I'd like to think of him as a modern day Poppy, who will add value by being able to take productive stints onball when required. He needs to play the terrier role up forward with a strong defensive mindset - that will set him apart from the other forwards.Think the fact he seems to take a grab above his height is a good indicator he might be a forward/mid hybrid type. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see him start as half forward.
Most underrated and undervalued (outside the four walls) player to ever pull on the brown and gold.From the limited footage love his side step and the way he lowers his eyes looking for teammates in a better spot. Nice kick and flies for marks. Most of all like hearing that he’s a tough little dude …….. bring back Ozzie!
Except... Joel Selwood wasn't the youngest...Looks like we have gone the Selwood route of recruiting the youngest brother in the hope he is the best of the lot. Jack has three older brothers, two of whom played VFL.
Exactly the type you want to take late.The following info on Jack O’Sullivan comes from the AFL website.
”Evidence of his potential might have been fleeting this season, given his injuries, but Champion Data still notes O'Sullivan ranked 'above average' for contested possessions (6.8 per game), intercepts (2.6 per game) and score involvements (5.6 per game).”
Jack’s combine results were very impressive.
Standing Vertical Jump
3. Jack O’Sullivan – 71cm
=8. Josh Weddle - 68cm
Running Vertical Jump
=3. Josh Weddle - 90cm
5. Jack O’Sullivan – 89cm
He also recorded sound results for speed (3.02 seconds on the 20m sprint) and endurance (6.32 on the 2km time trial).
He may only be 177cm tall but anyone who can jump like he can has power in their legs. And with a D.O.B. of 22/10/04, he is on the younger side with plenty of time to get taller and stronger. He seems a natural footballer with athletic ability seemingly overlooked due to his height (the same height as Lachie Neale) and an injury (that will not affect him long-term) followed by bad luck (with OC bowing out early) resulting in him not being able to get on the park. The term “hidden gem” comes to mind.
Jack could be a rippa!
Early 2022 phantom drafts had him around pick 20.I wonder where he would have been rated had he played out the whole season?
He did everything right in the Dragons vs Charges R1 game. One-touch pickups in the wet, non-juggle marks, handballs to advantage, hit his targets by foot and tackled well. Further, I don’t think he made a single error of judgement.Exactly the type you want to take late.
Early draft picks require attributes + form.
Late picks lean much more heavily on attributes and so long as factors which prevented form can be overcome
e.g. injuries unlikely to hinder in the L/T but interrupted season, late to start playing the game, late-stage growth spurt or any other factor suggesting unrealised potential like position switch potential etc
His movement, athleticism and balance, together with aggression, is a delight to watch in highlights.
He seems to have been categorised as a small forward but his profile reads more like a stoppage mid with some forward nous. I know it is early but where do you see him playing?I watched O'Sullivan on the track. I have to say his positioning and footwork and balance at stoppages to get low and go hard to win the ball to dish it off are first rate compared to some of the other draftees I am an admirer. He has real skills by hand and foot and makes time for himself to deliver the ball effectively.
Thanks for the insights.I watched O'Sullivan on the track. I have to say his positioning and footwork and balance at stoppages to get low and go hard to win the ball to dish it off are first rate compared to some of the other draftees I am an admirer. He has real skills by hand and foot and makes time for himself to deliver the ball effectively.
He will play around goal. Looked to have good goal sense when they were doing stoppage work in the forward line with the ruckman. He might suprise a few with his developmentHe seems to have been categorised as a small forward but his profile reads more like a stoppage mid with some forward nous. I know it is early but where do you see him playing?
Thanks for the insights.
‘First rate compared to some of the other draftees’ - what issues are you seeing with the others?
Other players have different strengths it's not a knock on them just the kid has something lets see what happens over the rest of the pre seasonThat's what I want to know. What's wrong with our babies?
Dylan Moore was the same in his draft year. We played him forward but he was always more of a stoppage midfielder despite his height.He seems to have been categorised as a small forward but his profile reads more like a stoppage mid with some forward nous. I know it is early but where do you see him playing?