Rookie Welcome to Carlton Alex Mirkov - Pick 6 2021 Mid Season Draft

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Just saying - but one Justin H Madden was like a baby giraffe, played 330+ games and was 4cm shorter than Smirnov. This kid gets around the ground well, has very good physical attributes (esp in the shoulders), just needs to stop, listen and learn and we could have a bottler (Smirnov). Volleyballers, especially outside hitters and middle blockers like Alex have exceptional jumping and timing, repeat efforts, strength through the core, deft touch mixed with immense power. I’m honestly really encouraged by this pick. TDK took a bit, let’s give this kid a chance too.
I don't know much about volleyball, but I am surprised by your suggestion that the physical requirements of VB are so high. I would have thought that afl would be far more demanding, especially since VB is an amateur sport. I stand to be corrected though as I know very little about VB.

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Volleyballers, especially outside hitters and middle blockers like Alex have exceptional jumping and timing, repeat efforts, strength through the core, deft touch mixed with immense power. I’m honestly really encouraged by this pick. TDK took a bit, let’s give this kid a chance too.
Blaine Bloekhorst should have been tried in the ruck!

anyway good luck Alex, stand tall!
 

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Just saying - but one Justin H Madden was like a baby giraffe, played 330+ games and was 4cm shorter than Smirnov. This kid gets around the ground well, has very good physical attributes (esp in the shoulders), just needs to stop, listen and learn and we could have a bottler (Smirnov). Volleyballers, especially outside hitters and middle blockers like Alex have exceptional jumping and timing, repeat efforts, strength through the core, deft touch mixed with immense power. I’m honestly really encouraged by this pick. TDK took a bit, let’s give this kid a chance too.
While what you say of VB is true, there are 6 guys covering 100m2. The aerobic requirements are virtually nil.

Will be interesting to see what his around the ground game can develop into. Just remember it took Gawn 6 years to play decent footy (Alex has had 3years of filling out).

If he could transfer the best part of volleyball - the headshot, just once on Trent Cotchin, then the selection will be worthwhile. Examples below

 

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Just saying - but one Justin H Madden was like a baby giraffe, played 330+ games and was 4cm shorter than Smirnov. This kid gets around the ground well, has very good physical attributes (esp in the shoulders), just needs to stop, listen and learn and we could have a bottler (Smirnov). Volleyballers, especially outside hitters and middle blockers like Alex have exceptional jumping and timing, repeat efforts, strength through the core, deft touch mixed with immense power. I’m honestly really encouraged by this pick. TDK took a bit, let’s give this kid a chance too.
We needed a developing ruck and now have him, so he has time.
It's interesting his highlights are purely tap work, in which he looks like he can apply very well. Decent leap on his as well, which as you say you would expect.
I guess the development and improvement will need to be around general marking, contested work and forward play. Plenty to work with, so let's see if we can develop the kid - over to you Humphrey!!!
 

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While what you say of VB is true, there are 6 guys covering 100m2. The aerobic requirements are virtually nil.

Will be interesting to see what his around the ground game can develop into. Just remember it took Gawn 6 years to play decent footy (Alex has had 3years of filling out).

If he could transfer the best part of volleyball - the headshot, just once on Trent Cotchin, then the selection will be worthwhile. Examples below

That Hairy Gary looking fella in the yellow is a weapon. :tearsofjoy:

 

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Just saying - but one Justin H Madden was like a baby giraffe, played 330+ games and was 4cm shorter than Smirnov. This kid gets around the ground well, has very good physical attributes (esp in the shoulders), just needs to stop, listen and learn and we could have a bottler (Smirnov). Volleyballers, especially outside hitters and middle blockers like Alex have exceptional jumping and timing, repeat efforts, strength through the core, deft touch mixed with immense power. I’m honestly really encouraged by this pick. TDK took a bit, let’s give this kid a chance too.

Don’t forget that Justin Madden came to our club as a 21/22 year old with 40 odd games to his name with Essendon - and in his first 2 seasons with us he was pretty ordinary- until his 85 season where he nearly won a Brownlow.

I suspect we’ll need to give young Alex at least 2 years before we can expect anything from him.


:thumbsu:
 

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Don’t forget that Justin Madden came to our club as a 21/22 year old with 40 odd games to his name with Essendon - and in his first 2 seasons with us he was pretty ordinary- until his 85 season where he nearly won a Brownlow.

I suspect we’ll need to give young Alex at least 2 years before we can expect anything from him.


:thumbsu:
It was like watching a feather blow around in the big Harry Maddens early years for sure. We wondered why on earth we recruited him. There is a lesson in that about patience and trust in those that know better than us.
 

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Serious question. Would you rather have ruck dominance and absolutely nothing around the ground, or whatever the hell it is that Pitto does?
I would rather not play a ruckman at all than see Pitto play another game in this form, his going backwards at an alarming rate. Zero aggression, zero marking, zero impact. Bit like Casboult, but at least he hurts the opp sometimes.
 
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