ways, can tackle,fierce at the contest and has some skills as Dev is injured

This means not a Langford, Myers, Zaharakis type.

So Jye Bolton or Pickett could be immediate impact players if one is given a go.
 

brutus76

Premium Platinum
Joined
Jul 26, 2016
Posts
1,104
Likes
1,473
Location
Brisbane (VIC until 21, SA until mid 30's)
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
LFC, NFL Redskins, Brisbane Lions
Joined
Oct 1, 2006
Posts
17,765
Likes
9,681
Location
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Everton, Storm, Victory
So a **** player like Tom Boyd is retired yet we continue to stick with even shitter footballers like Jake Long.

Seems legit


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
What a strange connection to make.
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2016
Posts
2,266
Likes
2,740
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Bayern Munich
So a **** player like Tom Boyd is retired yet we continue to stick with even shitter footballers like Jake Long.

Seems legit


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
This comment wont age well for you.

Tom obviously had some serious and problematic mental health issues going on which means he never reached his potential, which is second only to his health in reality.

Intead of leaving the guy to leave the game in peace, you give him a back hander on the way out in order to lament another completely irrelevant player being on our list.

Suffice to say, thats poor form.
 

DapperDon

Waiting for Essendon to arrive
Joined
Oct 4, 2006
Posts
29,633
Likes
43,802
AFL Club
Essendon
So a **** player like Tom Boyd is retired yet we continue to stick with even shitter footballers like Jake Long.

Seems legit


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Yeah, If only Jake Long could get a mental illness.....

You make some very **** posts at times man, but this is right up there
 
Top Bottom