- Jun 24, 2019
- AFL Club
On top of what others have said, he is definitely a bit of a tweener. Solid as an intercept back but not brilliant, really good ball use but he's not a run-all-day accumulator or a blitz athlete. He's tall and inside-focused without being a contested bull. As far as AFL traits go he has a ton of them, but his limits as a midfielder were always there. He has a short, sharp, skillset that is tidy without being impactful. Similar to what we saw Ward pull off, the short kicks that move it forward but not the booming 60m bombs a la Sicily. That being said, I love the pickup. A floor raiser for any team that will be pivotal to unleash our more dynamic, game-winning mids. He plays well as a defensive mid, running with the best accumulator and using his reach to deflect what would normally be easy possessions, similar to Nash in our current lineup. He slid on upside, accumulation, and just the fact that most teams have their base midfield sorted for the next 3-5 seasons. I'm very happy we got him, but his sliding was not a massive shock.Showed a fair bit in the first intraclub. Would be expected to get at least a couple games this season.
General consensus was he was rated late first/early second in this years crop but slid all the way to 37. Any draft gurus know what traits or lack thereof could have caused this?
Davo-27 may be able to shed some light?