- Feb 9, 2017
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Brisbane Bullets, Firebirds
Good summary, though a bit harsh on Jake. I agree we could have been more adventurous with that pick, but Jake can play.He has been to jail, it’s a massive red flag. I think Dayle Garlett has scared a lot of clubs off and that’s probably evidenced by the fact Sydney Stack went undrafted. There’s a rumour going round that Hawthorn players take the piss out of duds they have drafted in the past but Dayle Garlett is completely off limits, and not because he wasn’t talented. I think they got a first hand insight into how troubled that kid actually was.
I also think recruiters have underestimated the talent going round in the WAFL. Tim Kelly went undrafted for a while then Geelong finally took a punt on him and he turned out to be a star. Once Kelly left, Pickett was shifted midfield and was dominant. He’s also a bit older than Kelly so that probably rules out a lot of rebuilding teams.
I wish we pulled the trigger earlier on him instead of drafting a vanilla VFL small forward like Jake Aarts.