KEY FORWARDS: Taylor Walker, Darcy Fogarty, Elliott Himmelberg.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Tom Lynch, Riley Knight, Tyson Stengle, Chayce Jones, Shane McAdam, Ned McHenry, Ben Davis.
RUCKS: Reilly O’Brien, Billy Frampton, Kieran Strachan.
Few clubs have engaged in a purge of senior players like Adelaide in the off-season as they reset the list after failing in the two seasons that followed their grand final appearance in 2017. It means they are in the market for the best available at all points of the draft with gaps to fill everywhere. With the talent pool very even after the first three choices are made, the Crows were happy to slip back from four to six in the draft order, executing a pick swap with Greater Western Sydney in which they secured the Giants’ first-round pick next season. With the Giants a chance to nab speedy defender Lachlan Ash at pick four they have their eyes on Sandringham key-position player Fischer McAsey, versatile Gippsland tall Sam Flanders or brilliant kicking defender Hayden Young with their first choice, with one of those three almost certain to be available at pick six. Exciting South Australian Dylan Stephens has been linked to the Crows but the home-town appeal will have no influence on their decision at that pick. They will be an interesting watch on draft night given they have enough picks to offer tempting live pick swaps to go further up the order and enough young players on their list to look at mature age prospects such as Werribee’s Jake Riccardi late in the draft.
PICKS: 21, 29, 34, 71.
KEY DEFENDERS: Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams, Darcy Gardiner, Noah Answerth, Jack Payne, Jacob Allison.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Daniel Rich, Alex Witherden, Callum Ah Chee, Cedric Cox, Grant Birchall, Ryan Lester, Mitch Hinge.
MIDFIELDERS: Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko, Hugh McCluggage, Jarryd Lyons, Mitch Robinson, Jarrod Berry, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Rhys Mathieson, Zac Bailey, Thomas Berry, Ely Smith, Connor McFadyen, James Madden, Tom Joyce.
KEY FORWARDS: Eric Hipwood, Daniel McStay, Oscar McInerney, Connor Ballenden.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Charlie Cameron, Cameron Rayner, Lincoln McCarthy, Allen Christensen, Brandon Starcevich, Toby Wooller.
RUCKS: Stefan Martin, Tom Fullarton.
Having done the heavy lifting of their rebuild over several seasons, the Lions rose up the ladder this year driven by an experienced core, young emerging stars, and key top-ups from other clubs – most notably Lachie Neale. Yet again they showed a willingness to draw experience from other clubs in October, nabbing Cameron Ellis-Yolmen to provide another big body, Callum Ah Chee – who they hope has only scratched the surface of his potential – and making a big play for Jamie Elliott, who ultimately opted to stay at Collingwood. The Lions have traded out of this year’s first round, giving up pick 16 to Port Adelaide, and have three second round picks. Suggesting that this year’s draft is reasonably even from the back end of the first round, the Lions are hopeful they will be able to land a commensurate pair at 21 and 29, than they would have got with 16 and 21, but concede they have rolled the dice. Brisbane are set to use four picks, the last of which should be spent on one of academy trio Keidean Coleman, Will Martyn and Noah Cumberland. As they did last year, the Lions also proactively delisted several contracted players, all of whom they have re-committed to as rookies if still available. That means Sam Skinner, Corey Lyons, Matt Eagles and Archie Smith will remain at the Gabba if no one else picks them up. Ruckman Smith has attracted some interest from Sydney.
PICKS: 9, 43, 57, 70, 85.
KEY DEFENDERS: Jacob Weitering, Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones, Levi Casboult,Harrison Macreadie, Hugh Goddard.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Sam Docherty, Kade Simpson, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Caleb Marchbank, Nic Newman, Tom Williamson, Ben Silvagni.
MIDFIELDERS: Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow, Zac Fisher, Matthew Kennedy, Michael Gibbons, Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, Liam Stocker, David Cuningham, Jack Newnes, Will Setterfield, Matt Cottrell.
KEY FORWARDS: Harry McKay, Charlie Curnow.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Eddie Betts, Mitch McGovern, Jack Silvagni, Darcy Lang, Cameron Polson, Finbar O’Dwyer, Matt Owies.
RUCKS: Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Pittonet, Tom De Koning.
All signs point to this being list manager Stephen Silvagni’s final draft at the Blues and the champion defender can walk away with his head held high as he has transformed the list from being a basket case to one on the rise. The debate around Eddie Betts was one he was never going to win while landing Jack Martin proved more difficult than first imagined as he has to go through the pre-season draft, forcing the Blues to pay him $1 million in each of his first two seasons. Silvagni has his eye on dynamic small Caleb Serong, who was outstanding for Vic Country and could make an immediate impact, as well as the versatile Brodie Kemp, who will need time to recover from an ACL injury late in the year. The Blues may also be tempted to split that valuable pick nine to land two players inside the top 20 depending on how draft night unfolds, with Dylan Stephens a player they like. With their later picks the Blues will be tempted to throw their hand at inside midfielders with South Australia’s Harry Schoenberg a chance to be available while former Western Bulldog Lukas Webb has been training at Ikon Park in the hope of being added to the list. Delisted Fremantle defender Ryan Nyhuis has also been linked to the Blues.
PICKS: 35, 48, 62, 74.
KEY DEFENDERS: Darcy Moore, Jordan Roughead, Jack Madgen, Will Kelly.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Brayden Maynard, Jeremy Howe, Jack Crisp, Tom Langdon, Isaac Quaynor, Levi Greenwood, John Noble, Matt Scharenberg, Flynn Appleyby, Nathan Murphy, Tyler Brown.
MIDFIELDERS: Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom, Taylor Adams, Tom Phillips, Dayne Beams, Chris Mayne, Brayden Sier, Rupert Wills, Atu Bosenvulagi.
KEY FORWARDS: Brody Mihocek, Mason Cox, Ben Reid, Mark Keane, Tom Wilson.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Jordan De Goey, Jaidyn Stephenson, Jamie Elliott, Will Hoskin-Eliott, Josh Thomas, Callum Brown, Travis Varcoe, Josh Daicos, Tim Broomhead, Anton Tohill.
RUCKS: Brodie Grundy, Darcy Cameron, Max Lynch.
Having paid a heavy price to bring Dayne Beams back to the club last year, and then spent most of their draft capital in 2018 on father-son and academy recruits Isaac Quaynor and Will Kelly, the Pies were keen to get back up the draft order this year, so traded with the Brisbane Lions on Thursday, giving away their future second-rounder. Collingwood acquired a future second round pick from St Kilda during the recent trade period so were comfortable giving away a similar pick in next year’s draft. The Pies have a reasonably healthy suite of picks in this year’s draft, which they could conceivably package if they decide on draft night that there is a player they deem worthy of moving up the order. Veteran key defender Lynden Dunn is, meanwhile, training with the Pies in the hope of nabbing a rookie spot, perhaps via the supplemental selection period. Collingwood showed some interest in young Sydney speedster James Bell ahead of the trade period, and another pacy player in the draft would help complement the Pies’ midfield group. Collingwood’s VFL list has also proven to be solid recruiting ground over recent years. Key defender Sam Glover showed enough with the Pies’ reserves during the year to earn a state combine invite and the club would be well aware of his strengths and deficiencies. Collingwood have also indicated that they are on the lookout for a small pressure forward, in which case Ned Cahill or Josh Morris could fit the bill in the third round. The Pies also landed former basketballer Tom Wilson in May. The former junior footballer could end up being a very good value recruit as a Category B rookie.
PICKS: 31, 33, 61, 64, 65, 88.
KEY DEFENDERS: Michael Hurley, Patrick Ambrose, Aaron Francis, Cale Hooker, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Cian McBride.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Adam Saad, Conor McKenna, Martin Gleeson, Mason Redman, Jordan Ridley, Tom Cutler, Ross McQuillan.
MIDFIELDERS: Devon Smith, Zach Merrett, Dylan Shiel, Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath, Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, David Zaharakis, Matt Guelfi, Dylan Clarke, Will Snelling.
KEY FORWARDS: Joe Daniher, James Stewart, Shaun McKernan.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Jake Stringer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Orazio Fantasia, Jayden Laverde, Brayden Ham, Josh Begley, Irving Mosquito, Noah Gown.
RUCKS: Tom Bellchambers, Sam Draper, Andrew Phillips.
For the third season in succession, Essendon heads into the draft without a pick before 30 after spending the 2017 and 2018 trade periods acquiring players. Last season they made an audacious bid on Irving Mosquito, which Hawthorn decided not to match, but it’s doubtful they will take that course again this season. Already keen on landing Richmond premiership player Jacob Townsend through either the rookie or national drafts, they will be hoping to find a key-position player. With Sam De Koning likely to be gone before the Bombers’ first selection arrives at 31, versatile VFL forward Jake Riccardi would be tempting, although it’s probably too high a price to pay for the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal winner. The Bombers have always shown a propensity to draft for best available rather than needs despite potential holes opening up in their list. Hugo Ralphsmith and endurance animal Jay Rantall are possible options at 31 or 33 if they are still on the board. The Bombers’ first priority should be giving senior-coach-in-waiting Ben Rutten talent to work with over the next few seasons as he attempts to build a genuine contender.
PICKS: 7, 10, 22, 58, 69, 79, 83.
KEY DEFENDERS: Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Joel Hamling, Griffin Logue, Dillon O’Reilly.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Nathan Wilson, Connor Blakely, Stephen Hill, Taylin Duman, Ethan Hughes, Jason Carter.
MIDFIELDERS: Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Andy Brayshaw, Adam Cerra, Reece Conca, Darcy Tucker, James Aish, Blake Acres, Brett Bewley, Travis Colyer, Luke Valente, Bailey Banfield, Tobe Watson.
KEY FORWARDS: Jesse Hogan, Cam McCarthy, Matt Taberner, Brennan Cox.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Michael Walters, Brandon Matera, Sam Switkowski, Sam Sturt, Lachlan Shultz, Stefan Giro.
RUCKS: Rory Lobb, Sean Darcy, Lloyd Meek.
The Dockers remain in the midst of a rebuild and there is an air of positivity surrounding the club following the recent return of favourite son Justin Longmuir as coach. Fremantle had the chance to secure pick six in a trade for Bradley Hill but turned it down. St Kilda ended up moving that pick to Greater Western Sydney, however the Dockers still ended up getting pick 10 in a trade for Hill, while also landing James Aish and Blake Acres on the final day of trade period. Fremantle have indicated they will make four or five selections in the draft. Freo’s Wednesday night looked like it would largely hinge on what happened with Next Generation Academy forward Liam Henry. The Dockers had been optimistic a rival club wouldn’t bid on Henry until after Freo’s second pick (No. 10) however, rather than run the risk of needing to match a bid, the Dockers orchestrated separate trades with Melbourne and Adelaide, meaning they now have picks No. 7 and No. 8. Industry sources suggest that silky defender Hayden Young could slide to the Dockers’ first selection, while West Australian state under-18 captain Deven Robertson could be in the mix at Freo’s second selection. It looks unlikely that WA tall Luke Jackson would be available at Freo’s first pick but expect them to pounce if he is somehow still available. South Australian Dylan Stephens and Victorian Miles Bergman had been others linked to Freo’s second pick before they traded up.
PICKS: 14, 17, 24, 36, 93.
KEY DEFENDERS: Mark Blicavs, Harry Taylor, Jack Henry, Nathan Kreuger, Stefan Okunbor.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Tom Stewart, Jake Kolodjashnij, Jordan Clark, Mark O’Connor, Jed Bews, Zach Tuohy, Zach Guthrie.
MIDFIELDERS: Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan, Brandan Parfitt, Jack Stevens, Cameron Guthrie, Nakia Cockatoo, Quinton Narkle, Charlie Constable, Sam Menegola, Oscar Brownless, James Parsons, Sam Simpson, Jacob Kennerley.
KEY FORWARDS: Tom Hawkins, Esava Ratugolea, Josh Jenkins, Blake Schlensog.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Gary Ablett, Luke Dahlhaus, Gryan Miers, Gary Rohan, Tom Atkins, Lachie Fogarty, Jake Tarca, Ben Jarvis.
RUCKS: Rhys Stanley, Darcy Fort
Regular premiership contenders Geelong have plenty of young players but their champion quartet Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Gary Ablett and Tom Hawkins are nearer to the end of their careers than the start, so they must make the most of this chance to replenish their list after star midfielder Tim Kelly needed to return to Western Australia for family reasons. Fischer McAsey would be an ideal fit for the Cats but he is unlikely to reach them at pick 14. The club has explored options to move into the top 10 but have yet to reach a deal. Cooper Stephens is a local product from Colac, who missed the season with a broken leg but he is a chance to be around at pick 17 despite entering the year as a top 10 candidate, while Josh Worrell is a tall of interest to the Cats. Harrison Jones is a key-position player expected to go in the second round too. Flynn Perez trained with the Cats as part of the academy program before he missed this season with an ACL injury. Geelong has never been afraid to back their development program and he is worthy of consideration late or as a rookie. Mature age South Australian Brad Close is another to have attracted interest from the Cats while they made add a young ruckman to develop, with Nick Bryan potentially a consideration after Zac Smith and Ryan Abbott found new homes.
PICKS: 1, 2, 15, 20, 78, 90.
KEY DEFENDERS: Charlie Ballard, Rory Thompson, Chris Burgess, Jack Hombsch, Sam Collins, Caleb Graham.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Jarrod Harbrow, Brandon Ellis, Pearce Hanley, Jesse Joyce, Jez McLennan, Jacob Heron, Luke Towey.
MIDFIELDERS: David Swallow, Lachie Weller, Brayden Fiorini, Darcy Macpherson, Touk Miller, Hugh Greenwood, Jack Bowes, Anthony Miles, Ben Ainsworth, Will Brodie, Jacob Dawson, Corey Ellis, George Horlin-Smith, Jordan Murdoch, Wil Powell, Malcolm Rosas, Sam Fletcher, Mitch Riordan.
KEY FORWARDS: Peter Wright, Ben King, Jack Lukosius, Sam Day, Josh Corbett.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Alex Sexton, Izak Rankine, Sean Lemmens, Nick Holman.
RUCKS: Jarrod Witts, Zac Smith, Matt Conroy.
The Suns were handed an unprecedented suite of concessions by the AFL in the days following the grand final, leaving them well-placed to strike gold in this year’s draft. Gold Coast recruiting chief Kall Burns said during the week that the Suns remained open to trading picks No. 1 and two but in reality that is about as likely as the Suns winning next year’s premiership. The AFL gave Gold Coast pick one with a view to packaging best mates Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson from Carey Grammar and planting them at Carrara. So it would take an extraordinary turn of events for that not to occur. There’ll be much less hype around the Suns’ next two picks, but these are also important ones for the club to nail as they look to rise up the ladder as quickly as possible. Industry sources have suggested Suns coach Stewart Dew is a big fan of WA under-18 captain and Larke medallist Deven Robertson, so it wouldn’t completely shock if they decided to package up picks 15 and 20 to land the midfielder. Gold Coast have also shown interest in West Australian Trent Rivers, who looks likely to be available at pick 15, as well as South Australian Will Day. The Suns have also been granted rookie-list concessions and have already acquired Queenslander Matt Conroy and Darwin’s Malcolm Rosas via academy concessions.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
PICKS: 4, 40, 59, 60, 80, 94.
KEY DEFENDERS: Phil Davis, Nick Haynes, Sam Taylor, Lachlan Keeffe.
SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Lachie Whitfield, Zac Williams, Heath Shaw, Aidan Corr, Adam Kennedy, Isaac Cumming, Matt Buntine, Callum Brown.
MIDFIELDERS: Stephen Coniglio, Tim Taranto, Callan Ward, Josh Kelly, Jacob Hopper, Matt deBoer, Harry Perryman, Sam Reid, Daniel Lloyd, Jye Caldwell, Jackson Hately, Xavier O’Halloran, Nick Shipley, Connor Idun.
KEY FORWARDS: Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg, Jeremy Finlayson.
SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Toby Greene, Brent Daniels, Zac Langdon, Bobby Hill, Jack Buckley.
RUCKS: Shane Mumford, Sam Jacobs, Matthew Flynn, Kieren Briggs.
Academy graduate Tom Green and Sydney’s poor 2019 have combined to force the Giants into working very hard in the off-season to move up the draft board so they can land two top 10 talents in the draft. Having started with picks 12 and 18 they leapt to pick six early in the trade period after brokering a trade with St Kilda, then they agreed to a deal with Adelaide that gave them pick four for pick six and next year’s first-rounder. That deal put them one selection ahead of Sydney, who were threatening to bid on Green, increasing the likelihood they will grab a player before a bid is made on him. The smart money is on the Giants choosing Vic Country speedster Lachlan Ash at four with running defender Heath Shaw entering his final season and then nabbing Green with the points that come through their later picks. Other options at four, assuming Melbourne doesn’t bid on Green, include long-kicking defender Hayden Young or Gippsland’s Sam Flanders. If the Demons did bid on Green at pick No.3, the Giants would need to think long and hard before matching the bid as the prospect of nabbing forward/ruck Luke Jackson and using their other pick might be too good to resist. The Giants have a good record at finding recycled talent late in the national draft or via the rookie draft.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.
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