Category: Draft

2012 AFL Draft Round Up

2012 AFL Draft Round Up


The AFL Draft provides optimism to the most pessimistic of supporters. The draft is the one true equaliser in the AFL that provides cellar dweller clubs with the chance to recruit and access the best talent in the country and rebuild towards that elusive Premiership.

While success on field is expected by all supporters, ultimately the decisions made on draft night will determine the future prosperity of your club and by proxy the coach.

Success at the draft table can build the foundations of your premiership team, while failure can set your club back a generation.

The Geelong Cats are an example of how recruiting on draft day can impact on the future prosperities of a football club. in 1999 they selected a young West Australian Joel Corey at pick 8, Paul Chapman at pick 31, Cameron Ling at Pick 38 and Corey Enright at Pick 47. four future multiple All-Australian and premiership players who would be the catalyst to their future success. Geelong also drafted the servicable David Spriggs (Pick 15) who they acquired through a trade with North Melbourne bringing in another All Australian Cameron Mooney for club captain Leigh Colbert. The Cats also selected Ezra Bray (Pick 17) which highlights that high picks are not always successful.

Geelong backed up 99′ draft with the 01′ draft setting the foundations for their future premiership success. Brownlow Medalist Jimmy Bartel a local lad from the Geelong Falcons was taken first at Pick 8. The mercurial Steve Johnson was taken with Pick 24, Gary Ablett another Brownlow Medalist and arguably one of the greatest players of our generation was taken as a Father Son selection was taken at Pick 40.

Other teams have also had great success. The Hawks drafting two key forwards that would propel them to premiership success in 2008 in Jarryd Roughead and Lance Franklin with Picks 2 and 5 respectively. The Magpies would follow suit the following year in 2005 selecting Dale Thomas and Scott Pendlebury at pick 2 and 5 respectively setting up their 2010 premiership midfield.

2012 AFL Draft will provide hope for clubs to emulate those success stories. Will Lachie Whitfield, Jonathan O’Rourke and Lachie Plowman round out an impressive GWS list and lead them to premiership success in 4-5 years time. Or will we remember this draft as the year Melbourne plugged the hole in a sinking ship, getting two draft steals with South Australian Jimmy Toumpas at Pick 4 and Father/Son selection Jack Viney at Pick 26, along with their trade for Western Australian key position player Jesse Hogan and tall forward Chris Dawes.

Time will tell.

ROUND 1

1 GWS: LACHIE WHITFIELD, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), midfielder, 184cm, 77kg

2. GWS: JONATHAN O’ROURKE, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 73kg

3. GWS: LACHIE PLOWMAN, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 192cm, 84kg

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4. MELBOURNE: JIMMY TOUMPAS, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), midfielder, 182cm, 78kg

5. WESTERN BULLDOGS: JAKE STRINGER, 18, Bendigo Pioneers (Vic), forward, 190cm, 93kg

6. WESTERN BULLDOGS: JACKSON MACRAE, 18, Oakleigh Chargers (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 78kg

7. PORT ADELAIDE: OLIVER WINES, 18, Bendigo Pioneers (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 90kg

8. BRISBANE LIONS: SAM MAYES, 18, North Adelaide (SA), forward, 187cm, 78kg

9. RICHMOND: NICK VLASTUIN, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), midfielder/defender, 186cm, 85kg

10. ESSENDON: JOE DANIHER, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), forward/ruckman, 201cm, 89kg (father-son selection)

11. CARLTON: TROY MENZEL, 18, Central District (SA), forward/midfielder, 186cm, 77kg

12. GWS: KRISTIAN JAKSCH, 18, Oakleigh Chargers (Vic), forward/defender, 194cm, 83kg

13. GOLD COAST: JESSE LONERGAN, 18, Launceston (Tas), midfielder, 182cm, 90kg

14. GWS: AIDAN CORR, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), defender, 194cm, 86kg

15. NORTH MELBOURNE: TAYLOR GARNER, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), forward, 187cm, 77kg

16. GEELONG: JACKSON THURLOW, 18, Launceston (Tas), defender, 189cm, 79kg

17. FREMANTLE: JOSH SIMPSON, 18, East Fremantle (WA), midfielder/forward, 184cm, 73kg

18. COLLINGWOOD: BRODIE GRUNDY, 18, Sturt (SA), ruckman, 202cm, 100kg

19. COLLINGWOOD: BEN KENNEDY, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward/midfielder, 174cm, 74kg

20. COLLINGWOOD: TIM BROOMHEAD, 18, Port Adelaide (SA), midfielder, 182cm, 75kg

21. WESTERN BULLDOGS: NATHAN HROVAT, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), midfielder, 175cm, 79kg

22. SYDNEY SWANS: DEAN TOWERS, 22, North Ballarat Roosters (Vic), midfielder, 189cm, 83kg

23. BRISBANE LIONS: MARCO PAPARONE, 18, East Fremantle (WA), forward, 194cm, 84kg


ROUND 2

24. ST KILDA: NATHAN WRIGHT, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), defender, 184cm, 78kg

25. ST KILDA: SPENCER WHITE, 18, Western Jets (Vic), forward, 195cm, 84kg

26. MELBOURNE: JACK VINEY, 18, Casey Scorpions (Vic), midfielder, 178cm, 80kg, (father-son selection)

27. GWS: JAMES STEWART, 18, Sandringham Dragons (Vic), forward/defender, 198cm, 80kg

28. HAWTHORN: TIM O’BRIEN, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward, 193cm, 80kg

29. PORT ADELAIDE: TOM CLUREY, 18, Murray Bushrangers (Vic), defender, 192cm, 83kg

30. PORT ADELAIDE: MASON SHAW, 18, South Fremantle (WA), forward/ruck, 198cm, 86kg

31. RICHMOND: KAMDYN MCINTOSH, 18, Peel Thunder (WA), defender, 192cm, 85kg

32. BRISBANE LIONS: MICHAEL CLOSE, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), forward, 196cm, 84kg

33. RICHMOND: LIAM MCBEAN, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), ruckman/defender, 203cm, 86kg

34. ESSENDON: JASON ASHBY, 18, Oakleigh Chargers, Vic, defender, 186cm, 76kg

35. CARLTON: TOM TEMAY, 18, Sandringham Dragons (Vic), defender/midfielder, 179cm, 74kg

36. FREMANTLE: TANNER SMITH, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), defender, 195cm, 87kg

37. NORTH MELBOURNE: BEN JACOBS, 20, Port Adelaide (SA), defender, 185cm, 82kg

38. COLLINGWOOD: JACKSON RAMSAY, 17, East Perth (WA), defender, 183cm, 77kg

39. FREMANTLE: MAX DUFFY, 19, East Fremantle (WA), forward, 184cm, 76kg

40. ST KILDA: BRODIE MURDOCH, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward, 187cm, 86kg

41. NORTH MELBOURNE: MASON WOOD, 19, Geelong Falcons (Vic), forward, 192cm, 79kg

42. RICHMOND: MATTHEW McDONOUGH, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), forward, 179cm, 83kg

43. ST KILDA: JOSH SAUNDERS, 18, Geelong Falcons (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 88kg

44. SYDNEY SWANS: HARRISON MARSH, 18, East Fremantle (WA), defender, 189cm, 81kg
ROUND 3

45. WEST COAST: BRANT COLLEDGE, 18, Perth (WA), forward, 192cm, 89kg

46. SYDNEY SWANS: TIM MEMBREY, 18, Gippsland Power (Vic), forward, 189cm, 88kg

47. NORTH MELBOURNE: MITCH WILKINS, 18, Norwood (SA), defender, 185cm, 70kg

48. MELBOURNE: DEAN KENT, 18, Perth (WA), midfielder, 179cm, 85kg

49. WESTERN BULLDOGS: LACHIE HUNTER, 17, Western Jets (Vic), midfielder/forward, 181cm, 78kg, (father-son selection)

50. WESTERN BULLDOGS: JOSH PRUDDEN, 18, Murray Bushrangers (Vic), midfielder, 182cm, 76kg

51. ESSENDON: DYLAN VAN UNEN, 22, Frankston (Vic), defender, 189cm, 88kg

52. MELBOURNE: MATT JONES, 25, Box Hill Hawks (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 81kg

53. ESSENDON: MARTIN GLEESON, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), defender, 186cm, 70kg

54. CARLTON: NICK GRAHAM, 18, Gippsland Power (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 79kg

55. GOLD COAST: TIM SUMNER, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), forward, 187cm, 83cm

56. NORTH MELBOURNE: DANIEL CURRIE, 23, North Adelaide (SA)/Sydney Swans, ruckman, 200cm, 93kg

57. GOLD COAST: KYLE HORSLEY, 25, Gold Coast Suns, midfielder, 182cm, 88kg (rookie elevation)

58. GOLD COAST: CLAY CAMERON, 18, Mt Gravatt (Qld), defender, 191cm, 83kg

59. WEST COAST: ADAM CARTER, 18, South Fremantle (WA), midfielder/defender, 179cm, 71kg

60. WEST COAST: MARK HUTCHINGS, 21, St Kilda, midfielder, 180cm, 82kg

61. NORTH MELBOURNE: TAYLOR HINE, Gold Coast Suns (Qld), midfielder, 182cm, 78kg

62. ADELAIDE: SAM SIGGINS, 19, Lauderdale (Tas), defender, 194cm, 82kg

63. GWS: Pass

64. SYDNEY: MATTHEW DICK, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 188cm, 86kg

65. SYDNEY: pass


ROUND 4

66. HAWTHORN: KAIDEN BRAND, 18, West Adelaide (SA), forward, 198cm, 84kg

67. GWS: pass

68. MELBOURNE: DEAN TERLICH, 22, Norwood (SA), forward/defender, 186cm, 85kg

69. CARLTON: pass

70. HAWTHORN: MICHAEL OSBORNE, 30, Hawthorn, forward, 178cm, 81kg

71. MELBOURNE: DANIEL NICHOLSON, 22, Melbourne, defender, 183cm, 78kg (rookie elevation)

72. MELBOURNE: MICHAEL EVANS, 20, Melbourne, midfielder, 180cm, 75kg (rookie elevation)

73. ESSENDON: NICHOLAS KOMMER, 22, East Perth (WA), midfield/forward, 184cm, 78kg

74. CARLTON: pass

75. ST KILDA: LEWIS PIERCE, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), ruckman, 202cm, 88kg

76. NORTH MELBOURNE: SAM GIBSON, 26, North Melbourne, midfielder, 185cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)

77. GEELONG: BRAD HARTMAN, 17, Sturt (SA), forward, 187cm, 87kg

78. FREMANTLE: CLANCEE PEARCE, 22, Fremantle, midfielder, 184cm, 93kg (rookie elevation)

79. WEST COAST: BRAD DICK, 24, West Coast, forward, 181cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)

80. COLLINGWOOD: pass

81. ADELAIDE: RORY ATKINS, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), forward, 185cm, 81kg

82. PORT ADELAIDE: pass


ROUND 5

83. GWS: SAM FROST, 19, GWS, defender, 194cm, 92kg (rookie elevation)

84. WESTERN BULLDOGS: pass

85. PORT ADELAIDE: TOM JONAS, 21, Port Adelaide, defender, 188cm, 84kg (rookie elevation)

86. BRISBANE LIONS: JACK CRISP, 19, Brisbane Lions, midfielder, 190cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)

87. RICHMOND: pass

88. ESSENDON: SEAN GREGORY, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 195cm, 76kg

89. CARLTON: LEVI CASBOULT, 22, Carlton, ruckman, 198cm, 99kg (rookie elevation)

90. ST KILDA: SAM DUNELL, 22, St Kilda, midfielder, 190cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)

91. NORTH MELBOURNE: AARON MULLETT, 20, North Melbourne, defender, 184cm, 73kg (rookie elevation)

92. GEELONG: JESSE STRINGER, 21, Geelong, midfielder, 182cm, 73kg (rookie elevation)

93. FREMANTLE: LEIGH SPURR, 25, Fremantle, midfielder, 183cm, 82kg (rookie elevation)

94. COLLINGWOOD: MARLEY WILLIAMS, 19, Collingwood, forward, 181cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)

95. ADELAIDE: IAN CALLINAN, 29, Adelaide, forward, 172cm, 74kg (rookie elevation)

96. SYDNEY: pass


ROUND 6

97. GWS: ANDREW PHILLIPS, 21, GWS, ruckman, 202cm, 93kg (rookie elevation)

98. WESTERN BULLDOGS: TOM CAMPBELL, 21, Western Bulldogs, ruckman, 201cm, 98kg (rookie elevation)

99. BRISBANE LIONS: NIALL MCKEEVER, 23, Brisbane Lions, defender, 196cm, 95kg (rookie elevation)

100. RICHMOND: pass

101. ESSENDON: pass

102. CARLTON: ZACH TUOHY, 22, Carlton, defender, 187cm, 91kg (rookie elevation)

103. NORTH MELBOURNE: MAJAK DAW, 21, North Melbourne, ruckman, 195cm, 94kg (rookie elevation)

104. SYDNEY: pass


ROUND 7

105. WESTERN BULLDOGS: JASON JOHANNISEN, 20, Western Bulldogs, midfielder, 176cm, 68kg (rookie elevation)

106. ESSENDON: MARK BAGULEY, 25, Essendon, defender, 180cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)

107. SYDNEY: HARRY CUNNINGHAM, 18, Sydney Swans, midfielder 181cm, 71kg (rookie elevation)

Phantom 2010 AFL Draft


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1 Gold Coast Suns: David Swallow
2 Gold Coast Suns: Harley Bennell
3 Gold Coast Suns: Sam Day
4 West Coast Eagles: Andrew Gaff
5 Brisbane Lions: Dyson Heppell
6 Richmond: Jared Polec
7 Gold Coast Suns: Josh Caddy
8 Essendon: Shaun Atley
9 Gold Coast Suns: Tom Lynch
10 Gold Coast Suns: Daniel Gorringe
11 Gold Coast Suns: Pat McCarthy
12 Melbourne: Jack Darling
13 Gold Coast Suns:Jayden Pitt
14 Adelaide Crows: Seb Tape
15 Geelong Cats: Issac Smith
16 Port Adelaide: Brodie Smith
17 North Melbourne: Kieran Harper
18 Carlton: Matthew Watson
19 Hawthorn: Jed Lamb
20 Fremantle: Reece Conca
21 Sydney Swans: Billie Smedts
22 Western Bulldogs (FS) – Mitch Wallis
23 Geelong Cats: Scott Lycett
24 St Kilda: Dion Prestia
25 Brisbane Lions:Ben Jacobs

AFL National Draft Review


Below is a complete list of the Players Selected in the AFL 2009 National Draft. The First ten went as predicted with Melbourne choosing Scully as the Number 1. 


The first real surprise came at Pick 11 with Melbourne choosing Gysbert a tall midfielder from the Eastern Ranges (Vic). The Biggest surprise however was the Western Bulldogs picking relatively unknown Christian Howard from Glenelg (SA). 


Luke Ball also was granted his wish, sliding to Pick 30 – Collingwood, after months realising his dream of playing for the Pies.

Round  ↓ Pick  ↓ Player  ↓ Recruited from  ↓ Club  ↓
Priority 1 Tom Scully Dandenong Stingrays Melbourne
1 2 Jack Trengove Sturt Melbourne
1 3 Dustin Martin Bendigo Pioneers Richmond
1 4 Anthony Morabito Peel Fremantle
1 5 Ben Cunnington Geelong Falcons North Melbourne
1 6 Gary Rohan Geelong Falcons Sydney
1 7 Brad Sheppard East Fremantle West Coast
1 8 John Butcher Gippsland Power Port Adelaide
1 9 Andrew Moore Eastern Ranges Port Adelaide
1 10 Jake Melksham Calder Cannons Essendon
1 11 Jordan Gysberts Eastern Ranges Melbourne
1 12 Kane Lucas East Fremantle Carlton
1 13 Daniel Talia Calder Cannons Adelaide
1 14 Lewis Jetta Swan Districts Sydney
1 15 Christian Howard Glenelg Western Bulldogs
1 16 Jasper McMillan-Pittard Geelong Falcons Port Adelaide
1 17 Daniel Menzel Central District Geelong
2 18 Luke Tapscott North Adelaide Melbourne
2 19 Benjamin Griffiths Eastern Ranges Richmond
2 20 Nathan Fyfe Claremont Tigers Fremantle
2 21 Ryan Bastinac Dandenong Stingrays North Melbourne
2 22 Gerrick Weedon Claremont West Coast
2 23 Koby Stevens Gippsland Power West Coast
2 24 Jake Carlisle Calder Cannons Essendon
2 25 Aaron Black Peel North Melbourne
2 26 Travis Colyer Claremont Essendon
2 27 Callum Bartlett Geelong Falcons Brisbane Lions
2 28 Mitchell Duncan East Perth Geelong
2 29 Jack Gunston Sandringham Dragons Adelaide
2 30 Luke Ball St Kilda Collingwood
2 31 Jason Tutt Ainslie Western Bulldogs
2 32 Nicholas Winmar Claremont St Kilda
2 33 Anthony Long Calder Cannons Essendon
3 34 Max Gawn Sandringham Dragons Melbourne
3 35 David Astbury North Ballarat Rebels Richmond
3 36 Joel Houghton Perth Fremantle
3 37 Jamie MacMillan Oakleigh Chargers North Melbourne
3 38 Sam Reid Murray Bushrangers Sydney
3 39 Sam Grimley Northern Knights Hawthorn
3 40 Allen Christensen Geelong Falcons Geelong
3 41 Ayden Kennedy Eastern Ranges North Melbourne
3 42 Nathan Vardy Gippsland Power Geelong
3 43 Marcus Davies North Hobart Carlton
3 44 Matthew Dea North Ballarat Rebels Richmond
3 45 Sam Shaw Oakleigh Chargers Adelaide
3 46 Benjamin Stratton East Perth Hawthorn
3 47 Ryan Harwood Glenorchy Brisbane Lions
3 48 Jesse Crichton North Launceston Fremantle
3 49 Dylan Roberton Dandenong Stingrays Fremantle
4 50 Jack Fitzpatrick Western Jets Melbourne
4 51 Troy Taylor South Alice Springs Richmond
4 52 Justin Bollenhagen South Adelaide Fremantle
4 53 Brayden Norris Murray Bushrangers North Melbourne
4 54 Byron Sumner Woodville-West Torrens Sydney
4 55 Trent Dennis-Lane Subiaco Sydney
4 56 Josh Cowan North Ballarat Rebels Geelong
4 57 Jordan Williams Bendigo Pioneers Hawthorn
4 58 Rhan Hooper Brisbane Lions Hawthorn
4 59 Rohan Kerr Dandenong Stingrays Carlton
4 60 Jesse W. Smith North Melbourne St Kilda
4 61 James Craig North Adelaide Adelaide
4 62 Ben Sinclair Oakleigh Chargers Collingwood
4 63 Lukas Markovic Eastern Ranges Western Bulldogs
4 64 Adam Pattison Richmond St Kilda
4 65 Jeremy Laidler (Promoted rookie) Geelong
5 66 Pass Melbourne
5 67 Jeromey Webberley Clarence Richmond
5 68 Pass Fremantle
5 69 Taylor Duryea Murray Bushrangers Hawthorn
5 70 Matthew Suckling (Promoted rookie) Hawthorn
5 71 Ben Nason Central District Richmond
5 72 Samuel Jacobs (Promoted rookie) Carlton
5 73 Jesse O’Brien North Adelaide Brisbane Lions
5 74 Brodie Martin (Promoted rookie) Adelaide
5 75 Josh Thomas Redlands Collingwood
5 76 Shane Thorne Wanderers Western Bulldogs
5 77 Will Johnson Sandringham Dragons St Kilda
6 78 Pass Richmond
6 79 Greg Broughton (Promoted rookie) Fremantle
6 80 Cruize Garlett (Promoted rookie) North Melbourne
6 81 Pass Sydney
6 82 Daniel Stewart (Promoted rookie) Port Adelaide
6 83 Aaron Joseph (Promoted rookie) Carlton
6 84 Bryce Retzlaff Labrador Brisbane Lions
6 85 Simon Buckley Melbourne Collingwood
6 86 Liam Picken (Promoted rookie) Western Bulldogs
6 87 Zac Dawson (Promoted rookie) St Kilda
6 88 Wade Thompson (Promoted rookie) Port Adelaide
7 89 Robin Nahas (Promoted rookie) Richmond
7 90 Kristin Thornton (Promoted rookie) Sydney
7 91 Matt Maguire St Kilda Brisbane Lions
7 92 James Mulligan (Promoted rookie) Western Bulldogs
7 93 Luke Miles (Promoted rookie) St Kilda
8 94 Andrew Browne (Promoted rookie) Richmond
8 95 Pearce Hanley (Promoted rookie) Brisbane Lions
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AFL Phantom Draft 2009

AFL Phantom Draft 2009


Tom Scully has been touted at the Number 1 pick for almost the entire season. His never say die attitude has made him impossible to resist. Trengove however has come via a different rout. After rejecting an offer to play state football with SA in 2008 to attend a cricket trip in the UK, Trengove’s position within the AFL system was still undecided. However strong performances in the National Carnival where he lead SA to 2nd place, and strong BOG performances in the latter stages of the SANFL season with his club side Sturt, have lead many to tout him on par with Scully.

Below these two are a host of players with considerable potential. Yes, 2009 will be remembered as the first compromised draft with the drafting age being lifted 4 months making eligible players 18. However don’t under estimate the class of 09. Time will reveal its true potential.

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Priority Pick
Pick 1 – Melbourne – Melbourne – Tom Scully
DOB: 15/05/91, Height: 182cm, Weight: 74kg

Draft Range:1-2

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. He runs like Chris Judd. Hard, uncompromising and potential future leader of the Demons. With this quality being injected into the Demons side, success is just around the corner.
Others Considered: Jack Trengove

Round 1

Pick 2 – Melbourne – Jack Trengove
DOB: 02/09/91, Height: 185cm, Weight: 82

Draft Range:1-3
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. Some have stated his performances were the best by any junior since Buckley. Huge raps when you consider the calibre of player too come from SA in that time. Jack leads by example and will not be overlooked by the Dees.
Others Considered: No one

Pick 3 – Richmond – Dustin Martin
DOB: 26/06/91, Height: 187cm, Weight: 86kg

Draft Range:2-4
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

Pick 4 – Fremantle – Anthony Morabito
DOB: 29/10/91, Height: 190cm, Weight: 90kg

Draft Range:3-7
People compare him to Adam Goodes and if Morabito can be half as good, Fremantle will have secured a fantastic player. Being local tips the ledger, Morabito is staying in WA with Fremantle.
Others Considered: Butcher, Lucas and Rohan

Pick 5 – North Melbourne – Ben Cunnington
DOB: 30/06/91, Height: 186cm, Weight: 84kg
Hard determined Football who hates getting beaten 1-on-1. His 5-goal haul late in the season highlights his ability both in the middle and pinch-hitting up forward.


Pick 6 – Sydney – Gary Rohan
DOB: 07/06/91, Height: 186cm, Weight: 79kg

Draft Range:5-13
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.
Others Considered:Lucas, Stevens, Melksham

Pick 7 – West Coast – Brad Sheppard – 187cm 78kg
Draft Range:4-17
Sheppard is the player that can play multiple roles. 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. Has been touted as a possible first round for some time, but has risen to Pick 7 as he will not be available by the time the Eagles have their next selection.
Others Considered: Jetta, Lucas

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.
Others Considered: Talia, Black


Pick 9 – Port Adelaide – Andrew Moore – 188cm/81kg
Draft Range:15-26
Moore is a versitile player who has been likened to Ryan O’Keefe. I don’t see any major issues with his play and would be handy anywhere on the ground. He has the ability to play in the midfield as should not be overlooked.
Others Considered: Melksham, Stevens

Pick 10 – Essendon – 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. Compliments a young developing midfield.
Others Considered:Stevens


Pick 11 – Melbourne – Jasper McMillan-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.
Others Considered: Black, Talia

Pick 12 – Carlton – 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 play forward. He has the athleticism to become an all round player. Talia is the best available KPP.
Others Considered: Black

Pick 13 – Adelaide – Aaron Black – 192cm/82kg
Draft Range:7-23
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.
Others Considered: Talia

Pick 14 – Sydney – Koby Stevens – 186cm/78kg
Draft Range:10-17
He wins the contested ball and has tremendous work rate. To me he appears the ideal fit. Can be seen as a long tern replacement for Kirk
Others Considered: Lucas, Sheppard


Pick 15 – Western Bulldogs – Lewis Jetta – 178cm/72kg
Draft Range:7-22
Jetta is an explosive wingman who has the ability to split a team in half with his skill. Gives the Dogs run and will compliment its strong inside players with outside run.
Others Considered: Carlise


Pick 16 – Port Adelaide – Kane Lucas – 188cm/79kg
Draft Range:4-16
Lucas is a quality player who can play a variety of positions; Confident individual.
Other Considered: Tapscott, Colyer


Pick 17 – Geelong – 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. His time rehabilitating with the Cats would have shown them his immense work ethic and character. The Cats have a history of Drafting injured stars (Selwood) and should not let Bartlett a Geelong local slide any further.
Others Considered: Carlise, Vardy

Round 2

Pick 18 – Melbourne – Nathan Vardy – 198/92kg
Draft Range:18-34
Dominated games in the TAC Cup and a Ruckman/Forward is required. Tapscott is also a possibility at Pick 18.

Pick 19 – Richmond – Jake Carlisle – 197cm/85kg
Draft Range:11-22
After going with small (Martin) with its first pick I feel Richmond will look tall with its second pick. Carlise will give Richmond a commanding target up forward to support Riewoldt or hold a key position in defence.

Pick 20 – Fremantle – Nat Fyfe
DOB: 18/09/91, Height: 186cm, Weight: 73kg

Fyfe is a dynamic forward who has been likened to Stevie Johnson. Kicked 6 goals late in the season that should see him go within the first 2 rounds.

Pick 21 – North Melbourne – Luke Tapscott – 180cm/86kg
Draft Range:8-22
Tapscott is a slider who many believe could go to Port with pick 16. 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.

Pick 22 – West Coast – Ryan Bastinac – 183cm/74kg
Draft Range:16-28
Bastinac is an elite runner. He provides West Coast with a quality midfield option in the future. Arguably the best kick in the Draft.

Pick 23 – West Coast – Trent Dennis-Lane
DOB: 30/08/88, Height: 182cm, Weight: 74kg
Dennis-Lane is a bolter however if the Eagles are to select him they must go now as they have no remaining picks after 23. He is a small forward who kicked 57 goals in the WAFL this season. Ideal replacement for Lecras.

Pick 24 – Essendon – Jordon Gysberts – 188cm/83kg
Draft Range:16-33
Gysberts is a tall midfielder who is quite a good tackler. Already quite solid and could be AFL ready straight up.

Pick 25 – North Melbourne – Allen Christensen
DOB: 19/05/91, Height: 176cm, Weight: 75kg

Christensen is a small hard nosed midfielder with an acute sight for goal. He can win contested ball and averaged 26 touches at the National Carnival.

Pick 26 – Essendon – Mitch Duncan – 188cm/81kg

Draft Range – 13 – 29
Duncan 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.

Pick 27 – Brisbance – Daniel Menzel
DOB: 13/09/91, Height: 185cm, Weight: 77kg

Great efficiency by foot and ability to play multiple roles will see Menzel go here.

Pick 28 – Geelong – Joseph Dare
DOB: 17/10/92, Height: 188cm, Weight: 81kg

Versatile player who is seen as the ideal long term replacement for Milburn.

Pick 29 – Adelaide – Jack Gunston
DOB: 16/10/91, Height: 191cm, Weight: 74kg

Versatile KPP who has been heavily linked with the Crows and North. Strong over head.

Pick 30 – Collingwood – Luke Ball
DOB: 25/05/84, Height: 183cm, Weight: 84kg

Draft Range: Melbourne (18, 34) Essendon (24, 26)
Former Captain of St. Kilda he was limited by rotations to 50% Game Time in the grand final, however still amassed over 20 possessions. Nice fit into Collingwoods Midfield

Pick 31 – Western Bulldogs – Ben Griffiths 198cm/98kg
Huge lad who has missed parts of the season with injury. He is a strong and could play Ruck/KPP in the future.

Pick 32 – St. Kilda – Nicholas Winmar
DOB: 27/04/91, Height: 190cm, Weight: 78kg
Adds run of Half back more then just a romantic notion selection.

Pick 33 – Essendon – Travis Colyer – 175cm/73kg
Draft Range:20-39
Colyer has explosive speed and solid intensity at the ball. Touted by many as a top 20 pick he adds another dimension at the Dons evolving midfield.

Round 3

Pick 34 – Melbourne – Max Gawn
DOB: 28/12/91, Height: 208cm, Weight: 104kg
Gawn is difficult to place as teams needing ruckman do not have selections available. Melbourne are said to be Hot on this kid. Jamar is servicable, Meesen has potential.

Pick 35 – Richmond – Jamie Macmillan
DOB: 29/09/91, Height: 188cm, Weight: 81kg

Troy Taylor – 189cm/77kg
Draft Range:16-36
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 36 – Fremantle – Troy Taylor – 189cm/77kg
Draft Range:16-36
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 37 North Melbourne – Josh Thomas
DOB: 01/10/91, Height: 176cm, Weight: 74kg

Queensland lad who rejected an offer to play with GC17. He is a contested ball winner.

Pick 38 – Sydney – Sam Reid – 192cm/84kg
Draft Range:Mid 20’s-Late
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, Grimes and possibly Craig as a KPP.

Pick 39 – Hawthorn – James Craig
DOB: 18/04/91, Height: 195cm Weight: 92kg
Played in the Ruck at the National Carnival, possesses high vertical leap and could be formed into a gorilla defender.

Pick 40 – Geelong – Matthew Panos – 192cm/85kg
Draft Range:16-37
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.

Pick 41 North Melbourne – Majak Daw
DOB: 11/03/91, Height: 194cm, Weight: 89kg

Sudanese immigrant who possesses amazing physical attributes. Still learning the game but could develop into a genuine KPF.

Pick 42 – Geelong – Gerrick Weedon
DOB: 25/05/91, Height: 186cm, Weight: 80kg
Strong overhead can play multiple roles including half back or forward pocket.

Pick 43 – Carlton – Matthew Dea
DOB: 13/10/91, Height: 186cm, Weight: 83kg
Comes from a basketball background, Dea has tremendous vertical leap.

Pick 44 – Richmond – Jesse Crichton
DOB: 18/06/91, Height: 184cm, Weight: 72kg
Hard at it inside player, Crichton is Tasmania’s best talent in 09

Pick 45 – Adelaide – Christian Howard
DOB: 19/03/91, Height: 184cm, Weight: 81kg
Dashing half back with accurate kicking skills.

What are your thoughts? Who will go Number 1? What Player does your side need?

Rating Future Prospects


Every year, we hear how our teams recruiting staff are amazed that certain players are able to slip so far into the Draft. I have decided to undertake my own Top 10 list of who i believe are likely Bolters in the upcoming Draft

More to Come

Mitch Fisher – Geelong Falcons (Vic) 182cm/83kg
Fisher is a hard back pocket/onballer who appears AFL ready. He possesses good pace and a decent kick.

Majak Daw – Western Jets (Vic) 193cm/84kg
Daw is new to the game after migrating with his family from Sudan. He possesses magnificent athletic ability and can play forward or wing. He will need to increase his aerobic capacity if this is to occur, however being in an AFL system would only benefit Majak.

Alex Stopp – Norwood (SA) 192cm/87kg (19yo)
Stopp is a player who was predicted to be at least rookie listed last season. He has outstanding endurance as shown in the state screening beep test and posses solid skills. He is an overage player who could command a late selection or rookie position. Well worth a punt.

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.

Enjoy.
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