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2021 Draft Thread

tigerdell

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It was a good choice to open with a KPD, opened up the entire draft, that aside I think Gibcus has the tools to be a forward, although you never know with these kids. I never really anticipated Naughton being a forward, I found his kicking action to be volatile, he seems to have compensated for that with the sheer weight of opportunities he allows himself. I certainly wouldn't be relying on him to kick the winner after the siren, he'd be the last bloke I'd want with the ball in their hands.
Kicking after the siren doesn't happen too often. Sometimes we gotta look at their strengths
 
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FitenFitenWin

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Putting the playing list on paper - we are awfully short on mature back-up rucks. Nanks and Soldo then diddly. Anyone going around that we could get as a rookie?
 
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bullus_hit

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Yeah we differed on Naughton.

To answer your question re: after the siren kick - He's also the most likely to have the ball in his hands...
You definitely took the points there Leysy, well done. His contested marking is elite, I never really doubted that I just thought he was one of those guys who would take a screamer and then undo all his good work with poor disposal, got that one wrong but you live and learn.
 
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jokershoppe

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We got a top five pick, a top 10 pick, a top 20 pick. That’s a win. We added elite foot skills and pace. Tremendous crop.
Agree scoop,the upside for all 5 is very high with the ability to get to best player status be for there positions.
 
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Didn't expect Howes to slide to the dees. Was really hoping we would grab him with one of our 2nd rounders.

39. Melbourne: Blake Howes


Sandringham Dragons, NAB League / Parkdale FC / St. Bede's

State: Victoria (Metro)

Height: 190cm

Weight: 79kg

Date of Birth: 07/04/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 19
 
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bullus_hit

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Didn't expect Howe to slide to the dees. Was really hoping we would grab him with one of our 2nd rounders.

39. Melbourne: Blake Howes


Sandringham Dragons, NAB League / Parkdale FC / St. Bede's

State: Victoria (Metro)

Height: 190cm

Weight: 79kg

Date of Birth: 07/04/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 19
On the 50/50 calls I think I would have taken Howes, I also had him in my top 20. I wonder how the tight the decision was, I reckon he was the next name on the list.
 
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TigerPort

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I would rate this draft as the most boring.
I feel with such low numbers drafted.
Considering there are 18 clubs not to get to 100 new kids in the system is crap.
The AFL needs to stop worrying about fixing the game with ridiculous rule changes but concentrate how they get more kids into the system.
I reckon we will start to lose a lot more kids to soccer and basketball because the chances of getting onto an AFL list is just getting tooo hard.
Clubs should have 50 players on there list

Get more kids into the system??

4 additional teams will help with more kids into the game
 

turk-d-tiger

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Whilst alot could change from now until draft time with teams trading picks and certain players not being available at particular picks , I have had this 1st round pencilled in apart from 1-2 players moving for most part since trade period ended and just a feel of where certain players may go depending on clubs needs.


1. Nrth Melb - Jason Horne-Francis
2. W.Bulldogs - Sam Darcy
3. GWS - Finn Callaghan
4. Collingwood - Nick Daicos
5. Gold Coast - Josh Gibcus
6. Adelaide - Ben Hobbs
7. Hawthorn - Josh Ward
8. Fremantle - Josh Rachele
9. Richmond - Matthew Johnson
10. Fremantle - Jye Amiss
11. St Kilda - Mac Andrew
12. West Coast - Neil Erasmus
13. Essendon - Josh Goater
14. Port Adelaide - Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera
15. GWS - Tyler Sonsie
16. Brisbane - Arlo Draper
17. Richmond - Jacob Van-Rooyen
18. Sydney - Mitch Knevitt
19. Melbourne - Sam Butler
20 . Brisbane - Josh Sinn

* Wilmot , Taylor , McDonald special mentions
This was my top 20 from after the trade period 15 october



1. Nrth Melb - Jason Horne-Francis - 1
2. W.Bulldogs - Sam Darcy - 2
3. GWS - Finn Callaghan - 3
4. Collingwood - Nick Daicos -4
5. Gold Coast - Josh Gibcus -9
6. Adelaide - Ben Hobbs -13
7. Hawthorn - Josh Ward -7
8. Fremantle - Josh Rachele - 4
9. Richmond - Matthew Johnson -21
10. Fremantle - Jye Amiss - 8
11. St Kilda - Mac Andrew - 5
12. West Coast - Neil Erasmus - 10
13. Essendon - Josh Goater -22
14. Port Adelaide - Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera - 11
15. GWS - Tyler Sonsie - 28
16. Brisbane - Arlo Draper - 187
17. Richmond - Jacob Van-Rooyen - 19
18. Sydney - Mitch Knevitt - 24
19. Melbourne - Sam Butler - 25
20 . Brisbane - Josh Sinn - 12

* Wilmot , Taylor , McDonald special mentions

14/20 inside the 1st round
first 4 picks exact
6 players outside top 20
1 (Arlo Draper) missed by more than 8 picks
 
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AFL Draft 2021: Richmond launch next generation of premiership success with talented draft haul

Richmond considered trading up the order to secure its targets — but it didn’t need to. The Tigers recruiting boss has his say on the Tigers’ talented haul.

Richmond believes it has stockpiled the elite talent to launch its next generation of premiership success after nailing its best national draft hand since 2004.

The Tigers’ attempt to defy gravity and the AFL’s punishing equalisation measures got off to a perfect start after a second straight night where the picks fell Richmond’s way.
Richmond recruiting manager Matthew Clarke said the Tigers considered trading up in the draft order to secure both Trent Cotchin clone Tyler Sonsie and Tasmanian medium defender Sam Banks but instead secured them with late 20s picks.

Lightning quick midfielder Sonie went at pick 28, with Banks (pick 29) joining Jack Riewoldt in debuting for Tasmania’s Clarence football club at the age of 15, before battling a wrist injury this year that pushed him down draft boards.

Richmond took Tyler Sonsie, Judson Clarke and Sam Banks on the second night.

Richmond took Tyler Sonsie, Judson Clarke and Sam Banks on the second night.

East Ringwood’s Judson Clarke (pick 30) is a lethal left-footed small forward coming off an ACL tear who Richmond believes could follow in the footsteps of high half forward Kane Lambert.

It came after Richmond selected intercept defender Josh Gibcus as a draft bargain at pick nine as well as clever Murray Bushrangers defender Tom Brown (pick 17) in the first round of the draft.

Not since the Tigers had five picks within the first 20 selections in the 2004 national draft have Richmond had a chance to dominate the early parts of the draft.

Clarke told the Herald Sun the Tigers had found the right blend of needs and elite talent as the club’s triple premiership stars eventually left the club.

“There are a couple of guys in Sonsie and Banks in particular who we were thinking about making enquiries about moving up the draft and the way things unfolded we got them both,” he said.

“Sonsie has had some injury issues and Covid hasn’t been good for him in terms of the structure in his fotoy and he slipped through. When he came out of the Under-16s he was potentially in the top five in the country, so he’s really talented and he’s a mad Richmond boy, so he’s super stoked.

“We addressed our needs with Gibcus and we don’t just see him as a back, we believe he and Noah Balta can be swingmen and Brown and Banks have genuine running power with aerial ability. We are really excited to fill some needs early and then get some good players in the 20s.”
Richmond and Hawthorn both launched concerted bids to secure brilliant young Subiaco midfielder Matthew Johnson at pick 21 after he was the slider of night one of the national draft.

But the Dockers eventually secured him after considering their offers to nail a trio of local talents in the wake of Adam Cerra’s departure back to Melbourne.


TIGER BARGAIN’S WARNING TO COMPETITION

Josh Gibcus has issued an ominous warning for the Tiger Army and the new-age key-forward monsters of the competition.
“Watch out guys, I’ll take down any player,” Gibcus told the Herald Sun moments after being drafted.
The high-leaping key-defender also wants to propel Richmond to its next premiership.
This confidence isn’t for show.

Gibcus, who became a Tiger with the ninth selection in the AFL Draft, walks the talk on the field.
And he is up for any challenge, highlighted by his shut-down job on the leading key-forward in the draft, Western Bulldogs father-son and No. 2 selection Sam Darcy.

Coming off a dominant six-goal haul in a Victorian trial which saw him rocket up draft boards, the red-hot Darcy was restricted to six disposals and two goals by Gibcus in the Under-19 Victorian Challenge clash in July.

Josh Gibcus has vowed to take down any player. Picture: Mark Stewart

Josh Gibcus has vowed to take down any player. Picture: Mark Stewart

The 197cm draftee attacks the ball in the air like his life depends on it, resembling All-Australian Demon Jake Lever in the NAB League for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels this season with his intercept marking prowess, remarkable spring, and speed off the mark.
The traits that can stop athletic goalkicking machines Harry McKay, Ben King and Max King in the future.

The East Point product led the NAB League for intercept marks and intercept possessions and shapes as an exciting replacement for retired three-time premiership Tiger David Astbury, another graduate from the Rebels program.
A Brisbane supporter after living in Queensland during his early life, Gibcus has kept a watchful eye on the Tigers, with members of his family following the club.

While key-position players generally take time to develop, the St Patrick’s College graduate is eager to help the Tigers win their next flag.
“I’ve been following them for quite a bit … got to watch them win a couple of flags and hopefully when I get there, I can help them win a flag,” he said.

Gibcus looms as Richmond’s David Astbury replacement. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Gibcus looms as Richmond’s David Astbury replacement. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

“I have had a dream to be in the AFL since about five years old when I started Auskick up in Queensland, and honestly just to be called out tonight by Richmond at pick nine … I’m stoked.
“I’m an athletic key-defender, I’m pretty much an intercept marking defender. I’ll bring my vertical leap, my marking ability and my ability to read the play.”
Considered by Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast with its early selections, Gibcus looms as a value pick-up for the Tigers.

Rebels coach David Loader said Gibcus is the modern prototype key defender.
“He’s the new-age defender. If you look forward to what the gun up and coming forwards of the competition are like – Harry McKay, the two King boys, we are looking at guys who are 200cm but incredibly athletic,” Loader explained.

“He’s 197cm, he’s quick, he’s got good endurance, he’s quite agile and he’s got a massive leap. He is the perfect prototype to play on the up and coming gun forwards of the competition.
“Athletically, Josh is really, really gifted and a super exciting player.”

 
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H tiger

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Colonwood have paired Crow eaters Draper and Murley. Done well considering their pecking order, could rival Melbourne for the best value for this draft
Can somebody explain to me why Daicos was not bid on until pick 4? Did GWS feel sorry for them after getting their #2 draft pick so cheaply? Why didn’t North bid on him? He was already signed up, why not make Collingwood pay top dollar?
 
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King Kong

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Can somebody explain to me why Daicos was not bid on until pick 4? Did GWS feel sorry for them after getting their #2 draft pick so cheaply? Why didn’t North bid on him? He was already signed up, why not make Collingwood pay top dollar?
GWS has plenty of Academy players coming through and try to avoid the risk of clubs repaying the favour down the track. It took the Dogs till the 40s to bid on Fahey who was a top 25 pick on talent.
 
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On the 50/50 calls I think I would have taken Howes, I also had him in my top 20. I wonder how the tight the decision was, I reckon he was the next name on the list.
Apparently Banks & Sonsie was always our picks and considered trading up to get them after the attempt to get freo's #21 failed to draft Johnson.
 
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Baloo

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Apparently Banks & Sonsie was always our picks and considered trading up to get them after the attempt to get freo's #21 failed to draft Johnson.
What? You mean we were shocked they were both still available at our picks? We thought they'd go earlier? Fancy that.
 
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