Early Phantom AFL Draft 2009

Early National Draft Phantom

Final Selections have now been moved

I have posted my thoughts on the upcoming AFL Draft below. I do not proclaim to have any source. All opinions are based via watching, reading and listening to rumour.

Update: Received positive recommendation on Bartlett

For all first round selections i have placed the official AFL highlights video. If any do not correspond let me know

Priority Pick
Pick 1 – Melbourne – Melbourne – Tom Scully – 182cm/74kg
Tom is a fantastic player who should fill out once he joins an AFL club. His vision is 2nd to non and will be selected first.
Others Considered: Jack Trengove
[URL=”http://offseasondraft.championdata.com/afl_off_season_draft/offSeasonDraft/player_profile.jsp?player_id=114551″%5DScully in Action[/URL]

Round 1
Pick 2 – Melbourne – Jack Trengove – 185cm/82kg
I have chosen Jack at pick two even though I believe he is the best player in this draft. His performances against Men in the SANFL in the latter stages were amazing.
Others Considered: No one
Trengove in Action

Pick 3 – Richmond – Dustin Martin – 187cm/86kg
It appears Martin is penciled in at pick three. Whether or not he is the 3rd best player is debatable, however he will be one first round pick Richmond should get right.
Others Considered: Cunnington, Butcher
Martin in Action

Pick 4 – Fremantle – Anthony Moribito – 192cm/93kg
People compare him to Adam Goodes and if Morobito can be half, as good Fremantle will have secured a fantastic player. Being local tips the ledger in Morobito staying in WA with Fremantle.
Others Considered: Butcher, Lucas and Rohan
Moribito in Action

Pick 5 – North Melbourne – Ben Cunnington 184cm/78kg
Some have questioned whether he is the ideal player for North. My opinion is he will add to an ominous developing midfield lead by Swallow, Zielbell and Anthony. His 5-goal haul late in the season highlights his ability both in the middle and pinch-hitting up forward.
Others Considered: Rohan, Lucas
Cunnington in Action

Pick 6 – Sydney – Gary Rohan – 186cm/79kg
Many have Rohan pushing top 5 I am of the belief he could fall anywhere from 5 -16. He is explosive and proved at the draft camp he has one of the most reliable kicks out of this years batch of draftees. Adds to Veszpremi.
Others Considered: Cunnington (If Available) Melksham, Lucas
Rohan in Action

Pick 7 – West Coast – Lewis Jetta – 178cm/72kg
Everything being said points towards the Eagles who appear desperate to land the over age player in Jetta who would unlikely slide to their second round pick (22) Jetta is an explosive wingman who has the ability to split a team in half with his skill.
Others Considered: Lucas, Sheppard
Jetta in Action

Pick 8 – Port Adelaide – John Butcher – 197cm/83kg
Draft Range:4-12
Butcher is an interesting choice. Poor goal kicking has lead many recruiters having question whether Butcher will make a good forward. My opinion is that Goal Kicking is fixable, He has Strong hands and is good on a lead. Could finally have a long term replacement for Tredrea.
Butcher in Action

Pick 9 – Port Adelaide – Brad Sheppard – 187cm 78kg
Sheppard is the player Port requires. He is a strong HBF/Midfielder who can break lines and set up many plays. Not only is he tough, he is a smart user.
Others Considered: Tapscott
Sheppard in Action

Pick 10 – Essendon – Kody Stevens – 186cm/78kg
Draft Range:10-17
He wins the contested ball and has tremendous work rate. To me he appears the idea fit for the Bombers.

Pick 11 – Melbourne – Daniel Talia – 195cm/82kg
Draft Range:8-17
Talia is an interesting proposition. For some reason many have pigeonholed him as a defender. I see Talia as a KPP who will most likely play forward. He has the athleticism to become Riewoldt type. Talia is one of the best available KPP.
Others Considered: Black, Tapscott
Talia in Action

Pick 12 – Carlton – Aaron Black – 192cm/82kg
The WA lad is a bolter. Some players are just late developers and Black appears to have come seriously into consideration by many. He is a KPP/Tall Midfielder who I believe will likely play a high half forward role at first at the Blues.
Others Considered: Carlise
Black in Action

Pick 13 – Adelaide – Callum Bartlett – 179cm/75kg
Draft Range 13 – 33
Bartlett without injuries would be touted top 10. He is Quick, Agile and can break lines with precise kicking or with dashing runs. I personally rate him as a first round choice. Told by someone who should know he will go “pretty high. To me he’s the one mid after the first four who has something really dynamic about him.”
Others Considered: Duncan, Lucas

Pick 14 – Sydney – Kane Lucas – 188cm/79kg
Draft Range:4-15
Lucas is a quality player who can play a variety of positions. Very impressive player.
Other Considered: MacMillan-Pittard, Tapscott, Colyer
Lucas in Action

Pick 15 – Western Bulldogs – Andrew Moore – 188cm/81kg
Moore is Very Versitile player who has been likened to Ryan O’Keefe and Andy Otten. I don’t see any major issues with his play and would be handy anywhere on the ground.
Others Considered: Jetta (if Available)

Pick 16 – Port Adelaide – Jake Melksham – 182cm/70kg
Draft Range:8-17
Melksham showed his potential in the TAC Grand Final with a BOG performance. Melksham provides inside and outside ability.
Others Considered: Panos, Tapscott

Pick 17 – Geelong – Mitch Duncan – 188cm/81kg
Draft Range – 13 – 23
Duncan is a surprise to go this high however I feel he is solid fit. He is a hard runner with leadership qualities and can play multiple roles. While there are higher touted players remaining, Duncan provides a difference that others can’t bring. At 188cm he is very good at ground for his size and very strong overhead.
Others Considered: Sheppard, Vardy
Duncan in Action

Round 2
Pick 18 – Melbourne – Luke Tapscott – 180cm/86kg
Tapscott is a slider who many believe could go to Port with pick 8 or 9. He has a booming leg and will be a very solid player the only reason I feel he will slide is because it appears he does not have as much development as others around him. This is your classic Daniel Rich scenario.
Others Considered: Vardy, Carlise
Tapscott in Action

Pick 19 – Richmond – Jake Carlisle – 197cm/85kg
After going small with its first pick I feel Richmond will look tall with its second pick. Carlise will give Richmond a commanding target up forward.

Pick 20 – Fremantle – Troy Taylor – 189cm/77kg
Taylor is a difficult player to position. Off field issues aside he is one of the more skillful players in this draft. At 189cm he is not you typical KPP and may develop into a Daniel Motlop/ Michael O’Louglin type forward.

Pick 21 – North Melbourne – Jordon Gysberts – 188cm/83kg
Gysberts is a tall midfielder who is quite a good tackler. Already quite solid and could be AFL ready straight up.

Pick 22 – West Coast – Travis Colyer – 175cm/73kg
Colyer has explosive speed and solid intensity at the ball. Is a WA product who I believe would suit West Coasts list.

Pick 23 – West Coast – Ryan Bastinac – 183cm/74kg
Bastinac is an elite runner. A player West Coast would feel confortable could cover the large Subiaco ground. Clean user on both sides that helps in and outside packs. Jordon Gysberts is another player who may go here.

Pick 24 – Essendon – Allen Christensen – 176cm/75kg
Very clever player with good goal scence. Can play through the middle and win the hard ball. One of my favourites could push the top 20.

Pick 25 – North Melbourne – Matthew Panos – 192cm/85kg
Panos is a tall forward with solid skill. If Port Adelaide had retained pick 24 I think he would have been long gone. I have had Matthew Panos (SA) penciled in for this selection for a month and it may still eventuate that way. Another I’m strongly considering is Majak Daw who at 193cm/89kg is very raw and still learning the game. He is big, strong and athletic and a huge upside. I think it was stated recently that the marketing alone a player like Daw could bring to a club would be huge. However Daw may be too great a risk to pass up with no selection until pick 37.

Pick 26 – Essendon – Alex Carey – 181cm/76kg
Played a full season of reserves at Glenelg. Is a smart decision maker, solid in a contest.

Pick 27 – Brisbance – Josh Thomas – 178cm/70kg
Draft Range:24-45
Can win contested ball, was offered a contract at GC17, however rejected it in favour of playing AFL in 2010.

Pick 28 – Geelong – James Craig – 195cm/91kg
James Craig (SA) would be ideal, not as a Ruckman but as a long-term replacement down back. He has the mobitliy to become a gorilla Full back or Center Half Back.

Pick 29 – Adelaide- Jasper MacMillan-Pittard 185cm/72kg
Draft Range:13-30’s
By all reports impressed a few clubs in interviews. Could be a Bolter at Adelaide (13) or Sydney (14) Very intelligent individual who should fill out and become a good defender/midfielder.

Pick 30 – Collingwood – Ben Griffiths 198cm/98kg
Huge lad who has missed parts of the season with injury. He is a strong and could play ruck in the future.

Pick 31 – Western Bulldogs – Sam Reid – 192cm/84kg
Good vertical leap and Athleticism. Another I strongly considered was Dylan Grimes who at 192/81kg is more a defensive player then his brother and would be more inclined to follow a set defensive role within the team. By all reports his interviews were impressive at draft camp. I see this as a real toss up between Reid and Grimes.

Pick 32 – St. Kilda – Jesse Crichton 183cm/68kg
Draft Range:Mid 20’s-40’s
The Tasmanian has the ability to win ball inside and out. Ryan Harwood at 184cm/79kg is an Inside Midfielder who has solid skills is a possibility.

Pick 33 – Essendon – Mitchell Fisher 181cm/78kg
Fisher is a hard at it defender/midfilder. Also a possibility Tassie Ryan Harwood, who tested exceptionally well or Mitch Goldy who is recovering from an ACL

Round 3
Pick 34 – Melbourne – Nathan Vardy – 198/92kg
Dominated games in the TAC Cup and a Ruckman is required. Jamar is servicable, Meesen has potential

All thoughts welcome. Once again i must stress, i am not an expert and have rated players on what i have seen and needs of clubs.



3 thoughts on “Early Phantom AFL Draft 2009

  1. Port was difficult because they are keeping quite on who they are looking at.I choose Talia over Butcher because i felt Talia will become a fantastic lead up forward similar to Riewoldt (probably not as good :P)Sheppard at Pick 9 because he is a Hard/Skillful player who can rebound effectivelyI also believe a quality midfielder, either Melksham, Lucas, Tapscott or Stevens will slide to Pick 16, filling all Ports needs. Even Duncan or Bastinac would be a handy pick up at this pick.

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