Analysis of every pick by every AFL club at AFL national draft



In son of a pistol Ed Allan (19), the Pies also added speed to their race. The 194-centimetre Allan (whose father Ben Allan was a Hawthorn and Fremantle player) ran in 2.81 seconds in a 20-metre sprint. He can run in any section of the field. Defender Jakob Ryan (28) was originally linked to their first pick, but they got there in round 2. Glenelg teenager, with his long blonde locks, is a beloved figure. However, he is also an excellent one-on-one defender and is calm when under pressure. They rewarded a small midfielder Joe Richards 48) for his perseverance in picking up the 22 year-old Wangaratta player, Pie Ben Reid, who was previously premiership. Strengthened their hand for the highly rated 2023 draft by giving up pick 30 for Carlton’s future second.


To secure their first pick, the Dons made big offers. Elijah Tsatas (5), a larger-bodied, smooth-moving midfield ball magnet who wasn’t there when the club won its last final over Mattaes Philippou. It was too late for a bid. Alwyn Davey Adrian Dodoro can invest in the following (45). Lewis Hayes As a key defender, Hayes (25), is the brother of Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes. Hayes is well-known for his ability pick the right moment to mark or spoil, and has the time to increase his 84-kilogram body to compete against the big boys. The Davey brothers are the source of the good news. Alwyn was eliminated in the third round. Jayden Davey (54), who is back from ACL tears after two, was picked in their last selection.



With their diluted draft haul, the Dockers kept one eye on the past and one on the future. In Hugh Davies (33) They found a young key defense player who they hope can grow under senior backs Alex Pearce Luke Ryan and Brennan Cox. Tom Emmett (41) is a tough-tackling forward, which is an area where the club excels. Ruckman Max Knobel Trent Knobel (42), the son and Brisbane Lions, Richmond, and St Kilda big-man Trent Knobel, plays as a project play under Luke Jackson and Sean Darcy. The hard-running Dockers need to have a role. Corey Wagner (57), who was delisted by North Melbourne and Melbourne, but returns to AFL ranks following a strong season in the VFL for Port Melbourne.


The Jack Bowes salary dump sweepstakes was won by the Cats, and they were the winners. Gold Coast’s top-10 pick. After winning the premiership just weeks prior, it was an incredible result. Geelong Falcons midfielder Jhye & Clark (8) was instantly linked to Geelong’s prized selection. That’s exactly how it played out, with the local product already being likened to retired great Joel Selwood. This is due to his stoppage prowess as well as the intensity with which they operate. The Cats’ only other pick was used on Norwood forward-ruck Phoenix Foster (52). Foster impressed in South Australia’s AFL under-18 championships opener after new West Coast ruckman Harry Barnett was ruled out with COVID-19. He Considered a raw talent with upside


The Suns only used one pick in the national draft, but they made it count and secured Gippsland power captain Bailey Humphrey (6). After There was speculation that they wanted West Australian Reuben Ginbey. Humphrey confirmed this. Gold Coast’s man in the past fortnight. He He will start his career in forward position, where he was a difference maker at junior level. But his creativity and toughness are equally important when he moves through the midfield. Although a knee injury ended his season, he was able to finish his season in the top-10. Another young gem for Stuart Dew’s growing collection. The Suns could add some experienced talent to the rookie draft, including Connor Blakely.

Toby Greene presents Aaron Cadman, the No.1 draft pick, with his Giants jumper.Credit:Getty Images


The key forward Aaron Cadman (1) headlines recruiter Adrian Caruso’s five-pack of recruits after the Giants scored the top pick in a four-club mega deal in October. Cadman is the long term target of a GWS squad that relies too heavily on Jesse Hogan, Toby Greene. Academy midfielder Harry Rowston (16) was always bound for the club, but Sydney’s early bid set a cat among the pigeons. Diminutive speedster Darcy Jones (21) has the kind of attributes that could make him an immediate success for Adam Kingsley, his new coach. They decided not to trade the first round pick, but instead used it to draft a 193-centimetre swingman. Max Gruzewski (22), while looking forward Toby McMullin (34) will give you an additional boost of speed.



To complement their on-ball brigade, the Hawks sought a large-bodied midfielder to join them. They chose Cameron Mackenzie Reuben Ginbey and Mattaes Phillipou won (7). The Sandringham Dragons’ star was awarded All-Australian honors. He is gifted with fine skills and can break free from stoppages. They traded for one of Sydney’s first-round picks to nab defender Josh Weddle (18), one the three Oakleigh Chargers they ended drafting. Hawthorn gave up pick 27, and future second-, and third-round selections. Henry Hustwaite Dandenong Stingrays (37) was a very polarising prospect. However, Hawthorn saw tremendous potential in the 194 centimetre utility. Chargers Jack O’Sullivan (46), is a formidable midfielder Bailey Macdonald (51), a defensive dasher, rounded out the Hawks’ haul.


Tall forward Matthew Jefferson (15) was tipped to be the Demons’ first-round pick a long way out, but it wasn’t as straightforward as it seems. Jason Taylor and Tim Lamb, the list boss, were always aggressive in trying improve their draft position. Bailey Humphrey was believed to be their target if they were able to prise Essendon’s top pick off them. Jefferson looms as a long-term partner in attack for last year’s first-round pick Jacob Van Rooyen and was a regular goalkicker at every level this past season. Melbourne’s only other pick was used on Peel Thunder key defender Jed Adams (38), who will have the time to grow behind Harry Petty, Jake Lever, and Steven May.


After the disappointment of losing Jason Horne-Francis, the Kangaroos are close to their dream draft. Electric forward Harry Sheezel (3) A powerful midfielder George Wardlaw (4) are wonderful additions for Alastair Clarkson’s first season in charge. If they weren’t enough, exciting forward Brayden George (26) slid to North’s third pick. George was a top-10 and possibly top five pick before sustaining an ACL tear in his left knee. They will write off George’s 2023 season to make sure he is right to go for the year after. The Roos added AFL games record-holder Brent Harvey’s son, Cooper Harvey (56), with their last pick.

New North Melbourne Players George Wardlaw And Harry Sheezel With Coach Alastair Clarkson.

With coach Alastair Clarkson, George Wardlaw (North Melbourne) and Harry Sheezel (South Melbourne).Credit:Getty Images


Tom McCallum was Port’s first selection as they look to add depth in defence after missing out on Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea during the trade period. The Hobart’s tall back is a shrewd defender who can play both on talls and smalls. He is also an excellent mark. His father Scott was a legend at Clarence and is in Tasmania’s Hall of Fame. In 1996, the club purchased two players of 200 cm or more. Tom Scully Kyle Marshall Both speculative and real-world picks should have athletes traits.



Entered the draft after Melbourne’s coaching staff had left the building at pick No.49 having traded in Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto. However, Kaleb Smith can always lay claim to being the Tigers’ first pick in the 2022 national draft. A running defender who can break down the lines. He was also rated higher in many predictions. Steely green Although he was once a keen sailor, he was named after Steely Dan and not Christopher Cross. He A small, but fierce midfielder who will bring grunt to the Tigers. They are still confident with the haul they have bought through the 2021 draft and feel ready for another tilt.


Mattaes Phillipou He is confident in his abilities which is a bonus for Saints who are looking for brash personalities to join their ranks. He He is a tall, powerful midfielder who has a strong left foot and can take a mark. He is a young draft pick with plenty of potential for improvement. James Van Es Callum Wilkie and Dougal Howard are too dependent on him. This makes Callum Wilkie an excellent intercept marker. Olli Hotton A forward with the ability to move into midfield, Hotton is an excellent player. Trent Hotton, a former Collingwood utility player, is certain to make an impact. Isaac Keeler is a ruck forward who spent time in Adelaide’s next-generation academy. Ross Lyon will be known for his heavy investment in the draft during the last two seasons.



The Swans played havoc with their opponents during the draft making surprise bids on the Giants’ academy graduate Harry Rowston and Adelaide’s father-son Max Michalanney They were forced to drop the board in the first round. They took small forwards and picked up some lively points. Jacob KonstantyHe was a great junior soccer player, before he turned his attention to AFL. He Tom Papley is a great player and knows exactly where the goals are. The Swans then entered the second night with a bang grabbing Hawthorn’s next-generation academy graduate and defender Cooper Vickery At pick 27. During the trade period, Hawthorn was nabbed by the Swans. Caleb Mitchell Victoria’s top runner, who also works as a wingman.


A vital draft for the West Coast Reuben Ginbey Elijah Hewett As the club seeks to replace the 2018 team’s midfield, they want to produce a quality crop. Ginbey, an aggressive on-baller who can get out of congestion to find space, and Hewett are both dynamic players. Hewett is explosive, but he still has a lot to learn. He only declared himself at the national championships. He then played senior football for Swan Districts. The team then used pick 23. Harry BarnettAs they seek to replace Nic Naitanui, champion big man Nic Naitanui will be the first ruckman selected in the draft. Maffra’s Coby Burgiel Another speedster who can move across the country quickly and could be a potential wingman Noah Long A forward/midfielder who was selected as the last draft player.


The Bulldogs picked former Auskicker-of-the-year Jedd Busslinger to bolster their defence with Sam Darcy and Busslinger potentially forming a strong combination down back in the next few seasons. Busslinger will have time to grow. As a small forward, Charlie Clarke and Cody Weightman could make an immediate impact. Clarke is a tough ready-made forward with some cheek who kicked six goals in the national championships and was vital in the Sandringham Dragons’ premiership. Harvey Gallagher is a running defender who was overlooked in last year’s draft before excelling for the Bendigo Pioneers as a top aged player.

New Bulldog Jedd Busslinger.

New Bulldog Jedd Busslinger.Credit:Getty Images

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