Matt Balmer’s 2015 Phantom Draft

With the minutes ticking down until the first name is called out on draft night, here is my final phantom draft for 2015. Despite the draft being labelled as weak, there are still quality players in the top 30 picks. Expect many clubs to pass on the night, with around 60 picks to be used due to the depth of the draft pool not being as strong as usual. Similar to Tuesday night, rookie picks have not been included.

  1. Carlton – Jacob Weitering

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Key position defender
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Key stats: Averaged 7.4 marks in the TAC Cup and 5.8 in the under 18 championships

Jacob Weitering will be announced as the number one draft pick on Tuesday night, capping off an impressive year. Weitering is a key position defender, with his greatest strength being his ability to read the ball in flight and mark the ball. Weitering intercepts the play inside defensive 50, winning one-on-one situations more than not. Unlike most defenders Weitering is someone you want to have the ball in their hands, with an exquisite kick giving him the ability to pinpoint the pass to a teammate up the field. Weitering’s attitude is fantastic and has leadership traits, helping him being earmarked as a future leader at AFL level after captaining Vic Country to an undefeated title at the under 18 championships. Weitering tested well at the national combine, running a 15.1 in the beep test as well as running 3.04 in the 20-metre sprint indicating his can compete at AFL level. Carlton will be pleased to bring in a player with these traits, someone that some recruiters believe could have played AFL this season.

In the mix? Unless Carlton have had a complete change of heart, Weitering will be a navy blue in 2016.

  1. Brisbane – Josh Schache

Club: Murray Bushrangers (Vic Country)
Position: Key position forward
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Key stats: 24 goals in the under 18 championships, 34 goals in seven TAC Cup games

Josh Schache is the best key position forward in the 2015 draft. Schache has clean hands and marks the ball well overhead, due to his strong ball reading ability. After winning the Larke Medal, for the best player at the national championships, Schache’s name was put into contention for the number one pick. However, with Brisbane eventuating with Pick two he is a perfect fit for the Lions, a side screaming out for a key position forward. Schache has a clean set shot technique and had the most shots on goal this year, compared with any other draft prospect. At 199 centimetres, Schache moves well – running a beep test of 14.1 at the national combine indicating his strong endurance. He also has the ability to play in the ruck and will develop into a forward that has the capability to play as a back up ruckman if needed. Schache’s father Laurence also played for the Brisbane Bears in 1991-92, playing 29 games and the strong family ties have led Schache to proclaim he’d be happy to be drafted to the Lions.

In the mix? None – lock it in. The Lions will be patient with the developing tall who has family connections with the Lions.

  1. Sydney – Callum Mills (Melbourne bid)

Club: North Shore (NSW/ACT)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Key stats: Averaged 16.7 disposals in three NEAFL games

Callum Mills is a competitive inside midfielder who only managed to play three games this season thanks to shin soreness. Despite the injury setbacks, Mills showed enough form as a bottom ager in the under 18 championships in 2014 that he deserves to be enough for a top three pick. The tough inside midfielder was a prolific ball winner and was able to collect 20 disposals in a half for the Sydney Swans NEAFL team this year. In 2014, Mills made the All-Australian team as a bottom ager, as well as racking up 40 disposals in a match for the Sydney Swans reserves. Mills has been apart of the Swans academy for years and is a talent they won’t be passing on. At 188 centimetres, he is the future of the inside midfielder’s size and tackles his opponents hard.

In the mix? Nobody, Sydney will match the bid for Callum Mills. He is too good to pass.

  1. Melbourne – Clayton Oliver

Club: Murray Bushrangers (Vic Country)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Key stats: Averaged 24 disposals (14 contested) in the TAC Cup

One of the big bolters is Murray Bushranger Clayton Oliver. Despite not completing a preseason, Oliver was able to play 16 games in the TAC Cup enabling him to win the Morrish Medal for the best player in the competition. Oliver is a contested ball ‘hard-nut’ and plays similarly to Patrick Cripps. Oliver is an aggressive midfielder who propels the ball forward with his long boot. He averaged 24 disposals (14 contested) at an efficiency of 70% in his 16 games this year. Oliver is strong at the stoppages, as evident by him averaging six clearances per game making him one of the stronger inside midfielders in the draft. He also averaged six tackles per game and hits the scoreboard often, kicking 20 goals this season. A question mark is Oliver’s endurance and body shape, but if he completes a full preseason in the AFL environment his body size and endurance will improve.

In the mix? The whisper is that it’s almost a coin toss between Darcy Parish and Clayton Oliver.

  1. Essendon – Aaron Francis

Club: West Adelaide (South Australia)
Positon: Utility
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Key stats: Averaged 5.7 marks in the under 18 championships

Utility Aaron Francis will likely head to Essendon at Tuesday’s draft. Francis is a versatile tall, that can play at both end of the ground. Francis has a brilliant mark and has great athleticism and is best suited to play as a third defender. Francis has great agility and has good closing speed when playing on opponents. Clubs are intrigued as to whether he could develop into a midfielder, in a similar way to Brendon Goddard has. However, Francis will need to improve his endurance if he wants to become a full time midfielder. As a bonus, Francis is an Essendon supporter and is happy to head out of South Australia for Melbourne. Essendon should be able to find a role for Francis as a third tall defender, with his key strength being his intercept marking.

In the mix? Sam Weideman and Charlie Curnow will be considered by Essendon, but it is believed they like Aaron Francis the best out of the three talls.

  1. Essendon – Darcy Parish

Club: Geelong Falcons (Vic Country)
Position: Balanced midfielder
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Key stats: Averaged 27.7 disposals in the TAC Cup

An impressive season from midfielder Darcy Parish saw him claim back-to-back All-Australian honours. Parish is a really classy midfielder who disposes the ball well, playing nearly a perfect season. A knock on Parish recently is has been his height and whether he will be durable at AFL level, but Parish works exceptionally well at the stoppages and holds his own against bigger opponents. Parish plays his best football on the inside, due to his strong ability at the stoppages but he has the ability to play on the outside. With his size, Parish will likely begin his career as an outside midfielder for the Bombers. Parish moves well through traffic and hits targets regularly thanks to his good decision making, spotting opponents ahead of him.

In the mix? If Clayton Oliver isn’t picked by the Demons, Essendon will pounce. Wayne Milera is also in their sights.

  1. GWS – Jacob Hopper (Gold Coast bid)

Club: North Ballarat Rebels (NSW/ACT)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.1 disposals in 12 TAC Cup games.

Inside midfield beast Jacob Hopper will be off to GWS due to being linked with their academy. Hopper dominates the clearances and enjoys the contests, tackling opponents hard. Hopper has the ability to go forward and kick goals, kicking 26 goals in 12 TAC Cup games. He is an aggressive midfielder that propels the ball forward from the stoppages, using his exceptional vision to pick out teammates with ease. Hopper stood out for NSW/ACT in the under 18 championships, averaging 27 disposals. GWS won’t be passing on the inside hard nut and look to have two of the most damaging midfielders on their list in 2016.

In the mix? It is a possibility that Matthew Kennedy is bid on before Hopper, but both are a sure thing to end up as GWS players next season.

  1. Gold Coast – Callum Ah Chee

Club: South Fremantle (Western Australia)
Position: Outside midfielder/Small forward
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Key stats: Averaged 14.8 disposals playing WAFL Seniors.

Excitement machine Callum Ah Chee will be off to Gold Coast to replace midfielder Harley Bennell. Despite being inconsistent this year, Gold Coast are believed to be interested in Ah Chee. Ah Chee is the most highly touted prospect from Western Australia, whilst his brother is on the Port Adelaide list. As seen in the NAB AFL Academy match, he is no stranger to taking big marks. Ah Chee performed well against two VFL opponent as well as when he stepped up at WAFL level. He has elite speed, running a 2.88 sec 20m sprint earlier this year. Ah Chee will start as a small forward, a position that will help Gold Coast hit the scoreboard in 2016 before transitioning into the midfield once he works on his tank.

In the mix? If Darcy Parish is overlooked by Melbourne and Essendon, expect Gold Coast to pounce. Wayne Milera is another option if Callum Ah Chee has been snapped up earlier.

  1. Melbourne – Sam Weideman

Club: Eastern Ranges (Vic Metro)
Position: Key position forward
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Key stats: Kicked 28 goals in 20 TAC Cup games in the last two seasons

Sam Weideman is a developing tall forward and will be the perfect partner for Jesse Hogan at the Demons. Weideman’s main strength is his marking, a skill that he has developed thanks to his great reading of the ball in the air. Weideman took seven marks in the NAB AFL Academy’s match against Northern Blues, indicating his ability to match it against AFL listed opponents. Unfortunately for Weideman, he’s spent a large chunk of the last two seasons on the sidelines with ankle issues. An ankle injury this year, set him out for five months. Last week Weideman did a testing session, where he didn’t perform as well as he would have liked. However, Weideman is on the road to recovery with his ankle and the Demons need a tall forward.

In the mix? Depending on whether Melbourne go a midfielder at pick three will decide what they do with this pick. A slim chance they pick Charlie Curnow, and Harry McKay will also be considered.

  1. Carlton – Harry McKay

Club: Gippsland Power (Vic Country)
Position: Key position forward
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Key stats: Kicked 19 goals in 13 TAC Cup games

Harry McKay has been impressive this year and doesn’t turn 18 until Christmas Eve. Harry is a good lead up forward who has showed great potential this year. McKay moves well for someone standing at 200 centimetres and has worked hard on his ruckwork while playing for Gippsland. McKay is still very raw, but has good speed and a great set of hands and will be a good prospect for Carlton to develop inside 50. His AFL traits are notable and if given time he will be able to improve and becoming the number one forward due to his massive upside.

In the mix? Charlie Curnow would come into the Blues’ consideration, as well as classy midfielder Darcy Tucker and Wayne Milera.

  1. GWS – Matthew Kennedy (Adelaide bid)

Club: Collingullie-GP (NSW/ACT)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.2 disposals in five TAC Cup games

One of the biggest risers in the draft is Matthew Kennedy. 12 months ago Kennedy was playing club football with his brothers and is now certain to be on an AFL list in 2016. Kennedy plays as an inside midfielder but can also go forward, kicking three goals in Collingullie’s premiership. Unfortunately for Kennedy he injured his knee earlier in the year, which meant that he missed the under 18 championships. Despite the injury, Kennedy came back to the scene with a 21-disposal game for the Allies in the grand final day curtain-raiser. Kennedy’s best game came against Oakleigh in the TAC Cup where he amassed 30 disposals (18 contested) and took nine marks. Kennedy is really strong and takes contested marks at ease against opponents. Kennedy’s first year in the pathway systems has been one of great success and looking back in five years, some may wonder just why he wasn’t talked about as a top three prospect.

In the mix? GWS are certain to match the bid for Kennedy, but it could come before Jacob Hopper.

  1. Adelaide – Wayne Milera

Club: Central Districts (South Australia)
Position: Outside midfielder/small forward
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Averaged 15.2 disposals (83.5% efficiency) in the under 18 championships

Wayne Milera performed well at senior level for Central Districts in the SANFL resulting in his draft stocks increasing. Milera kicked three goals in a final against Port Adelaide and has impressed clubs with his smooth skills and agility to move freely out of a stoppage. Milera is a dangerous forward who kicks goals, but uses his pace to outrun opponents when playing in the midfield. Milera had heart surgery this year to correct an irregularity, but despite this he has continued to increase his draft stocks with every game he played. Milera played 11 games in the senior SANFL team, indicating he can play against the bigger bodies despite only standing at 183 centimetres. Milera should be able to slot into the Crows’ forward line with ease, standing under Taylor Walker.

In the mix? The Crows are likely to draft one tall and one small. Do they take a punt on Burton this early? Charlie Curnow will also be considered.

  1. Brisbane – Eric Hipwood (Carlton bid)

Club: Aspley (Queensland)
Position: Key position forward/defender
Height: 202 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Took 22 marks in three under 18 championships games

Key position utility Eric Hipwood jumped onto the scene with four goals in a quarter for Queensland against Tasmania in the under 18 championships. Hipwood is a unique player at over 200 centimetres, able to move freely around the ground helped by his good agility. He is versatile so can move forward or back depending on where the Lions will need him. Hipwood is an excellent mark, taking 22 marks in three under 18 championships games. Hipwood however can be let down by his poor kicking skills, however he is a raw prospect and at his size he should be able to develop as a footballer. I believe he’s better suited to playing forward, but similar to Harris Andrews he should be able to swing between the two ends without any issues. Lions fans need to be patient as he will take time to build his frame, but he looms as the first Brisbane Lions academy member to be picked.

In the mix? The Lions will be happy to match the bid on Hipwood; Gold Coast are believed to be interested so may bid early than expected.

  1. Carlton – Charlie Curnow

Club: Geelong Falcons (Vic Country)
Position: Key position forward
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Key stats: Kicked 21 goals in 10 TAC Cup games

Charlie Curnow is an intriguing prospect in this draft pool. At 191 centimetres, many touted him to be considered a midfielder but Curnow dislocated his knee during the season, making him missing the under 18 championships. Curnow only reached 20 disposals once during the year, therefore indicating he is best considered as a key position forward prospect. One experienced recruiter believes Curnow is the second best player in the draft, behind Josh Schache, whilst another wouldn’t have him in his top 30 prospects. Curnow has good athleticism and marks the ball at the highest point, with Curnow averaging 6.1 marks per TAC Cup game. Curnow has a solid set of skills to work on, but there are still question marks hanging over his ability to read the play inside 50, often unsure where to lead. Most recently the negative publicity over being pulled over by police will likely see him slip down the order on draft night, but Curnow is a good kid and will be wanting to redeem himself for his actions at his new club.

In the mix? Stephen Silvagni was in Adelaide recently, so don’t rule out Ryan Burton. They also like Darcy Tucker and Jade Gresham, but may be hoping one slides to their fourth pick.

  1. Richmond – Jade Gresham

Club: Northern Knights (Vic Metro)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Key stats: Averaged 29.4 disposals in 13 TAC Cup games

Jade Gresham won Vic Metro’s MVP at the under 18 championships after having a superb carnival, earning him All-Australia honours. Despite only standing at 178 centimetres, Gresham is a strong bodied inside midfielder who isn’t afraid of winning the contested ball. Whilst not having elite pace, Gresham has zip and moves quickly from the stoppages. He breaks the lines taking the ball forward and has clean hands. Gresham also has the ability to go forward, where he kicked 15 goals in 13 TAC Cup games. With Richmond looking for a small forward, expect Jade Gresham to be called out on draft night, before he transitions into a midfield role after a few preseasons. Gresham has fantastic leadership abilities and is one of the few players who come with superb leadership skills. His height is a knock, with some questioning whether he’ll be able to stand up in an AFL midfield but he is skilful and should be able to find a role for the Tigers. One thing Gresham needs to improve his kicking, with Gresham often chipping the ball around collecting ‘cheapies’ rather than moving the ball forward in an aggressive nature.

In the mix? Callum Ah Chee is the one the Tigers like, but will he be available? The need for a small forward is large, but is it enough to reach for Daniel Rioli. Ryan Burton has been completing some of his rehab at Punt Road, so expect Richmond to do their due-diligence.

  1. Adelaide – Ryan Burton

Club: North Adelaide (South Australia)
Position: General forward
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Key stats: Kicked five goals as a 17-year old in the under 18 championships in 2014

Ryan Burton’s broken leg has been considered to be similar to a car crash. However, Burton is slowly working through rehab this season and remains a player high up on some clubs lists. The risk associated with Burton is huge, but the upside if it comes off may prove worth the risk. Some recruiters believe he’d go top three in the draft off his form alone from last year, but he injury has made it hard for clubs to rank him. With Adelaide having two picks inside the top 20, I expect them to take the punt on Burton who could prove the steal of the draft. However, Burton hasn’t played a match since 2014 and is yet to partake in any contact after suffering the horrible injury in a school match. Burton has a strong leap and plays inside 50 and has an excellent overhead mark. Burton has a great kick for goal and will be a promising talent for the Crows. Similar to the punt taken by the Bulldogs on Jake Stringer, expect the Crows to call his name out on draft night.

In the mix? Could the Tigers steal Burton from under their noses? If Burton is off the board, expect the Crows to look at either Harley Balic or Darcy Tucker. Don’t rule out a bid on GWS academy member Harry Himmelberg either!

  1. St Kilda – Darcy Tucker

Club: North Ballarat Rebels (Vic Country)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Collected 19 disposals when he played for North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL

Darcy Tucker was touted as one of the top picks 12 months ago, but his slipped slightly with a below par season. Tucker is a brilliant prospect however, running hard off half back. He moved into the midfield on occasions for North Ballarat, but is best suited to playing off half back where he reads the play well. Tucker takes the game on using his speed and dash, carrying the ball forward. Tucker has an elite left foot and sets up the play well. Tucker has a good footy brain, cutting the vision for his North Ballarat team in preparation for oppositions the week after. Tucker also averaged 22.6 disposals throughout the year, indicating he can find the football. At AFL level, Tucker should be able to develop his skills in the midfield moving up to a wing, but is best suited to play off half back using his strong kick.

In the mix? Rhys Mathieson was a favourite of the Saints during the year, but is another left footer Brayden Fiorini coming into their heads?

  1. Hawthorn – Daniel Rioli

Club: North Ballarat Rebels (Northern Territory)
Position: Small forward
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Key stats: Kicked 14 goals in nine TAC Cup games

Daniel Rioli finish to the year helped him put his name up for top 20 honours. Rioli tested extremely well and collected 20 disposals for the Allies on Grand Final day. Rioli has elite speed and endurance making him an intriguing prospect for the Hawks, to play alongside uncle Cyril. Rioli has been inconsistent throughout the season, but has the ability to change the game within a five-minute period bobbing up and kicking goals.

In the mix? Hawthorn interviewed Rioli at length on Friday and are keen on adding him to their list, if Rioli is gone they will likely look for Kieran Collins or Mitchell Hibberd.

  1. Gold Coast – Harley Balic

Club: Sandringham Dragons (Vic Metro)
Position: Inside midfielder/General forward
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Averaged 22.9 disposals in seven TAC Cup games

Harley Balic is an athletic midfielder who can push forward and kick goals. Balic is a strong one-on-one player and performed well throughout the season despite playing with a wrist injury. Once Sandringham were out of finals contention, Balic opted for wrist surgery, however he should be fully fit for training once he is drafted. Balic has the ability to play off half back, indicating his versatility. Balic comes from a basketball bac kground, only finally deciding to fully commitment to TAC Cup football this year. One thing Balic needs to improve is his kicking, he often lobs the ball forward off his boot rather than pinpointing the pass.

In the mix? Gold Coast are keen on adding some pace, so if Ah Chee, Rioli or Gresham slip they may pick them.

  1. North Melbourne – Ryan Clarke

Club: Eastern Ranges (Vic Metro)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.3 disposals in the TAC Cup finals

Ryan Clarke is a hard running midfielder who had a fantastic TAC Cup finals series. The Melbourne Grammarian had a good year at school level, but was able to rack up the big numbers averaging 29.8 disposals in the TAC Cup season. Clarke is a good body size and moves well around the ground due to his strong ‘gut running.’ Clarke can also go forward and hit the scoreboard, kicking 17 goals in 12 TAC Cup games. Clarke is strong in the contests and performed well for Vic Metro in the centre. One thing Clarke will need to look at is his kicking, which may need some polish but with interchange caps reducing his running capabilities will appeal to clubs.

In the mix? North Melbourne might look to Aidyn Johnson, David Cuningham or Alex Morgan to add some pace to their midfield.

  1. Brisbane – Ben Keays (Hawthorn bid)

Club: Redlands (Queensland)
Position: Balanced midfielder
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Key stats: Averaged 28.7 disposals in the under 18 championships

Brisbane Lions academy member Ben Keays has had a fantastic season for Queensland. He continued his form from 2014, becoming a dual under 18 All-Australian after another good season in the under 18 championships. Keays has good leadership skills, captaining Queensland to a division two title. Keays accumulates possession and is good on both the inside and outside as a midfielder. He also claimed the Harrison Medal as the best player in division two, thanks to his run and carry style taking the ball forward. With Hawthorn bidding on Keays, Brisbane will match to collect the strong midfielder.

In the mix? After matching the bid for Hipwood, the Lions will be able to have enough remaining picks to match for Ben Keays.

  1. Hawthorn – Kieran Collins

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Key position defender
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Key stats: Collins did not lose a single one-on-one contest in the under 18 championships

Kieran Collins is the best key position defender, behind Jacob Weitering in the draft. Collins was teammates with Weitering at Dandenong and for Vic Country, but Collins was often given the job on the strongest opposition forward in the goal square. After a fantastic under 18 championships he was named in the All-Australian team. Collins has strong hands and marks the ball well overhead. He is a brut of the person, with some recruiters believing he will fit straight into an AFL environment quickly. Collins averaged 5.7 marks in the under 18 championships and has been a big improver. With Brian Lake retiring, the Hawks will look to Collins to fit into their successful game plan that used Lake in defence.

In the mix? Hawthorn have been interested in Mitchell Hibberd and may pull the pin and draft him with their first selection. Riley Bonner’s elite kicking would also be on their radar as well as Daniel Rioli if they overlooked him.

  1. Carlton – Rhys Mathieson

Club: Geelong Falcons (Vic Country)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Averaged 25.6 disposals (12.2 contested) in 12 games in the TAC Cup

Inside midfielder Rhys Mathieson has had a solid season for Geelong. He is a tough midfielder who is really good at winning the footy on the inside of the contest. Mathieson was All-Australia as a bottom ager and again this year, indicating he can step up when needed. Mathieson is good at winning the clearances, averaging seven per game in the TAC Cup, but also continued to work on his outside abilities at stages this year. Clubs however have been questioning his beep test result, believing he needs to work on his endurance to become a full time AFL midfielder.

In the mix? Carlton’s pick will depend on what they do earlier, Darcy Tucker would be considered if he slides as well as speedy midfielders David Cuningham and Jade Gresham.

  1. Western Bulldogs – Ben McKay

Club: Gippsland Power (Vic Country)
Position: Key position defender
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Key stats: Averaged 3.8 marks in 10 TAC Cup games.

Ben McKay only has a small sample size of matches, but has impressed clubs at how quickly he has developed. With 2015 being his only year in the Gippsland program, he pulled out after completing preseason before returning mid year. His rapid rate of improvement has even led to some clubs rating him higher than his twin brother Harry. Ben turns 18 in December and will still be young when he joins an AFL club. With the Bulldogs looking for a tall defender, McKay is the obvious choice if still on the board. His marking is exceptional overhead, with his best game coming in the wet against Oakleigh where he took seven marks (five contested).

In the mix? Injured tall Sam Skinner might be an option.

  1. Western Bulldogs – Riley Bonner

Club: West Adelaide (South Australia)
Position: General defender
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Key stats: Averaged 18 disposals (73.1% efficiency) in the under 18 championships

Riley Bonner is a defender with one of the best kicks in the draft. He’s a nice size and uses his long penetrating kick to his advantage. Another strength is his ability to kick on both feet, which is handy for a prospect who applies his trade off half back or on a wing. Bonner’s elite kick helped him be named in the All-Australian side after the under 18 championships. With Robert Murphy and Matthew Boyd coming to the end of their careers, Bonner would be a solid replacement.

In the mix? Aggressive midfielder Josh Dunkley might be an option or do they pull the pin and go a ruckman early?

  1. GWS – Harry Himmelberg (Fremantle bid)

Club: Eastlake (NSW/ACT)
Positon: Key position forward
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Key stats: Kicked 12 goals in seven TAC Cup games

Harry Himmelberg came back as a 19-year-old for NSW/ACT and performed well. Being a GWS academy member, Himmelberg excelled through the preseason pushing his name into national draft contention. Himmelberg is similar to Cam McCarthy, not only do they play the same way but they look very similar in appearance. Fremantle bid on Himmelberg looking for a key position forward, but with Cam McCarthy’s future unsure, GWS opting to match the bid. Himmelberg’s best match came on Grand Final day, where he collected 19 disposals and kicked a goal in a best on ground performance. A consistent year in front of goal, should see Himmelberg be bid on in the top 30 if not higher on Tuesday.

In the mix? Whispers keep going around that Adelaide are thinking of bidding on Himmelberg with an early pick – Would GWS match it that high?

  1. Fremantle – Tom Cole

Club: Bendigo Pioneers (Vic Country)
Position: Inside midfielder/medium defender
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Key stats: Averaged 25 disposals (13.1 contested) in nine games in the TAC Cup

Tom Cole has had a strong season for Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup playing off half back. Cole is composed with the football and hurts opposition sides when he runs the ball out of defence. Cole is a strong body who likes to be involved in the contested ball, when he played in the centre for Bendigo. Cole also had the chance to play against bigger bodies in the VFL, where he performed exceptionally well averaging 17.3 disposals in his three games. Cole is someone that Fremantle may look to blood in 2016, as they attempt to collect their first premiership.

In the mix? Fremantle would like a tall forward, GWS matched their offer – But could they pull the trigger on Mitch Brown?

  1. West Coast – David Cunningham

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.3 disposals in 11 games in the TAC Cup

Speedy midfielder David Cuningham has shot up into top 30 contention after a solid season for Oakleigh. With a lack of pace in this year’s draft crop, Cuningham provides a good option for clubs looking for speed and dash. Cuningham was eighth at the national combine, running 2.91 seconds in the 20m sprint. Cuningham isn’t a high disposal winner, but is silky smooth in the midfield and works hard to clear the ball from stoppages. Cuningham is suited to playing on the outside, but has worked in the centre of the ground for Vic Metro during the under 18 championships.

In the mix? West Coast are believed to be keen on Mitchell Hibberd, but word floating around is that he’s not keen on going west.

  1. Essendon – Mitchell Hibberd

Club: Clarence (Tasmania)
Position: Medium defender/Outside midfielder
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.7 disposals at the under 18 championships

Mitchell Hibberd will be one of the few Tasmanian’s drafted in 2015. Hibberd was overlooked last year after suffering an ACL injury and has also suffered shoulder injuries. However, Hibberd has been relatively injury free this season and won’t be going to Essendon with question marks over his durability. Hibberd can play at all areas of the ground, but is best suited to a half back/wing role due to his strong athletic capabilities. Hibberd ran 15.4 in the beep test (placing him second), an effort that you could see he left nothing in the tank. Hibberd hits targets well, but has been criticised by some for kicking the ball without lowering his eyes. At his size, he should transition into a good prospect for Essendon.

In the mix? Essendon would be hoping David Cuningham or Daniel Rioli may slide in order to add some speed to their midfield.

  1. Essendon – Brayden Fiorini

Club: Northern Knights (Vic Metro)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Key stats: Averaged 31.8 disposals in 13 games in the TAC Cup

Brayden Fiorini is an outside midfielder that has had a really consistent two seasons in the TAC Cup. Fiorini is a ball winner, averaging over 30 disposals for Northern Knights. Playing on a wing, Fiorini uses his strong left foot with his great decision making skills to set up the playing inside 50. Against Bendigo Pioneers, Fiorini amassed 42 disposals and kicked two goals indicating he can collect a large amount of disposals in games. For Vic Metro he was used on the inside more than he has been at TAC Cup, but his body shape and style will suit him being used as a wingman or half back at AFL level.

In the mix? Do the Bombers take a punt on Mitch Brown, or are they happy to draft another tall later in the draft?

  1. North Melbourne – Aidyn Johnson

Club: Bendigo Pioneers (Vic Country)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Key stats: Came fourth in the agility test at the national combine, running 8.15 seconds

Aidyn Johnson has spent most of the season on the sidelines after suffering a horrible quad injury in the NAB AFL Academy match against Northern Blues. Despite only playing less than a handful of games this year, North Melbourne are interested in the excitement machine who is one of the most agile players in the draft. Johnson is best suited to playing on a wing, however he has the ability to play forward as well.

  1. Collingwood – Mason Redman

Club: Glenelg (South Australia)
Position: Medium forward/Inside midfielder
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Averaged 21.8 disposals in the SANFL under 18s

Mason Redman is a high half forward who had a promising under 18 championships for South Australia. Redman is a strong mark, thanks to his long arms which give him the ability to take the ball at the highest point. At 186 centimetres, Redman isn’t tall enough to play as a genuine target up forward, but suited to a role as the fifth forward who can collect the ball in the middle of the ground and propelling it deep inside 50. Redman also performed well for Glenelg in the SANFL under 18s, which saw him moved up to the reserves before making his senior debut. There is a lot to like about Redman and he has been one of the big improvers since June, giving Collingwood a nice prospect to work with.

  1. North Melbourne – Mitch Brown

Club: Sandringham VFL
Position: Utility
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.2 disposals in the VFL

Former Geelong player Mitch Brown will find himself on an AFL list after a stellar year in the VFL. Brown played at both ends of the ground throughout the season, kicking 23 goals in 21 games. Brown played every game this season for Sandringham, providing a key player for them, nearly getting them to a grand final. Brown reads the play well and is a good overhead mark, averaging 7.4 marks per game this season.

  1. Gold Coast – Alex Morgan

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Small defender
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.1 disposals in seven games in the TAC Cup

Morgan is a dashing half back flanker who has propelled up the draft order after a good season for Oakleigh. Despite missing some of the season with a hamstring injury, Morgan returned for the TAC Cup grand final kicking a crucial win, helping them to back-to-back premierships. Morgan kicks well on both feet and has good speed, giving him the ability to run off his opponents. Similar to the TAC Cup grand final, Morgan can go forward and provide a marking target due to his strong leap. Morgan also averaged 16.8 disposals for Vic Metro off half back in the under 18 championships.

  1. Sydney – Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs bid)

Club: Gippsland Power (Vic Country)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19 disposals (10.2 contested) in six games in the TAC Cup

Only in the last week did Josh Dunkley make his mind up about opting to nominate as a father/son pick to the Swans. Dunkley was injured for the first third of the season, he then spent time completing his rehab at Richmond, before playing six games with their VFL side. Dunkley then returned to the TAC Cup for the final third of the season, playing six games. He is a contested ball hard nut and is very much an inside player. He averaged 6 tackles in the TAC Cup, indicating his desire to win the ball back from opponents. Dunkley though is a poor kick, kicking at 50% efficiency in the TAC Cup, something Dunkley will need to improve at AFL level.

  1. Western Bulldogs – Sam Skinner

Club: Gippsland Power (Vic Country)
Position: Key position defender/forward
Height: 197 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Key stats: Averaged 13.2 disposals in five games in the TAC Cup

Sam Skinner has been injured for most of the year, after suffering an ACL injury in the under 18 championships. At 197 cm, Skinner can play at both ends of the ground, but will likely be suited to a role at Centre Half Back. Skinner moves well athletically and is versatile. He marks well overhead and showed great leadership skills while being out injured helping his teammates throughout the year. Skinner’s rehab is going well and should be expected to complete some of a preseason for the Bulldogs.

  1. West Coast – Kurt Mutimer

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Small defender
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Averaged 15 disposals (81.3% efficiency) at the under 18 championships

Kurt Mutimer is a fast half back flanker who had a strong year for Dandenong and Vic Country. Mutimer finished first in the 20m sprint at the national combine with 2.88 seconds. Mutimer is a left footer and has a strong kick where he can kick the ball over 60 metres. Another strength for Mutimer is that he can kick on both feet and wins a lot of the ball on the outside of the contested. Mutimer is best suited to a role off half back or on a wing where he can propel the ball forward with his long kick, with these attributes he should be able to develop into a nice prospect for the Eagles.

  1. St Kilda – Bailey Rice (Port Adelaide bid)

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Small defender/Inside midfielder
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Averaged 21 disposals in 13 games in the TAC Cup

Father-son prospect Bailey Rice will find his way to St Kilda on Tuesday, after the midfielder nominated St Kilda over Carlton. Despite Rice supporting Carlton, he made the tough decision to nominate St Kilda instead after his father Dean played 100+ games at both clubs. Rice is a pure half back flanker and uses the ball well, rebounding out of defensive 50. Rice kicks the ball well, but will need to work on his endurance in order to find a position in the St Kilda team. With St Kilda looking for players that kick well in the draft, it is a no-brainer for St Kilda to match the bid from Port Adelaide.

  1. Port Adelaide – Luke Partington

Club: Norwood (South Australia)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Averaged 24.3 disposals in the under 18 championships

Luke Partington is a strong talent from South Australia, representing the NAB AFL Academy earlier in the season. Partington performed well early in the under 18 championships which had his named pushed up for top 20 honours. On the outside he provides good run and began moving into a role on the inside at SANFL level. Partington kicks the ball well and shows dash when moving the ball from the stoppages. He wins a lot of the ball, as indicated by his form at SANFL and for South Australia this year.

  1. Fremantle – Jesse Glass-McCasker

Club: Swan Districts (Western Australia)
Position: Key position defender
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Key stats: Western Australia’s MVP at the under 18 championships

Jesse Glass-McCasker went under the radar during the season. He was voted Western Australia’s best player in the under 18 championships, due to his strong work in defence. As a key position player Glass-McCasker doesn’t win a large amount of football but is a strong lock down defender. Despite being a raw prospect, his form this year suggests he has skills to work with and will appeal to clubs such as Fremantle looking for key position players.

  1. Brisbane – Brandon White

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Medium defender
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Averaged 15.2 disposals (73.3% efficiency) in 16 games in the TAC Cup

Brandon White is a rebounding half-back flanker who has a booming kick. White has good speed and disposes the ball well helping his team go forward. At 189 centimetres he can play as a third tall but is better suited to the running half-back role. He makes good decisions will the football in hand and has also played senior football for Beaconsfield against men. With a full preseason under his belt expect him to improve his endurance, providing a good prospect for the Lions.

  1. Melbourne – Blake Hardwick

Club: Eastern Ranges (Vic Metro)
Position: Medium forward/inside midfielder
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Kicked 12 goals against Bendigo Pioneers in round 16 of the TAC Cup

Blake Hardwick was the leading goal kicker in the 2015 TAC Cup, kicking 56 goals. His haul included two bags of ten or more goals and is a hard match up for opposition clubs. Playing out of the goal square for Eastern, Hardwick was able to beat opponents on a lead due to his strong pace. Hardwick is no relation to Richmond coach Damien, but has been given the nickname ‘Dimma.’ Hardwick spent some time in the middle of the ground, but to become a midfielder at AFL level he would need to improve his tank.

  1. North Melbourne – Callum Moore

Club: Calder Cannons (Vic Metro)
Position: General forward
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Key stats: Was named in Calder’s best in seven out of nine games

Callum Moore is a player with plenty of X-Factor inside 50. At 193 centimetres, he has elite speed and agility making it hard for opposition sides to find a match up for him. Moore is an interesting prospect and will need time to iron out his errors. As a forward for Calder, he kicked 13.16 in front of goal, something he will want to improve throughout the preseason. Moore will provide something different in the North Melbourne forward line, which has struggled to find a permanent third tall option. Moore’s skills for his size and strong leap should give him an opportunity in the national draft.

  1. Hawthorn – Nash Holmes

Club: Gippsland Power (Vic Country)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Averaged 25.6 disposals (13.9 contested) in 11 games in the TAC Cup

Nash Holmes is a powerful inside midfielder who wins a lot of the ball. Holmes loves the hard grunt work in the contests, tackling opponents hard. Holmes averaged 7.6 tackles per game in the TAC Cup and does the hard job of winning the football and propelling it forward. With his good endurance, it allows Holmes to ran hard all day working his opponents right around the ground. Despite standing at 181 centimetres, Holmes should be able to transition his hard nosed attitude at AFL level due to his exceptionally strong contested ability.

  1. Port Adelaide – Stephen Tahana

Club: North Adelaide (South Australia)
Position: Inside midfielder/small defender
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Averaged 11.8 disposals in the SANFL

Stephen Tahana will appeal to a lot of clubs looking for speed and dash in defence. Port Adelaide will be happy to have Tahana, who adds some more speed to their side. Tahana rebounds well and disposes of the ball effectively. Tahana was apart of the NAB AFL Academy this year and had an ok season for South Australia. Being a small defender, Tahana has been criticised for not collecting enough of the football. However, Tahana at North Adelaide had been used as a run with player, denoting his defensive mindset able to lock down opponents.

  1. Melbourne – Kieran Lovell

Club: Kingston (Tasmania)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Averaged 35 disposals at the under 18 championships

Kieran Lovell is a prolific ball winner at under 18 level. His strong endurance allows his to run hard all day, whilst he also tested well for speed. With his skills, he’s ability to out run opponents and drive the ball forward for Tasmania. However, similar to Caleb Daniel in 2014, Lovell will be one of the smallest draftees this year and is likely to slide down the draft. Lovell has the skills to become an AFL footballer, making good decisions with the ball, but it is his height that will likely see many clubs overlook the inside midfielder.

  1. Brisbane – Reuben William (Western Bulldogs bid)

Club: Zillmere (Queensland)
Position: Balanced midfielder
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Key stats: Averaged 17 disposals at the under 18 championships

Brisbane academy Reuben William has been a swift improver this season. With the Western Bulldogs interested, Brisbane matched their bid on midfielder William. William is a strong contested player, improving from game to game. He attacks the ball hard and can play forward and back. After an impressive under 18 championships, he was unlikely overlooked for All-Australia honours. However, he continued to improve back at NEAFL level and has a really high footy IQ.

  1. Western Bulldogs – Kyle Galloway

Club: Murray Bushrangers (Vic Country)
Position: Ruckman
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 103 kg

Key stats: Collected 29 hit outs in the TAC Cup against Gippsland Power in round three

With the Western Bulldogs looking for a young ruckman, Kyle Galloway’s name has been thrown about closer to the draft. Galloway has only played football for three years, but has shown great potential at the TAC Cup, standing at 208 centimetres. Despite his size, Galloway is an athletic mover and has continue to improve throughout the season. Despite only playing five TAC Cup games, the Bulldogs are interested to help the young athletic ruckman develop and learn the game.

  1. Richmond – Ben Crocker

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Medium forward/inside midfielder
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.1 disposals in 14 games in the TAC Cup

Ben Crocker is a lively half forward who competes well against opponents. Crocker leads well from deep inside 50 and was often the target for Oakleigh, due to them lacking a key position forward. Crocker kicked 23 goals this year, including a bag of five against Northern Knights. Crocker captained Oakleigh Chargers and represented Vic Metro in five games, spending time in the midfield and leading up the ground. As a really good overhead mark, I expect Crocker to develop into a forward for the Tigers moving well inside forward 50.

  1. Gold Coast – Michael Hartley

Club: Coburg VFL
Position: Key position defender
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Key stats: Averaged 5.7 marks in the VFL

Michael Hartley spent two years on Collingwood’s rookie list in 2012 and 2013. His return to VFL for Coburg has been good, which has appealed to AFL clubs in a year where the draft pool is shallow. Hartley shared in Coburg’s best and fairest and was also named at centre half back in the VFL team of the-year. He is a strong lock down defender and takes a strong contested mark and will be a strong option for AFL clubs looking for a key defender.

  1. Essendon – Nick O’Kearney

Club: Calder Cannons (Vic Metro)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Key stats: Averaged 25.5 disposals in 13 games in the TAC Cup

12 months ago Nick O’Kearney was touted as one of the possible top 10 selections at the draft. O’Kearney is a ball accumulator, averaging 25.5 disposals in the TAC Cup. Despite being a prolific ball user as an outside midfielder, O’Kearney’s kicking is average, often missing simple kicks to players in front of him. O’Kearney hasn’t got fantastic speed and at 181 cm will struggle to find a full time role at AFL level. A disappointing result on the beep test (13.1) may see clubs overlook him with O’Kearney expected to be picked up outside the top 50.

  1. Carlton – Tom Doedee

Club: Geelong Falcons (Vic Country)
Position: Medium defender
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Averaged 12.1 disposals (77.7% disposals efficiency) in 13 games in the TAC Cup

Tom Doedee is an athletic defender that can play on both small and tall forwards. After representing Vic Country in the under 18 championships, Doedee was touted as one of the stronger one-on-one defenders in the draft pool. After committing to AFL this year, rather than focusing on state basketball Doedee has become a focus of many clubs, with 14 clubs interviewing him. Doedee plays well at ground level and defends well against tall opponents. With some strong athletic attributes, Doedee should develop into a nice medium defender.

  1. Carlton – Jack Silvagni

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Medium forward
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Kicked six goals for Vic Metro against Western Australia

Jack Silvagni will be off to Carlton under the father-son rule after having strong family connections to the Blues. Jack will be a third generation Silvagni to play for Carlton, after father Stephen (312 games) and grandfather Sergio (239) pulled on the navy blue jumper. Silvagni missed a fair chunk of the season due to a shoulder injury, but he was able to play five under 18 championships games, kicking nine goals. His best game came against Western Australia, where he kicked 6.1 playing forward. He converts his shots well due to a good set-shot technique and can play forward and back. Silvagni has only been in the pathway system for one year and is still raw. Carlton fans will need to be patient will Silvagni as he puts on weight giving him the ability to play as a third tall forward/defender at AFL level.

  1. Fremantle – Josh Schoenfeld

Club: Peel Thunder (Western Australia)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Stats: Ran a 9.15 minute three-kilometre time trial breaking the national combine record

Josh Schoenfeld is one of the best runners in this draft pool, coming first in the three-kilometre time trial and beep test at the national combine. Schoenfeld is an outside midfielder that can push forward and take marks due to his good overhead skills. With a strong offseason, Schoenfeld was able to become a regular at WAFL Colts level, averaging 21.7 disposals in his 15 games. This helped him be picked for Western Australia in the under 18 championships, where he showed his athletic traits on the wing.

  1. West Coast – Greg Clark

Club: Subiaco (Western Australia)
Position: Inside midfielder/forward
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Stats: Averaged 17.2 disposals in six under 18 championships games

Greg Clark was Western Australia’s captain at the under 18 championships. Clark however had a quiet under 18 championships and didn’t have the impact as he would have liked. At 194 centimetres Clark isn’t a dominant inside midfielder but has the ability to push forward and plays as a third tall. Clark has good endurance, so I expect he likely will move into a high half forward role for the Eagles. Fans will need to be patient with Clark as he finds where his best role at AFL level will be.

  1. GWS – Matthew Flynn

Club: Narrandera (NSW/ACT)
Position: Ruckman
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 101 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.3 hit outs in the under 18 championships

Matthew Flynn was one of four ruckman invited to the national combine. With ruckman hard to come by in this draft pool, GWS will be hoping they can get their hands on Flynn, a player that given time could develop into a Shane Mumford type ruckman. At 199 centimetres, Flynn uses his big frame to out muscle opponents, where he averaged 30.3 hit outs in the TAC Cup. Despite giving the impression that he is slow, Flynn moves well around the ground often working his opponents over running around the ground. Flynn also has the ability to play forward, often being used as a deep forward for NSW/ACT in the TAC Cup and in the under 18 championships. He works well below his knees and takes a strong mark inside 50. GWS will be happy to secure Flynn on draft night and will be hoping a bid for Flynn doesn’t come too early.

  1. GWS – Lachlan Tiziani

Club: Murray Bushrangers (NSW/ACT)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 189
Weight: 89

Key stats: Averaged 11.2 disposals at 82.2% disposal efficiency in the NEAFL

GWS Academy member Lachlan Tiziani will likely find his way onto the Giants’ list at Tuesday’s draft. Tiziani is an outside midfielder who has exceptional pace giving him the ability to play as a half back or wingman. Tiziani was fortunate to be able to play four games for the GWS Giants NEAFL team, where he averaged 11.2 disposals. Tiziani kicks well by foot and has x-factor when he has the ball in his hands. Tiziani’s glimpses of talent this year should be enough to see GWS list him, after he has played well at all ends of the ground.

  1. GWS – PASS
  1. Sydney – Jack Firns

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Key position defender
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Key stats: Averages 10.4 disposals in 12 games in the 2015 TAC Cup

Key position defender Jack Firns will be considered heavily for Sydney’s final pick in the draft. Firns played well on Vic Country forward Josh Schache during the under 18 championships, giving him confidence to finish the season well at TAC Cup. Firns spoils the ball well in defence and positions himself well in marking contests, with his strength being one-on-one contests. Firns is very competitive and likes to have the task of playing on the opposition number one forward. Firns also broke his hand in the TAC Cup preliminary final, but was able to play through the pain before getting himself up for the grand final, where he took five marks.

  1. GWS – PASS
  1. St Kilda – Liam Jeffs

Club: Eastern Ranges (Vic Metro)
Position: Balanced midfielder
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Top five in the TAC Cup for contested possessions in 2014 as a bottom-ager

Liam Jeffs has had a mixed season unable to impact the game as much as he did in 2014. Jeffs was injured earlier in the season making it hard for him to train, before breaking his leg in round four. After missing nearly three months, Jeffs return to the TAC Cup finishing the season ok for the Ranges. At 192 centimetres, Jeffs showed he can work on the inside as a midfielder, moving well thanks to his good agility. His versatility is also important, with Jeffs able to move forward or back wherever his team needs him. Jeffs has elite speed, placing third at the national combine running 2.89 seconds which will making him appealing to club wanting a midfielder with pace. Jeffs was also a member of the NAB AFL Academy, but due to injury wasn’t able to play for Vic Metro in the under 18 championships.

  1. Collingwood – Declan Mountford

Club: Claremont (Western Australia)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Key stats: Averaged 23.5 disposals in the WAFL Colts

Declan Mountford was one of the last picked for the Western Australia under 18 side. Mountford is a great endurance runner and finished the season exceptionally well. He transitioned back from under 18 championships football into WAFL form, able to push into the senior WAFL team for Claremont. He works hard on the inside in the midfield, collecting plenty of the ball in the WAFL colts, clearing the ball from the contests. Despite being 72 kg, Mountford is tough at the contest and will appeal to Collingwood as another midfield option.

  1. Geelong – James Parsons

Club: Eastern Ranges (Vic Metro)
Position: Outside midfielder/Medium forward
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Appeared in Eastern’s best in eight of their 14 games

James Parsons is an outside midfielder, that has the ability to push forward and kick goals. Parsons averaged one goal per game, playing a similar role to what Hawthorn’s Isaac Smith does. However, Parsons has struggled for consistency appearing in the bests almost every second week with Parsons unable to play a full game without dropping off. At 189 cm, Parsons is very outside meaning he hasn’t been able to work on his inside game with his competitiveness lacking. Parsons has good speed and agility and will be a good prospect for Geelong to develop if he can improve his consistency.

  1. Sydney – Pass
  1. GWS – Pass
  1. Sydney – Pass 
  1. North Melbourne – Dan Houston

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: General forward
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Kicked 8 goals against Bendigo Pioneers in Round 12 of the TAC Cup

Forward Daniel Houston may find himself on an AFL list at either the national or rookie draft after kicking 19 goals in an injury interrupted season. At 186 cm, Houston isn’t tall enough to play as a key position but plays in the mould of Mark LeCras as a third forward. Houston marks well overhead, averaging just over six marks per game in the TAC Cup. Houston is a hard worker inside 50 and can be seen making multiple leads, continually providing an option for teammates to kick it to him. The big question is whether a club will take a gamble on a player at his size, with Houston likely to be seen as a long term prospect by many.

  1. Fremantle – Nathan Broad

Club: Swan Districts (WAFL)
Position: Outside midfielder
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.8 disposals in the WAFL

Nathan Broad will likely be one of the few state league players drafted on Tuesday. Broad is an endurance athlete and runs hard all day for Swan Districts. Mixed with his endurance, Broad has exceptional pace making him an appealing package for clubs. Broad’s outstanding year led to him finishing fourth in Swan Districts best and fairest. A knock on him is his composure with the football and his average footskills often let him down, but he has taken strong steps forward this year with Fremantle interested in Broad.

  1. West Coast – Yestin Eades

Club: North Ballarat Rebels (Vic Country)
Position: Small forward/Outside midfielder
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Eades has elite GPS results for his running and speed

Yestin Eades is originally from Western Australia and moved to Victoria this year to board at St Patrick’s College. Out of his comfort zone, Eades had a reasonably good season being apart of the NAB AFL Academy, taking big steps forward after adjusting to life in Ballarat. Football wise, Eades is an outside midfielder that has the capabilities of playing forward. His GPS numbers are considered elite for his high intensity running and speed. Eades also had the chance to represent North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL, where he received two votes in the JJ Liston Trophy.

  1. Hawthorn – Pass
  1. Collingwood – Hisham Kerbatieh

Club: Calder Cannons (Vic Metro)
Position: Small forward
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Key stats: Only went goalless once in his 14 TAC Cup games in 2015

Lively forward Hisham Kerbatieh is one of the best small forwards in this year’s draft crop. Kerbatieh kicked 24 goals in the TAC Cup and was Vic Metro’s leading goal kicker at the under 18 championships with nine goals. Kerbatieh can change a game in five minutes, with his elite pace and agility causing havoc for defenders. Kerbatieh has been mentored by Richmond player Bachar Houli this season, after winning a medal after being apart of the Bachar Houli academy for talented junior players of an Islamic bac kground. Despite spending time at Punt Road this year, Kerbatieh’s running results at the combine were disappointing. With the disappointing result in both the beep test and the 3km time trial Kerbatieh will be looking to improve that over the preseason, in an attempt to improve his running capabilities.

  1. Gold Coast – Pass
  1. Essendon – Gach Nyuon

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Country)
Position: Ruckman
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Key stats: Averaged 22.8 hit outs in the under 18 championships

Sudanese born athletic ruckman Gach Nyuon is a prospect for the future. Nyuon has taken big steps forward, despite only playing football for the first time three years ago. Nyuon equalled Nic Naitanui’s absolute running vertical jump at the combine, before running an impressive 2.95 second 20m sprint. Nyuon was a notable performer this season, jumping high above opponents at the stoppages. In the TAC Cup, he played 10 games for Dandenong, averaging 22 hit outs. Despite Nyuon being a long term project, Essendon are one of the clubs who have shown plenty of interest in Nyuon and has a fantastic upside for the club that calls his name out.

  1. Collingwood – Pass
  1. Collingwood – Pass
  1. Geelong – Will Snelling

Club: West Adelaide (South Australia)
Position: Inside midfielder
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Key stats: Averaged 21.7 disposals (11.8 contested) in the under 18 championships

Will Snelling is a contested ball hard nut who loves the contested situations. Snelling performed well as an inside midfielder in the under 18 championships, helping him to win South Australia’s MVP for the carnival. Snelling tackles hard and has good hands, giving him the ability to clear the ball from stoppages with a fast hand ball out to a teammate. Snelling demonstrated good leadership skills, captaining South Australia and also had a taste of senior SANFL football for West Adelaide. Snelling has a large tank, which helped him break the state three-kilometre time trial record in South Australia.

  1. Port Adelaide – Pass
  1. Richmond – Mitch King

Club: Murray Bushrangers (Vic Country)
Position: Ruckman
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Key stats: Top four in the TAC Cup for hit-outs to advantage

With Richmond likely to draft a ruckman on Tuesday, Mitch King will likely find his way to Punt Road after finishing his season well at TAC Cup level. King represented Victoria in basketball and football, competing hard and winning the taps in the ruck for Murray. King missed the start of the season while still recovering from an ACL injury, but managed to return to play 11 games averaging 23.2 hit outs. King’s strong finish to the TAC Cup season saw him added to the national combine list, where he was able to place third in the vertical jump with 70 centimetres.

  1. North Melbourne – Pass
  2. Fremantle – Pass
  3. West Coast – Pass
  4. Essendon – Pass
  1. Geelong – Lachlan Walker

Club: Oakleigh Chargers (Vic Metro)
Position: Medium defender
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Key stats: Averaged 19.9 disposals in 13 TAC Cup games.

Medium defender Lachlan Walker is expected to find his way onto an AFL list as a late pick. Walker has played multiple positions across 2015 and was apart of the Oakleigh Chargers’ TAC Cup premiership side. The left footer has also spent time in the midfield for Oakleigh and his school team (St Kevins College) where he averaged nearly 20 disposals this season. Walker has plenty of attributes to give him an opportunity on an AFL list, with his height giving the ability to possibly transition into an inside midfield role or as a rebounding half back.

  1. Richmond – Pass
  2. Carlton – Pass
  3. Essendon – Pass
  1. Geelong – Thomas Jok

Club: Dandenong Stingrays (Vic Metro)
Position: Outside midfielder/medium forward
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Key stats: Averaged 17.6 disposals in nine games in the TAC Cup.

Thomas Jok is a Sudanese boy who has a fantastic upside for any club that drafts him. Jok is athletically gifted, with a strong leap and superb running ability. Jok plays in multiple positions, even venturing in the ruck for his school (St Kevins) due to his strong leap. Jok is naturally suited to an outside game where he can run hard all day up the ground, playing as a high half forward. His height does hold him back in some regards, not allowing him to play as a key position forward. However, Jok kicked five goals in the rain in a representative match in August. With Jok’s potential being large, expect a club to select him late in the national draft or in the rookie draft in order to develop this intriguing prospect.

  1. Geelong – Pass
  2. Geelong – Pass

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