Draft prospects: why clubs want top-10 picks
THE best junior talent in the land gathered in Melbourne last week for the annual AFL Draft Combine.
The four-day camp tested the top draft prospects in a range of tests including the standing and running vertical jump, 20m sprint, agility test, goalkicking competition and a 3km time-trial.
This week AFL clubs are furiously trading players - and picks - with some (like Geelong) expressing their hope of trading up to gain earlier selections.
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So, who are the players in those clubs' sights?
Ahead of the two-day national draft on November 27-28, Chris Cavanagh names the top 20 prospects (in no particular order):
H: 178cm W: 74kg
Club: Oakleigh Chargers/Boroondara Hawks/Carey Grammar
Likened to Joel Selwood and Michael Voss given his brilliance around stoppages and terrific hands. The top-ranked played by Champion Data across the AFL under-18 national championships, averaging 24.8 disposals, 5.3 clearances and 133 SuperCoach points.
H: 188cm W: 86kg
Club: Oakleigh Chargers/Boroondara Hawks/Carey Grammar
The son of two-time Hawthorn premiership player Dean, Anderson has been likened to a right-footed Marcus Bontempelli and averaged 23.5 disposals and 5.3 clearances for Vic Metro in the under-18 national championships.
H: 178cm W: 83kg
Club: Gippsland Power/Warragul/Geelong Grammar
A midfielder who can also go forward, Serong is powerfully built, works hard, is a consistent performer, tackling machine and can kick goals.
H: 188cm W: 82kg
Club: Dandenong Stingrays/Somerville/Mornington SC
An intercept specialist in defence who averaged 8.3 intercept possessions and 3.3 intercept marks during the under-18 national championships to draw comparisons to Easton Wood.
H: 188cm W: 85kg
Club: Marist/GWS Giants
A strong body and a competitive beast in the contest, Green averaged eight clearances and 16.3 contested possessions for the Allies in the AFL under-18 national champs.
H: 182cm W: 81kg
Club: Gippsland Power/Moe/Lowanna College
Has shown an ability to play both as a forward and run through the midfield. Averaged 22.5 disposals and six clearances in the unde-18 national championships.
H: 186cm W: 80kg
Club: Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton/Notre Dame College
An exciting line-breaker off half-back who has plenty of speed and averaged 23 disposals and five marks across four under-18 national championships games.
H: 183cm W: 69kg
A pacy outside midfielder who also has a big engine and a lethal left foot. Has played SANFL seniors for most of this year and averaged 23.5 disposals in the under-18 titles.
H: 198cm W: 94kg
Club: East Fremantle/Bullcreek/Leeming
An athletic ruckman from Western Australia who has a junior basketball background and has been likened to Brodie Grundy given his follow-up work. Averaged 14.5 disposals and 36.8 hitouts in the under-18 national championships.
H: 191cm W: 98kg
Has been impressive playing senior SANFL football for Glenelg this year, with his mature frame and booming kick. Has been likened to Shannon Hurn with his rebounding game from half-back.
H: 187cm W: 70kg
Club: West Adelaide/Sacred Heart
A mid-sized rebounding defender who can also play as an outside midfielder, Day is lightly framed but is a fierce competitor who averaged 18.8 disposals in the under-18 national championships.
H: 192cm W: 82kg
Club: Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca/Geelong Grammar
Ruptured his ACL in a school football game in July, but remains a highly-rated prospect. Can play through the midfield or forward and averaged 20 disposals from four under-18 national championships matches.
H: 182cm W: 80kg
Club: Perth/Aquinas College
The nephew of former West Coast skipper Darren Glass, the West Australian can play through the midfield and in defence and captained his state at the under-18 national championships.
H: 195cm W: 86kg
Club: Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton/Caulfield Grammar
The key defender was named Vic Metro's MVP after a sterling under-18 national championships in which he averaged 14.5 disposals and 6.8 intercept possessions.
H: 177cm W: 73kg
Club: Dandenong Stingrays/Beaconsfield/Haileybury College
Likened to Collingwood's Jamie Elliott, the crafty small forward is a good mark but also good at ground level. Averaged 11 touches and kicked nine goals from four under-18 national championships matches.
H: 185cm W: 75kg
Has all the attributes to be something special - speed, silky skills and football nous. Kicked six goals and averaged 12.3 disposals from four under-18 national championships matches as a midfielder/forward.
H: 184cm W: 83kg
Club: Eagles/Henley HS
A father-son prospect for Port Adelaide where dad Darren played, the midfielder is a good decision-maker and averaged 21.3 disposals in the under-18 national titles.
Sam De Koning
H: 200cm W: 85kg
Club: Dandenong Stingrays/Mornington
The brother of Carlton's Tom, the 200cm big man can play at either of the ground or in the ruck. Still raw, but is very athletic and has big upside.
H: 195cm W: 74kg
Club: Sandringham Dragons/Bentleigh/Haileybury College
A key defender with a great leap and good agility who has also been tried in the ruck at school level. Averaged 10.8 disposals and 3.8 marks in the under-18 national championships.
H: 179cm W: 67kg
Club: Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School
Part of Fremantle's Next Generation Academy, the lightly-framed small forward has blistering speed and delightful skills. Averaged 17.5 disposals in the under-18 national champs.
2019 AFL NATIONAL DRAFT
Day one: Wednesday, November 27 (7pm)
Day two: Thursday, November 28 (7pm)
1. Gold Coast (priority pick)
2. Gold Coast
8. North Melbourne
10. Port Adelaide
12. St Kilda
13. Western Bulldogs
15. Gold Coast
18. St Kilda
20. Gold Coast (priority pick)
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