With another group of talented young footballers looking to find AFL homes next season, it’s the time of the year where experts are trying to predict just where these developing guns will end up.

Although the first round of the draft has started to take shape with clubs voicing their interest in certain players, it’s hard to predict just where the majority of this talent pool will fall. Nevertheless, Bound for Glory News has compiled the most complete 2012 AFL Phantom Draft you will find, complete with full biographies and skill highlights. Even if the players don’t fall in this order, which is incredibly likely, you can learn all you need to know about the players likely to feature in the 2012 National Draft by reading our complete, detailed mock draft.

 

ROUND ONE

1. Greater Western Sydney – Lachie Whitfield
Height: 184cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Dandenong Stingrays
State: Victoria
Lachie Whitfield has widely been regarded as the most complete player of this year’s draft pool for many months. After winning the Larke Medal as the best player at this year’s AFL Under-18 National Championships, Whitfield possesses class beyond his years and ticks all the boxes required to be a number one draft pick. An All-Australian in 2011 as a bottom-age player, Whitfield backed up those efforts by capping off an incredible year by collecting All-Australian honours again in 2012. A member of the 2012 AFL-AIS academy, Whitfield is naturally gifted on both sides of his body and has elite endurance, as well as a very good skill set.

2. Greater Western Sydney – Jimmy Toumpas
Height: 183cm
Weight: 77kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Woodville-West Torrens
State: South Australia
Jimmy Toumpas didn’t get to take part in the Draft Combine after having surgery on his hip at the conclusion of the National Champions; however, that hasn’t hurt his draft prospects. Capping off a standout season, Toumpas took home All-Australian honours after captaining South Australia in the National Championships and was noted for his high ball-winning abilities and tremendous work ethic. Jimmy Toumpas is also an AFL-AIS 2012 graduate.

3. Greater Western Sydney – Lachie Plowman
Height: 191cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Defender
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Seen as the best key position prospect in this year’s draft, Lachie Plowman has terrific composure and rarely ever makes a bad decision in defence. With strong intercept mark and precise foot skills around the ground, Plowman is as reliable as they come. Plowman also has a big engine and clocked less than 11 minutes in the 3km time trial and also ranked inside the top 15% in the vertical jump. An attacking half-back who can run all day and wear down forwards, he is super competitive and a superb reader of the play, rarely getting caught out of position.

4. Melbourne – Oliver Wines
Height: 185cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Bendigo Pioneers
State: Victoria
There will be explosions in the Melbourne midfield when Oliver Wines joins his best friend Jack Viney as Melbourne’s prized new recruits for the 2013 season. Wines has a lot of mongrel about him; he is a hard-nosed inside midfield who has tenacity and ferocity at the contest, and his hunger for the ball has made him a force to be reckoned with in the National Championships for Vic Country. Wines’ high endurance and ability to outrun his opponent means that he can sneak forward and get on the end of a few goals, which really hurts opposition teams. Ollie Wines is also an AFL-AIS graduate in 2012. There is no reason whatsoever that Wines would be overlooked by Melbourne if available, as he forms part of their engine room for the next decade onwards.

5. Western Bulldogs – Jonathan O’Rourke
Height: 183cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Another product of the Calder Cannons footy factory, Jonathan O’Rourke’s professionalism and leadership are key attributes that the Western Bulldogs will be looking at strongly in this year’s National Draft. The Dogs are crying out for ball-winning, goal-kicking, classy midfielders and O’Rourke fits the bill with a high-possession game style, also possessing the ability to double up as a blue-collar midfielder but with poise, class and an uncanny nous to always hit up a target and rack up damaging disposals, always using the ball well as an outside midfielder. Operating at 77% disposal efficiency, O’Rourke also capped off an impressive year with All-Australian honours and was a graduate of the AFL-AIS Academy.

6. Western Bulldogs – Troy Menzel
Height: 186cm
Weight: 77kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Central Districts
State: South Australia
Considered to be a top two talent alone on talent, Troy Menzel doesn’t look like joining up with his brother Danielat the Cats in a fairytale draft at this stage. After a nine-goal haul against Tasmania and a bag of six against Northern Territory, there is no questioning Menzel’s ability whatsoever; even his knees, a subject that people keep questioning. Menzel is still a slight chance to drop to Geelong, but looms now as a Bulldog.

7. Port Adelaide – Brodie Grundy
Height: 202cm
Weight: 100kg
Position: Ruckman
Team: Sturt
State: South Australia
There is arguably daylight between Brodie Grundy and the next best ruck prospect, as Grundy dominated the National Championships with ease in 2012 and Port Adelaide will think Christmas has come early with the SA native likely to be available at pick 7. Grundy stamped himself as the draft’s best ruckman this year and is imposing, intimidating and punishing – everything a player of his size should be. Perhaps Grundy’s biggest asset currently is that he is a readymade AFL footballer who is capable of playing in Round 1 next season. Not only does Grundy bench press 130kgs, but his tap work has been raved about, averaging 24 hitouts to advantage throughout his 2012 campaign. He has proved to be a headache up forward and is very much in the same mould as Dean Cox. As an agile ruckman, it’s rare for players with his frame to be as mobile as he is. After swapping over from basketball at age 15, Grundy managed All-Australian honours as a bottom-age player in 2011 and backed it up again in 2012 with the same honours. Grundy is also another graduate of the AFL-AIS Academy. Grundy looms as the biggest get for the Power in recent times and could be the second coming of Matthew Primus, a player that Port Adelaide can build around for many years to come.

8. Brisbane – Kristian Jaksch
Height: 194cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Defender/forward
Team: Oakleigh Chargers
State: Victoria
Arguably the most versatile player in this year’s draft, Kristian Jaksch is a ‘Mr Fix-It’, a perfect utility who plays a multitude of positions and plays them all exceptionally well. As a powerful, contested-marking, multiple goal-kicking forward, he is destructive up forward but is also capable of playing lockdown roles on opposing forwards, in which he gobbles them up, showing good vision and awareness and always playing the percentages. Jaksch is also capable of dipping into the ruck, where he is very competitive and chips in well to give the dominate ruckman a chop out. Very much in the mould of a Michael Hurley, Jaksch’s sublime foot skills are the hallmark of his game. Jaksch is the likely selection for the Lions, who missed out on securing a key forward in the trade and free agency period, but might just get double what they are paying for at pick 8 with Jaksch.

9. Richmond – Jake Stringer
Height: 191cm
Weight: 91kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Bendigo Pioneers
State: Victoria
Likened to a raging bull, Jake Stringer might be the biggest risk, but he has the biggest upside of all draftees in the upcoming draft. Playing predominately as a tall forward with spells down back throughout his junior career, out-muscling and excelling in a one-on-one situation, Stringer’s contested marking is his biggest drawcard. At 191cms, he’s not tall enough to be a key position forward in the AFL, but as a third tall or potentially a midfielder, Stringer is a dangerous prospect. Stringer does what Cotchin does in the midfield and what Riewoldt does up forward: rack up a mountain of the ball and kick bags of goals on a regular basis. Had it not been for his injury concerns, he could quite easily be the number one pick – these types of players don’t come around very often.

10. Essendon – Joe Daniher (father-son selection)
Height: 201cm
Weight: 89kg
Position: Forward/ruckman
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
The most hyped-up father-son selection for the better part of a decade across all AFL circles, Joe Daniher could play as many as 15 games next season. The Bombers held him back from testing in the combine, as his path to his famous father Anthony’s club was always ensured. If Daniher had not been eligible to be taken as a father-son selection, there is every possibility that he could have well been the first selection in this year’s draft. Blessed with height, Daniher will be a worrying factor for defenders in the future. With his ability to take the ball at its highest point, he reaches well and bodies up even better, positioning his body to always protect the ball. A beautiful sound technique in a set shot, Daniher has the scope to be a 100+ goal kicker in the future; there are exciting times ahead for the Essendon faithful.

11. Carlton – Jackson Macrae
Height: 188cm
Weight: 78kg
Position Midfield
Team: Oakleigh Chargers
State: Victoria
Jackson Macrae is a very busy midfielder with a neat set of skills and is damaging in front of goal. Exceptional at ground level and very strong above his head, Macrae is a very good field kicker which is complimented with his contested marking ability. Macrae has bolted up the order this year after a strong season at both TAC Cup level with the Chargers and at National level playing for Vic Metro. He launched onto the scene after kicking six goals against Tasmania, finishing with an overall average of 20 disposals at 78% efficiency. Macrae famously kicked the golden point in the TAC Cup Grand Final and was also awarded best on ground honours, proving to be a big time player who thrives on the big stage. Jackson Macrae would be well suited to double-up as forward with plenty of x-factor. Macrae suits the Blues’ mould and would add flair and zest to a midfield more than capable of playing finals in 2013.

12. Greater Western Sydney – Sam Mayes
Height: 187cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: North Adelaide
State: South Australia
After having a super impressive 2011, capped off with All-Australian honours as a centre half-forward, Sam Mayes’ 2012 season was very quiet by his lofty standards. Seen as a forward-cum-midfielder, Mayes’ ability to pull off the impossible and impact the scoreboard regularly has seen Mayes become somewhat of an x-factor for SA in this year’s National Championships. Known as a bit of a yapper, a player who is punishing and isn’t afraid to tell you that, Mayes’ elite agility, speed and technique from a set shot is something he has mastered. With a giant leap and great athleticism, Mayes can be used as a third tall or a medium-sized midfield where his run and carry comes to the fore. Mayes missed out on All-Australian selection in 2012, but that won’t deter GWS gladly welcoming the classy South Australian.

13. Gold Coast – Josh Simpson
Height: 183cm
Weight: 72kg
Position: Midfield
Team: East Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Exciting in every aspect of the word, Josh Simpson is a dynamic and ball-winning midfielder, capable of winning his own ball in the midfield and surging forward to kick remarkable goals on the run. Somewhat of a human highlights reel, Simpson is strong overhead and is silky with the ball in hand. Although Simpson moved to SA in 2011 and represented the Croweaters, he moved back to WA where he played four games for his state in 2012, averaging 14 touches, three tackles and a goal in each game. Simpson’s biggest strengths are his run and carry and his ability to create forward of centre; he has become known for sidestepping would-be tacklers, drilling the ball lace out to a leading forward or and kicking goals on the run when it is seemingly impossible. There is a lot of Lewis Jetta about Simpson, and he capped off the combine by finishing equal first in the kicking assessment and in the top 12% in the agility test. Simpson is set to join an already big Western Australian contingency at the Suns, and Simpson won’t feel out of place amongst a WA-dominated midfield outfit.

14. Greater Western Sydney – Aidan Corr
Height: 195cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Defender
Team: Northern Knights
State: Victoria
Perhaps the biggest draft bolter of 2012, Aidan Corr is a graduate from the AFL-AIS Academy and a super aggressive defender who isn’t afraid to back himself in for a contested mark deep on the last line of defence. Rarely rattled, Corr is calm under pressure and can also play a role up forward, as he is an accurate kick of the football around the ground, especially from a set shot. Preferred in defence, Corr loves to play a one-on-one style of footbal, where he throws forwards around like ragdolls and runs back with the flight of the ball, and is always willing to put his body on the line for his team. Corr is reliable, a real player’s player and a great personality to have around a football club. Recruiters love him because he has the capacity to add another 10 kilograms to his big frame, and he would fit in well with the developing Giants.

15. North Melbourne – Ben Kennedy
Height: 174cm
Weight: 74kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Glenelg
State: South Australia
North Melbourne has fallen in love with Ben Kennedy and it’s for a multitude of reasons. His explosiveness and ability to always impact the scoreboard sees him as a dangerous and damaging small forward-cum-midfielder who looms as a very likely successor to Brent Harvey in years to come. Built in the same moul, with the same style of play, the hallmark of Kennedy’s game is his elusiveness at stoppages and x-factor around goal, which goes hand in hand with his explosive pace and breakaway speed to leave his opponent in his wake. A prolific ball winner, Kennedy notched up an average of 26 disposals throughout the season. Kennedy won All-Australian honours as a bottom-age player in 2011 and was considered strongly by the Roos as a possible GWS mini-draft selection. However, he played out another year to hone his skills and became a dual All-Australian player in 2012 to back up his efforts from 2011. Kennedy has been interviewed multiple times at length, and with Brent Harvey set to miss the opening six rounds of 2013, Kennedy has become even more appealing.

16. Geelong – Tom Clurey
Height: 193cm
Weight: 85kg
Position: Defender
Team: Murray Bushrangers
State: Victoria
As a lockdown defender, Clurey has an innate ability to wear any forward he marks up on like a glove. A beautiful reader of the play, Clurey beams with confidence and relishes a one-on-one situation, where he is almost guaranteed to win out every time. Clurey’s confidence to mark in defence is a key attribute not many young draftees currently possess, which in turn has become his biggest strength. Finishing second in the repeat sprints at the Draft Combine, he demonstrated his ability to constantly follow around forwards with big engines and highlighted his durability and endurance as a defender. Despite all of his lockdown roles on the ‘gorillas’ of the draft, Clurey also sets up well from defence to attack, forcing bigger forwards to follow him up the ground and be accountable for his whereabouts. Gifted with brilliant decision making, always playing the percentages, Clurey is a team man with a team first attitude who would be groomed at the Swans as their next big thing in defence.

17. Fremantle – Mason Shaw
Height: 197cm
Weight: 82kg
Position: Forward
Team: South Fremantle
State: Western Australia
A big baulking forward who could very well stay in WA, Mason Shaw is one of the best key forward prospects in this year’s draft on talent alone. He didn’t have a hugely influential National Championships, but Shaw is well-known amongst recruiters to be a player who can be relied upon for kicking important goals in big games. Demonstrating his worth, Shaw bagged 66 goals in 2011 for East Fremantle at an average of three goals per game, leading the way at Colts level for the most goals and going on to kick seven majors as a bottom-age player in the WAFL Under-18 Grand Final. A big-game player who thrives on pressure, Shaw is a very smart footballer who leads exceptionally well, takes strong grabs and is also able to pinch hit in the ruck, where he can demonstrate his mobility as he did when registering a 14+ beep test time. Despite an average season, Fremantle’s stocks for key forwards are running on low, and with Matthew Pavlich getting into his twilight years, Shaw is ready to take over the mantle as the number one target up forward for the purple haze.

18. Collingwood – Nathan Hrovat
Height: 175cm
Weight: 79kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Northern Knights
State: Victoria
Although Nathan Hrovat is pint-sized, he plays as if he is 10 feet tall and bullet proof. An aggressive inside midfielder, Hrovat has worked hard on his strengths to make up for what he lacks in height. A prolific ball winner and a natural leader, Hrovat was captain of the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup and was also vice-captain for Vic Metro in the National Championships in 2012. After averaging 25 disposals and dominating clearances and tackle counts, Hrovat won Vic Metro’s most valuable player award and also came runner up in the TAC Cup’s coach’s award. Hrovat also capped off a stellar year by earning All-Australian honours and graduating from the AFL-AIS Academy. With Dane Swan and Luke Ball verging on 30 years of age, Hrovat’s big engine and heart means that he is seen as a player able to play that role for the club he grew up barracking passionately for.

19. Collingwood – Nick Vlaustin
Height: 187cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Defender
Team: Northern Knights
State: Victoria
A clean one-touch player, Nick Vlaustin, nicknamed ‘Tigger’ because the hard-nosed redhead bounces around like lovable Winnie the Pooh character, his nickname carries through to his football in which he conducts himself in the exact same way. A physical player who never shirks a contest and is always super competitive, Vlaustin is a player’s player who leads by example, highlighted by being the National Championships’ premiership captain for Vic Metro. Very much a ‘rudder’ in defence, Vlaustin directs traffic, moves the ball well by hand or by foot and his elite running capacity and endurance means that he is another hardened footballer who is capable of playing Round 1 in 2013. Another member of the 2012 AFL-AIS Academy, Vlaustin took home All-Australian honours in 2012 and could also join his best mate Nathan Hrovat at Collingwood, a team in which Vlaustin also grew up following. Vlaustin could still be taken higher up the order, where teams such as Richmond and Gold Coast have shown interest, but they’d have to give up on talent that is more advanced than Vlaustin at this stage.

20. Adelaide – Tim O’Brien
Height: 192cm
Weight: 81kg
Position: Forward
Team: Glenelg
State: South Australia
Another product of SA, Tim O’Brien is a reliable tall forward whose blistering speed for a player of his size is a rare trait. Explosive on the lead and incredibly agile, O’Brien finished in the top 2% in the agility test and clipped 2.94 seconds over 20 metres. Boasting plenty of x-factor, O’Brien kicked a bag of six goals against Tasmania, highlighting his accuracy on goal. With great endurance and a decent engine, O’Brien has the scope to play further up the ground, in defence and pinch hit in the ruck when required. O’Brien could quite easily be seen as a replacement for the departing Kurt Tippett.

21. Collingwood – Dayle Garlett
Height: 180cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Swan Districts
State: Western Australia
Had it not been for some off-field issues earlier on, Dayle Garlett would be considered a top five selection in this year’s National Draft. A quick, agile and elusive midfielder-cum-forward, Garlett has skill in spades, demonstrated by his incredible year for WA. Garlett is a ball winner and an outside prime mover that hurts teams with his breakneck speed and his ability to always evade an opposition player. Garlett is damaging by foot, and if one-out inside the forward line, he turns his opponent inside out and kicks the impossible goals. Despite being taken out of the AFL-AIS Academy for off-field misdemeanours, Garlett hit back and let his football do the talking for the remainder of the year, which saw him average 20 possessions, three clearances and well-deserved All-Australian honours. Garlett could still be taken earlier but with the Magpies having three picks in the first round, they can afford to take a risk should he be available.

22. Western Bulldogs – Tim Membrey
Height: 189cm
Weight: 88kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Gippsland Power
State: Victoria
Tim Membrey thrives on the big stage and is equipped with leadership and direction, highlighted by captaining the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup in 2012. At 189cms, he’s not exactly a key forward, though he has played like one throughout his junior career, as he developed quicker in size and strength than others his age. Membrey won’t be a key position forward in AFL ranks, though he is capable of being a third tall who can still dominate and hurt the opposition if he is not appropriately matched up on. Membrey’s biggest asset is that he doesn’t go to ground; he has great strength in his legs and a low centre of gravity which means he is ever a dangerous player at all times. Membrey also completed a beep test time of 13.1, proving he has the tank to make it as a midfielder. With the Bulldogs looking to establish their forward half, Membrey would slot straight in at Whitten Ovel.

23. Sydney – Taylor Garner
Height: 186cm
Weight: 77kg
Position: Forward/midfield
Team: Dandenong Stingrays
State: Victoria
Considered to be a medium-sized forward, Garner has had issues with his shoulder, which dislocated in all four games that Garner played in the National Championships. However, as a credit to his ability and skill level, Garner still managed to take home All-Australian Honours despite succumbing to injury in each of his games, which is nothing short of remarkable. Garner has had a full shoulder reconstruction and didn’t partake in the Draft Combine, but is now fully fit and will be ready to train day one of pre-season. With smooth moves, strong overhead marking capabilities and always managing to hit the scoreboard, Garner’s game style is his own as he hurts opposition in the air, one-out or at ground level where he side steps opponents and kicks remarkable goals off one step. Able to dip into the midfield, Garner is a strong tackler and gets a lot of the football for the position he plays. He possesses the ability to burst games open and has a huge amount of x-factor.

24. Brisbane – Jesse Lonergan
Height: 181cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Launceston
State: Tasmania
A tough-as-nails midfielder, Jesse Lonergan exemplifies the classic aggressiveness that is required for modern day football. Never shirking a contest, Lonergan is nuisance’s opposition coaches, who are more often than not are trying to nullify his impact on the game. Lonergan is deceptively quick and bursts away from stoppages, almost reminiscent of a younger Chris Judd. With clean hands, superior vision, quick thinking and a huge standing vertical leap of 83cms, putting him inside the top 1% at the combine, Lonergan was also a successful AFL-AIS graduate in 2012 and will bolster an emerging midfield that the Lions are building.

 

ROUND TWO

25. St Kilda – Mason Wood
Height: 192cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Forward
Team: Geelong Falcons
State: Victoria
Mason Wood is exceptional overhead and is a very smart forward who leads to the right spots and is very vocal, having no problem telling his teammates to get out of his way. Wood wasn’t a dominating force for Vic Country in the National Champions but he did enough to suggest he has some real talent to burn at the next level. Wood naturally has a big tank which allows him to push further up the ground, somewhat dipping onto a wing where he doesn’t look out of place. The big tick for Wood is that he has clean hands and is a one-touch player. A massive kick of the ball, Wood’s booming left foot and strength in general will make him a force up forward for the Saints, who are looking to sure up their forward line with Nick Riewoldt and Justin Koschitzke coming into their twilight years.

26. St Kilda – Tanner Smith
Height: 194cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Defender
Team: North Ballart Rebels
State: Victoria
An outstanding reader of the play, Tanner Smith has been praised as one of the best key defenders in the draft, lining up on the big forwards throughout the Championships. A good decision marker, great spoiler and possessing excellent closing speed, Smith is a confident player who rarely lets pressure get to him. Smith can also be thrown into the forward line, where he has been renowned to take some big grabs and convert with ease from a set shot. A very athletic and mobile key position player, Smith will be a 200+ game player for St Kilda, who has identified defence as key area that will be addressed in the draft.

27. Melbourne – Jack Viney (father-son selection)
Height: 178cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Casey Scorpions
State: Victoria
The prodigal son, Jack Viney was always destined for Melbourne one way or another, and as such the new era of the demons is just about to begin. If not for his father/son link to the Melbourne Football Club, Viney would have quite easily gone inside the top 10 in this year’s draft, but Melbourne pick him up for a steal at pick 27. A prolific ball winner, Viney is seen as the best inside midfielder in the National Championships this year and like his best friend Ollie Wines, his tenacity and ferocity at the man and the contest will see explosions in the Melbourne midfield in the future. A clearance king, a leader, a goal kicker and seen amongst his peers at Vic Metro as “The General”, Viney has got talent written all over him, and will follow in the footsteps of his famous father who captain the demons in his days in the red and the blue.

28. Greater Western Sydney – Nathan Wright
Height: 185cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Defender
Team: Dandenong Stingrays
State: Victoria
Nathan Wright is another who has shot up the rankings. He is an aggressive player who isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve; he is passionate and a little bit flamboyant at times, but is one who will bleed for the jumper. He loves the hard stuff, doesn’t mind a scrap and loves to get physical and yap in his opponent’s ear to gain a mental edge. Notching up an average of 16 disposals and four tackles across 2012, Wright is also a graduate of the AFL-AIS Academy.

29. Hawthorn – Liam McBean
Height: 202cm
Weight: 84kg
Position: Defender/ruckman
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Bean by name and beanpole by nature, Liam McBean is a versatile tall who can play as a key forward, defender or ruckman. A gifted athlete, McBean is a good decision maker with ball in hand and is a precise kick for goal from a set shot. Playing predominately as a defender for Vic Metro with spurts up forward and in the ruck, McBean has plenty of upside and really is a promising talent.

30. Port Adelaide – Tim Broomhead
Height: 182cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Port Adelaide Magpies
State: South Australia
A very crafty midfielder with excessive speed, married up with good awareness and vision, Broomhead is a smart footballer who loves to bring teammates into the game. Broomhead can also be utilized off a back flank with a precise kick and likes to dictate to his teammates further up the field by kicking the ball into space where he wants them to lead to.

31. Port Adelaide – Sam Colquhoun
Height: 179cm
Weight: 72kg
Position: Defender
Team: Central Districts
State: South Australia
A small-to-medium-sized defender, Sam Colquhoun has shot up the rankings after a faultless National Championship campaign, starring for the Croweaters. An incredible reader of the play who rarely ever makes a mistake, Colquhoun is a rebounding defender who is capable of hurting teams with his dead-eye kicking from the back half. As a trusted player to always find a target from a kick-in, Colquhoun chops off entries by taking defensive marks and always pitches in with second, third and fourth efforts with sensational work at ground level. Colquhoun averaged nearly 30 disposals in a very free-wheeling and open game style, capping off a consistent year by winning SA’s most valuable player award, All-Australian honours and graduating from the AFL-AIS Academy.

32.  Richmond – Rory Atkins
Height: 180cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Rory Atkins is very much in the shape of David Zaharakis. A forward who hits the scoreboard regularly, his speed and agility come to the fore with a contested edge that makes him a damaging medium-sized prospect up forward. Very clean beneath his knees and always showing great composure, he averaged 21 disposals for Vic Metro in 2012.

33. Brisbane – Spencer White
Height: 195cm
Weight: 90kg
Position: Forward
Team: Western Jets
State: Victoria
Spencer White shot to fame after being likened to the next Buddy Franklin. White was not initially inviting to the Draft Combine, however, he was given a very late call-up to test after interest from AFL clubs soared towards the back end of his TAC Cup season for the Western Jets. White was runner-up in the goal kicking in the Victorian Under-18 competition and is seen as a power forward that is destructive and damaging and bashes and crashes packs, always desperate for the football. Although he can also pinch hit in the ruck, White is still somewhat of an unknown talent.

34. Richmond – Nick Graham
Height: 183cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Gippsland Power
State: Victoria
Nick Graham is a very crafty midfielder who is elusive and bedazzles opposition players with his ability to work his way through traffic, as well as sidestep and spin out of would-be tackles. Lauded for his ability to hit the scoreboard, Graham is a consistent goal kicker who doesn’t mind sneaking forward to hurt his opponent, highlighted by coming runner-up in the overall goal kicking in the TAC Cup. A prolific ball winner at TAC Cup level with the Gippsland Power, Graham also took home the coveted Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup’s best player in 2012. He could still very well go in the first round but looks as though he is sliding a little.

35. Essendon – Jason Pongracic
Height: 182cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Dandenong Stingrays
State: Victoria
Jason Pongracic is very competitive and a workhorse as a midfielder with a lot of Brad Sewell about him. A lump of a lad, Pongracic is a smooth mover; his work ethic is his biggest asset in which he exploits to tire out his opponent. A player with no regard for his safety, Pongracic puts his body on the line and head over the ball, and is the type of player who bleeds for the jumper he wears. Restricted by injuries in 2012, he will be a future star talked about for his courage for many years to come.

36. Carlton – Dean Towers
Height: 189cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Midfield
Team: North Ballarat Roosters
State: Victoria
Dean Towers is a prolific ball winner who breaks the lines from half-back and navigates himself out of congestion in the toughest of traffic. A mature-age player with North Ballarat in the VFL, Towers often hits the scoreboard and broke the standing vertical jump at the Draft Combine with 85cms. He looms as a very handy pickup for the Blues, who are looking to increase their midfield spread.

37. Fremantle – Kamdyn McIntosh
Height: 192cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Defender
Team: Peel Thunder
State: Western Australia
Local Perth boy Kamdyn McIntosh is a key defender with a good endurance base and closing speed. Able to take on a key position in the backline, or the third tall, McIntosh is also able to stream out of defence and use the ball to effect. McIntosh also had the opportunity to play four senior games with Peel Thunder in which he held his own, averaging 17 disposals, five marks and three tackles across his four games.

38. North Melbourne – Ben Jacobs
Height: 185cm
Weight: 82kg
Position: Defender
Team: Port Adelaide Power
State: Victoria
After leaving Port Adelaide as an uncontracted player, Ben Jacobs couldn’t find his way to his desired club of North Melbourne in the trade period, as both clubs failed to come to an agreement. Essendon has stated that if Ben Jacobs is available at pick 35, it would consider selecting him. However, if that doesn’t come to fruition, there is little chance North Melbourne will pass up their man.

39. Collingwood – Andrew Boston
Height: 180cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Broadbeach
State: Queensland
After being passed up as a zone selection for Gold Coast, Andrew Boston is a medium-sized midfielder who excelled for Queensland in the National Championships and was super impressive in the Draft Combine, coming equal first in the Nathan Buckley kicking test. Operating at 80% efficiency, Boston is a goal kicker with clean skills who also won All-Australian honours in 2012.

40. Fremantle – Marco Paparone
Height: 193cm
Weight: 84kg
Position: Forward
Team: East Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Local lad Marco Paparone is a smart footballer who leads to the right spots, and his personal best time in the beep test of 15+ allows him to work hard further afield, in which he gains an edge over his direct opponent. A very creative player who knows where the goals are, Paparone can quickly get off the leash if he isn’t matched up on accordingly. Very much in the mould of a Nick Riewoldt type, Paparone averaged 16 touches, four marks and a goal in each of his games for WA throughout the National Championships and has the ability to play high half-forward to wing.

41. St Kilda – Jackson Thurlow
Height: 189cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Defender
Team: Launceston
State: Tasmania
A terrific defender, Jackson Thurlow has an innate ability to defend at all costs, throwing his body on the line and always playing with a team-first attitude. Playing the percentages, Thurlow is also very good on the rebound and can always hit up a target whether under pressure or running and carrying from defence.

42. North Melbourne – Adam Carter
Height: 179cm
Weight: 70kg
Position: Midfield/forward
|Team: South Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Small in stature but not in heart, Adam Carter is a dynamic small midfielder who is clean and precise by both hand and foot. A bit of a pit bull, Carter loves the physical stuff and is always a good decision marker. He loves to hit hard and lay ferocious tackles that can be team inspiring. Operating at 78% disposal efficiency in the National Championships, Carter is a serious talent. He will be looking to join his brother Mitch Carter, listed by Carlton, in an AFL side.

43. Richmond – Cameron Banfield
Height: 183cm
Weight: 74kg
Position: Defender
Team: Sandringham Dragons
Cameron Banfield’s lateral movement is supreme, with the ability to work and weave through traffic and congestion and always find a target. With poise and a reliable kick on both sides of his body, Banfield plays as a running half-back who can push further up the ground and kick long goals on the run. He plays his role well without being a standout star.

44. St Kilda – Jacob Ballard
Height: 186cm
Weight: 82kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Northern Knights
State: Victoria
Super competitive, Jacob Ballard has a big tank and plays as a midfielder who dips down to add run off half-back. A great user of the ball, he is a smart decision marker who can always find a target. Ballard averages 16 disposals at 70% efficiency. Ballard will be groomed as an inside ball-winning machine, capable of taking over a Lenny Hayes-type role.

45. Sydney – Nick Rodda
Height: 194cm
Weight: 94kg
Position: Defender
Team: West Perth
State:  Western Australia
A strongly built defender, Nick Rodda is a superb shutdown backman capable of playing full back for the next decade. He uses his strength to his advantage and has relied upon his size to beat his opponent throughout the National Championships. Rodda doesn’t get a heap of the ball but is a traditional lockdown defender who soulc rather spoil and bring the ball to ground for his fellow fleet-footed defenders to run onto. He is a steal here at pick 45 as one of the better key defenders in the draft.

 

ROUND THREE

46. West Coast – Shannon Taylor
Height: 177cm
Weight: 72kg
Position: Midfield
Club: Claremont
State: Western Australia
Shannon Taylor can play an inside or outside role and is always well-composed in traffic. He was considered a possible mini-draft selection after blitzing the 20-metre sprint at the Draft Combine last year, coming first with 2.86 seconds. He averages 14 disposals, four inside 50s and three tackles in his games for WA this year and is well balanced on both sides of his body. Taylor could very well have been a GWS priority selection last year and will be a huge talent despite an average 2012 season.

47. Sydney – James Stewart
Height: 197cm
Weight: 82kg
Position: Forward
Team: Sandringham Dragons
State: Victoria
Another potential father-son draftee who was overlooked, James Stewart could’ve landed at Collingwood where his father Craig was a ruckman. Stewart is a very crafty forward with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. With great agility and football smarts, Stewart hits the scoreboard well and always does the team thing. Blessed with natural pace, Stewart is a graduate of the AFL-AIS Academy and would compliment Sam Reid very well up forward.

48. North Melbourne – Matthew Haynes
Height: 190cm
Weight: 76kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Northern Knights
State: Victoria
Matthew Haynes is a very good outside midfielder who takes advantage of wide open spaces where he likes to tuck the footy under his arm and run. Super quick, Haynes won gold medals as a 15-year-old at National level for the 100m sprint and long jump, highlighting his athleticism. Haynes played a big part in Vic Metro’s win at the National Championship and is still very much an athlete with areas of his football still needing development, which is why plenty of recruiters have him slipping, with some believing he could be a rookie selection.

49. Melbourne – Harrison Marsh
Height: 188cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Defender
Team: East Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Excellent as a second or third tall defender, Marsh’s kicking skills are sublime, likening him to a Ben Reid type. Has solid vision and is very aware of his surroundings and plays his role well and always has a team first attitude. Marsh excels one-on-one and at Colts level, Marsh averaged 15 disposals and four marks for East Fremantle, nothing up three games for WA in the National Championships.

50. Western Bulldogs – Lachie Hunter (father-son selection)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Western Jets
State: Victoria
Another fairytale story for the Bulldogs, who are enjoying yet another former champion’s offspring as a father-son selection. Lachie Hunter, son of Mark Hunter who played 130 games for the Bullies in the late 80s to mid-90s, comes to the Bulldogs with big wraps. A booming left footer and a beautiful outside player who slots goals and gets a mountain of the ball, Hunter won the agility test at the draft combine this year quite comfortably. Despite having a somewhat quiet 2012 campaign, Hunter’s path to the Bulldogs was always assured, given he has been involved in the father-son program. The Bulldogs desperately need some outside pace combined with run, carry and smart ball use – Lachie Hunter ticks all those boxes.

51. Western Bulldogs – Michael Close
Height: 195cm
Weight: 82kg
Position: Forward
Team: North Ballarat Rebels
State: Victoria
Arguably the most interesting player of this year’s draft, Michael Close is one of the most versatile players in the competition, and had it not been for an injury-plagued junior career, Close could have featured in this year’s top 10. A very mobile, strong and athletic forward, he is best suited to a team willing to nurture him into an elite AFL footballer. He has all the skills and attributes, but breaking down so often has coaches a bit worried. With a tremendous amount of upside, able to ruck as well as rove his own ball, Close also has a personal best beep test time of 15. Should Close land at the Bulldogs, he will have plenty time to develop while the Dogs are in a rebuilding phase and could be their dominating key forward in the future.

52. Essendon – Matt McDonough
Height: 180cm
Weight: 85cm
Position: Forward/midfield
Team: Woodville-West Torrens
State: South Australia
The smiling assassin, Matt McDonough is a deadeye on goal, and his forward marking and speed inside the 50 hurts teams constantly. A player you can mark down for a goal before he’s even let fly, McDonough averages three goals per game and 18 touches across his 2012 campaign, proving to be a player who can impact across four quarters.

53. Melbourne – Daniel Currie
Height: 200cm
Weight: 97kg
Position: Ruckman
Team: North Adelaide
State: South Australia
The former Sydney Swans ruckman has now shot into calculations after a huge season with the Roosters in the SANFL, becoming the best big man in the league. Currie averaged more than 23 hitouts, 11 disposals and four marks an outing in his 21 games and has a terrific endurance and running capacity for his size, and is more than capable of getting himself onto an AFL list again after five injury-plagued years at the Swans.

54. Adelaide – Justin Hardy
Height: 196cm
Weight: 76kg
Position: Forward
Team: Central Districts
State: South Australia
Justin Hardy took home the Ken Farmer Medal for the leading goal kicker in the SANFL for Central Districts this year. A mature-age player, Hardy is so versatile that he is able to play as a lead-up forward, a strong ruckman or a key defender, which is just what the Crows are looking for.

55. Essendon – Zac Williams
Height: 183cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Midfield/defender
Team: Narrandera
State: New South Wales
The great white hope from NSW, Zac Williams is a medium-sized midfield/defender who is very strong through his body, and amassed a mountain of the ball whilst playing for NSW/ACT in the National Championships. Winning their Most Valuable Player award, Williams is a clean ball user and is a good clearance player who averages 17 possessions, 9.5 of which were contested, five clearances and four tackles throughout the carnival. Seriously underrated, Williams will be a rock solid asset.

56. Carlton – Tom Temay
Height: 179cm
Weight: 74kg
Position: Defender
Team: Sandringham Dragons
State: Victoria
Tom Temay comes from a great pedigree; his father played 50-odd games with St Kilda, which was ultimately not enough to see his son qualify for a father-son selection. Nonetheless, Temay is a very good competitor, super aggressive and played as a lockdown small defender or as a freewheeling ball winner off half-back for Vic Metro – whichever was required of him – and averaged 18 disposals, also operating at 77% efficiency which is great for a player of his size.

57. Gold Coast – Brodie Murdoch
Height: 187cm
Weight: 85kg
Position: Midfield/forward
Team: Glenelg
State: South Australia
Blessed with incredible agility and athleticism, Brodie Murdoch could be one of the steals of the draft. Had it not of been for a bit of inconsistency throughout his career so far, he could have well been taken further up the order. Regardless, Murdoch’s left foot is something to write home about. He has a sensational vertical leap and can kick the freakish goals that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Murdoch can also be utilized as a running hal- back, which is where he may start his AFL career as he looks to up his disposal rate and impact over four quarters.

58. North Melbourne – Jason Ashby
Height: 188cm
Weight: 77kg
Position: Defender
Team: Oakleigh Chargers
State: Victoria
A hard running, creative and dynamic player, Jason Asby has got a lot of football smarts and rarely ever makes a bad decision. Ashby runs hard and always creates space, and doesn’t mind creating an option further afield to make his opponent accountable. A driving force from half-back, Ashby plays the percentages and loves to spoil and crash packs hard.

59. Gold Coast – Kyal Horlsey (rookie upgrade)

60. Gold Coast – Clay Cameron (zone selection)

61. West Coast – Laine Wilkins
Height: 183cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Forward
Team: Peel Thunder
State: Western Australia
Known for his mind-blowing vertical leap, Laine Wilkins has the capability to be a human highlights reel for a long time to come. He is a super classy forward who looks unconventional, but always gets the job done. With natural speed and an uncanny ability to kick freakish goals, Wilkins is a hard player to match up on given he is strong in a one-on-one contest and deadly below his knees. Kicking four goals against eventual premiers Vic Metro in the National Championships, he demonstrated that he is a big game player who can quickly run away with the ball on a string and turn games around off his own boot.

62. West Coast – Dean Kent
Height: 180cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Perth
State: Western Australia
Had it not been for a horrific bout of ‘Bali Belly’ on return from Bali, Dean Kent would have comfortably made WA’s state side for the National Championships. After the illness struck him down, Kent struggled for fitness after rapidly losing weight, which took him months to recover full from. Despite all of this, Kent played Colts football with the Perth Demons this year and rampaged the competition, winning the Jack Clarke Medal as the best and fairest in WAFL Colts. Kent has an incredible appetite for the game and is renowned for amassing quite a lot of the ball, averaging 23 disposals and a goal per game. A contested ball winner with a left foot that penetrates, Kent will find himself on an AFL list come November.

63. North Melbourne – Darcey Fort
Height: 203cm
Weight: 84kg
Position: Ruckman
Team: Geelong Falcons
State: Victoria
A developing ruckman, Darcey Fort played with the Geelong Falcons as a 19-year-old in 2012 and adopted an aggressive approach, resulting in him being very competitive throughout the year. Fort can also play as a resting ruckmen up forward where he is able to take contested grabs and kick truly. Fort averages 25 hitouts, three tackles, and 10 disposals at TAC Cup level.

64. Adelaide – Ian Callinan (rookie upgrade)

65. Greater Western Sydney – Marvin Warrell
Height: 182cm
Weight: 70kg
Position: Forward
Team: South Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Possessing great awareness and vision, Marvin Warrell is a very clean user of the ball who always uses the ball efficiently of either side of his body. His defensive pressure up forward is why coaches love him; he lays important tackles inside 50 resulting in turnovers and goals. With great speed, it’s not uncommon to see Warrell running down opposition players for holding the ball.

66. Sydney – Sam Siggins
Height: 194cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Defender
Team: Lauderdale
State: Tasmania
Sam Siggins is ready-made to step into AFL football after playing the 2012 season in the seniors with Lauderdale in the Tasmanian State League. Siggins is a rebounding defender who doesn’t mind playing a loose role across half-back, very much in the mould of Josh Gibson from Hawthorn. A silky user of the ball, Siggins can play tall or small and doesn’t mind backing himself to take defensive marks under pressure. He has leadership qualities that were spoken about at length from various AFL personalities.

67. Sydney – Harley Montgomery
Height: 177cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Defender
Team: Sturt
State: South Australia
A reliable rebounding defender who reads the play across half-back quite well, Montgomery has clean footy skills that always manage to find a target. Montgomery has great speed which he uses to run down opponents.

 

ROUND FOUR

68. Hawthorn – Leigh Osborne
Height: 186cm
Weight: 84kg
Position: Defender
Team: Frankston Dolphins
State: Victoria
Leigh Osborne is a mature-age, medium-sized defender-cum-midfielder whose attack rebounding off half-back is first class. With speed and a pinpoint kick, he is almost always able to hit up a target and is a clean one-touch player. He played in the VFL all season with Frankston and averaged 17 disposals, and has a whopping left boot.

69. Greater Western Sydney – Nathan Stark
Height: 177cm
Weight: 70kg
Position: Midfield
Team: Glenelg
State: South Australia
Nathan Stark has built his game off his ability to beat his opponent in a one-on-one situation. Stark is aggressive and a ferocious tackler who is dirty if beaten, which has been rare in his games for SA in the National Championships. He was very consistent for SA, averaging 18 disposals and three tackles.

70. Melbourne – Ben Kearns
Height: 183cm
Weigh: 73kg
Position: Forward/midfield
Team: Gippsland Power
State: Victoria
Ben Kearns is a speedy link-up player who plays forward but is known to play spurts in the midfield. A very clean user of the ball, Kearns is a reliable kick off both sides of his body and in front of goal, where his set shot technique is sound. Typically a player who bursts away from his opponent and slotting a beautifully waited shot on goal on the run, his finishing skills are a class act. Kearns averaged 16 disposals and five inside 50s throughout the National Championships.

71. Carlton – Sean Lynch
Height: 184cm
Weight: 76kg
Position: Defender
Team: South Fremantle
State: Western Australia
A team-orientated player, Sean Lynch hits the ground with pace and precise kicking when coming out of the back-half. Able to play tall or small, he matches up well and doesn’t mind taking the small, nuggetty, dangerous opposition forwards. Lynch plays a highly-contested game with 10 contested touches per match for WA in the National Championships.

72. Hawthorn – Mason Middleton
Height: 191cm
Weight: 95kg
Position: Forward
Team: West Adelaide
State: South Australia
A lump of a lad, Mason Middleton is a key forward who is a very strong contested mark and is rarely beaten. Middleton had an interrupted year with injury, which occurred at the same time the National Championships were on, but when he was on the park, he was a driving force for West Adelaide at Colts level. With a huge amount of upside, he’ll be a big name for years to come.

73. Melbourne – Dan Nicholson (rookie upgrade)

74. Melbourne – Michael Evans (rookie upgrade)

75. Essendon – Tim Sumner
Height: 187cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Forward
Team: Woodville-West Torrens
State: South Australia
Tim Sumner is all about blistering pace and breathtaking goals. He doesn’t get a lot of the ball but each possession he comes up with something special. Sumner wins his own ball and forces the opposition to be accountable, and is very elusive around goal. His defensive pressure inside the forward 50 keeps defenders on their toes.

76. Carlton – Jordan Bourke
Height: 193cm
Weight: 83kg
Position: Forward
Team: Broadbeach
State: Queensland
After being passed over as a father-son pick by Geelong and also as a zone selection to the Suns, Jordan Bourke has plenty to offer as a big key forward. Very reliable from a set shot and a terrific contested marker, Bourke was a member of the 2012 AFL-AIS Academy.

77. St Kilda – Louis Herbert
Height: 186cm
Weight: 70k
Position: Forward
Team: North Ballarat Rebels
State: Victoria
Louis Herbert is somewhat electric as a player. Still lightly built, Herbert plays predominately a second or third tall inside 50 and has a good endurance base which means he can be thrown around into a few different positions. When forward, he knows where the goals are and flies under the radar, which usually sees him get off the leash. He kicked eight goals for the Rebels in Round 8 of the TAC Cup, which earned him a selection for Vic Country this year.

78. North Melbourne – Aaron Mullett (rookie upgrade)

79. Geelong – Matthew Dick
Height: 188cm
Weight: 86kg
Position: Defender
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Matthew Dick’s kicking is his best asset that, when coupled with his speed, makes him a dangerous prospect. He is very much a run and carry player who likes to create play further afield upon streaming from defence. He makes good decisions, has great vision and is very vocal in defence, always directing players to positions. Dick could also be utilized on a wing where his running game style would come into consideration.

80. Fremantle – Lee Spurr (rookie upgrade)

81. West Coast – Brad Dick (rookie upgrade)

82. Collingwood – Jackson Ramsey
Height: 181cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Defender
Team: East Perth
State: Western Australia
A spritely defender, whose courage can turn games around, Jackson Ramsey comes with leadership and a ‘no hold barred’ attitude and is a player you want on your team. Always composed, Ramsey is reliable with the ball in his hands coming out of defence and is vocal, always looking to give direction. Playing off half-back, Ramsey averaged 24 disposals at Colts level for East Perth in 2012.

83.  Port Adelaide – Taylor Hine
Height: 184cm
Weight: 75kg
Position: Defender
Team: Gold Coast Suns
State: Victoria
Opting for the National Draft as an uncontracted Gold Coast player, Hine has been noted to wanting to find his way to North Melbourne. However, with so many who go down the path of going back into the draft, Port Adelaide may swoop with North Melbourne focusing its picks elsewhere.

84. Greater Western Sydney – Sam Frost (rookie upgrade)

85. Western Bulldogs – Tom Langdon
Height: 189cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Defender
Team: Sandringham Dragons
State: Victoria
Tom Langdon had a solid year for the Dragons in the TAC Cup, averaging 18 disposals and playing very much as an impact player in defence, but only managing the one game for Vic Metro. Able to hold his own, Langdon is a sensational reader of the play and regularly intercepts kicks, taking defensive marks. Langdon isn’t afraid to leave his man to impact another contest to clear the ball from a dangerous area either, something that not many kids his age are able to do.

 

ROUND FIVE

86. Port Adelaide – Tom Jonas (rookie upgrade)

87. Brisbane – Jack Crisp (rookie upgrade)

88. Richmond – Sean Gregory
Height: 195cm
Weight: 72kg
Position: Defender
Team: Calder Cannons
State: Victoria
Sean Gregory is in the mould of a young Dustin Fletcher: a tall, lanky yet super agile defender who wears down forwards. His ‘go-go-gadget’ arms mean that he is a great reach and always spoils the ball at its highest point. A lovely kick of the ball, Gregory could be the steal of the draft looking back in years ahead.

89. Essendon – Jarrod Lienert
Height: 191cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Defender/midfield
Team: Sturt
State: South Australia
Jarrod Lienert is a hybrid defender, capable of playing close-checking, lockdown role, or creating run and drive off half-back. When in defence, Lienert likes to play somewhat loose where he will go as the third man up at a contest or mark the ball uncontested and take off. Able to kick over 60 metres, Lienert a beautiful kick from kick-ins.

90. Carlton – Levi Casboult (rookie upgrade)

91. St Kilda – Sam Dunell (rookie upgrade)

92. North Melbourne – Harrison Gill
Height: 186cm
Weight: 74kg
Position: Defender
Team: Glenelg
State: Adelaide
After a near-faultless state screening in South Australia, Harrison Gill could very well find himself on an AFL list after the National Draft. Gill had some incredible results and finished second in the 20m sprint, agility test, standing vertical leap and the beep test. Had he been invited to the combine, Gill would have been second overall in the agility test and his sprint of 2.85 seconds would have shot him to third.

93. Geelong – Samuel Lowrie
Height: 187cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Defender/midfield
Team: South Fremantle
State: Western Australia
Lowrie has had a few setbacks in 2012, namely a broken collarbone and leg, but his form prior to his injuries was a talking point. With a huge engine, good leg pace and a solid mark overhead, Lowrie is a player who rebounds and runs hard off half-back and doesn’t mind taking the game on, either.

94. Fremantle – Clancee Pearce (rookie upgrade)

95. Collingwood – Marley Williams (rookie upgrade)

96. Sydney – Alex Howson
Height: 195cm
Weight: 90kg
Position: Forward/defender
Club: East Fremantle
State: Western Australia
The beauty of Alex Howson is that he is able to play forward jut as well as he does down back. Howson played senior games in the WAFL as a forward but at times was thrown into defence, where his athleticism really shined through. A great height and weight, Howson is still a little raw in areas but has all the attributes to become a dominating forward, as his height and weight would suggest.

97. Greater Western Sydney – Andrew Phillips (rookie upgrade)

98. Western Bulldogs – Tom Campbell (rookie upgrade)

99. Brisbane – Niall McKeever (rookie upgrade)

100. Richmond – Jake McKenzie
Height: 180cm
Weight: 72kg
Position: Midfield/defender
Team: Western Jets
State: Victoria
Brother of Gold Coast running machine Trent, Jake McKenzie is in the same mould. He runs hard and plays hard, and his long penetrating kicking can see him slot goals from outside 50 with ease on the run. An exciting player off half-back, McKenzie is a player who will play his trade in the midfield as an outside player, given he reads the play as good as anyone. McKenzie averaged 12 disposals in his games for Vic Metro, though he made the most of his limited disposals by with 79% disposal efficiently.

101. Essendon – Shane Nelson
Height: 177cm
Weight: 69kg
Position: Midfield
Team: West Perth
State: Western Australia
Despite winning the Nathan Buckley kicking test at the 2011 Draft Combine, Shane Nelson was overlooked in last year’s draft after succumbing to an illness which meant he lost seven kilograms leading up to the Draft Combine, which ultimately hampered his ability to test affectively. Despite all of this, Nelson is back again and after a year playing senior football for West Perth in the WAFL, where he averaged 25 disposals and a goal in each game. His best effort for the season came when he picked up 34 disposals and two goals.

102. Carlton – Zach Tuohy (rookie upgrade)

103. North Melbourne – Majak Daw (rookie upgrade)

 

ROUND SIX

104. Sydney – Jarrod Stokes
Height: 175cm
Weight: 63kg
Position: Defender/forward/midfield
Team: Darwin
State: Northern Territory
Playing for Darwin in the NEAFL and Northern Territory in the National Championships, Stokes has raw ability to dance around his opponents whilst seemingly never breaking stride. He is very dangerous around goal as a small forward but also constructive as a half-back flanker to winger, where his pace breaks lines and his disposal always puts his teammates to advantage. He has a very light frame and will need to hit the gym very early.

105. Western Bulldogs – Jason Johninsson (rookie upgrade)

106. Essendon – Mark Baguley (rookie upgrade)

107. Sydney – Harry Cunningham (rookie upgrade)

 

Although there will still be picks available, it’s possible that most of these will be used to pass up on players, whether it be due to a club reaching its player limit or for salary cap reasons.