Not entirely true, the 26 prior picks had at least 1 in front of him (different to being ranked 27 by the crowd)The crowd collectively ranked him as the 27th best player. While GC may have ranked him higher, what are the odds that you get a better player available at 27 than 15*? Really low. They could get number 10 on their board next year at pick 15.
I get that they get a player a year earlier, but that means that they lose them a year earlier (at the end of their career). I don’t really buy the argument that bringing a player in this year is any better or worse than bringing a player in next year. If you think short-term it costs you long-term.
The trade might pay off but history tells us that the odds are stacked against Gold Coast.
*if 11 slides out to 15
It is also a different group of players next year..
They bought in a class player, 2 X All Australian, they probably played slight overs, but it is far from a horrendous decision.
I tip that there will be heaps bigger flops than this in 5 years time