AFL Draft Power Rankings: The top 20 prospects for 2020

The 2020 AFL season has been postponed, as have all junior, state league and lower level competitions across the country.

Despite no live action to assess, ESPN.com.au draft expert Chris Doerre has revealed his first Power Rankings of the 2020 draft, having scrutinised the prospects' 2019 seasons closely.

All future draft columns will depend on when footy resumes.

1. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy)

Best position: Key forward
Height, weight: 194cm, 79kg
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Projected draft range: 1-10

Rationale: He is like Lance Franklin with hops. Ugle-Hagan is the most unstoppable inside-50 threat that I've seen at this age and stage - unstoppable when launching at the football aerially, timing his jumps to perfection, leaping high and protecting the ball drop in the air so he can't be spoiled. Scouting reports will simply state: 'you can't give him a run and jump at the football, or he's taking the mark.'

Strengths:

Leap, timing of leaps at the ball aerially, body control in the air, protects the drop zone so he can't be spoiled, agility, speed, aerial marking, speed to create separation on the lead, freakish one-touch and instinctive when the ball hits the deck, takes advantage of opposition defenders when isolated one-on-one, scoreboard impact

Weaknesses:

Kicking penetration, set shot reliability, prone to dropping marks, endurance, unclear versatility

2. Will Phillips

Best position: Inside midfield
Height, weight: 179cm, 78kg
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Projected draft range: 1-10

Rationale: Impact for Oakleigh during the 2019 finals series was comparable to last year's top-two selections Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson.

Strengths:

First possession winner at stoppages, contested ball-winning, tackling, acceleration with ball in hand, endurance, production

Weaknesses:

Kicking consistency, unclear versatility, scoreboard impact

3. Finlay Macrae

Best position: Inside midfield
Height, weight: 184cm, 79kg
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Projected draft range: 1-10
Rationale: Younger brother of Western Bulldogs star Jack, Finlay is a mirror image of his older brother in the way he moves and plays. He also finds the ball just as easily.

Strengths:

Class and composure in traffic, evasion, agility, speed, distribution by hand, clean ball user, production, improving contested ball-winner, improving inside midfield craft

Weaknesses:

Unclear versatility, scoreboard impact

4. Elijah Hollands

Best position: Midfield/general forward
Height, weight: 188cm, 80kg
Recruited from: Murray Bushrangers
Projected draft range: 1-10
Rationale: If not for an ACL injury, would be in the No. 1 mix and may have been No. 2 on this board otherwise.

Strengths:

Damaging both forward and through the midfield, high impact per possession, makes quick and sound decisions with ball in hand, moves the ball on quickly, takes ground balls on the move at speed, agility, evasion, avoids tackles in traffic, takes on the game aggressively with his run, long-range goalkicker, kicking penetration and hurt factor, composure under pressure, contested ball-winning

Weaknesses:

Improvement not as rapid as many of his peers in 2019, unclear best position, nclear scope to be a full-time midfielder

5. Tanner Bruhn

Best position: General forward/inside midfield
Height, weight: 182cm, 73kg
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Projected draft range: 1-20
Rationale: One of the standout talents in this draft but has had his injury setbacks, sitting out most of last year due to a knee injury and has already had surgery to his meniscus in the same knee this season.

Strengths:

Precise ball user of left foot, composure with ball in hand, evasion, agility, speed, versatility to play forward or through the midfield, wins first possession at stoppages, contested ball-winning, scoreboard impact

Weaknesses:

Durability, limited exposed form due to ACL

6. Reef McInnes (Collingwood Next Generation Academy)

Best position: Inside midfield/general forward
Height, weight: 191cm, 83kg
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Projected draft range: 1-20
Rationale: A potential tall, ball-winning midfielder with the scope to play forward. Upside among the highest in the pool.

Strengths:

Contested ball-winning. marking threat inside-50, scoreboard impact, versatility to play midfield, forward or defence, mobility, clean skills

Weaknesses:

Unclear best position, unproven as a full-time midfielder against good opposition

7. Riley Thilthorpe

Best position: Key forward
Height, weight: 199cm, 96kg
Recruited from: West Adelaide
Projected draft range: 1-10
Rationale: Freakishly quick key forward who hits the scoreboard in bunches.

Strengths:

Scoreboard impact. contested marking, clean at ground level, endurance, speed, agility, leap, X-factor, versatility to play key forward, ruck or as a high leading forward

Weaknesses:

Ruck craft, accumulation

8. Jackson Callow

Best position: Key forward
Height, weight: 192cm, 88kg
Recruited from: Tasmania Devils
Projected draft range: 10-40
Rationale: A key forward with a deceptively hard-to-defend game - his strength and one-on-one marking blending in nicely with his agility, work at ground level and capability to turn opponents inside out.

Strengths:

Overhead marking, one-on-one marking, contested marking, body size and strength, reading of the ball in flight, keeps his feet in the contest, clean at ground level, agility, turns opponents inside out

Weaknesses:

Athleticism, unclear versatility

9. Kaine Baldwin

Best position: Key forward
Height, weight: 192cm, 89kg
Recruited from: Glenelg
Projected draft range: 1-20
Rationale: Playing only one game in 2019 due to a ruptured ACL, Baldwin is one of the most exciting players in this year's draft. Dominant in the Under-16s, Baldwin has proven he is damaging close to goal and had planned to show he has the versatility to push up the ground more this year.

Strengths:

Contested marking, one-on-one marking, strength, aerial marking, high leaper, scoreboard impact, creates separation on the lead

Weaknesses:

Ground level craft, speed, agility, endurance, unclear midfield capabilities

10. Jack Ginnivan

Best position: General forward/inside midfield
Height, weight: 180cm, 73kg
Recruited from: Bendigo Pioneers
Projected draft range: 3-25
Rationale: A smart forward who is just as effective through the midfield.

Strengths:

Precision ball user, kicks placed out in front of targets to lead onto, makes things happen with ball in hand, draws high frees, clean and dangerous at ground level, football smarts, dangerous around goal, forward pressure, contested ball-winning, endurance, work rate, agility, versatility to impact games either as a forward or midfielder

Weaknesses:

Size, capable but not threatening mark inside 50m

11. Sam Berry

Best position: Inside midfield
Height, weight: 180cm, 82kg
Recruited from: Gippsland Power
Projected draft range: 5-40
Rationale: Exciting midfielder with enviable combination of ball-winning, clean skills and speed.

Strengths:

Contested ball-winning, first-possession winner at stoppages, acceleration with ball in hand out of stoppages, speed, kick placement on left foot out in front of targets to lead onto, composure with ball in hand, versatility to play midfield, defence or forward, tackling

Weaknesses:

Endurance, contested marking

12. Wil Parker

Best position: General defence
Height, weight: 180cm, 76kg
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges
Projected draft range: 5-35
Rationale: One of this draft's premier intercept marking defenders and one who scouts had hoped to see tried through the midfield this season.

Strengths:

Intercept marking, reading of the ball in flight, attacks the ball aerially, one-on-one strength, one-touch at ground level, evasive, classy with ball in hand, provides meaningful drive by foot from defence, precise kick placement out in front of targets to lead onto, wins a high proportion of ball in contested situations by position, scope to push through the midfield

Weaknesses:

Unclear versatility, endurance

13. Archie Perkins

Best position: General forward/inside midfield
Height, weight: 185cm, 87kg
Recruited from: Sandringham Dragons
Projected draft range: 3-30
Rationale: Strong medium marking forward who plays a high-impact-per-possession style of game but at this stage lacks the endurance to go through the midfield and can lacks the consistency of performance of those rated ahead of him.

Strengths:

Strength, one-on-one marking, aerial marking, impact per possession, contested ball-winning, takes on the game, line breaker, speed, damaging by foot, composure with ball in hand, capacity to impact games as a forward or midfielder

Weaknesses:

Endurance, consistency

14. Zane Trew

Best position: Inside midfield
Height, weight: 184cm, 81kg
Recruited from: Swan Districts
Projected draft range: 3-30
Rationale: Prolific ball-winner and tackler who managed 40 disposals and 10 tackles in the WAFL Colts the last time he played. He missed most of 2019 due to a shoulder injury so has had less 2019 exposure than most of his peers.

Strengths:

Production, stoppage specialist, contested ball-winning, aggressive tackler, classy ball user, composure in traffic and with ball in hand, vision, precise ball user by hand and foot

Weaknesses:

Limited exposure due to shoulder surgery in 2019, speed, endurance

15. Nathan O'Driscoll

Best position: Inside midfield/general defence
Height, weight: 182cm, 75kg
Recruited from: Perth
Projected draft range: 5-35
Rationale: One of the best hard ball-winners in the draft.

Strengths:

Aggressive attack on the ball, tackles to hurt, versatility to play midfield or defence, one-on-one strength, intercept marking, run and carry, reliable ball user

Weaknesses:

Intercept marking, contested marking, speed, endurance

16. Sam Collins

Best position: General defence
Height, weight: 185cm, 75kg
Recruited from: Tasmania Devils
Projected draft range: 5-35
Rationale: One of this year's premier intercept marking defenders.

Strengths:

Intercept marking, reading of the ball in flight, one-on-one marking, attacks the ball aerially for marks, negatives the influence of his opponents, leap, clean at ground level, reliable kick, versatility to play defence or midfield

Weaknesses:

Low hurt factor, needs to generate more meaningful drive from defence

17. Denver Grainger-Barras

Best position: General defence/key defence
Height, weight: 192cm, 77kg
Recruited from: Swan Districts
Projected draft range: 3-15
Rationale: One of this year's premier defenders, Grainger-Barras is one of the best as both a shutdown defender and interceptor.

Strengths:

Intercept marking, reading of the ball in flight, one-on-one defence, shuts down opposition forwards, clean ball user, athleticism

Weaknesses:

Endurance, unclear whether future is as a key or general defender, pProduction

18. Alex Davies (Gold Coast Academy)

Best position: Inside midfield
Height, weight: 189cm, 76kg
Recruited from: Gold Coast Academy
Projected draft range: 5-30
Rationale: One of this year's premier tall inside ball-winners.

Strengths:

Contested ball-winning, distribution by hand, evasion, movement through traffic, clean at ground level

Weaknesses:

Endurance, prone to rushing kicks rather than assessing and spotting options

19. Braeden Campbell (Sydney Academy)

Best position: General forward/inside midfield
Height, weight: 178cm, 71kg
Recruited from: Sydney Academy
Projected draft range: 10-30
Rationale: Awarded player of the match in the Under-17 All Star match.

Strengths:

Contested ball-winning, aggressive tackler, damaging left foot kick, acceleration, run and carry with ball in hand, scoreboard impact, best-on-ground in the 2019 AFL Grand Final curtain raiser., versatility to impact games forward or midfield

Weaknesses:

Height, contested marking

20. Errol Gulden (Sydney Academy)

Best position: General forward/outside midfield
Height, weight: 172cm, 68kg
Recruited from: Sydney Academy
Projected draft range: 10-30
Rationale: One of the best performed and most productive in this pool, but at his height and size is unlikely to have as much upside as many of his more highly touted peers.

Strengths:

One-touch pickups, high production, ready-to-go, one-touch at ground level, speed, agility, reads the play, gets to the right spot, natural crumber, finishing around goal, scoreboard impact, class, precision kicking, kicking out in front of inside 50m targets to lead onto

Weaknesses:

Height, size, limited scope to develop as an inside midfielder, unclear upside