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    2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Reserving this post for links to player info when available:


    Angus Brayshaw
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    AFL site starting their draft countdown with the top 30 players in 30 days. Thought it would be useful to post here along with added stats and whatnot

    First up Angus Brayshaw:

    LUCK played no part in Angus Brayshaw's first-class 2014 season, which is likely to see him end the year as a top-five draft pick.

    Brayshaw was nine days away from being eligible for last year's NAB AFL Draft, but had he just snuck in, he might not have even been a top-30 selection after an injury-affected season.

    But everything went right for the midfielder this year after working hard over summer to improve his speed, strengthen his core, and hit the season in top form.

    The son of former North Melbourne player (and current Coaches' Association CEO) Mark Brayshaw never really stopped, and with each game showed why clubs with early selections will strongly consider him.

    An ankle injury towards the end of the year saw Brayshaw miss the Sandringham Dragons' semi-final defeat and also sit out testing at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, but he had done enough. He is ready to begin his AFL career.





    For a start, he gets plenty of the ball. In 11 games for the Dragons this season, he averaged 24 disposals (12 contested) and six clearances. In the under-18 championships, Brayshaw averaged 22 disposals for Vic Metro.


    At stoppages Brayshaw is hard to stop: he can sense where he has to be to get the ball, and isn't deterred if he gets hit, hurt or blocked in the process. There were plenty of times during the year where Brayshaw copped a heavy knock and looked sore, before dragging himself off the ground and getting on with things.


    He's added a breakaway burst which separates him from others, and he kicks so well on both feet it's hard to know which side is his preferred (he's a right-footer for set shots and uses his left in general play, if you're wondering).


    He shows his natural flair around goal – he kicked 17 goals for the Dragons this season – and is a smart, articulate and respected leader who takes his team with him. He knows when to step up and impact a game, and does it often.





    Some clubs at the start of the season might have been keen to see him use his speed more in games (he ran a 2.81 second 20-metre sprint in March) but he's learned how to do that through the year. There's not much to be worried about with Brayshaw. He's a very solid bet.



    There was a point midway through the season when, having watched Brayshaw bust out of a pack, a recruiter turned and said he plays like Joel Selwood. His mature build and fearless approach lends itself to those comparisons, and he has also got some traits like Ollie Wines in his fierce desire to have his hands on the ball.




    Brayshaw will be picked in the first handful of selections. He's right at the top of the draft and with good reason.



    It is easy to see why some clubs think Brayshaw is best positioned to have the biggest impact at AFL level next season of all 2014 draftees. He's a big, strong and powerful midfielder suited to modern football, and a player who imposes himself on contests when a game is up for grabs.
    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-10-2...angus-brayshaw

    Emma Quayle's draft profiles:
    Height (cm) 187
    Weight (kg) 86
    DOB 1/09/1996

    Medium Midfielder who distributes the ball very effectively by either hand and on both feet. Clearances specialist who reads the game exceptionally well using is athleticism to get to and away from stoppages. His football nous is brilliant. Averaged 21.8 disposals, five Inside 50s and four tackles during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Member of NAB AFL Academy.

    Ryan O'Connor, Sandringham Dragons: "There are a lot of positives about Angus. If we're talking about how he can take his game to the next level, there's really not all that much he needs to do, except maybe use the pace he has more. He's been a tough, inside contested player for us but he's someone who definitely has the pace to take the game on and he'll do that more in time, he's tested really quick in the past but at the moment he just tends to stay inside and be the one to win the ball. He's super smart, and he has that intangible ability to influence games, he can really influence the outcome and he did that for us a number of times, he's really determined and he can will the team over the line. His foot skills are really solid, especially when he does have that bit of space and time, and all the fundamentals are there. He jarred his ankle at the end of the year but kept playing for as long as he could and was quite brave with it even though he was basically on one leg."
    Video highlights:


    Stats:
    AFL Rd League Team K H D M Tk FF FA HO G B DT
    1 TAC Sandringham Dragons 23 14 37 9 5 3 0 0 1 2 155
    2 TAC Sandringham Dragons 14 6 20 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 92
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    6 TAC Sandringham Dragons 24 5 29 7 7 1 1 0 3 2 149
    7 TAC Sandringham Dragons 16 5 21 7 12 1 0 0 1 0 134
    8 TAC Sandringham Dragons 9 5 14 5 4 1 2 0 1 0 69
    9
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    11
    12
    13
    14
    15
    16
    17 TAC Sandringham Dragons 18 7 25 8 4 2 4 0 2 0 110
    18 TAC Sandringham Dragons 16 7 23 8 7 2 0 0 0 2 118
    19
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    21 TAC Sandringham Dragons 19 7 26 3 9 0 2 1 1 0 117
    22 TAC Sandringham Dragons 18 11 29 3 8 2 1 0 3 0 134
    23 TAC Sandringham Dragons 13 6 19 3 4 1 0 0 2 2 91
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    F1 TAC Sandringham Dragons 9 4 13 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 56
    F2
    F3
    F4
    U18 Champs 5 VICM 15.0 6.6 21.6 3.4 4.0 1.0 1.0 0.6 0.8 86.8
    TAC Games 11 Avg 16.3 7.0 23.3 5.3 6.0 1.2 0.9 0.1 1.5 0.9 111.4


    Fantasy wise he's probably the most likely of anyone to have an immediate impact. Wins his own ball, uses it well on both feet, meaning he should score well in both formats, and may even have an advantage in SC. Additionally was also BOG with 21 possessions for the AIS in their match against the Collingwood VFL side (pretty much his only game against men thus far) early in the year.
    Almost certain to go to Melbourne, very likely with pick 2, meaning he will cop a large premium price tag. He's the one that in a fantasy sense is most likely to be worth it though. Should start from day 1.
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Herald Sun ran an article on the weekend about the "ones that got away" for Melbourne and ran a comparison with Ollie Wines (taken by Port after Melb took Toumpas).

    Brayshaw is definitely in the Wines mould and would be worth the premium, particularly at Melbourne, where he's most likely to get opportunities.
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    The AFL ran a horrible article where they basically used all of Melbourne's picks from 2006-now with 20/20 hindsight.

    Was pretty terrible even by AFL.com standards
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Yeah was one of the worst articles I've seen for a while.

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    Yes it was a shocker. Must be the offseason.
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Brayshaw looks good, reminds me of a Cotchin/ Selwood type player he will be a good get and should go top 5 at least.
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Quite a few profiles up on the afl website now.

    I've gone through the top 30 and had a look at most of the draft video's. Lachie Weller IMO looks the second most promising mid in the draft behind Brayshaw, maybe Petracca has some badly compiled highlights because a lot of his inside/contested work seems 'men amongst the boys', don't think he has that extra gear to become a top-echelon midfielder. Weller actually made me think of WC-era Chris Judd; pacy, goal sense, great accuracy by foot and movement through traffic was first class. DeGoey and Duggan both look like they'll make it. Laverde, Lamb and Langford all seem a bit meh to me, the last two especially have unconventional playing styles which generally results in an inconsistent player. Pickett has an amazing highlights reel and a fumbly one, it's really hard to tell with the talls but I'd say Lever looks the most likely to make it. McCartin looks good, i can't help but feel he'd be limited by his diabetes, or would at least want to play close to home.

    Again just reiterating that opinions based solely on highlights tapes. I like Geelong's move to move in front of WC in the draft order because I imagine both will target similar players. I'm hoping that Durdin or Goddard reach Fremantle's pick.
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Petracca is massive for his size, can't remember what he weighs but you think for what position he'll be playing (fwd/midfielder) he should be physically ready from the get go.

    As for McCartin having diabetes, Bassett managed a pretty good career with diabetes so it can be managed through the high standards of AFL but no doubt it's more work than your 'standard' player.

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    I think Brayshaw is your safe as houses gun midfielder, no offence to him, but he doesn't have Petracca's tricks. Brayshaw to me is the perfect pick for Melbourne, because even they will struggle to ruin him...

    Petracca is special. He's nowhere near the finished product yet. Has that explosion that is very rare among AFL footballers and is coupled with very clean hands and kicks plenty of goals from the midfield. As dyl says he's pretty solid atm. Has Wines like thighs (well almost), so generates some real power. He'll be the pick 1 because no other mid in the draft can offer the same upside. Could very easily be Dangerfield mk II in a few years.
    Brayshaw has drawn comparisons to Selwood or Wines, but I see him more as a Sam Mitchell death by 1000 cuts type player personally.
    Weller I think has a few more question marks. At his size, there's a slight question on whether he can bulk up enough to have a real impact inside at AFL level and if he does bulk up whether he loses any of his sideways movement. He also hasn't as of yet displayed himself to be a real consistent ball-winner. Sure he uses it well, but has only topped 30d once in the last 2 years.

    For those interested in more footage than the highlights there is the AIS game v Collingwood's VFL side on youtube, which features a good chunk of the likely higher picks:

    For which you probably need the AIS numbers:
    1 Jarrod Pickett (South Fremantle) 17 Jermaine Miller-Lewis (South Fremantle)
    2 Clem Smith (Perth) 18 Jake Lever (Calder U18)
    3 Lachlan Weller (Broadbeach) 19 Mac Bower (Norwood)
    4 Jaden McGrath (Bendigo U18) 20 Tom Lamb (Dandenong U18)
    5 Bradley Walsh (Peel) 21 Nicholas Coughlan (Murray U18)
    6 Liam Duggan (Western U18) 22 Matthew Ah Siu (South Fremantle)
    7 Isaac Heeney (NSW-ACT U18) 23 Hugh Goddard (Geelong U18)
    8 Billy Stretch (Glenelg) 24 Matthew Hammelmann (Morningside)
    9 Liam Griffiths (NSW-ACT U18) 25 Jesse Watchiman (West Adelaide)
    10 Nakia Cockatoo (Southern Districts) (DNP) 26 Sam Durdin (West Adelaide) (DNP)
    11 Jackson Nelson (Geelong U18) 27 Darcy Moore (Oakleigh U18) (DNP)
    12 Angus Brayshaw (Sandringham U18) 28 Sam Bevan (Claremont)
    13 Ryan Lim (Claremont) 29 Peter Wright (Calder U18)
    14 Patrick McCartin (Geelong U18) 30 Sean McLaren (Sandringham U18)
    15 Liam Dawson (Aspley) 31 Duom Dawam (Western U18)
    16 Daniel Capiron (Dandenong U18)
    Brayshaw BOG in the above. Been a while since I watched it, but Pickett, Weller and Petracca also good games from memory. Petracca doesn't have his absolute best game in terms of numbers but he has a few wow moments.

    Also some very interesting videos from here:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AFLCommunityClub/videos
    which follow a specific player for a whole quarter in one of their U18 champs games. Have only got the 8 players up atm, hopefully they chuck a few more up, because from them you get a great sense of the player's workrate etc.

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    I think Brayshaw is your safe as houses gun midfielder, no offence to him, but he doesn't have Petracca's tricks. Brayshaw to me is the perfect pick for Melbourne, because even they will struggle to ruin him...

    Petracca is special. He's nowhere near the finished product yet. Has that explosion that is very rare among AFL footballers and is coupled with very clean hands and kicks plenty of goals from the midfield. As dyl says he's pretty solid atm. Has Wines like thighs (well almost), so generates some real power. He'll be the pick 1 because no other mid in the draft can offer the same upside. Could very easily be Dangerfield mk II in a few years.
    Brayshaw has drawn comparisons to Selwood or Wines, but I see him more as a Sam Mitchell death by 1000 cuts type player personally.
    Weller I think has a few more question marks. At his size, there's a slight question on whether he can bulk up enough to have a real impact inside at AFL level and if he does bulk up whether he loses any of his sideways movement. He also hasn't as of yet displayed himself to be a real consistent ball-winner. Sure he uses it well, but has only topped 30d once in the last 2 years.
    Fair enough, like I said my assessment was based purely on the highlights video, clearly no mug either, I'd still have him 3rd behind Weller and Brayshaw. I just get the feeling that a few of his tricks stand out because he is essentially ready-made, and he's not all that clean with the ball in hand. Personally I think it's a bit of a funny draft year with a lot of guys deserving of a spot from the 3-5 region (Heeney, Brayshaw, Weller, Petracca, McCartin, Wright, Lever) but no one demanding the number one pick like Whitfield, Boyd, Patton and Swallow of recent years. I think that's supported by the fact that St Kilda so openly put the number one pick on the table. Interesting re: Weller's disposal count, in my mind he probably wouldn't need a lot of touches to be effective, similar to Judd who had only 13 30+ disposal games from his 134 games at West Coast. And I'd imagine he'd be able to reach his brother's size in time, you're right in that whether or not he maintains his pace will be a major factor in how he turns out.

    Cheers for the footage by the way, definitely don't give my opinions much weight because I'd be no different to your armchair expert on bigfooty considering most highlights packages aren't more than about 2 minutes I can't justify looking at it before exams but I'll be sure to check it out!
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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by hedgehog
    Personally I think it's a bit of a funny draft year with a lot of guys deserving of a spot from the 3-5 region (Heeney, Brayshaw, Weller, Petracca, McCartin, Wright, Lever) but no one demanding the number one pick like Whitfield, Boyd, Patton and Swallow of recent years. I think that's supported by the fact that St Kilda so openly put the number one pick on the table. Interesting re: Weller's disposal count, in my mind he probably wouldn't need a lot of touches to be effective, similar to Judd who had only 13 30+ disposal games from his 134 games at West Coast.
    Absolutely agree. None of the top picks have really demanded the no. 1 spot, even Petracca has had his issues with consistency. Very weird year in that sense. I guess that's kind of why guys like Cockatoo and Lever remain first round options even though they've missed all, or virtually all of the season.

    I too think Weller will be an absolute jet even if he doesn't become all that inside. It's a shame he didn't test at the combine. Reckon he would've given Stephen Hill's agility record a nudge.

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    Re: 2014 AFL Draft Thread

    I wonder how much how badly Mav Weller failed impacts on his brother, especially for the Suns who are right where he probably fits in the draft order.
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