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  1. dajesmac

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    Hey folks. A small percentage of you may be aware of the True Footy YouTube channel. We come up with an annual phantom draft every year released below. We're probably best known for our AFL podcast, and below is the episode we released yesterday previewing this year's draft:





    Here's another video where we preview who each club may take with their first pick:



    Anyway, here is our phantom draft (subject to some edits as we get closer to the draft):

    *Disclaimer: With academy nominations and the like it is increasingly difficult these days to get the order absolutely correct. If you see anything that's not quite right, feel free to let me know and I'll adjust accordingly.

    Selection 1: Carlton
    Sam Walsh (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 183cm, W: 74kg
    · Well rounded, balanced midfielder
    · High production mid
    · Balance of inside and out
    · Remains lightly built so may need time

    Selection 2: Gold Coast Suns
    Jack Lukosius (SA) – Key Forward
    H: 194cm, W: 85kg
    · Prototypical key forward who covers the ground well
    · Smart, damaging footballer
    · Lead up type forward
    · Contested marking not a strength

    Selection 3: Gold Coast Suns
    Izak Rankine (SA) – General forward
    H: 180cm, W: 76kg
    · Magical, evasive half forward
    · One touch player who impacts the scoreboard
    · As quick as he is skilful
    · Endurance the only query

    Selection 4: St Kilda
    Bailey Smith (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 186cm, W: 82kg
    · Explosive contested midfielder
    · Good balance of inside and outside game
    · Excellent skill, vision and work rate

    Selection 5: Port Adelaide
    Max King (VIC) – Key Forward/Ruck
    H: 202cm, W: 86kg
    · An elite key forward prospect who tore his ACL in 2018
    · Very tall and his reach makes him difficult to defend
    · Contested marking is a strength
    · Questions over endurance/work rate

    Selection 6: Gold Coast Suns
    Connor Rozee (SA) – Forward/Mid
    H: 185cm, W: 72kg
    · Damaging forward with capacity to play outside mid
    · Highly agile and breaks lines
    · Excellent skills and leap
    · Contested game is lacking

    Selection 7: Sydney Swans (Matching Western Bulldogs bid)
    Nick Blakey (NSW) – Key Forward
    H: 195cm, W: 80kg
    · Sydney Swans academy player
    · A Buddy-style oversized flanker
    · Clean at ground level and strong player on the lead

    Selection 8: Western Bulldogs
    Ben King (VIC) – Key Defender
    H: 202cm, W: 85kg
    · Massive key defender with contested marking and one on one work a strength
    · Reads the ball well and intercepts
    · Versatile enough to play forward

    Selection 9: Adelaide
    Jye Caldwell (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 184cm, W: 78kg
    · Explosive inside mid
    · Strong contested game and ability to distribute by hand
    · Bolts late despite injury
    · Skills can be a mixed bag

    Selection 10: North Melbourne (Matching GWS bid)
    Tarryn Thomas (TAS) – Forward/Midfielder
    H: 189cm, W: 73kg
    · Tasmanian Academy player
    · A line breaking forward with excellent accelerating
    · Can play as an outside mid
    · Defensive game very strong

    Selection 11: GWS Giants
    Chayce Jones (TAS) – Midfielder
    H: 180cm, W: 74kg
    · Balanced Tasmanian midfielder
    · Runs all day, uses the ball well, is generally clean
    · Impacts the scoreboard
    · Small frame but experienced playing against men

    Selection 12: Port Adelaide
    Jackson Hately (SA) – Midfielder
    H: 190cm, W: 81kg
    · Strong bodied inside midfielder
    · Strengths include stoppage work and work rate
    · Can swing forward due to his overhead marking and scoreboard impact
    · Could be described as vanilla although ready to go and reliable

    Selection 13: GWS Giants
    Riley Collier-Dawkins (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 193cm, W: 88kg
    · Bontempelli-style lanky midfielder
    · Clean, contested midfielder with good skills and vision
    · Can push forward and take a grab
    · Main concern is consistency of production

    Selection 14: Geelong
    Zak Butters (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 181cm, W: 70kg
    · Impactful midfielder with speed and skill
    · Missed half a season with a shoulder injury
    · Possesses X factor and high potential
    · Strength and endurance remains an area of improvement

    Selection 15: Adelaide
    Jordan Clark (WA) – Defender
    H: 182cm, W: 78kg
    · A skilful half back in the mould of Elliot Yeo
    · Strong intercept game and reads the ball well
    · Best WA prospect in the draft
    · Has experience at WAFL senior level and is ready to go

    Selection 16: Fremantle
    Ed McHenry (VIC) – Small forward
    H: 178cm, W: 71kg
    · Geelong Falcons boy
    · Genuine pressure forward specialist
    · Led the U18 championships in pressure acts

    Selection 17: Port Adelaide
    Ian Hill (WA) – Forward/Midfielder
    H: 175cm, W: 76kg
    · Exciting wingman/forward
    · Brilliant skills and breaks lines
    · One of the best ball users in the draft
    · Falls in estimations due to query over AFL translation

    Selection 18: Adelaide
    Luke Valente (SA) – Midfielder
    H: 186cm, W: 80kg
    · U18 South Australian captain
    · Slow inside mid with genuine footy smarts
    · Strong contested player with great vision and production
    · May lack X factor but a safe quality pick

    Selection 19: Collingwood (Matching Ric Bid)
    Isaac Quaynor (VIC) – Defender
    H: 182cm, W: 82kg
    · Collingwood Academy player
    · Ready to go defender, powerfully built
    · Provides strong rebound and excellent at ground level

    Selection 20: Richmond
    Liam Stocker (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 183cm, W: 83kg
    · Morrish medallist who missed the U18 championships due to a broken jaw
    · Stoppage specialist
    · Agile, clean and has excellent work rate and endurance
    · A very bright kid and a student of the game

    Selection 21: Brisbane Lions
    Xavier Duursma (VIC) – Utility
    H: 185cm, W: 71kg
    · A light bodied but highly talented utility
    · Breaks lines and possesses agility
    · Good skills
    · Potential leader
    · Stoppage work and contested game needs work

    Selection 22: Western Bulldogs (Matching GWS Bid)
    Rhylee West (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 180cm, W: 80kg
    · Son of star Bulldog Scott West
    · Small but strong contested midfielder
    · Tackles well and can push forward
    · Possesses speed and agility

    Selection 23: GWS Giants
    Xavier O’Halloran (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 187cm, W: 83kg
    · High impact inside midfielder
    · Can burst out of congestion and put his skills to use
    · Lacks consistency in terms of production

    Selection 24: West Coast Eagles
    Sam Sturt (VIC) – General forward
    H: 188cm, W: 78kg
    · A Will Hayward style general forward
    · Strong aerial player who can take a grab
    · Smart, skilful and has a high work rate
    · May not project as a genuine midfield option

    Selection 25: GWS Giants (Matching Adelaide bid)
    Kieran Briggs (NSW) - Ruckman
    · Best ruckman in this draft class
    · Strong player and good overhead
    · Good tackler and competitive

    Selection 26: Adelaide
    Curtis Taylor (VIC) – General forward
    H: 186cm, W: 79kg
    · Strong marking forward with midfield aspirations
    · Clean skills and excellent leap
    · Strong one on one
    · Can be inconsistent

    Selection 27: West Coast Eagles
    Ely Smith (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 188cm, W: 86kg
    · Big bodied inside mid
    · Strong clearance player
    · Explosive and tested well athletically

    Selection 28: Melbourne
    Jez McLennan (SA) – Defender
    H: 183cm, W: 81kg
    · Strong marking intercept defender
    · Uses the ball well
    · Has played 5 games of SANFL senior footy

    Selection 29: Brisbane Lions (Matching Gold Coast bid)
    Connor McFadyen (QLD) – Midfielder/Forward
    H: 190cm, W: 88kg
    · Brisbane Lions Academy player
    · Big bodied inside mid who can move forward
    · Nat Fyfe style midfielder
    · May be slow but is strong contested and wins clearances
    · Reads the ball in the air

    Selection 30: Gold Coast Suns
    Mitch Maguire (NSW) – Midfielder
    H: 176cm, W: 75kg
    · Mature, 20 year old NEAFL player
    · Gold Coast reach for the value mature selection ahead of GWS
    · Averaged 27 possessions and 5 clearances in the NEAFL
    · In the mould of Dayne Zorko

    Selection 31: Melbourne
    Noah Gown (VIC) – Key Forward
    H: 193cm, W: 91kg
    · Slightly undersized but strongly built key forward
    · Melbourne need a Hogan replacement
    · Smart, competitive forward
    · Strong contested mark

    Selection 32: Gold Coast Suns
    Marlion Pickett (WA) – Midfielder
    H: 183cm, W: 85kg
    · Gold Coast to continue the mature age trend with Pickett
    · Tough defender turned midfielder
    · Enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 and set to follow the footsteps of former teammate Tim Kelly

    Selection 33: Brisbane Lions
    Will Hamill (VIC) – Defender
    H: 185cm, W: 70kg
    · Athletic defender with skills
    · Has speed, agility and endurance
    · Lightly built frame

    Selection 34: Fremantle
    Jack Bytel (VIC) – Midfielder
    H: 188cm, W: 79kg
    · Strong inside midfielder who was considered a top ten prospect 12 months ago
    · Has a penetrating kick and wins the ball consistently
    · Lacks speed/outside game

    Selection 35: Western Bulldogs
    Tom McKenzie (SA) – Midfielder
    H: 184cm, W: 76kg
    · Highly versatile utility
    · Athletic clearance midfielder
    · Inconsistent by foot

    Selection 36: Essendon
    Bailey Williams (VIC) – Ruck/Key Forward
    H: 198cm, W: 91kg
    · Undersized ruck who compensates with an excellent leap
    · Super athletic
    · Ability to swing forward
    · WC reach to fill a list need

    Selection 37: Collingwood (Matching St Kilda bid)
    Will Kelly (VIC) – Key Defender
    H: 193cm, W: 83kg
    · Son of Craig Kelly
    · Athletic key defender
    · Strong rebounder for a tall

    Selection 38: St Kilda
    Boyd Woodcock (SA) – Small forward
    H: 174cm, W: 68kg
    · Mature goalkicking small forward
    · Had a strong SANFL League finals series
    · Can rotate through the midfield

    Selection 39: Richmond
    Luke Foley (WA) – Midfielder
    H: 187cm, W: 75kg
    · Over-age midfield talent who missed out on the draft last year
    · Improved his contested game and produced a strong season
    · Clean, skilful accumulator
    · Can still lack strength and acceleration

    Selection 40: Sydney
    Tom Sparrow (SA) – Midfielder
    H: 182cm, W: 81kg
    · Explosive midfielder with courage
    · Quick, competitive contested player
    · Lacks consistency of ball use
     
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  2. PMBangers

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    Really like our selections, would prefer Taylor over Jones as my only complaint, but Jones is still a good pick up
     
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  3. Premiers17

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    Great effort ,but wat u have for Richmond's first pick a small forward have plenty of em inside midfielder or outside midfielder not a small forward definitely no

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    I'd be happy with McLennan and Foley at West Coast's picks. Look forward to watching the video in full.
     
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    Brisbane matched Macfadyen, losing pick 30 but where's Brisbane's pick 35 gone?
     
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    Think I'd have meltdown if we took Foley over O'hallaran or Hill.
     
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    I think Melbourne will take Bailey Williams with GWS having Briggs and Mumford potentially coming in, nice to
    see a draft without Max King at St Kilda's pick.
     
  8. getgaff

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    Fair call Easty, especially with O’Halloran still available.

    How I see it is one inside player in Foley and one more outside player in McLennan.

    Good balance their and the strategy that I want to see used from the Eagles unless there’s a definite first rounder that’s slid outside.
     
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    I'd be happy with McLennan and O'h. Solid selections. One HBF for future and one mid who can go fwd and inside or out.
    I'd view Hill as a first round slide, and also a winger rather than small fwd. I'd be drafting him to play similar role to Brad Hill. If he's still on the board at our picks I'd be gutted we didn't select him. He can make the ball talk by foot.

    Foley I see as a 40+ pick, he was an overager this year and was ok but not dominate.
     
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    By the sounds of things Ian Hill is likely to be second round at the earliest Easty.

    Currently isn’t amongst the 20 or so draftees invited to attend the draft but could change in the next fortnight.
     
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    Who has been invited? Wow that could be a score!
     

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    Not overly enthused with your Adelaide selections.
     
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    Not seen the list of names invited but I’m going off what’s Twomey said in the R.T.T.D podcast last week.

    My read is that clubs are concerned with the go home factor, again a thing that makes him more appealing to West Coast.

    I personally wouldn’t want us to reach and draft him early just because of that but. Let the Dockers get him at 30 odd or have an interstate team make a move on him.
     
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    I’m being pedantic, but there are likely to be around 25 picks in the first round.
     
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    I'm a fan of Smith, but I would be very surprised if we took him over Rankine.

    I also can't see Max King making it all the way down to 10.
     
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    I think it's been bumped out of the top 40 nominally due to all the academy bids.
     
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    Not really, Brisbane's pick should be #38. Comes in after Collingwood matched for Kelly and before St Kilda's pick. Try again lads.
     
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    That’s true. At the same time they only really present the top 10 on stage.

    I remember Nakia Cockatoo got a late call up a few years back so we might see the same with Hill.
     
  20. Suma Magic

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    Yeah or he doesn’t get one because no top 10 teams are interested, but he is then taken by freo with 14 (which probably is 16).
     
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    Personally, I think there will be better talent available there than Hill.

    Think late first round/ early secnd round that GWS, Adelaide and the Dees are his big chances.

    Can't see him getting past Melbourne's 2nd round picks.
     
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    Wouldn't be happy for Tigers to take a small forward in McHenry, when we already have Rioli Butler Castagna Bolton in that position while big bodied midfielders in Ely Smith & Xavier O'Halloran are both still available.
     
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    I'm pretty doubtful that we'd take Caldwell, given we have an abundance of inside kids already and will be getting Rhylee West (a pure in and under type player). Feel like Jordan Clark would be the more likely pick for us there. Also you have us taking a 3rd mid at pick 35 which just makes it stranger to me
     
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    I’ve been tossing between Smith and King at 7 for you guys Virgin.

    You think B. King over Bailey Smith?
     
  25. Premiers17

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    Valente and Sparrow would be perfect

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