AFL Draft Weekly Wrap: The dashing half back who plays like CJ

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Each week, ESPN.com.au AFL draft expert Chris Doerre casts his eye over the country's best junior footballers to give readers an early insight into the next generation of AFL stars.

As well as attending live games, Doerre pores through match vision, analyses the stats and talks to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful draft analysis.

Aside from the weekly wraps, Doerre will also unveil his power rankings at the end of each month and as we get closer to November's national draft, Doerre will also predict who goes where with his annual phantom draft.


Player focus

Not to be confused with the current Hawthorn key defender, this week's player in focus is 18-year-old Sam Frost who starred in GWS' 78-point NAB League win over the Northern Territory.

Old enough to have been drafted in 2020, Frost is one of several overagers this year to demonstrate translatable AFL attributes. He has represented GWS in two VFL games so far, holding his own for an average of 16 disposals.

Collecting 28 touches and six rebound 50s against Northern Territory, it's the second successive game he has led his side in those stats. Frost has developed a reputation as one of the best intercept marks in the NAB League. He reads the ball early in flight, attacks the ball aerially, is a high leaper which allows him to take a high frequency of intercept marks.

Frost is also very capable generating drive from defence with his run and carry a highlight. Frost was often found bursting with ball in hand for 20m at a time, and on several occasions kept running in support, receiving the ball back and continuing for another run without breaking stride before disposing of the ball.

The relative weak point for Frost is his kicking, with some inconsistency to iron out in both execution and decision-making.

Playing a style of game similar to Hawthorn's Changkuoth Jiath, Frost is a draft smokie who with continued strong play should receive draft consideration in the latter part of the draft or as a rookie.


First round draft watch

NAB League:

Impressing with his first possession winning at stoppages and taking a couple of strong marks, Max Monaghan was one of GWS' most impressive. The ball winning midfielder secured 19 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five clearances and three score assists.

Proving lively in defence for Northern Territory, Lloyd Johnston played with a real energy and enthusiasm to him, both with his lively tackling and run with ball in hand. His ball reading and intercept marking were further strengths in defence. The clear go-to guy in defence for Northern Territory and tasked with taking the majority of the kickouts, Johnson gathered 21 disposals, six marks and seven rebound 50s.

Featuring among Tasmania's best players in each of his three games now, Jye Menzie was his side's most impressive forward. An overager, Menzie showed a combination of craft overhead and at ground level, with his kicks to leadup targets inside 50 placed precisely out in front to lead onto. The creative forward produced 22 disposals, 10 contested possessions, six marks (two contested), seven inside-50s, two goals and three score assists for Tasmania in their four-point win against Sydney.

Impressing not only with his ball-winning and stoppage work but also his precise kicking to targets inside 50 and over long distance, Felix Rogers was a standout for Sydney. The damaging ball winning midfielder gathered 26 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five tackles, six inside 50s, two goals and three score assists.

Leading the way for Sydney at stoppages with his first possession winning a highlight, Pierce Roseby secured 25 disposals, 15 contested possessions, five tackles and 11 clearances.

Doing his best work in traffic under pressure, Jordan Endemann routinely made sound decisions and hit his targets when pressured. What was most impressive was his agility, evasion and acceleration, with Endemann getting around opponents like they were traffic cones at stages. The talented forward and midfielder managed 20 disposals and one goal for Sydney.

Putting on a convincing display through the ruck, Toby Conway was in complete control with both his tap and follow-up work playing a major part in helping Geelong to a top-10 win against Bendigo. The imposing ruckman secured 11 disposals, two contested marks and 37 hitouts.

Gippsland's best in a challenging 79-point loss to Greater Western Victoria was Jai Serong, the younger brother of Fremantle's Caleb. Jai, the taller brother standing at 192cm, possesses good speed and agility and has shown versatility to play forward, in defence and through the midfield. Jai managed team highs of 18 disposals, seven marks (two contested) and two goals.

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Looking comfortable in the VFL for Gold Coast in their three-point win against Sydney, Bodhi Uwland enhanced his early draft credentials with 19 disposals and seven marks. Uwland has impressed in each of his four VFL matches so far and is Gold Coast's premier Academy prospect.

SANFL

League

Continuing his strong vein of form, projected top-2 selection, Jason Horne gathered 18 disposals, five tackles and one goal for South Adelaide in their 9-point loss to Norwood.

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Reserves

Port Adelaide father-son prospect Jase Burgoyne secured 23 disposals and five marks for Woodville-West Torrens in their four-point loss to Sturt.

Powerful forward, Hugh Stagg enhanced his draft credentials with 15 disposals, six marks and three goals for Glenelg in their two-point loss to North Adelaide.

Athletic midfielder and forward Arlo Draper impressed for South Adelaide in their 36-point loss to Norwood with 19 disposals and six clearances.

Under-18s

Small midfielder, Cooper Murley starred for Norwood in their 9-point loss to South Adelaide with 34 disposals, five marks, seven clearances, eight inside-50s and two goals.

Following three, 30-plus disposal performances, Connor Kent continued his strong play for Norwood with 28 disposals, 14 tackles and one goal.

Starring up forward for Sturt in their 37-point win against Central Districts, Morgan Ferres produced 18 disposals, nine marks (four contested) and seven goals. This isn't the first big game either for the athletic, strong marking forward at the level, managing an equally impressive 17 disposals, 10 marks (two contested) and six goals in round one.

WAFL

Colts

Starring up forward for Claremont in their 21-point win against Peel, athletic key forward Jacob Van Rooyen did his first-round chances no harm, securing 14 disposals, five marks and four goals.