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    2017 AFL Draft

    The Under-18 Championships kick off this weekend, marking the start of people's interest in the upcoming draft, which is said to be somewhat weak this year.

    Schedule:

    Rd1
    Western Australia v South Australia Domain Stadium Sat, Jun 10, 12.30pm
    Allies v Vic Country Blacktown International Sportspark Sun, Jun 11, 12.30pm


    Rd2
    South Australia v Allies Adelaide Oval Sat, Jun 17, 10.10am
    Western Australia v Vic Metro Domain Stadium Sun, Jun 18, 11am


    Rd3
    Vic Metro v Vic Country Punt Road Sat, Jun 24, 2.30pm
    Western Australia v Allies Leederville Oval Sun, Jun 25, 12.30pm


    Rd4
    Vic Metro v South Australia Etihad Stadium Fri, Jun 30, 4.40pm
    Vic Country v Western Australia Etihad Stadium Fri, Jun 30, 2.10pm


    Rd5
    Vic Metro v Allies Simonds Stadium Wed, July 5, 2.10pm
    Vic Country v South Australia Simonds Stadium Wed, July 5, 4.40pm



    Meanwhile, there has been some big changes with the format of the AFL Combine to be held later this year.

    The 30m repeat sprints and clean hands tests have been dumped, whilst the beep test and 3km time trial have been replaced by the Yo-Yo run and 2km time trial respectively.

    There will be more time added to the areas of medical screening and player interviews.

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-0...-draft-combine

    http://www.topendsports.com/testing/...termittent.htm



    Here are the most recent 2017 draft power rankings (May) from Knightmare over at ESPN.
    http://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/i...r-rankings-may

    Most others seem to have Fogarty as the most likely #1 at this early stage.
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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    St. Kilda get Hawthorn's first pick. They'd be pretty happy with the way the season's going so far.
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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    I wonder how long it will be until we see protected draft picks traded.

    Collingwood and now Hawthorn have given up picks much earlier than they would have imagined them to have been worth.

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-07-0...e-july-edition

    Cal Twomey's top 25 post U-18 Championships.

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    Just a bump to remind anyone interested that the 2017 AFL Draft takes place tomorrow night at 7pm AEST (6:30pm SA, 6pm Qld and 4pm WA). At this stage, Cameron Rayner is expected to go at #1, however, there are some concerns about his likelihood to stay in Brisbane long term.

    Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-2...-phantom-draft
    Knightmare's Power Ranking: http://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/i...st-ahead-draft


    There's also a power ranking by former Hawthorn player and recruiting manager Gary Buckenara but it's behind a paywall. Will show the text of it in the next post.

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    GARY BUCKENARA, Herald Sun

    Every club takes their own talent flow to the draft and this is what I would have in front of me to work from if I was calling out players’ names for a club for season 2018.
    This isn’t a phantom draft where I’m trying to predict where players will go on draft night, this is my personal talent flow, my top 30 prospects in order.


    1-10
    1. CAMERON RAYNER
    Half-forward/midfielder, 187cm, 88kg, Western Jets/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: The powerful midfielder/half-forward reminds me of watching a young Dustin Martin. The way he moves around the ground, how he runs and his body shape, it’s actually quite uncanny. I had Rayner ranked at No.3 in August but I just think now a big-bodied midfielder who is dangerous both inside and outside is the new midfield prototype and Rayner is exactly that. He has all those traits — he has power, a strong body, has pace off the mark, has the grunt inside to win the footy, he makes something happen when he gets the ball because he uses it so well and has a long and penetrating kick and even has a good leap. When we talk about potential A-grade players into the future, you’ve got to have a combination of all those things, you can’t just be good on the inside and winning clearances if you’re not good on the outside because you waste the footy with your disposal. I think Cam Rayner can be an A-grade player in the future and I don’t think any club could overlook a player who has all these attributes.
    Plays like: Dustin Martin


    2. LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE
    Midfielder, 187cm, 85kg, Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: Luke is another midfielder in this draft who can develop into the ideal modern-day midfielder. At 187cm he’s a nice height and he’s already got a strong body at 85kg — he will really fill out in a full-time environment. I think he’s a safe pick because he will become a really good AFL player. He finished the year in a fantastic position, he played well in the carnival and I think a club with an early pick will jump at the opportunity to call his name out. He is a tough, composed and hardworking midfielder but what I really like about him is he’s just so competitive and he combines that with good skills, particularly his kicking. He also has a turn of speed — his breakaway goal from a centre clearance against Vic Metro in Round 3 of the carnival showed everyone his talent. He is a prospect I can see playing some AFL football in 2018.
    Plays like: Nat Fyfe


    3. ADAM CERRA
    Midfielder, 186cm, 85kg, Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Cerra is a really classy player who has a big engine — he can run all day. Again, he’s tall and has a good solid body to develop into the modern-day midfielder. He is a really good decision-maker — one of the traits I really like about him — he never appears panicked when under pressure. That is a very important trait AFL clubs are looking for in potential draftees because those types of players are worth their weight in gold. Cerra is also a good kick. While he was limited because of a knee injury last year, he had a really consistent 2017 season, which makes him one of the leading midfielders up for grabs in this year’s draft. He is a powerful player.
    Plays like: Patrick Dangerfield


    4. PADDY DOW
    Midfielder, 184cm, 78kg, Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: One of the prospects who I have really elevated in my talent flow since August, Dow just has so much natural talent. He’s got a genuine turn of speed, has good goal sense, has a very strong work-ethic and he’s a player that when you look at his numbers across the year, he’s hard to go past. He’s not as tall as my top three — Rayner, Davies-Uniacke and Cerra — but I think he will become a really nice player suited to the modern game. He’s a bit of an energiser-man around the footy, similar to the way Patrick Dangerfield is so manic when the ball is in his area, he just never stops and that is exactly how Dow attacks the footy. He’ll keep going and going and going. Those types of players are very important. He also has a bit of x-factor.
    Plays like: Patrick Dangerfield




    5. DARCY FOGARTY
    Half-forward/midfielder, 192cm, 92kg, Glenelg/South Australia
    Buckenara says: I had Fogarty ranked No.1 in August and the only reason he has slipped down to No.5 is because of how important those strong-bodied big midfielders have become in the game. But, let’s also not forget how important key position-type players are despite the fact Fogarty isn’t quite a true key forward. The South Australian is more of a third tall and that’s why I’ve put Rayner, Davies-Uniacke, Cerra and Dow ahead of him. I think Fogarty will become a tall utility who can be used down back because he reads the ball so well but also play as a high half forward. Those types of players are extremely valuable because they add so much flexibility to your side. I think Fogarty is going to be a really nice player because he’s tough, he’s physical, is a great mark, a damaging kick and has huge upside. He has had his injury problems and been a little bit restricted but he’s shown enough of his talent and I think he’s going to be a star. I think he could be the player who has been underestimated in this draft. He is up there with Rayner as being, in a few years, the best player in this draft.
    Plays like: Stronger Jack Gunston/Jake Stringer


    6. SAM HAYES
    Ruckman/key forward, 203cm, 93kg, Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: The Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro big man is the best ruck/forward in this year’s crop. He is a clever tap ruckman who can push forward and kick goals, a role he is likely to fulfil early in his AFL career. In time though, Hayes should develop into a ruckman who can push forward but he will need to improve his fitness in order to that that. There is plenty of upside with Sam Hayes.
    Plays like: David Hale/Max Gawn


    7. NICK COFFIELD
    Midfielder/half back, 190cm, 83kg, Northern Knights/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Coffield’s combination of speed and size makes him a very attractive player. Despite being 190cm, he is a good runner, quite agile and has good movement and evasive skills. He is a really good user of the footy and played his best football across halfback this year but he can also move into the midfield and push forward and kick a goal. He reminds me a lot of Grant Birchall in his draft year and I think the club that selects Coffield can expect him to develop into a player similar to the Hawk. There is a big need for halfbacks with good skills for a lot of clubs because so much attack is built from defence in the modern game so I think there will be plenty of interest in Coffield and he’ll be taken early. He’s a really nice player.
    Plays like: Grant Birchall


    8. JAIDYN STEPHENSON
    Half forward, 189cm, 76kg, Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Stephenson is a will-o’-the-wisp type. He’s very athletic and will fill a forward role but can also push up onto the wing such is his athleticism. But I do like and prefer him as a lead-up player — those types have become really important in today’s game. Stephenson is lightly-framed but is a very good mark because he has a big leap and he’s also dangerous when the ball hits the ground. He’s a bit of a double-threat. He also has the ability to manufacture something from nothing. Half forwards and halfbacks need to have a big engine these days because they work hard forward and hard back but also have good athleticism and agility and Stephenson has that. He’ll be a really hard match-up once he puts on some size.
    Plays like: Jack Riewoldt


    9. JACK HIGGINS
    Small forward/midfielder, 178cm, 76kg, Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Higgins is the best small forward/midfielder in this year’s draft. He’s a real footballer this kid, he makes smart decisions with the footy and he uses it really well. He might not be as quick as some of the other small forwards in this draft but he makes up for that with his footy nous. Higgins is a very clever kick on both feet, uses his body well in marking contests for his size and loves a goal. He’s a real professional and will leave no stone unturned to make the best of his AFL opportunity. I have no doubt that whichever clubs takes him, he will arrive on day one in great condition, be like a sponge and soak everything up and give what he can give. He’ll never die wondering whether he was good enough, he’ll give it his best shot and that’s exactly what clubs are looking for. In the draft interview process, you want to see the passion for the game in the player’s eyes and Higgins has that. He’ll be a really good player.
    Plays like: Jeff Garlett/Liam Picken


    10. JARROD BRANDER
    Key defender/key forward, 194cm, 89kg, Bendigo Pioneers/Allies
    Buckenara says: The 194cm Brander is the best true key position player in this draft and has the most potential of the talls. He had a bit of an inconsistent season but he has good hands, can take a nice mark and has a long right-foot kick. But the beauty about Jarrod is he’s capable of influencing the game at either end of the ground, which is a massive tick because it gives your side great flexibility. When drafting and developing key position players it’s always better and easier to settle them into life as an AFL player as a defender and I think that’s the way to go with Brander despite the fact he could then, 2-3 years down the track become a really good key forward once he’s confident and comfortable at the level.
    Plays like: Josh Bruce
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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

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    11. CHARLIE CONSTABLE
    Midfielder, 190cm, 83kg, Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Another modern-day midfield prototype, Constables height gives him a major advantage over his opposition because he can use it to his advantage with his marking around the ground. At U18s level hes a really powerful player but hell need to work on his strength to get that same power going at AFL level when hes playing against men. Constable uses his size well at stoppages and is generally a smart footballer who reads the game well. I think he has the traits a lot of clubs are looking for and his size gives him flexibility to play multiple positions be it midfield, half forward or back.
    Plays like: Nat Fyfe


    12. HUNTER CLARK
    Half back/midfielder, 186cm, 79kg, Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: From the Dandenong Stingrays, Clark is a fierce competitor and while he might not be blessed with as much natural talent as other players in this draft I think he will make himself into a 200-game AFL player. Clark will do his job week in, week out because hes a real competitor who gets the best out of himself. Hes got a never say die attitude. Hes fierce at the body and could eventually move into the midfield because hes just so ferocious and clubs and coaches love that. Clark can kick on both feet and loves to tackle.
    Plays like: Jarryn Geary


    13. LOCHIE OBRIEN
    Midfielder, 184cm, 75kg, Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: OBrien is one of the best runners and best kicks in the draft and is the prototype for the ideal outside player who breaks the lines, creates and most importantly finds a teammate with his kicking. What he brings to the table is real modern-day traits that are so important for sides to find and develop and whos to say his running capacity doesnt get even better in a full-time environment. He sets up the play and makes things happen, hes not afraid of taking on his opposition.
    Plays like: Isaac Smith


    14. PATRICK NAISH
    Midfielder, 183cm, 73kg, Northern Knights/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: I would be very surprised if a bid doesnt come for Richmond father-son prospect Naish (his dad Chris Naish played 143 games for the Tigers) in the first round of this draft. Naish gives the top end of the draft some genuine pace and he loves to tuck the ball under his arm and take them on and with his penetrating right-foot kicking, which is a combination that will be attractive to all clubs. He also makes good decisions with the ball. I have no doubt Richmond will match any bid that comes. Hes a nice player and will fit in well at the Tigers.
    Plays like: Jordan De Goey


    15. NOAH BALTA
    Key defender, 194cm, 92kg, Calder Cannons/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Balta is an exciting prospect. Hes already a big, strong lad now and hes going to develop that further at an AFL club but the best part is hes very athletic for his size. He does things that really catch your eye it might be a long booming kick or a huge spoil over the top of a pack or taking a big mark hes got some really exciting traits as a footballer. With Balta, a club is going to get a key defender with the athleticism of Alex Rance and I believe he is athletic enough to maintain that aspect of his game at AFL level. Players like that are very handy and really, are the modern-day defenders given the change weve seen in effective forwards. The big forwards like Tom Hawkins arent really in vogue at the moment so you need defenders to match-up on guys like Joe Daniher, Darcy Moore, Tom Lynch and these types who are big but really athletic. Balta can also play on medium forwards and even smalls because he is so quick, agile and athletic, he wont really get caught out.
    Plays like: Alex Rance/a more athletic Brian Lake (sorry Brian)




    16. LACHLAN FOGARTY
    Midfielder, 179cm, 75kg, Western Jets/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: The Western Jets product is a really hard worker, has neat skills and is a quick midfielder who will win his own footy but can also play outside and use the ball well and make good decisions. I really like the players who can play both inside and outside. Fogarty also keeps himself involved in the game with his tackling pressure. No relation to Darcy Fogarty.
    Plays like: Kieren Jack

    17. AARON NAUGHTON
    Key defender, 194cm, 84kg, Peel Thunder/Western Australia
    Buckenara says: Naughton already has the basis of a strong body at 84gs and while hes currently listed at 194cm he could have some more growing to do. The West Australian backs himself in to mark the ball, which I really like. He knows when to mark it and when to spoil it and despite there being some talk the knock on him is his kicking, I actually think hes a pretty good kick. He has a good action and any chinks in the accuracy can be improved in a full-time AFL environment. It wont be anything that will hold him back because hes a key defender and his primary role is to stop his opponent. I think hes a little raw still but has the potential to be a good key defender and could potentially play a role next year for the club that picks him up.
    Plays like: Steven May/Brian Lake

    18. ANDREW BRAYSHAW
    Midfielder, 183cm, 80kg, Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: The younger brother of Melbourne midfielder Angus Brayshaw, Andrew is almost a clone as he looks and plays exactly like his brother. Brayshaw is an in and under midfielder with reasonably good pace and kicks the ball well. He has great balance, runs hard and is a smart footballer who rarely makes poor decisions with ball in hand. If youre wondering what type of player he is, just watch some highlights of his brother as thats exactly what Andrew will bring.
    Plays like: Angus Brayshaw

    19. GRYAN MIERS
    Small forward/midfielder, 177cm, 73kg, Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: Miers has shot up the order for a lot of people because of his best on ground performance for the Falcons in the TAC Cup Grand Final but Ive been a fan of his for a while now. Hes got real footy smarts and has a lot of scope to improve. Hes a really dangerous small forward who can go into the middle and win his own footy. Hes a smart opportunist with genuine speed to be a dangerous small forward that pressures the defence to lock the ball in. Clubs will also like the ball in his hands. If he goes around this selection it will be a really good pick but if he slides into the 20s or 30s hell be a steal.
    Plays like: Luke Dahlhaus

    20. MATTHEW LING
    Midfielder, 182cm, 74kg, Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: A quick outside midfielder, Ling will be a nice player. Hes a good size despite not being one of those taller midfielders and while he can be a bit flashy at times, those players are the ones who can break a game open. Ling can be a 70-80m player because he can carry the ball and then kick it long so he can be a damaging player. He can get himself into trouble at times because hes so keen to take the game on but I think clubs will love his creative side. I think he has AFL traits good kicking, decision-making and line-breaking ability.
    Plays like: James Parsons

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

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    21. AIDEN BONAR

    Midfielder/forward, 189cm, 87kg, Dandenong Stingrays
    Buckenara says: A nice mid-sized tall utility, Bonar will end up becoming a big-bodied midfielder type because he plays aggressively. At one stage he was touted as a top-five pick but two knee reconstructions stalled his junior career. He could be a risk but hes such a good player and I think itll be a great story because hes had to work so hard to get back into this position and often, those players are the ones who become really good players because theyve had that hiccup and havent taken their talent for granted. He can play as a high half forward but is athletic enough to go into the midfield. He finished the year really well and might be a value pick. He could be a beauty.
    Plays like Jack Darling

    22. HARRISON PETTY
    Key Defender, 194cm, 81kg, Norwood/South Australia
    Buckenara says: Some might have thought Petty was a bit of a smoky in my top 30 back in August but I think hell end up developing into a nice player. He hasnt got the body at the moment, hes just 81kg for a key defender, but what I like is he reads the ball well in flight and he knows when to spoil or mark. He positions himself really well for a defender, and reads the ball well in flight. He actually reads the play like Brian Lake. I think hell only get better as he puts on some size.
    Plays like: Brian Lake/Jeremy McGovern

    23. OSCAR ALLEN
    Key forward, 191cm, 83kg, West Perth/Western Australia
    Buckenara says: Allen is another one who reads the ball well in flight, which makes him a dangerous forward because he knows where to position himself to win the footy. Hes got a very good engine and at 191cm can use that to play as a half forward and work up the ground. Allen also has a nice pair of hands and is an accurate kick for goal. He was one of the most consistent players of the U18 championships, winning the Larke Medal as the best player after booting 11 goals in four games.
    Plays like: Jake Stringer/Jack Darling

    24. JOEL GARNER
    Half back/midfielder, 183cm, 81kg, Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: From the Eastern Ranges, Garner is a stylish left-footer who competes well in the air for his size. He might not develop into an A-grader but Garner will be a walk-up start every week and be an important part of his sides best 22 because hes consistent and he does his job. I think hell be a safe pick because I can see him having a long career at AFL level.
    Plays like: Grant Birchall

    25. CONNOR BALLANDEN
    Key forward/ruckman, 199cm, 95kg, Brisbane Lions Academy/Allies
    Buckenara says: A Brisbane Lions Academy prospect, Ballanden can play both up forward and in the ruck. He has a lot going for him hes a terrific long and accurate kick and is a very good contested mark. Ballanden can play senior footy next year such is his body shape and size already and Im sure the Lions will match any bid that comes for him. I think his potential addition to the side is the reason why the club was willing to trade Josh Schache because theyve got a replacement for him here in Ballanden.
    Plays like: Tom Boyd

    26. RYLEY STODDART
    Halfback/midfielder, 185cm, 74kg, Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: Ryley is what you want in a half back flanker. He reads the play, kicks it well on his left foot, makes good decisions with the ball and generally never wastes a possession. He needs to put a bit of weight on but I really like what I see from him and he could become a player in the mould of Carlton star Kade Simpson because he can also push up onto the wing.
    Plays like: Kade Simpson

    27. NATHAN MURPHY
    Defender/half forward, 188cm, 79kg, Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons
    Buckenara says: Murphy was a bit late into Sandringhams program but he ended up kicking 20-odd goals and also showed he can also play down back as a third tall defender. He has a big booming right-foot kick and at 188cm is a nice size for the modern game. I think hes a late bloomer and will only get better and better in a full-time environment because hes already shown he can adapt very quickly to the next level from school footy to the TAC Cup. Although still raw, there is plenty of upside.
    Plays like: Jack Gunston

    28. ED RICHARDS
    Half back/midfielder, 185cm, 78kg, Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
    Buckenara says: The grandson of Collingwood legend Lou Richards, Ed is a quick rebound defender who has good evasive skills, makes good decisions and uses the ball very well, particularly on his left foot. He can also play as an inside midfielder where he can out to use his quick and clean hands to great effect. He was impressive in the All Star game on Grand Final day with his disposal and decision-making, which would have got him plenty of ticks from many clubs. Hes got the footy pedigree.
    Plays like: Brent Guerra

    29. CHARLIE BALLARD
    Utility, 195cm, 81kg, Sturt/South Australia
    Buckenara says: Ballard is a tall utility who can play at either end of the ground. Hes got a light frame so will need to put in a lot of work in the gym but despite being key position size at 195cm, he can also actually play in the midfield because hes so athletic. His kicking does need to develop a little bit more but I think he can become a nice player.
    Plays like: Grant Birchall/Marcus Bontempelli

    30. JAMES WORPEL
    Midfielder, 185cm, 84kg, Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
    Buckenara says: All year James has got better and better with every game hes played. Hes a very competitive player and recruiters, coaches and players will love his hardness and work ethic. He has good pace, wins the ball both on the inside and outside and although he can do some work on his kicking there is nothing wrong with his kicking style so he can tidy up his accuracy in an AFL system. I feel his ranking has risen in recent weeks. Looks a nice prospect.
    Plays like: Joel Selwood

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    Would love for WCE to get Hunter Clark at pick 13 but doubt he will still be on the board then with the Saints keen on him with picks 7 & 8 (Coffield strongly linked to them also).

    Draft experts are saying it is one of the hardest drafts to pick, little info being leaked this year & with Emma Quayle no longer involved (works for GWS now) with all of her connections, much more guesswork involved.
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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    Twomey's updated phantom draft with late mail

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-2...e-draft-bolter

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    Re: 2017 AFL Draft

    Man, if Freo take Cerra at #2, I'm genuinely torn on LDU v Dow. To the naked eye, LDU every day of the week, but Supercoach average throughout the year was considerably less than some of the others. (I know it's just SC, but making me 2nd guess the naked eye element haha)

    I guess can't lose at #3.

    Would love Higgins at #10 but sounds like we are after O'Brien or Richards.
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    Yeah I did find it strange how Twomey changed his selection for Pick 2 - Freo would've had this pick sorted weeks ago so either his mail for the past week has been wrong, or it's wrong today.

    Confident we'll land LDU and Cerra either way. Going to be a really interesting night.

    Seems like the top 5 is set in stone, all look like great prospects so can't really lose with any of those picks.
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    Yeah I did find it strange how Twomey changed his selection for Pick 2 - Freo would've had this pick sorted weeks ago so either his mail for the past week has been wrong, or it's wrong today.

    Confident we'll land LDU and Cerra either way. Going to be a really interesting night.

    Seems like the top 5 is set in stone, all look like great prospects so can't really lose with any of those picks.
    From all talk, Freo are the ones playing their cards to their chest, which is making it hard for them to predict outside of Pick 1 Rayner.
    As you said, seems to be a relatively clear top 5 though so good position to be in for Fremantle.
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    Yeah stoked with how it's played out with Weller leaving, pretty exciting spot to be in.

    Carlton will be very happy with Dow as well. The media becomes enamoured with trying to find comparisons for draftees but it never works out like that, and Dow gets compared to Dangerfield which I think is a lazy comparison. From watching Dow's highlights, you've got a guy with great instinctive first movement around the stoppage, stays calm in traffic, quick lateral/evasive movement and great follow-up efforts. All traits important for a midfielder. He doesn't rely on strength to win the ball, which I think adds to his upside because if he develops that aspect he'll become a clearance weapon. If LDU went at pick 1 I'd want him at 2.
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    I guess the main thing for Freo is to work out if there's a way to get both the players they want. Obviously that would rely on knowing who Carlton and North are likely to take which I guess they might be able to guess based on how many visits both teams have had with each player and which players both teams have gone above and beyond on (talking to teachers, people who see them regularly, co-workers if they're working part-time etc.) Seems most believe that if LDU and Dow are available at 3, then they'll go at 3 and 4 one way or the other.

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