Emma Quayle's draft guide

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In: Brad Crouch, Angus Graham.

Out: Michael Doughty, Chris Knights, Brad Symes, Nick Joyce

Rookie upgrade: Ian Callinan.


Draft picks: 20, 54, 64 (PR)


TALL FORWARDS: Taylor Walker, Shaun McKernan, Lewis Johnston, Dylan Orval (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Ben Rutten, Daniel Talia, Sam Shaw, Luke Thompson.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Ian Callinan, Tom Lynch, Jared Petrenko, Jason Porplyzia, Tim McIntyre (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Graham Johncock, Andy Otten, Matthew Jaensch, Rory Laird (rookie).

MIDFIELDERS: Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane, Bernie Vince, Nathan van Berlo, Brodie Smith, Brad Crouch, Richard Douglas, Brodie Martin, Ricky Henderson, Sam Kerridge, Aidan Riley, Matthew Wright, Luke Brown, Richard Tambling, Mitch Grigg, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Sam Martyn (rookie).

RUCKS: Sam Jacobs, Josh Jenkins, Angus Graham, Ben Dowdell.

DRAFT DAY: Preparing for this draft would have been a huge challenge for Adelaide's recruiting team in the past few weeks, but the Crows now know that their first- and second-round picks are safe. The club has been linked to local forward Tim O'Brien with its first choice, the tall forward impressing with his marking ability playing for SA this year. Geelong Falcon Mason Wood, another quick, busy and agile key forward, is another they have been looking at. The Crows only have three selections, and will only bring in one new player. With pick 54 they must draft Nick Joyce, delisted this week because the Crows have not been allowed to delist Kurt Tippett pending the AFL Commission's hearing into the draft tampering and salary cap charges it faces. Joyce was the unlucky player to be temporarily lopped and will have a stressful wait on Thursday night, but all indications on Friday were that no other club would draft him before the Crows' second choice. Callinan will be upgraded with the club's third round choice, and it's worth remembering that Brad Crouch, Adelaide's selection in last year's 17-year-old mini-draft, would have pushed for a top three or five spot if available in this year's draft. The intense, competitive midfielder is a very big get.


In: Brent Moloney, Stefan Martin.

Out: Amon Buchanan, Josh Drummond, James Hawksley, Ben Hudson, Bryce Retzlaff, Sam Sheldon, Cheynee Stiller.

Rookie upgrades: Jack Crisp, Niall McKeever.

Draft picks: 8, 24, 33, 91 (Crisp), 109 (McKeever)


TALL FORWARDS: Jonathan Brown, Jordan Lisle, Brent Staker, Sam Michael (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Daniel Merrett, Joel Patfull, Matt Maguire, Niall McKeever, Justin Clarke (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Todd Banfield, Rohan Bewick, Ashley McGrath, Patrick Karnezis, Aaron Cornelius, James Polkinghorne, Josh Green, Callum Bartlett.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Jed Adcock, Andrew Raines, Sam Docherty, Mitch Golby, Ryan Harwood, Patrick Wearden, Stephen Wrigley (rookie).

MIDFIELDERS: Simon Black, Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden, Daniel Rich, Brent Moloney, Dayne Zorko, Jared Polec, Claye Beams, Pearce Hanley, Elliot Yeo, Jesse O'Brien, Ryan Lester, Jack Crisp, Richard Newell (rookie).

RUCKS: Matthew Leuenberger, Billy Longer, Stefan Martin.

DRAFT DAY: Brisbane started the trade period looking for three things - a key forward, midfield depth and a versatile support ruckman. The Lions were able to tick two of those boxes, through Moloney and Martin, and were also open to the possibility of recruiting a defender, possibly allowing Merrett to spend more time in the forward line. At pick 8, the club has an interesting choice to make. Kristian Jaksch is considered the best key forward (behind Joe Daniher) and will be there for them, but not at No. 24. If they want him, they'll have to pick him early. A few talented midfield utilities could also be around - Sam Mayes is believed to be the club's favourite (Port Adelaide at pick 7 is also keen on Mayes, one of the best kicks in the draft) with Jackson Macrae a slight chance to be there, too, should the Bulldogs overlook him. There's a tiny chance Lachie Plowman, the most popular key back in the field, will sneak through too, although Jaksch seems the preferred option. Should the Lions land Mayes or Macrae, they could look for a taller type with their end-of-first-round pick. Tanner Smith, North Ballarat's unassuming, close-checking defender, is a chance there.


In: nil.

Out: Paul Bower, Andrew Collins, Rohan Kerr, Jordan Russell, Bret Thornton.

Rookie upgrades: Levi Casboult, Zach Tuohy.

Draft picks: 11, 36, 56, 71, 76, 90 (PR), 102 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Jarrad Waite, Lachie Henderson, Levi Casboult, Luke Mitchell, Sam Rowe.

TALL DEFENDERS: Michael Jamison, Matthew Watson, Simon White, Patrick McCarthy, Andrew McInnes.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Eddie Betts, Jeff Garlett, Andrew Walker, Dennis Armfield, Frazer Dale (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Nick Duigan, Jeremy Laidler, Heath Scotland, Chris Yarran, Josh Bootsma, Aaron Joseph, Zach Tuohy, Marcus Davies.

MIDFIELDERS: Chris Judd, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson, Mitch Robinson, Brock McLean, Ed Curnow (rookie), Kane Lucas, Tom Bell (rookie), David Ellard, Dylan Buckley, Rhys O'Keeffe (rookie).

RUCKS: Matthew Kreuzer, Shaun Hampson, Robert Warnock.

DRAFT DAY: It seems that every year, the world outside Carlton implores the Blues to choose more talls. Looking at the club's list, that doesn't seem to be a huge priority this year. Of course, this depends on what the club sees the likes of Mitchell, Casboult, Watson, McCarthy and others delivering in seasons to come, and whether Kristian Jaksch slips through to them. With pick 11, the Blues need to be nabbing the best on-ball prospect they can and trying to bring some pace and polish in. They are most keen on Jackson Macrae, who plays through the middle and up forward: his anticipation, reading of the play, goal sense and ability to create a big moment make him stand out and he'd be a great choice. Problem is, he might have been grabbed by the Bulldogs or Brisbane. There's only a slim chance South Australian Sam Mayes will slip through, meaning Carlton could look instead for onballers Nathan Hrovat and Jesse Lonergan, versatile Taylor Garner or the zip of Ben Kennedy. Jake Stringer could fall around that mark, though they haven't invested much time in him. There should be plenty of midfielders around at their next pick, as well as a big group of talls should they go that way. If the Blues revive Kyle Reimers' career it will be at 56, given their rookie list is full.


In: Quinten Lynch, Jordan Russell, Clinton Young

Out: Simon Buckley, Jonathon Ceglar, Chris Dawes, Luke Rounds, Chris Tarrant, Kirk Ugle, Sharrod Wellingham, Cameron Wood, Tom Young.

Rookie upgrade: Marley Williams.

Draft picks: 18, 19, 21, 39, 82, 95 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Travis Cloke, Quinten Lynch, Jackson Paine.

TALL DEFENDERS: Ben Reid, Nathan Brown, Lachie Keeffe.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Jarryd Blair, Alan Didak, Tyson Goldsack, Jamie Elliott, Andrew Krakouer, Brent Macaffer, Caolan Mooney.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Heath Shaw, Nick Maxwell, Harry O'Brien, Alan Toovey, Ben Johnson, Martin Clarke, Jordan Russell, Peter Yagmoor.

MIDFIELDERS: Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan, Dale Thomas, Dayne Beams, Steele Sidebottom, Luke Ball, Clinton Young, Alex Fasolo, Paul Seedsman, Josh Thomas, Ben Sinclair, Marley Williams.

RUCKS: Darren Jolly, Jarrod Witts, Corey Gault.

DRAFT DAY: The Pies are planning to take four picks and, having traded away their past two first-round choices for deals involving Krakouer, Elliott and the delisted Cegler, they will play a significant role in this draft. It's good timing for them, too, because although they still have a strong squad and should contend again next year, they could do with some freshening up in a few areas. One is down back, with Tarrant gone and Keeffe extremely promising, but on his way back from a knee reconstruction; the other is at the opposite end of the ground given Dawes' departure. South Australian Tim O'Brien, a marking forward, and Tasmanian defenders Sam Siggins and Jackson Thurlow are three considerations, while the enigmatic, athletic Spencer White would be a left-field choice. Then there are the other early choices. The Pies have put plenty of work into midfielder Dayle Garlett, and are still deciding whether to roll the dice given he has had disciplinary problems off the field. On pure talent, he's probably a top-10 player in this draft, given his ability to initiate play and make things happen, but he'd need major attention if they took him on. Taylor Garner could be around for them, with Nathan Hrovat and forward Tim Membrey chances too.


In: Brendon Goddard, Joe Daniher.

Out: Sam Lonergan, Mark McVeigh, Angus Monfries, Kyle Reimers, Michael Ross, Henry Slattery, Ricky Dyson, Brent Prismall, Ariel Steinberg.

Rookie upgrade: Mark Baguley.

Draft picks: 10 (father-son Daniher), 35, 52, 55, 75, 89, 101, 106 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Michael Hurley, Scott Gumbleton, Joe Daniher.

TALL DEFENDERS: Dustin Fletcher, Jake Carlisle, Cale Hooker, Tayte Pears.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Stewart Crameri, Leroy Jetta, Alwyn Davey, Nick O'Brien, Cory Dell'Olio (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Michael Hibberd, Courtenay Dempsey, Kyle Hardingham, Mark Baguley, Luke Davis, Hal Hunter (rookie).

MIDFIELDERS: Jobe Watson, Brendon Goddard, David Zaharakis, Brent Stanton, Ben Howlett, Dyson Heppell, Jake Melksham, David Myers, Jason Winderlich, Heath Hocking, Travis Colyer, Alex Browne, Elliott Kavanagh, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Jackson Merrett, Lauchlan Dalgleish (rookie).

RUCKS: Patrick Ryder, Tom Bellchambers, David Hille.

DRAFT DAY: Essendon's off-season has been interesting and a little more bold than usual. The Bombers have tended to hang on to players in recent seasons but they've lopped a whole lot at once, creating a new, younger fringe and likely opportunities for Kavanagh, Browne and others not to mention plenty of spots on the list. Daniher is clearly the best key forward available in this draft and would have given Lachie Whitfield a major nudge as the No. 1 pick if he had been available to everyone. He is, as he has been all season, a major bargain. The Bombers could look to address a few needs from there. They have been strongly linked to Calder Cannons best-and-fairest Rory Atkins at pick 35 and he would add some creativity and nous to their group of midfielders. Running defender Jason Ashby is also in the mix. With so many spots to fill, expect the club to add at least one or two slightly older players as well. Defender Tom Fields, the son of Neville, is a chance, given that Steinberg's move to the rookie list means the Bombers have assigned all four spots already.


In: Danyle Pearce.

Out: Greg Broughton, Antoni Grover, Jay van Berlo, Nick Lower, Dylan Roberton, Jesse Crichton.

Rookie upgrades: Clancee Pearce, Lee Spurr.

Draft picks: 17, 37, 40, 80 (PR), 94 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Matthew Pavlich, Kepler Bradley, Jack Anthony.

TALL DEFENDERS: Zac Dawson, Luke McPharlin, Michael Johnson, Alex Silvagni, Peter Faulks, Alex Forster.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Hayden Ballantyne, Chris Mayne, Michael Walters, Josh Mellington, Haiden Schloithe (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Paul Duffield, Garrick Ibbotson, Adam McPhee, Lee Spurr, Nick Suban.

MIDFIELDERS: Nathan Fyfe, David Mundy, Stephen Hill, Michael Barlow, Ryan Crowley, Matt de Boer, Danyle Pearce, Hayden Crozier, Anthony Morabito, Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce, Lachie Neale, Jayden Pitt, Tom Sheridan, Viv Michie, Cameron Sutcliffe, Sam Menegola (rookie).

RUCKS: Aaron Sandilands, Zac Clarke, Jon Griffin, Craig Moller (rookie).

DRAFT DAY: The Dockers will take three picks and there's a bit of wait-and-see when it comes to pick 17. The classy Josh Simpson, who moved back to Perth this year after finishing school in Adelaide, seems made for the expanses of Subiaco and would be a good choice. Problem is he would have to get past Gold Coast, North and Geelong first. There's a very slight chance Kristian Jaksch, the draft's standout key forward after Joe Daniher, may still be available and while he's not at the top of the Dockers' list they would consider him; Fremantle has always picked the best player on its list early in drafts, regardless of apparent needs, but they haven't got any young tall forwards on the go and, having missed on Claremont's Tom Lee - traded to St Kilda as one of GWS' pre-listed players - they will want to get started on one soon. South Australian Tim O'Brien, another big marking forward, is right in the mix, as is Nick Graham, an inside onballer, while Taylor Garner could appeal. In the Dockers' dreams, Brodie Grundy would slide all the way to them, but the club may look for a tall later in the draft. They have been linked with local defender Harry Marsh, with forward Mason Shaw some chance to slip to 37.


In: Josh Caddy, Hamish McIntosh, Jared Rivers

Out: Shannon Byrnes, Simon Hogan, Tom Gillies, Matthew Scarlett, Orren Stephenson, David Wojcinski

Rookie upgrade: Jesse Stringer

Draft picks: 16, 79, 93 (PR)


TALL FORWARDS: Tom Hawkins, James Podsiadly, Josh Walker (rookie), Mitch Brown, Shane Kersten

TALL DEFENDERS: Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie, Jared Rivers, Joel Hamling, Ryan Bathie (rookie)

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Steve Johnson, Paul Chapman, Allen Christensen, Steven Motlop, Mathew Stokes, Daniel Menzel, Lincoln McCarthy, George Burbury (rookie)

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Corey Enright, Josh Hunt, Jordan Murdoch, Jed Bews, Cam Eardley (rookie)

MIDFIELDERS: Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly, Joel Corey, Mitch Duncan, Travis Varcoe, Taylor Hunt, Josh Caddy, Billie Smedts, Cameron Guthrie, Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Jordan Schroder, Jesse Stringer, Jackson Sheringham (rookie), Mark Blicavs (rookie)

RUCKS: Hamish McIntosh, Nathan Vardy, Trent West, Dawson Simpson

DRAFT DAY: The Cats have a happy knack of coming up with a good list of rankings, waiting, then simply picking off the best player available at their first choice. Sitting in the middle of the first round this year, they'll do the same again given they have no obvious, pressing needs. Jake Stringer, a strong midfielder/ forward was in their sights last year as part of the 17-year-old mini-draft, until he broke his leg, and although he's had a rough year, he is a big chance to be chosen here unless the Bulldogs grab him early. Others being considered are onballer Nick Vlastuin, the Geelong Falcons' quick, agile centre half-forward, Mason Wood, Tasmania's big, bullocking midfielder, Jesse Lonergan, and sharp South Australian onballer Ben Kennedy, who may have been nabbed by North Melbourne. Should Gold Coast pass on Josh Simpson, the Cats will consider him in a big way: he was rated a top-five talent this time last year and has had an interrupted year after moving from South Australia back to Perth, but is one of the draft's classiest talents.


In: Greg Broughton, Clay Cameron, Tom Murphy, Jaeger O'Meara.

Out: Josh Caddy, Piers Flanagan, Josh Fraser, Tom Hickey, Sam Iles, Hayden Jolly, Nathan Krakouer, Alik Magin, Lewis Moss, Josh Toy, Taylor Hine.

Rookie upgrades: Kyal Horsley.

Draft picks: 13, 57, 59 (PR), 60 (Cameron: local talent).


TALL FORWARDS: Tom Lynch, Jared Brennan, Sam Day, Steven May, Josh Hall (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Nathan Bock, Seb Tape, Matthew Warnock, Tom Murphy, Rory Thompson, Jack Hutchins, Jeremy Taylor, Henry Schade, Clay Cameron.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Brandon Matera, Aaron Hall, Liam Patrick, Jacob Gillbee.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Jarrod Harbrow, Trent McKenzie, Greg Broughton, Danny Stanley, Mav Weller, Campbell Brown, Jackson Allen, Alex Sexton.

MIDFIELDERS: Gary Ablett, Harley Bennell, David Swallow, Michael Rischitelli, Karmichael Hunt, Jaeger O'Meara, Dion Prestia, Kyal Horsley, Luke Russell, Matt Shaw, Joel Wilkinson. (Jack Martin, chosen in the 17-year-old mini-draft, will come onto the list in 2014).

RUCKS: Zac Smith, Charlie Dixon, Daniel Gorringe, Tom Nicholls.

DRAFT DAY: With its list size starting to shrink, Gold Coast had some tough calls to make at the end of the season. The same will apply from here in, with the Suns dropping to 40 players in 2014 and 38 plus nine rookies the following year. They scored good deals for Caddy and Hickey, getting back into a strong position in the first round, and their one zone selection, defender Clay Cameron, is a talented one. What then to do with the first pick? There are a few options to consider. West Australian Josh Simpson is one of the quickest and classiest players in the draft and of definite appeal. The Suns could well do with an inside midfielder, particularly given Caddy's departure, with Nathan Hrovat arguably the standout stoppage player in the draft pool and Jesse Lonergan, a powerful, big-bodied Tasmanian, also in the mix. Cameron and Schade are works-in-progress down back, but defender Lachie Plowman would be tough to pass on should he somehow slide through, while Aidan Corr and Jackson Thurlow, at pick 57, are other defenders the Suns have put some work into.


In: Stephen Gilham.

Out: Steve Clifton, Jack Hombsch, James McDonald, Luke Power.

Rookie upgrades: Sam Frost, Andrew Phillips.

Draft picks: 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 28, 65, 69, 84 (PR), 97 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Jeremy Cameron, Jon Patton, Adam Tomlinson, Tim Golds, Josh Bruce, Setanta O'hAilpin.

TALL DEFENDERS: Phil Davis, Stephen Gilham, Tim Mohr, Sam Frost.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Nick Haynes, Curtly Hampton, Nathan Wilson, Shaun Edwards, Sam Schulz.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Matthew Buntine, Chad Cornes, Josh Growden, Adam Kennedy, Sam Reid, Jacob Townsend, Sam Darley, Kurt Aylett, Mark Whiley.

MIDFIELDERS: Callan Ward, Toby Greene, Adam Treloar, Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully, Taylor Adams, Tom Bugg, Dom Tyson, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Devon Smith, Liam Sumner, Rhys Palmer, Anthony Miles, Gerald Ugle.

RUCKS: Jonathan Giles, Andrew Phillips, Tom Downie.

DRAFT DAY: With five of the first 14 selections, the Giants will make draft day all about them for a second year running. Their choices will shape much of what happens in the first round, and they are still pondering some interesting options. Lachie Whitfield is a lock at No. 1, but from there they have some big decisions to make. Four players seem to be in the mix for picks 2 and 3 - utility Troy Menzel, skilful onballer Jono O'Rourke, defender Lachie Plowman and wingman Jimmy Toumpas. If they want Menzel, the Giants will need to pick him early; he most likely won't be there at 12. Having undergone LARS surgery at the age of 16, he is a risky pick considering he his obvious knee problems. Not all clubs could take the punt, but given the Giants have so many first-rounders tucked away, his knee is not such a huge deal. Menzel could easily end up the best player in the draft. Plowman is the pick of the key backs, but he seems a slight chance to get to 12. If he doesn't, the Giants could grab Aidan Corr, another competitive, close-checking backman, instead, and not miss out too much. At pick 14, Brodie Grundy would be one of the draft's big bargains if available. Port Adelaide might choose the big, aggressive ruckman at pick 7 but if they don't, he could slide some way.


In: Jed Anderson, Brian Lake, Matt Spangher, Jonathan Simpkin

Out: Chance Bateman, Jarrad Boumann, Cameron Bruce, Clinton Young, Stephen Gilham, Tom Murphy, Michael Osborne

Rookie upgrades: Nil

Draft picks: 29, 68, 72


TALL FORWARDS: Lance Franklin, Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston

TALL DEFENDERS: Josh Gibson, Brian Lake, Ryan Schoenmakers, Ben Stratton, Matt Spangher, Jordan Kelly, Angus Litherland, Andrew Boseley (rookie)

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Cyril Rioli, Luke Breust, Paul Puopolo, Derick Wanganeen (rookie), Amos Frank (rookie), Ciaran Kilkenny (rookie)

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Grant Birchall, Brent Guerra, Matthew Suckling, Kyle Cheney, Taylor Duryea, Will Langford (rookie)

MIDFIELDERS: Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Brad Sewell, Liam Shiels, Shaun Burgoyne, Isaac Smith, Brendan Whitecross, Shane Savage, Xavier Ellis, Jonathan Simpkin, Mitch Hallahan, Bradley Hill, Jed Anderson, Alex Woodward

RUCKS: David Hale, Max Bailey, Sam Grimley, Luke Lowden

DRAFT DAY: The Hawks will have some waiting to do on draft day - there seems to be some consensus on the first 15 or 16 players, but after that it becomes very difficult to predict the clubs' preferences, meaning the Hawks could get a shot at a player they see in their own top 15 or 20 when their first choice comes around. Bringing Lake in indicates their determination to take another strong shot at next year's flag: they were not hugely active on draft day last year and won't be again this year, but have nonetheless managed to get some good kids in. Gunston's still young, Brad Hill showed a bit last year and the Hawks were lucky enough to get their hands on Jed Anderson during the recent trade period. Anderson would have pushed for a spot around 20 in this year's draft as a tough midfielder, a leader and a player who can do spectacular things. Nathan Wright is a player they've been linked to at 29 and there's a chance he'll be there, although St Kilda is also keen. His kicking needs some work but he's a fast, line-breaking player who could provide pace off half-back. South Australian Sam Colquhoun is another who could be considered.


In: Dom Barry, Shannon Byrnes, Chris Dawes, Cameron Pedersen, David Rodan, Jack Viney, Tom Gillies.

Out: Matthew Bate, Jamie Bennell, Lucas Cook, Brad Green, Jordan Gysberts, Liam Jurrah, Stefan Martin, Brent Moloney, Cale Morton, Ricky Petterd, Jared Rivers, Clint Bartram.

Rookie upgrades: Michael Evans, Daniel Nicholson.

Draft picks: 4, 27 (father-son Viney), 49, 53, 70, 73 (PR), 74 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Mitch Clark, Chris Dawes, Cameron Pedersen (Jesse Hogan, chosen in the 17-year-old mini-draft, will come onto the list for 2014.).

TALL DEFENDERS: James Frawley, Colin Garland, Tom McDonald, Jack Watts, James Sellar, Troy Davis, Lynden Dunn, Tom Gillies.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Jeremy Howe, Luke Tapscott, Shannon Byrnes, Neville Jetta.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Daniel Nicholson, James Strauss, Josh Tynan, Joel Macdonald.

MIDFIELDERS: Colin Sylvia, Jack Trengove, Nathan Jones, Jordie McKenzie, Jack Grimes, Jack Viney, Sam Blease, Rohan Bail, Aaron Davey, Michael Evans, Rory Taggert, Tom Couch (rookie), James Magner (rookie), Dominic Barry.

RUCKS: Mark Jamar, Max Gawn, Jake Spencer, Jack Fitzpatrick.

DRAFT DAY: Melbourne's clearance of recent first-round draft picks - Morton, Gysberts, Cook, and last year Tom Scully - means that while the Dees have recruited some ready-to-go types in Pedersen, Byrnes, Rodan, Dawes and Gillies, they really are starting over in terms of developing some top-end young talent. They have a pretty solid back-line group with Watts likely to start next year down there and, while he's been managing a groin problem this year, Viney can be expected to play a serious amount of senior footy should his pre-season go well. They have a big call on their hands at No.4; Ollie Wines, long linked to the club, is a ferocious competitor who always plays well, who leads and who will slot straight in and play a lot of games. But Jimmy Toumpas could be available and, with the Demons' midfield group in need of more pace and polish, would have to come under huge consideration if the Giants pass, as the recent rumour mill suggests they will. The Dees will most likely make four live picks.


In: Jordan Gysberts

Out: Matt Campbell, Aaron Edwards, Cruize Garlett, Hamish McIntosh, Ben McKinley, Cameron Pedersen, Ben Speight, Ben Warren, Cameron Richardson

Rookie upgrades: Majak Daw, Sam Gibson, Aaron Mullett

Draft picks: 15, 38, 42, 48, 58, 63, 78 (PR), 92 (PR), 103 (PR)


TALL FORWARDS: Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant, Lachlan Hansen, Aaron Black, Tom Curran

TALL DEFENDERS: Scott Thompson, Nathan Grima, Luke Delaney, Cameron Delaney

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Kieran Harper, Sam Wright, Lindsay Thomas

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Michael Firrito, Scott McMahon, Jamie Macmillan, Aaron Mullett, Will Sierakowski, Ayden Kennedy

MIDFIELDERS: Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell, Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey, Ryan Bastinac, Shaun Atley, Leigh Adams, Ben Cunnington, Sam Gibson, Brad McKenzie, Liam Anthony, Levi Greenwood, Jordan Gysberts

RUCKS: Todd Goldstein, Majak Daw, Ben Mabon

DRAFT DAY: North Melbourne has plenty to feel optimistic about despite its shell-shocked finish to last season. It has a well-balanced list with options at either end, and the likes of Atley, Harper and Macmillan played a significant part in the Roos' push into the top eight. Pick 15 is an interesting one because one or two of their top eight or 10 players should drop through to them. Ben Kennedy is one they've been linked to and he would be a good choice: he proved himself a genuine midfielder playing for South Australia this year while managing a groin injury. He has pace, he is one of the sharper kicks and he scores goals. Looking at their list, he would slot in nicely as someone who could start forward and duck into the middle. Taylor Garner, this year's bolter despite shoulder problems, is another option as a quirky, courageous half-forward/midfielder, and Jake Stringer is one more to consider. Nathan Hrovat too. The Roos, looking to make five picks, will be hoping St Kilda doesn't snatch ex-Port Adelaide onballer Ben Jacobs from them, and that he's there at pick 38, while they've been linked to Jordon Bourke, the son of former Geelong captain Damian, and have also committed to Taylor Hine.


In: Campbell Heath, Jack Hombsch, Angus Monfries, Jake Neade, Lewis Stevenson

Out: Mitch Banner, Troy Chaplin, John McCarthy, Danyle Pearce, Simon Phillips, David Rodan, Steven Salopek, Jacob Surjan

Rookie upgrade: Tom Jonas

Draft picks: 7, 30, 31, 83, 86 (PR)


TALL FORWARDS: John Butcher, Jay Schulz, Justin Westhoff, Daniel Stewart, Paul Stewart

TALL DEFENDERS: Alipate Carlile, Jack Hombsch, Cameron O'Shea, Nathan Blee

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Robbie Gray, Angus Monfries, Brett Ebert, Cameron Hitchcock, Aaron Young, Jake Neade

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Tom Logan, Jasper Pittard, Tom Jonas, Ben Newton, Campbell Heath, Lewis Stevenson

MIDFIELDERS: Travis Boak, Brad Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Matthew Broadbent, Dom Cassisi, Chad Wingard, Kane Cornes, Matt Thomas, Andrew Moore, Darren Pfeiffer (rookie), Brendon Ah Chee, Danny Butcher (rookie)

RUCKS: Matthew Lobbe, Brent Renouf, Jarrad Redden

DRAFT DAY: The Power had a busy trade period, adding Hombsch to its back line, Monfries to the forward line, and Heath and Stevenson to the general mix. The club has acquired some good young talent in recent seasons, but for various reasons many have progressed slowly. Port really just needs to keep adding good players, and has an interesting choice to make at pick 7. There's a chance the smart, crafty Jackson Macrae could reach its pick, and the Power would have to consider him. The same goes for Troy Menzel. But the choice, at the moment, seems to be down to Sam Mayes, a half-forward/midfield option with excellent foot skills, and Brodie Grundy, the draft's best, most competitive ruckman. It is an interesting call and will depend a lot on what the Power sees Lobbe, Renouf and Redden delivering, moving forward. Many would argue Grundy would go ahead of them quickly, and that his understanding of how to play as a forward makes him especially valuable. On the other hand, Mayes has so much class. There should be some onballers available later - the Power is planning for three live picks - including local Tim Broomhead, while the club has been linked to ex-Sun Hayden Jolly.


In: Troy Chaplin, Aaron Edwards, Chris Knights.

Out: Andrew Browne, Daniel Connors, Angus Graham, Dean Macdonald, Kelvin Moore, Jayden Post, Jeromey Webberley.

Draft picks: 9, 32, 34, 43, 88, 100.


TALL FORWARDS: Jack Riewoldt, Tyrone Vickery, Todd Elton, Luke McGuane.

TALL DEFENDERS: Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes, Troy Chaplin, David Astbury, Ben Griffiths, Ben Darrou (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Robin Nahas, Jake King, Chris Knights, Brett O'Hanlon.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Chris Newman, Steven Morris, Jake Batchelor, Brandon Ellis, Bachar Houli, Matt Dea, Steven Verrier (rookie).

MIDFIELDERS: Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio, Dustin Martin, Shaun Grigg, Reece Conca, Shane Edwards, Daniel Jackson, Nathan Foley, Brad Helbig, Shane Tuck, Matt White, Matthew Arnot.

RUCKS: Ivan Maric, Tom Derickx.

DRAFT DAY: Things are starting to come together for Richmond, and although teams don't necessarily follow a linear path to success, the Tigers are maturing nicely in most parts of the ground. There's nothing they desperately need, although their midfield numbers - as good as Cotchin, Deledio and Martin are, with Ellis to perhaps evolve into an onball prospect - could do with some boosting. They have been heavily linked to Northern Knights onballer Nick Vlastuin this year and it's easy to see why he would appeal: he's a competitor, one who puts his head over the ball, gets on with things and plays consistently well. He'd be a solid pick. Close-checking defender Aidan Corr is also in contention at No. 9, fellow backman Lachie Plowman would have to be considered should he somehow slip down the order, Jackson Macrae is a rough chance to still be around and so is key forward Kristian Jaksch. Jackson Thurlow is another the club has been tied to. Thurlow, a tall running defender from Launceston, may reach them at pick 32. The Tigers are planning to take four picks and have been looking at Orren Stephenson. He'd provide immediate, senior back-up in the ruck, although Vickery can obviously play in the ruck and Elton is developing as a ruck/forward. Busy onballer Tim McGenniss, Dandenong's best-and-fairest this year, is one the Tigers could try to grab in the 30s.


In: Trent Dennis-Lane, Tom Hickey, Tom Lee.

Out: Raphael Clarke, Jamie Cripps, Sam Crocker, Brendon Goddard, Jason Gram, Brett Peake, Dean Polo.

Rookie upgrade: Sam Dunell.

Draft picks: 25, 26, 41, 44, 77, 91 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke, Tom Lee, Beau Wilkes, Jay Lever, Jordan Staley (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert, James Gwilt, Tom Simpkin, Jackson Ferguson (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Arryn Siposs, Stephen Milne, Ahmed Saad, Adam Schneider, Terry Milera, Trent Dennis-Lane, Daniel Markworth, Cameron Shenton (rookie), Darren Minchington (rookie).

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Sean Dempster, Jason Blake, Jarryn Geary, Jimmy Webster, Nick Winmar.

MIDFIELDERS: Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo, Leigh Montagna, David Armitage, Jack Steven, Clinton Jones, Seb Ross, Farren Ray, Jack Newnes, Tom Ledger, Sam Dunell, Tom Curren (rookie).

RUCKS: Tom Hickey, Ben McEvoy, Rhys Stanley.

DRAFT DAY: The Saints traded out of the first round, bringing ruckman Tom Hickey in, as well as Tom Lee, who could be expected to play some senior footy next year as a marking forward. It was an interesting move, though the fact they managed to get two picks in the 20s back means they still have a reasonable double-shot at getting some good young kids in. They're planning to take four choices, and it will be interesting to see whether they use No. 26 to take Ben Jacobs, who left Port Adelaide hoping to get to North Melbourne. The Saints seem the only club that could ruin North's plans, but their decision may depend on who else is available at 26. They are one of only a few clubs that seem to be seriously considering Dayle Garlett, whose talents as a smart, skilful onballer are doubted by no one, but whose disciplinary problems off the field have scared plenty off. He should still be available at that choice. There's a few talls that could be around - Tanner Smith, maybe Mason Wood, Jackson Thurlow, Tom Clurey - although they could really do with adding some more midfield talent. Dandenong speedster Nathan Wright could get to them, while St Kilda's the club tied most strongly to former Fremantle defender Dylan Roberton, and should be able to get him.


In: Nil

Out: Trent Dennis-Lane, Nathan Gordon, Brett Meredith, Jarred Moore, Mark Seaby, Matt Spangher

Rookie upgrade: Harry Cunningham

Draft picks: 23, 45, 47, 66, 67, 96, 104, 107 (PR)


TALL FORWARDS: Sam Reid, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Andrejs Everitt, Tommy Walsh, Jesse White

TALL DEFENDERS: Ted Richards, Heath Grundy, Alex Johnson

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Ben McGlynn, Mitch Morton, Jed Lamb

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Nick Smith, Nick Malceski, Martin Mattner, Rhyce Shaw, Tony Armstrong, Alex Brown, Jordan Lockyer

MIDFIELDERS: Adam Goodes, Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack, Ryan O'Keefe, Dan Hannebery, Lewis Jetta, Jarrad McVeigh, Craig Bird, Jude Bolton, Luke Parker, Gary Rohan, Tom Mitchell, Harry Cunningham

RUCKS: Shane Mumford, Mike Pyke

DRAFT DAY: The Swans had a fairly significant clean-out during the trade period, and have plenty of spots that need filling. They're looking to take five or six picks, with six to take them to 39 and one saved for the pre-season draft, where the plan is to pick Kurt Tippett. There's a chance they could go into next year with 39 on their list and push up a rookie. A couple of names keep coming up regarding their first pick: Ben Kennedy is one and would slot in nicely as a skilful ball carrier alongside the likes of Parker and Mitchell. Problem is, he's a chance to go to North Melbourne at No. 15, and a couple of other clubs picking before then. Another chance is Mason Wood, who played as an over-age key forward for the Geelong Falcons this year. The busy, confident left-footer tested really well for speed and agility at the draft combine and, although the Swans are still working hard on Walsh, would develop nicely by Reid's side. It would be ironic if he ended up there given he is also one of Adelaide's favourites for the pick 20 they may lose.


In: Jamie Cripps, Cale Morton, Sharrod Wellingham.

Out: Quinten Lynch, Ryan Neates, Koby Stevens, Lewis Stevenson, Andrew Strijk, Tom Swift, Gerrick Weedon.

Rookie upgrade: Brad Dick.

Draft picks: 46, 61, 62, 81 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Fraser McInnes, Jeremy McGovern (rookie), Simon Tunbridge (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Darren Glass, Eric Mackenzie, Will Schofield, Mitch Brown.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Mark LeCras, Mark Nicoski, Josh Hill, Brad Dick, Ashton Hams, Murray Newman.

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Beau Waters, Shannon Hurn, Sam Butler, Jacob Brennan, Ashley Smith, Blayne Wilson.

MIDFIELDERS: Daniel Kerr, Andrew Gaff, Matt Priddis, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey, Sharrod Wellingham, Adam Selwood, Chris Masten, Patrick McGinnity, Andrew Embley, Brad Sheppard, Matt Rosa, Cale Morton, Jamie Cripps, Bradd Dalziell.

RUCKS: Dean Cox, Nic Naitanui, Scott Lycett.

DRAFT DAY: Keep fit, and the Eagles should have a genuine shot at next year's premiership. They've recruited well in recent years, plenty of those recruits have become important players already, and their depth is good. They'll have to wait and see who's there for them at pick 46, but there's a chance they could look for some talls. The Eagles would have traded Mitch Brown had Essendon's Cale Hooker agreed to move, and given that there's every chance Brown will be gone in 12 months, some young defensive options could appeal to them, with converting one or two of their young forwards into back-line players also a consideration. Kamdyn McIntosh and Nick Rodda are a couple of options at their first pick and East Fremantle defender Harry Marsh is around the mark there, too. He tested really well at the end of the season, boosting his chances, with Fremantle also interested, and the Eagles have also done some work on delisted Demon Lucas Cook. Their later picks are even more speculative, but they could take a chance on Shannon Taylor, a big talent who hasn't yet proved he has an appetite for tough work and may be a bigger chance to make it at home in Perth than in another state.


In: Koby Stevens, Tom Young, Lachlan Hunter.

Out: Nathan Djerrkura, Lindsay Gilbee, Ryan Hargrave, Tom Hill, Andrew Hooper, Brian Lake, Brodie Moles, James Mulligan, Matthew Panos, Zephi Skinner.

Rookie upgrades: Jason Johannisen, Tom Campbell.

Draft picks: 5, 6, 22, 50 (father-son Hunter), 51, 85, 98 (PR), 105 (PR).


TALL FORWARDS: Ayce Cordy, Liam Jones, Tom Williams, Jack Redpath (rookie).

TALL DEFENDERS: Jordan Roughead, Lukas Markovic, Dale Morris, Michael Talia, Mark Austin (rookie), Fletcher Roberts.

SMALL/MEDIUM FORWARDS: Shaun Higgins, Daniel Giansiracusa, Tory Dickson, Jarrad Grant, Dylan Addison, Lachlan Hunter

SMALL/MEDIUM DEFENDERS: Bob Murphy, Easton Wood, Jason Tutt, Daniel Pearce, Tom Young, Patrick Veszpremi.

MIDFIELDERS: Ryan Griffen, Matthew Boyd, Mitch Wallis, Luke Dahlhaus, Liam Picken, Adam Cooney, Tom Liberatore, Daniel Cross, Clay Smith, Koby Stevens, Christian Howard, Jason Johannisen, Alex Greenwood (rookie), Lin Jong (rookie).

RUCKS: Will Minson, Tom Campbell.

DRAFT DAY: The Bulldogs are in for a tough short-term. The good news is that the rejuvenation is well underway, with 16 players blooded in the past two years. But they'll need time, and with a bunch of their best players inching closer to the end and their middle bracket affected by the loss of Ward and Harbrow and the fact neither Djerrkura nor Justin Sherman worked out, the Dogs could be left with more holes to fill soon. This draft is enormous for them, in other words. The Dogs need a bit of everything, but will be hoping wingman Jimmy Toumpas gets past GWS and Melbourne. It's a possibility, and the same applies for Jono O'Rourke, another classy on-baller. Jackson Macrae is a strong chance to go at 5 or 6, with the big-bodied Jake Stringer also a rough chance. The Dogs' group of tall defenders looks young and vulnerable, which makes defender Lachie Plowman a consideration, even though he could hardly be an immediate saviour at the age of 18. At pick 22 there will be some talls around, with Tim O'Brien and Tim Membrey appealing options.


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