Knightmare's AFL draft analysis: Every pick assessed

The 2016 AFL National Draft was, as many predicted, one of the more unpredictable in recent years given the evenness through the first round and substantial variation on club draft boards thereafter.

It was also a draft that many clubs were genuinely excitement about, raving about the quality of players inside the top 20 with a view that some unexpectedly good players were likely to slide to the latter portion of the draft.

This was always going to be a draft for small and medium-sized types, with only one key position player featuring inside the first 15 and the first ruckman taken with pick 19.

The draft positions of several well-performed midfielders is worth noting. Willem Drew (pick 33), Kobe Mutch (42), Jack Graham (53), Dylan Clarke (63) and Brad Scheer (67) all featured later than expected this year. With Jonty Scharenberg and Luke Bunker both overlooked in addition to these siders, it speaks to the depth of talent in this draft.

As there is every year, there is always a group of players considered unlucky not to be selected in the national draft. Sam Walker, Scharenberg, Bailey Morrish, Cameron Zurhaar, Taylin Duman, Jack Henry, Kym LeBois, Mitch Hinge, Luke Bunker, potential Adelaide and Hawthorn father-son selection Ben Jarman, and GWS Academy product Zachary Sproule are among those most widely spoken about players prior to the national draft to be overlooked. All will be players to watch in the rookie draft, with a combination of these players likely to be selected.

Knightmare's club by club review

Adelaide
Selections:
Jordan Gallucci (15), Myles Poholke (44), Elliot Himmelberg (51), Matthew Signorello (62), Ben Davis (75).
Draft overview: Adelaide clearly entered this draft with versatility in mind. In the most part, they also drafted attributes over performance, which can be risky and will require strong player development on Adelaide's part to get this group up to an AFL standard.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 15 Jordan Gallucci:
Gallucci through the midfield has shown flashes of brilliance and possesses some elite attributes with his breakaway speed, ball use on either side and 14 goals from eight TAC Cup games an impressive return. The risks with this selection are a lack of a clear best position and low production, with his 20 disposal-per-game average through eight TAC Cup matches well below expectation of a midfielder taken inside the first round.
Pick 44 Myles Poholke: Poholke is a strong-marking medium forward who can push through the midfield and play a hard, physical style of game and tackle with intensity. His deficiency, which will require continued work in order to make the grade, is his inconsistent kicking.
Pick 51 Elliott Himmelberg: Elliott is the younger brother of GWS' Harrison Himmelberg. He is an athletic, project key position player with good size who will need time to develop.
Pick 62 Matthew Signorello: Signorello is a well performed, strong contested-ball winner through the midfield who possesses a promising speed/endurance combination, can leap and is a strong mark overhead. He will need to develop greater confidence in kicking with no games this season of more than nine kicks, while averaging of 17 handballs in the TAC Cup.
Pick 75 Ben Davis: The younger brother of ex-Swan Abe, Ben Davis is a top-age medium forward with the versatility to push into the back half. He is a strong marking type with pace who hits the scoreboard with 10 goals from three Division Two Under-18 Championships games.
Verdict: B

Brisbane
Selections:
Hugh McCluggage (3), Jarrod Berry (17), Alex Witherden (23), Cedric Cox (24), Jacob Allison (55), Corey Lyons (71).
Draft overview: A strong draft overall, with a theme towards securing outside types and flankers who can generate drive and use the ball effectively. Brisbane did what they needed to in securing a group of smaller and medium-size types who can play through the back half to complement the club's taller defenders.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 3 Hugh McCluggage:
Regarded by many as the best player in this draft, McCluggage will add much-needed finishing around goal and deliver efficiently into the forward 50m. Expect McCluggage to start on a forward flank and work his way up onto the wings and through the midfield over coming seasons.
Pick 17 Jarrod Berry: Athletic line-breaker who plays with intensity and is noted for his leadership. Berry has the scope to play midfield (inside or outside) or on a back or forward flank.
Pick 23 Alex Witherden: One of the better kicks in this draft and by foot can generate drive off half-back and in time may push through the midfield. The weakness is a lack of pace and endurance which will need substantial work after missing the 2016 season with a broken leg.
Pick 24 Cedric Cox: Top-ager Cox, while his numbers don't pop out at you, his pace and hurt-factor certainly does, playing a high impact per possession style of game. He will need to develop greater consistency and become a four-quarter player, which is a part of his game presently lacking.
Pick 55 Jacob Allison: The Brisbane Academy product has not lived up to the heights he reached in 2015 when he was an Under-18 All Australian, but the talented 194cm utility has pace and a damaging 60m kick. He will need to find a best position at AFL level and develop greater confidence than he displayed this season but he does have scope to develop and represents value here.
Pick 71 Corey Lyons: Brother of now Gold Coast Sun, Jarryd, Corey Lyons has been an effective clearance winner for TAC Cup premiership side Sandringham Dragons and has also been solid when used forward of centre. He is an effective ball user much of the time but will need to start taking more time at stoppages to find targets rather than just hacking it forward.
Verdict: A

Carlton
Selections:
Sam Petreveski-Seton (6), Zac Fisher (27), Harrison Macreadie (47), Cameron Polson (59), Tom Williamson (61), Pat Kerr (65)
Draft overview: A mixed bag taken by Carlton with a view towards finding long-term players across a variety of positions. There was also an evident speed theme, with Carlton's first five selections all possessing relative pace by position.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 6 Sam Petrevski-Seton:
An excitement machine through the midfield who plays an instinctive style of game with acceleration, evasiveness and one of the better sidesteps in this draft. He is a high impact per possession player who plays well as an inside or outside midfielder and can also play on a flank.
Pick 27 Zac Fisher: Only 175cm but one of the best performed and most immediate players in this draft with a 19-disposal average at WAFL League level against seasoned bodies. Fisher can play season one and has a strong all-around game with clean skills, an appetite for the contest and pace.
Pick 47 Harrison Macreadie: Macreadie possesses height, size and athleticism and is a clean ball user. He is however a low-volume rebounder who takes few marks, projecting at this stage as a possible shutdown key defender given his athletic profile.
Pick 59 Cameron Polson: A surprise choice after only three games played in 2016 due to a shoulder injury. He is a speedy 177cm forward who looks at his best running with ball in hand.
Pick 61 Tom Williamson: Williamson is at his best providing run and carry at speed off half back or on a wing. He starred at the draft combine star but will need time to develop.
Pick 65 Pat Kerr: Strong marking key forward who was an Under-18 All Australian and is the grandson of Carlton Hall of Fame Member Laurie Kerr. What made Kerr drop this far is his poor speed, agility and inconsistent kicking which all need work.
Verdict: B+

Collingwood
Selections:
Sam McLarty (30), Callum Brown (35), Kayle Kirby (50), Josh Daicos (57)
Draft overview: A key position player and a group of forwards secured with a view towards drafting according to list needs and securing the sons of Gavin Brown and Peter Daicos.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 30 Sam McLarty:
A somewhat forgotten key position player after missing much of the season with shoulder troubles and having a strong season as a bottom-ager. McLarty may develop for Collingwood as a key defender, with his contested marking and strength in the one-on-one contests assets.
Pick 35 Callum Brown: Hardnosed midfielder and forward who has a crack and plays with the spirit his father Gavin did. He is a diligent worker off the field with pace but will need to keep working on his kicking which can lack consistency.
Pick 50 Kayle Kirby: With nine goals kicked from two games for Richmond's VFL side as their 23rd player, he has Matt Rendell's fingerprints all over him with two performances against state league competition. Kirby has a heavy build at 181cm, 89kg and will need to drop weight, but has genuine x-factor around goal with cleanness at ground level, pace and his forward pressure which suggest scope to develop.
Pick 57 Josh Daicos: Talented forward with good skills who baulks and evades easily as his father Peter did. He is lightly framed and needs to work on his competitiveness and contested work.
Verdict: B

Essendon
Selections:
Andrew McGrath (1), Jordan Ridley (22), Joshua Begley (31), Kobe Mutch (42), Dylan Clarke (63)
Draft overview: No key forward added but the mix is otherwise solid with Mutch and Clarke particularly representing outstanding value with Essendon's last two choices.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 1 Andrew McGrath:
Worthy of the top overall selection with no one able to run like McGrath off half-back. McGrath can step into the senior team from Round 1 and contribute on the back of his performances this season.
Pick 22 Jordan Ridley: Versatile type at 192cm with clean skills and strong hands overhead. At this stage, Ridley looks best suited playing off a half-back flank or wing but as he develops physically he may in the future transition push through the midfield.
Pick 31 Joshua Begley: Big bodied forward at 186cm, 96kg who has spent much of the season through the midfield. He'll need to shed weight, but overall he has the attributes with the contested-ball winning and contested marking forward of centre to be a potentially developable player.
Pick 42 Kobe Mutch: Among the highest production players in this draft both through the AFL Under-18 Championships and in his four games for Bendigo in the TAC Cup. He lacks an x-factor, which sees him available here, but has clean skills, endurance and a good balance through the midfield between winning the ball inside and finding it on the outside.
Pick 63 Dylan Clarke: Dylan is the younger brother of North Melbourne's Ryan and is a contested-ball winning beast who has the endurance to get to every contest. His kicking could be more consistent which is why he dropped to here, but the value Clarke represents here is outstanding given his performances this season.
Verdict: A

Fremantle
Selections:
Griffin Logue (8), Sean Darcy (38), Brennan Cox (41), Luke Ryan (66)
Draft overview: A theme towards talls which was wise given the club's aging key position players and ruckmen.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 8 Griffin Logue: Played his best football this year in the WAFL at League level around the ball, with his speed, endurance and power over the ground ball at 193cm suggesting a midfield position may be in his future. He also has spent time as a key defender where he has shown the capacity to shut down key forwards but has offered very little rebound taking few intercept marks.
Pick 38 Sean Darcy: Big bodied, imposing ruckman at 202cm, 110kg who taps it to advantage, enjoys body-on-body contact and follows up well. He will take time to develop, needing to shed weight and build his endurance.
Pick 41 Brennan Cox: Cox can play as either a key forward or key defender, but earned a position as an Under-18 All-Australian key defender where he looked to play his best football. Overall Cox is strong in the contest, a good athlete, an able contested mark who has shown rebounding capabilities.
Pick 66 Luke Ryan: Ryan represents strong value as a well performed rebounding backman in the VFL who impressed with his damaging kicking and strong numbers by position.
Verdict: B

Geelong
Selections:
Brendan Parfitt (26), Thomas Stewart (40), Esava Ratugolea (43), Quinton Narkle (60), Timm House (68), Ryan Abbott (69)
Draft overview: A strong theme towards topping up the list with ready-to-go players and a view towards contending for a flag in 2017. Stewart, House and Abbott interestingly were all selected out of Geelong's VFL side. Is this a sign that Geelong did not rate this draft as highly as other teams do?
Player by player analysis:
Pick 26 Brendan Parfitt:
Parfitt at 179cm is an athletic midfielder who steps around opponents, breaks the lines and plays with intensity and fierceness at the ball and ball carrier. His deficiency is his inconsistent kicking which particularly when pressured is unreliable.
Pick 40: Thomas Stewart: Stewart is a 23-year-old, mature-age defender from Geelong's VFL team who has shown promise this season and is likely to settle as a third tall. He demonstrated a balance between being able to beat his direct opponent and intercept with an encouraging average of six marks per game.
Pick 43: Esava Ratugolea: Ratugolea is a raw, athletic, key position player who is a fierce competitor who attacks every ball ground ball and ball in flight at full force, almost always effecting the contest. Where improvement will be needed is his kicking, which is presently poor and also his hands overhead need to become cleaner to enable him to become the marking force he threatens to become.
Pick 60 Quinton Narkle: Top-age, powerful midfielder and forward with acceleration and the power to win the contested ball. Showed promise during Under-18 Championships for WA and also dominated in the WAFL Colts.
Pick 68 Timm House: A surprising selection. The 21-year-old, mature age key position player is a strong contested mark and taken on the basis that he is more ready than an 18-year-old key position player.
Pick 69 Ryan Abbott: A 25-year-old mature-age ruck who is a capable tap ruckman who follows up well and provides immediate depth. A surprising selection here given the other mature-age ruckmen still available.
Verdict: C+

Gold Coast
Selections:
Ben Ainsworth (4), Jack Scrimshaw (7), Will Brodie (9), Jack Bowes (10), Brad Scheer (67)
Draft overview: Midfield solidified and value gained through this draft. Bowes, Scheer and to a lesser extent Brodie may be viewed as bargains all things said and one.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 4 Ben Ainsworth
: Jumps tall buildings, has vice-like hands overhead, hits the scoreboard, wins the ball through the midfield and has the acceleration up the field to break the lines. Ainsworth while only 179cm is a talent and can start in Round 1 as a forward.
Pick 7 Jack Scrimshaw: Promising at 193cm with his evasiveness and long, damaging kick. A lack of a clear best position, low contested possession numbers and unaccountable play down back has some recruiters querying the selection of Scrimshaw this early.
Pick 9 Will Brodie: Brodie is an ideal list fit and a strong contested-ball winner with impressive acceleration and athleticism for someone of 189cm. He played his best football at the beginning of the year in the two AIS games against VFL sides Werribee and Geelong but his form tapered off over the second half of the season, with his TAC Cup numbers below expectation seeing him drop.
Pick 10 Jack Bowes: Bargain at pick 10 through Gold Coast's Academy as one of the premier midfielders in this draft. Wins the contested ball, tackles strongly and is a highly skilled midfielder with class and the capacity to push forward and hit the scoreboard.
Pick 67 Brad Scheer: One of the better performed midfielders in this draft class, building a reputation as a contested-ball winning and tackling beast. Despite the late draft position, Scheer is good enough to play from season one and is another bargain through Gold Coast's Academy.
Verdict: A

GWS
Selections:
Tim Taranto (2), Will Setterfield (5), Harry Perryman (14), Isaac Cumming (20), Lachlan Tiziani (54), Matthew de Boer (58)
Draft overview: Scored a ready-to-go forward/midfielder, four of their Academy prospects and a recycled player. GWS have also secured a suitable mix of players who can play forward or back which should complement their list well. Arguably some of the club's other Academy selections could have been taken but the sheer value added via the club's Academy after bidding instantly makes this a great draft for GWS.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 2 Tim Taranto:
McCluggage arguably was the better choice here but Taranto is still a strong selection as a medium marking forward who can push through the midfield. As a forward he can either isolate a small or medium defender deep in the front half, taking advantage of them one-on-one or push up onto a forward flank and deliver precisely to targets inside the forward 50m.
Pick 5 Will Setterfield: Great value for the first GWS Academy player to be bid on, only making the GWS midfield look scarier. Setterfield has the scope to be the best player in this draft and at 191cm with his contested-ball winning, tackling, skills and composure at stoppages has the scope to develop into one of the game's premier midfielders.
Pick 14 Harry Perryman: Perryman is a strong contested-ball winner with the versatility, one-on-one strength, skillset and strength overhead to be successful in a wide range of positions. Perryman is ideally suited to playing through the midfield but it is unlikely the GWS Academy player receives midfield minutes given the strength of the club's midfield, likely forcing Perryman onto a back flank.
Pick 20 Isaac Cumming: Cumming was the third player selected from the GWS Academy in this draft. He is a quality ball user with pace who is likely in the future to settle onto a half-back flank.
Pick 54 Lachlan Tiziani: Top-age forward, Tiziani was the fourth and final of GWS' Academy selections and looms as a potential bargain. After being overlooked last year, Tiziani over the second half of the season established himself as arguably the most damaging general forward in this draft kicking 32 goals over his last nine TAC Cup games.
Pick 58: Matthew de Boer: A surprise selection. Recycled player who played 138 games for Fremantle and provides depth.
Verdict: A

Hawthorn
Selections:
Harry Morrison (74), Mitchell Lewis (76)
Draft overview: It is never easy finding talent when your first pick is in the 70s. Both Morrison and Lewis are suitable list additions. It's arguable a midfielder could have been added with one of these selections, with several good ones still available but there is always the rookie draft.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 74 Harry Morrison:
Clean ball user off half-back and up on a wing who displays composure with ball in hand. He also provides run and intercepts well.
Pick 76 Mitchell Lewis: Key forward with scope to develop who is raw and will require substantial time to develop. He is a key position player with impressive athleticism and strong marking capabilities overhead.
Verdict: B

Melbourne
Selections:
Mitchell Hannan (46), Dion Johnstone (64)
Draft overview: Melbourne have gone the speculative route, choosing two general forwards who are not as well performed by draft position as many of the other choices taken in a similar draft range, with the Demons drafting for attributes over performance.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 46 Mitchell Hannan:
The late blooming, 22-year-old, mature-age, 189cm forward is a surprise selection here with a season-high 19 disposals and just the 19 goals from his 14 VFL games not the numbers typically associated with a mature-age selection chosen here. What he does do is inject speed, athleticism and enthusiasm with his aerial marking a highlight.
Pick 64 Dion Johnstone: Johnstone has pace, pressures well and loves a goal but is another surprise selection. Johnstone kicked 18 goals from his final eight games TAC Cup games up forward but does not find much of the ball with no more than 13 disposals in any of his 11 TAC Cup games.
Verdict: D+

North Melbourne
Selections:
Jy Simpkin (12), Declan Watson (34), Josh Williams (36), Nick Larkey (73)
Draft overview: North Melbourne drafted for need, selecting outside pace and skill and two key position prospects. As has been commonplace for North Melbourne in recent years this was another draft where players were selected based on attributes over performance, which can be risky.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 12 Jy Simpkin:
Simpkin off half-forward is one of the best ball users in this draft class, possessing pace and often hitting the scoreboard for multiple goals. While Simpkin has missed this season with a broken leg, the relative concern is his low numbers, with 23 disposals his highest total in 2015, which is not ideal for an outside type who is a low-volume contested ball winner.
Pick 34 Declan Watson: A solid get here as a rebounding key defender from Brisbane's Academy with scope to develop. He always feels involved in the play offensively, is an intercept marking threat and can shut down his direct opponent.
Pick 36 Josh Williams: At 189cm, Williams is one of the better line breakers with his speed on the move as fast as any in this draft and willingness to take several running bounces. He is a natural winger who is lightly framed at just 69kg and will need to build up his strength and improve the contested side of his game to become a more consistent performer.
Pick 73 Nick Larkey: Raw key position player who will need time invested into him. He has the scope to play either end and at 198cm with his athleticism and contested marking has some scope to develop.
Verdict: B

Port Adelaide
Selections:
Todd Marshall (16), Sam Powell-Pepper (18), Joe Atley (32), Willem Drew (33)
Draft overview: Midfielder strengthened by additions of Drew, Atley and Powell-Pepper. Marshall may be the best key forward in this draft. Overall some promising players added with Drew particularly representing outstanding value.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 16 Todd Marshall:
Promising 198cm key forward who will take time to develop, possessing freakish cleanness at ground level and is a very agile athlete. His output is the query with his numbers not blowing you away, with only a two-goal-per-game average in the TAC Cup.
Pick 18 Sam Powell-Pepper: Looking most dangerous across half-forward, Powell-Pepper has some Dustin Martin to him, with his power over the ground balls and running strength. To reach the next level he will need to start finding more of the footy and continue improving his consistency by foot.
Pick 32 Joe Atley: Brother of North Melbourne's Shaun, Joe Atley is a strong contested-ball winning midfielder who tackles with intensity and can also push forward, take a mark and kick a goal.
Pick 33 Willem Drew: Drew competes with the fierceness of a 188cm Jack Viney and has the production on the board with very high contested possession, tackle and clearance numbers. He is also someone who teammates walk taller playing alongside and someone as an opponent you hate to come up against knowing that you're in for a physical beating.
Verdict: A

Richmond
Selections:
Shai Bolton (29), Jack Graham (53), Ryan Garthwaite (72)
Draft overview: Drafted a variety of different types and secured value with each of the club's three selections. Well performed types were selected, which suggests a solid trio will be joining Tigerland. Player by player analysis:
Pick 29 Shai Bolton: Speedy, exciting forward who is at his best with ball in hand taking on the game. He is a damaging player who provides heavy scoreboard impact and always seems to be going at 100 miles per hour, though his disposal can as a result feel rushed.
Pick 53 Jack Graham: Winner of the Larke Medal for the best player during the AFL Under-18 Championships, Graham is a strong contested-ball winner who does his best work at the coalface. What lets Graham down and saw him slide to pick 53 is his kicking, which will need to become more consistent to become a regular at AFL level.
Pick 72 Ryan Garthwaite: The GWS Academy prospect only lost two one-on-one contests in 12 TAC Cup matches which is outstanding. He also has reliable intercept mark averaging 6.5 marks per game this season in the TAC Cup.
Verdict: A

St Kilda
Selections:
Ben Long (25), Josh Battle (39), Edward Phillips (56) Draft overview: Versatility was an evident theme in this draft for St Kilda. Questionable with each choice whether the best value and best list fits were secured but time will tell.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 25 Ben Long: A surprise selection this early, only averaging nine disposals per game over his two Division One Under-18 Championships games and nine disposals per game during his seven VFL outings. The top-ager did however shut down opposition forwards effectively during the Under-18 Championships and did kick 13 goals from his seven VFL games which is what he got drafted off the back of.
Pick 39 Josh Battle: While arguably undersized at 192cm, Battle has a strong body, outstanding endurance and is a precise kick. Whether Battle fills a list need is questionable but the value he represents here is solid averaging three goal per game in the TAC Cup and highs of 10 and eight marks in his first two TAC Cup matches.
Pick 56 Edward Phillips: The younger brother of Collingwood's Tom, Ed has the versatility to play forward, back or through the midfield in inside or outside roles. He relatively lacks an x-factor and a clear best position but otherwise has a good all-around game, competing well, running all day, pressuring the ball carrier and going in to win his own ball.
Verdict: C

Sydney
Selections:
Oliver Florent (11), Will Hayward (21), Jack Maibaum (45), Darcy Cameron (48)
Draft overview: Overall a varied mix of types were chosen by Sydney with some pressing list needs addressed.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 11 Oliver Florent: Forward and midfielder who moves smoothly through traffic and came on during the TAC Cup finals series and the Under-18 All Stars exhibition match. Showed impressive resilience this season and while his play only in the latter portion was up to the standard of a first-round prospect, his improvement and performances in the last month of the season is why he was selected here.
Pick 21 Will Hayward: Promising lead-up medium forward who came on late in the season, kicking 13 goals in his last two finals for North Adelaide in the SANFL Under-18s. He is a strong mark overhead, very athletic with genuine speed and possesses an impressive vertical leap.
Pick 45 Jack Maibaum: Shutdown key defender who regularly limits the output of his direct opponent and was named to the Under-18 All-Australian team. The concern with Maibaum is that he is not a rebounding or intercept marking threat with just the nine marks from four Under-18 Championships games and an average of three marks over his seven TAC Cup games this season.
Pick 48 Darcy Cameron: Solid choice as a 21-year-old mature-age ruckman after years of being on the fringe of selection. Cameron is capable both through the ruck as a tap ruckman and playing forward, with 106 marks and 36 goals from his 19 WAFL League games this season.
Verdict: B+

West Coast
Selections:
Daniel Venables (13), Josh Rotham (37), Willie Rioli (52), Jake Waterman (77)
Draft overview: A solid draft where some of the club's list needs were met and players with the performances on the board over a span of years were selected.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 13 Daniel Venables:
Has missed substantial time over the past two seasons with various injuries, only playing the three TAC Cup games this season and just the four in 2015. Venables is likely to start his career as a forward and over time work his way into the midfield, with his explosive acceleration, tackling, damaging skills, and scoreboard impact his strengths.
Pick 37 Josh Rotham: Athletic backman who is likely to settle down back as a third tall. Rotham possesses acceleration, clean skills, the capacity to shut down his direct opponent and provide rebound out of the back half.
Pick 52 Willie Rioli: The 21-year-old mature-ager has been considered by clubs for a few years now, drafted as a crumbing forward. He possesses considerable talent around goal and had a breakout season up forward kicking 23 goals from his 16 SANFL League games, shedding considerable weight which has seen him improve considerably.
Pick 77 Jake Waterman: Son of Chris Waterman, Jake was taken with West Coast's final choice as a father-son selection. Waterman is a strong-marking forward who has the performances on the board at all levels with strong mark and goal per game numbers but will need improve his forward pressure and kicking to push for senior selection.
Verdict: B+

Western Bulldogs
Selections:
Timothy English (19), Patrick Lipinski (28), Lewis Young (49), Fergus Greene (70) Draft overview: Drafted according to list needs, securing a variety of types to compliment the club's group. English was taken at the bottom end of his projected draft range but the other three selections were taken arguably earlier than expected.
Player by player analysis:
Pick 19 Timothy English:
Top-age, late-blooming ruckman with promising disposal numbers and the cleanest skills you'll see in a ruckman of 205cm. Light build, lack of power and relatively low hit out per game numbers are why he didn't go earlier.
Pick 28 Patrick Lipinski: Athletic medium forward and midfielder who is a strong mark overhead. Taken earlier than expected but has the attributes to suggest he may be a developable player.
Pick 49 Lewis Young: Raw, athletic, 197cm key position player with the scope to play at either end. Has some attributes and is a strong aerial mark but will need time to develop.
Pick 70 Fergus Greene: A surprise selection as a 190cm top-age forward who played just the five TAC Cup games for Bendigo Pioneers as a forward. Greene is a promising endurance athlete who registering a 15.6 beep test score but his numbers were only mild this season with his final game of 14 disposals, five marks and three goals season highs in each category.
Verdict: C+