Adelaide:
(17) Lance Picioane – 4 games
(33) James Thiessen – 44 games
(49) Ian Perrie – 115 games
(65) Linden Stevens – 2 games
(R) Ben Marsh – 48 games
(R) Tim Davis – 0 games
(R) Sudjai Cook – 7 games
(R) Steven Hall – 0 games

Overall: Not a great draft for the Crows, but having just won the premiership, it probably wasn’t the most crucial of times. Ian Perrie became a solid player who was struck by injury while James Thiessen was solid for two seasons before returning to Norwood. Lance Picioane became better known as a Hawthorn player while Linden Stevens was a draft bust, although at 65 it was no loss. Ben Marsh was a valuable rookie pick for a while while the other three rookies weren’t there too long.

Brisbane:
(6) Luke Power – 282 games
(10) Shane O’Bree – 19 games
(31) Simon Black – 322 games
(51) Scott Ralph – 0 games
(58) Marcus Picken – 25 games
(73) Beau McDonald – 91 games
(R) Tate Day – 0 games

Overall: Any draft that selects two club legends is going to be a good draft. Along with the champions in Luke Power and Simon Black, the Lions spotted the talent in Shane O’Bree who played over 200 games with Collingwood while Beau McDonald was an incredibly talented player who was struck down with injury. Marcus Picken was promising early on but faded away while Scott Ralph and Tate Day failed to make an impact. Brisbane were huge winners in this draft.

Carlton:
(7) Kris Massie – 43 games
(23) Adam Charfield – 1 game
(55) Craig Black – 0 games
(70) Trent Hoppner – 1 game
(80) John Hynes – 4 games
(83) Ben Thompson – 0 games
(R) Simon Fletcher – 84 games
(R) Damian Lang – 3 games
(R) Scott Freeborn – 48 games
(R) Shane Flynn – 0 games
(R) Cameron Blight – 0 games
(R) Clint Evans – 0 games

Overall: A cringe worthy draft for the Blues who only managed to get three players to play over five games. What’s worse is one of them became better known with another club: Kris Massie (Adelaide, 88 games). Scott Freeborn had to retire due to injury while Simon Fletcher was a really handy player before being delisted and going to Richmond without much success.

Collingwood:
(8) Chris Tarrant – 196 games
(24) James Wasley – 23 games
(56) Ben Kinnear – 50 games
(81) Troy Kirwen – 0 games
(84) Frankie Raso – 19 games
(86) Scott Whiston – 0 games
(R) George Bakoulas – 0 games
(R) Mark Matthews – 0 games
(R) Tarkyn Lockyer – 227 games
(R) Adam Collings – 0 games
(R) Frank Dimattina – 0 games
(R) Marcus Barham – 0 games

Overall: Collingwood nailed two selections with the high-flying Chris Tarrant and the club soldier in Tarkyn Locker. At pick #39 in the rookie draft, Lockyer was a steal while Tarrant went to Freo but returned as a defender and only narrowly missed out on a flag. Ben Kinnear was handy and played in the 2003 Grand Final while James Wasley and Frankie Raso were others who at times showed bits and pieces but couldn’t piece it all together.

Essendon:
(4) Mark Bolton – 124 games
(20) Dean Solomon – 158 games
(36) Judd Lalich – 17 games
(52) Jordan Doering – 0 games
(68) Simon Eastaugh – 17 games
(R) Dean Rioli – 100 games
(R) Winnis Imbi – 0 games
(R) Robert Di Rosa – 0 games
(R) Lachlan Oakley – 0 games
(R) Mark Johnson – 194 games

Overall: Essendon did really well in this draft finding four players who would contribute during its golden era at the turn of the century. Mark Johnson was the best of the lot and came at pick #67 of the rookie draft while Dean Solomon was great before heading to Fremantle to finish his career. Mark Bolton and Dean Rioli were talented but couldn’t fulfil complete careers but ended up very solid players.

Fremantle:
(6) James Walker – 151 games
(21) Clem Michael – 43 games
(26) Brodie Holland – 36 games
(32) Troy Johnson – 0 games
(R) Bradd Dodd – 50 games
(R) Paul Maher – 5 games
(R) Cameron Jackson – 0 games
(R) John Neesham – 0 games

Overall: Fremantle can be happy that it nailed James Walker with its first round pick. He played 151 games and was a really handy contributor across his career. Clem Michael and Brad Dodd were impressive at times while Brodie Holland became better known as a Magpie in the infamous trade to Collingwood with James Clement.

Geelong:
(15) Joel McKay – 4 games
(29) Marc Woonough – 6 games
(38) James Rahilly – 90 games
(45) Matthew Scarlett – 284 games
(54) Justin Wood – 7 games
(61) Tim Finocchiaro – 10 games
(R) Paul Lindsay – 2 games
(R) Chris Hemley – 0 games
(R) Shaun Baxter – 0 games

Overall: It’s not often one says that Geelong had a bad draft, but the 1997 one was not an ideal recruitment day. Matthew Scarlett was a father/son so while he was a gun, he can hardly be considered a late gem. James Rahilly was a good player with 90 games but the Cats only got 29 games out of their remaining seven players.

Hawthorn:
(3) Trent Croad – 184 games
(19) Chris Obst – 17 games
(35) Marcus Baldwin – 0 games
(42) Matthew Dennis – 5 games
(67) Brad Lloyd – 11 games
(78) Richard Vandenberg – 145 games
(82) Nathan Thompson – 119 games
(85) Hayden Burgiel – 0 games
(PSD) Joel Smith – 163 games
(PSD) Jason Daniltchenko – 0 games
(PSD) Haydon Kilmartin –  10 games
(R) Stephen Jurica – 0 games
(R) Glen Bowyer – 35 games

Overall: Hawthorn had a fantastic draft, selecting Trent Croad, Richard Vandenberg, Joel Smith and  Nathan Thompson, all of which would have sucessful careers in the brown and gold. Thompson and Croad would don other colours throughout their career, while Chris Obst and Glen Bowyer showed signs but couldn’t follow on as Hawks, with Bowyer also playing 20 games with the Blues.

Melbourne:
(1) Travis Johnstone – 160 games
(22) Troy Longmuir – 17 games
(39) Matthew Blake – 0 games
(50) Luke Ottens – 4 games
(66) Nathan Brown – 146 games
(77) Guy Rigoni – 107 games
(PSD) Jamie Shanahan – 37 games
(R) Luke Williams – 51 games
(R) Jamie Cann – 0 games
(33) Ben Beams – 23 games
(49) Peter Walsh – 104 games
(65) Matthew Bishop – 18 games
(81) Daniel Ward – 136 games

Overall: Melbourne had a very successful draft, finding four 100+ gamers as well as Troy Longmuir and Matthew Bishop who went on to have successful careers at other clubs. Travis Johnstone was a good selection at pick one and also finished his career at another club. Nathan Brown, Guy Rigoni, Peter Walsh and Daniel Ward all were impressive at times throughout their career while Troy Longmuir played at Fremantle and Carlton while Matthew Bishop went to Port Adelaide where he played over 100 games.

 North Melbourne:
(14) Shannon Watt – 155 games
(27) Brad Stephens – 2 games
(30) Paul McMahon – 0 games
(46) Joshua Robertson – 0 games
(62) Dion Miles – 2 games
(PSD) Damian Houlihan – 0 games
(PSD) Brady Anderson – 27 games
(R) David Round – 0 games
(R) Craig Folino – 0 games
(R) Julian Kirzner – 0 games
(R) Wade Kingsley – 0 games

Overall: North Melbourne had a draft to forget, picking up one really solid key defender in Shannon Watt but then managing only 29 games between 10 selections. They’ll be happy they got Watt, but the recruiters went to sleep after the first round.

Port Adelaide:
(9) Chad Cornes – 239 games
(25) Nick Stevens – 127 games
(41) Danny Morton – 20 games
(57) Darren Fraser – 0 games
(PSD) Matthew Bode – 29 games
(R) Barnaby French – 62 games
(R) Antony Sheehan – 0 games

Overall: Port Adelaide found four AFL-standard players but unfortunately only one saw out his career with the Power. Nick Stevens was incredibly talented before heading to the Blues and eventually retiring due to injury; Barnaby French also headed to Carlton while Matthew Bode crossed town to forge a handy career with the Crows.

Richmond:
(2) Brad Ottens – 129 games
(53) Lionel Proctor – 20 games
(69) Paul Greenham – 0 games
(71) Andrew Kellaway – 172 games
(R) Chris Bossong – 0 games
(R) Greg Tivendale – 188 games
(R) Ben Hollands – 8 games

Overall: Richmond found three champions in the 1997 draft with Brad Ottens, Andrew Kellaway and Greg Tivendale all forging impressive careers. Unfortunately, Ottens finished with Geelong while the other four players didn’t eventuate to anything.

St Kilda:
(16) Ben Wolton – 0 games
(48) Ben Thompson – 11 games
(64) Sam Cranage – 8 games
(75) Brent Cowell – 0 games
(PSD) Matthew Carr – 28 games
(PSD) Jamie Elliot – 0 games
(R) Lachlan Brown – 0 games

Overall: An absolute shocker of a draft. Probably the worst of all teams with the most successful draftee finishing in other colours. Matthew Carr managed just 28 games before heading to Fremantle where he managed 134 games in a successful career. A total of 19 games between the other draftees shows how unsuccessful this draft was for the Saints.

Sydney:
(11) Jason Saddington – 142 games
(40) Fred Campbell – 5 games
(43) Adam Goodes – 331 games
(59) Brett Rose – 0 games
(PSD) Adam Coughlan – 0 games
(R) Mark Brown – 0 games
(R) Brad McMahon – 0 games
(R) Jason McPherson – 0 games
(R) James Byrne – 0 games
(R) Mark Livy – 0 games

Overall: Sydney managed to find a dual Brownlow Medallist, future captain and games record holder in this draft, so I think that would be more than enough for them to be satisfied. Jason Saddington was also great before heading to Carlton. The rest were busts but at least they got Goodes, the only player still on an AFL list from the draft.

West Coast:
(12) Jaxon Crabb – 15 games
(13) Callum Chambers – 54 games
(28) Rowan Jones – 158 games
(34) Andrew Williams – 84 games
(37) Todd Holmes – 7 games
(44) David Antonowicz – 3 games
(60) Phillip Read – 74 games
(R) Conrad Chambers – 0 games
(R) Chad Fletcher – 179 games
(R) Laurie Bellotti – 24 games
(R) Heath Younie – 0 games
(R) Todd Nener – 0 games
(R) Trent Simpson – 0 games

Overall: West Coast had an ok draft, finding Chad Fletcher in the rookie draft to go with Rowan Jones who both ended up very solid contributors. Andrew Williams and Phil Read were also handy before heading off to the Pies and Demons respectively. Callum Chambers was the only other one who showed much with many of the others not quite having what it took to make the grade.

Western Bulldogs:
(18) Mark Alvey – 45 games
(47) Robert Stevenson – 0 games
(63) Anthony Aloi – 0 games
(74) Paul Digiovine – 0 games
(PSD) Scott Taylor – 0 games
(R) Lincoln Reynolds – 0 games
(R) Shaun Tinsley – 0 games

Overall: Shocking draft by the Bulldogs with only Mark Alvey debuting. He ended up moving to Essendon eventually but couldn’t become anything much unfortunately. He was serviceable in his 45 games but never took the next step.

DRAFT WINNERS:

1. Brisbane (Black, Power, McDonald)
2. Hawthorn (Croad, Vandenberg, Thompson, Smith)
3. Melbourne (Johnstone, Brown, Walsh, Ward)
4. Essendon (Bolton, Solomon, Rioli, Johnson)
5. Richmond (Ottens, Kellaway, Tivendale)

TOP 10 RE-DONE:

1. Adam Goodes (Sydney, #43 ND)
2. Simon Black (Brisbane, #31 ND)
3. Matthew Scarlett (Geelong, #45 ND)
4. Luke Power (Brisbane, #5 ND)
5. Chad Cornes (Port Adelaide, #9 ND)
6. Chris Tarrant (Collingwood, #8 ND)
7.Tarkyn Lockyer (Collingwood, #39, RD)
8.Trent Croad (Hawthorn, #3 ND)
9. Mark Johnson (Essendon, #67, RD)
10. Brad Ottens (Richmond, #2 ND)

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