You can also have a look at the draft order (including where each pick was traded from), and club-by-club picks, with our interactive:
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE DRAFT?
Live trading, back for a second year, has the potential to create a plot twist, while there should also be two, and perhaps three matched academy and father-son bids meaning 21 or 22 young men are set to become AFL players on Wednesday night.
Our draft guru Daniel Cherny has done the research, crunched the numbers, and put together his first-round predictions. You can read them here.
WHAT IF I’D RATHER LISTEN TO A GUIDE?
We can help you there, too. Daniel Cherny and Michael Gleeson broke down how the first round of the draft is likely to play out, how father-son picks could shape the first round, the potential for live pick trading and much more in our special Real Footy podcast draft preview episode. Have a listen in the web player below or wherever you get your podcasts.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE DRAFT HOPEFULS?
There are some great stories among this year’s draft class.
You can read about Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, who Gold Coast have already said they will take with picks one and two on Wednesday night. They’re good friends, have played footy together at Carey for years, and reckon they’re a case of “opposites attract”.
Or check out the story about young Fischer McAsey, whose dad was picked on debut at full forward ahead of Tony Lockett, grandfather played tennis at Wimbledon, and mum is a guitarist and singer.
You might like to read about Lachie Ash, who has been the talk of Katandra (David Teague’s home town) in the lead-up to the draft, but will likely be talked about elsewhere as he is tipped to be picked well before the Blues have their first crack at a selection.
Daniel Cherny also spoke to Jackson Mead, who is set to follow in his father’s footsteps at Port Adelaide, and Fraser Phillips, whose grandfather played alongside Bob Skilton and whose dad was a teammate of Gary Ablett snr, and Brock Smith, the Gippsland Power captain who works a few days a week at Yallourn power station, was on the receiving end of a tough phone call earlier this year, and is as tough and committed as they come.
You can also read about Thomson Dow, Brodie Kemp and Caleb Serong, three mates from Geelong Grammar who are all likely to be drafted by AFL clubs, and
A PRIVATE SCHOOL TAKEOVER?
Jake Niall reports that the national draft will reinforce a trend: Research shows boys who go to a private school are almost four times more likely than those educated in the government system to be on an AFL list. Check out the in-depth report here.