Toast Welcome to Freo Michael Frederick – Fremantle’s 4th 2019 National Draft Pick [Pick #61]

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Oct 31, 2015
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They call it a highlight reel for a reason... someone with some reason will surely bring some counter balance to this thread


All the best to him, welcome aboard

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For sure. But holy crap that kids got some evasiveness. His highlight reel is the same play over and over again. Makes the first guys miss. Spins around and either turns on the jets, kicks to the leading man in space, or slots a goal. Hope he is a younger more elusive BHill in 2-3 years

I’m sure he’s not this all the time but for a pick in the 60s I couldn’t be happier.

I know everyone is a winner on draft night (no club says “yeah we pretty much stuffed it up) but hot damn i am stoked about every one of our picks. Well done Belly and Co.

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Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 7, 2014
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Love a pick like this at 61. Has some tools to work with.

Moves like an AFL player.

Love the passage where he wins it at half back, busts his backside off, receives handball just forward of the wing and still has the agility to side step his opponent.

Clearly must have his deficiencies but the highlight package showed lots of class.


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Feb 18, 2014
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There’s a lot of good work ethic in that package.

hits the passes then takes off and looks to be involved in the next passage
He understands the game well. Does all the right things, gets his arms up in anticipation of tackles, reads the flight well. I can't see a whole lot that needs to be drilled into or coached out of him. Off six minutes of vision, mind...

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Jul 22, 2010
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Checkout Freo's highlights package - at 61 the kid was a friggin' STEAL!!! Six and a half minutes of magic...

How the hell can this kid kick that good at speed???

Ummmm... that play on the boundary line at 5:20 where he turns his opponent inside out.

Come on!?!?!

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Aug 22, 2009
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That pace and those instinctive evasive moves look to me like they will work at AFL level. BHill clone with a bit more appetite for the contest (although obviously unproven at this point).


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Now Chris please give us a reality check

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Nobody wants to hear about a players weaknesses.

Realistically, he was one of the last picks taken and the odds are against him. Basically all of SA's best prospects played either in reserves or league level at SANFL - the only other player drafted who played primarily U18s was Josh Morris, and he was a teammate of Frederick. So really, he played against nobody of draft quality. Who knows how he'll handle the significant step up in quality and physicality.

But it's all about his highlights. And if he had his growth spurt last year, maybe he wouldn't have been available to us last night.


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Apr 8, 2007
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There's a lot of reasons to temper our expectations, but my god, if he can run, evade and kick like that then he's absolutely worth a speculative pick.

On one hand, I remember watching Crowden's highlight's package and was certain he'd be a great player, but that was without considering the importance of decision making under pressure and general 'game intelligence'.... yet, Frederick's package is at least 10x better than Giro's and he's had multiple AFL games.

I'm super excited though

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