In this special episode of the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Peter Ryan and Daniel Cherny review this year’s national draft.
There’s plenty on the agenda as our footy scribes cast their eyes over the various components: the AFL national draft (parts one and two) as well as Friday’s pre-season and rookie drafts.
How the event is broadcast to footy fans is always a hot topic. The draft process is an essential tool to facilitate player movement but it’s also often impacted by TV requirements. This year, one of our experts reflected that “the tail wags the dog”.
There’s plenty of debate about where young ruckmen should be picked up after Melbourne used a high selection (No.3 overall) to secure former basketballer Luke Jackson. It was a rare case of a big man being picked inside the first 20 selections.
The impact of live pick trading for a second year is also on the agenda.
While you’re here, it’s worth checking out Jake Niall’s in-depth report on the number of players from private schools in the AFL.
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