Toast Welcome 2018 pick #16 Ned McHenry!!

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Danger in Texas

DID I STUTTER?
Mar 28, 2011
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He’s the type that won’t go home that’s for sure, great laid back character but competitive and determined

Thought we’d go for him at our 3rd pick but a nice pick up nonethleless, he’ll play games next year
 

Squiba

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Sep 17, 2015
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Welcome, if he wants to come for a fish, I'm always open to hooking on uniquely South Australian fishing opportunities ;)
 

Shaz2012

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Sep 15, 2012
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No idea about this kid. But huge wraps on him that we took him as one of our two picks this year with our best draft hand ever.

Then trading our next pick really shows to me how much we think of this lad along with Jones.
 

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WAG

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Mar 3, 2010
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Surely his nickname will be Flanders.

DRAFT ANALYSIS: "A tenacious small midfielder/forward who has great evasion skills."

OVERVIEW

Edward “Ned” McHenry is a player who has not let size get in the way of his AFL dream. There are not too many mid-170cm players who are talked about as first-round prospects, but that is how impressive McHenry has been over the journey. While his size might put some clubs off, like any smaller player coming into AFL draft consideration, McHenry has plenty of impressive traits that catch the eye, and he is certainly going to be a handy pick-up for whichever club decides to draft him. He is smart with the ball in hand, can evade opponents and run all day long with an elite tank, while he can play inside or outside – though he does not mark as much as other midfielders – and he is a profound tackler who loves the defensive side of football as much as the offensive side of football. He will likely fulfil that small forward role at AFL level, providing plenty of defensive pressure, or he could pinch hit on the outside being the player to use the ball going inside 50, however he does have limited speed. Either way, we expect he lands somewhere in the second round.

STRENGTHS

  • Evasion
  • Tackling
  • Decision making
  • Clearances
  • Endurance
  • Team-first approach
McHenry is a player who you would love as your teammate, but hate as your opponent. He has that fiery passion to bleed for the jumper and defend his teammates at all costs. At times it can result in free kicks going the other way, but if there is one player in the draft crop that you can guarantee will fly the flag for a teammate copping attention, that is certainly McHenry. He is not afraid to let an opponent know if they have made a mistake, but he walks the walk as well as talks the talk, running both ways impressively. His massive endurance base – a draft-crop leading 22.2 on the yo-yo test and an impressive 6:11 on the 2km time trial at the National Draft Combine, means he is in the elite echelon of gut-runners and this is the main thing that sets him aside from a lot of the other draftees.

On-field, his evasion, decision making and clearance work helps him have a few tricks he can display, and he has the ability to win the ball at the coal face, then dart out of a stoppage, not through acceleration, but through evasion. With ball-in-hand, McHenry makes good decisions, especially going inside 50, often pulling kicks or putting them in front of his teammates to their advantage. He finished the TAC Cup season with 66.3 per cent by foot and a 12 per cent clanger kick percentage rate, which is solid considering his role. He averaged 4.9 clearances, though that was ultimately diluted by moving around the ground and not being a pure inside midfielder the entire year, same with his tackling. McHenry recorded 5.3 tackles per game in the TAC Cup season playing between midfield and forward, then once he got his chance predominantly forward at the National Under 18 Championships, McHenry doubled that average to easily be the leading tackler from the competition. This is just one area of his team-first approach that he takes to his football and one of the reasons why teammates love to have him on their side and why he will no doubt be a player that future teammates enjoy being around.

IMPROVEMENTS

  • Consistency
  • Speed
In terms of improvements, there is not a great deal that McHenry does not at least do to an adequate level. He could be more consistent week-to-week, which is something that plagues almost all Under 18s players at some stage. It can depend on his role – whether he is inside, outside or forward, but generally he has some unbelievable games, and then some quiet ones. Case in point was against Calder Cannons in the Wildcard Round, he was a clear best on ground with 20 disposals, six tackles and two goals, more importantly standing up while co-captain Sam Walshwas copping plenty of attention from the opposition that day. The next week in Geelong’s elimination final loss to Gippsland Power, he still had 18 disposals and three marks, but his impact on the contest was limited, not hitting the scoreboard and generally being a lot quieter. Secondly, McHenry is not the quickest player out there, which can often be overshadowed by his evasion and endurance, but in terms of acceleration or general speed, McHenry does have an area to build on. It is one of those things that will not be an issue for him with a forward role, but might be the question mark on an outside midfield role.

DRAFT PROJECTION: 15-40

SUMMARY

Ned McHenry is a great player who clubs should not overlook just because of his size. Like any Under 18s player, McHenry has his great games and his quieter games, and he is not the quickest player going around. However, he is the draft crop gut-runner who is a tackling machine with good evasion techniques and decision making, as well as an ability to win clearances and play through the midfield or up forward. He is one of those players that will have a high standard he sets himself, and once he slots into a club at the elite level, expect him to get the absolute most out of himself.


Again thank you ... https://www.afldraftcentral.com.au
 

Dewy006

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"but if there is one player in the draft crop that you can guarantee will fly the flag for a teammate copping attention, that is certainly McHenry"

Love this, I feel like we don't have enough guys who do this, the Crouch brothers maybe?
 

AndysOtters

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Sep 7, 2017
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Love this pick.
His tackling, aggression, pace and ferocity are qualities we desperately need.

Looks like a nightmare to deal with if you’re a defender. The pressure this kid will apply will get fans on their feet.
 

Golumless

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Jul 12, 2013
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Surely his nickname will be Flanders.

DRAFT ANALYSIS: "A tenacious small midfielder/forward who has great evasion skills."

OVERVIEW

Edward “Ned” McHenry is a player who has not let size get in the way of his AFL dream. There are not too many mid-170cm players who are talked about as first-round prospects, but that is how impressive McHenry has been over the journey. While his size might put some clubs off, like any smaller player coming into AFL draft consideration, McHenry has plenty of impressive traits that catch the eye, and he is certainly going to be a handy pick-up for whichever club decides to draft him. He is smart with the ball in hand, can evade opponents and run all day long with an elite tank, while he can play inside or outside – though he does not mark as much as other midfielders – and he is a profound tackler who loves the defensive side of football as much as the offensive side of football. He will likely fulfil that small forward role at AFL level, providing plenty of defensive pressure, or he could pinch hit on the outside being the player to use the ball going inside 50, however he does have limited speed. Either way, we expect he lands somewhere in the second round.

STRENGTHS

  • Evasion
  • Tackling
  • Decision making
  • Clearances
  • Endurance
  • Team-first approach
McHenry is a player who you would love as your teammate, but hate as your opponent. He has that fiery passion to bleed for the jumper and defend his teammates at all costs. At times it can result in free kicks going the other way, but if there is one player in the draft crop that you can guarantee will fly the flag for a teammate copping attention, that is certainly McHenry. He is not afraid to let an opponent know if they have made a mistake, but he walks the walk as well as talks the talk, running both ways impressively. His massive endurance base – a draft-crop leading 22.2 on the yo-yo test and an impressive 6:11 on the 2km time trial at the National Draft Combine, means he is in the elite echelon of gut-runners and this is the main thing that sets him aside from a lot of the other draftees.

On-field, his evasion, decision making and clearance work helps him have a few tricks he can display, and he has the ability to win the ball at the coal face, then dart out of a stoppage, not through acceleration, but through evasion. With ball-in-hand, McHenry makes good decisions, especially going inside 50, often pulling kicks or putting them in front of his teammates to their advantage. He finished the TAC Cup season with 66.3 per cent by foot and a 12 per cent clanger kick percentage rate, which is solid considering his role. He averaged 4.9 clearances, though that was ultimately diluted by moving around the ground and not being a pure inside midfielder the entire year, same with his tackling. McHenry recorded 5.3 tackles per game in the TAC Cup season playing between midfield and forward, then once he got his chance predominantly forward at the National Under 18 Championships, McHenry doubled that average to easily be the leading tackler from the competition. This is just one area of his team-first approach that he takes to his football and one of the reasons why teammates love to have him on their side and why he will no doubt be a player that future teammates enjoy being around.

IMPROVEMENTS

  • Consistency
  • Speed
In terms of improvements, there is not a great deal that McHenry does not at least do to an adequate level. He could be more consistent week-to-week, which is something that plagues almost all Under 18s players at some stage. It can depend on his role – whether he is inside, outside or forward, but generally he has some unbelievable games, and then some quiet ones. Case in point was against Calder Cannons in the Wildcard Round, he was a clear best on ground with 20 disposals, six tackles and two goals, more importantly standing up while co-captain Sam Walshwas copping plenty of attention from the opposition that day. The next week in Geelong’s elimination final loss to Gippsland Power, he still had 18 disposals and three marks, but his impact on the contest was limited, not hitting the scoreboard and generally being a lot quieter. Secondly, McHenry is not the quickest player out there, which can often be overshadowed by his evasion and endurance, but in terms of acceleration or general speed, McHenry does have an area to build on. It is one of those things that will not be an issue for him with a forward role, but might be the question mark on an outside midfield role.

DRAFT PROJECTION: 15-40

SUMMARY

Ned McHenry is a great player who clubs should not overlook just because of his size. Like any Under 18s player, McHenry has his great games and his quieter games, and he is not the quickest player going around. However, he is the draft crop gut-runner who is a tackling machine with good evasion techniques and decision making, as well as an ability to win clearances and play through the midfield or up forward. He is one of those players that will have a high standard he sets himself, and once he slots into a club at the elite level, expect him to get the absolute most out of himself.


Again thank you ... https://www.afldraftcentral.com.au
Small clearance player? Yuk.
Small player with limited speed? Yuk (Rory Laird is the exception, not the rule here)
Likely to end up as a small forward as a first rounder (which seeing he's sub 180cm is a likely thing)? Yuk.

I'm hoping there is much more then meets the eye here, because right now, I'm missing something with this pick. Hopefully this is just the case of whoever wrote that is just also missing something with McHenry.

Edit: Watching the draft highlights - I still don't get drafting McHenry this early.
 
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GrommoT

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Aug 7, 2015
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Did anyone else think "Wow, we got Marc Murphy to go with Gibbs" on the Fox vision when he was announced?

Welcome, Ned McHank. :)
 

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