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Draft wrap: What the clubs said, plus the fans' take

2013 draft: The top 10 revealed Announcement and reaction to the top ten picks
How did clubs rate their 2013 draft haul? Click on the flags below for reaction to Thursday night's selection meeting on the Gold Coast. And follow the links for detailed breakdown by recruiters of every player selected.

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Adelaide



View the Crows' draft haul on the 2013 draft tracker

"We're really pleased, obviously just two picks but don't forget the two upgrades. We continue to add to the midfield with Riley Knight ticking some boxes in relation to outside speed, which we are addressing. If you put them together, ball winning capacity, running capacity and defence. It's a lot of hard work for just two picks." - David Noble, list manager

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Brisbane Lions



"Our priority was to collect a couple of tall defenders that could fill some roles, and to add some pace and size to our midfield. We were trying to get some players that filled some areas of the (young) guys that left (in the off-season). Yeoy (Elliot Yeo) leaving left a hole at half-back, but we've got (Tom) Cutler and (Nicholas) Robertson and (Daniel) McStay can all pay half-back and wing, so we think we've covered that well." - Stephen Conole, Lions recruiting manager

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Carlton



"It's an exciting process but it is a relief for it to be finished. It's like studying for an exam with the build-up and the build-up and the build-up and then it is finally over but to get Patrick Cripps is a bonus for the club. We needed a big-bodied midfielder who wins the ball. Cameron Giles can be a swingman and Nick Holman is a competitor. We tried to build midfield strength this year. We only rated five or six talls in the draft. Next year we think there will be a lot better group of talls coming through." - Shane Rogers, Carlton's national recruiting manager

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Collingwood



"Pretty well-documented that Matt Scharenberg or James Aish were going to be there and there was really a feather between both of those players and we went for the taller utility type that can fill a need right away and Nathan Freeman comes into the system with extraordinary power inside and outside. We went into with an open mind that if there were players at the back end of the draft that we had a shine for we would take them." - Derek Hine, national recruiting manager

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Essendon



"We were going to always take our time with our selections. There's no records that need to be set by calling names out. We just wanted to pick two players we think can play AFL footy. There weren't many talls in this draft so you had to make wise selections and one of the outcomes we wanted was to get some speed in our team, so including the upgrade of Dalgleish, we've got three boys that have got very good speed, good decisions makers, and it quickens your team up." - Adrian Dodoro, list manager

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Fremantle



"We really wanted to go tall early. The last two years, we've had a real influx of talls that we can develop and start filling some spots as some of our other guys get a bit older. We've got some talented sportsmen across the board like a lot of these guys who have been drafted ... but their football output was all really strong." – Brad Lloyd, general manager player management

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Geelong



"We really just came in thinking we'd get the best available talent, we knew it was a pretty even bunch of players and we'd have some decisions to make at each choice, and we've ended up with a mix. They're all different types of players so it's been good for us. All the players we drafted this year have got a long way to go with development but with a pre-season and some good coaching, who knows what 2014 holds for them." - Stephen Wells, recruiting and list manager

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Gold Coast



"You're always balancing team need with best player and we think we've combined both of them with some very talented players and players that can fulfill some positions that we need to strengthen. It just worked out the best player at pick five was that half-back position that Bluey (McKenna) had identified we needed." - Scott Clayton, list manager

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Greater Western Sydney



"We wanted to pick the best players, really. Our last pick there (Rory Lobb) was maybe on a bit of a needs basis, but certainly our first three we were just picking the best player." - Stephen Silvagni, list manager

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Hawthorn



"Midfield was a real focus for us, but we were still prepared to look at any player on a talent basis and we were able to fill those needs. We felt like we covered off on the midfield and then getting James Sicily at the end, that high half forward who can go into the midfield. We knew that Xavier (Ellis) and Shane Savage going out would have an effect on our depth in that area. We feel as though with Will Langford and Mitch Hallohan and Jed Anderson we've got some depth to cover some of those. We were just hoping to add some run and talent to that midfield group." - Graham Wright, list manager

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Melbourne



"We're pleased because we rated Christian Salem who has got some elite ability and will add to our midfield mix. The approach going in was to get the best available player at that pick. Jay Kennedy Harris fulfils a need for us with speed and endurance, he has really good character and is a nice kid. On that alone we are rapt to get him into our footy club. Jayden Hunt came through school footy [at Brighton Grammar] with Josh Kelly and Salem and was right up with them as a player when he was much younger early but they grew and he didn't and he dropped off until he grew again. He did some eye-catching things in school games this year." - Jason Taylor,  national recruiting manager

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North Melbourne



"We were just picking the best available player at our selection. At (pick) 30 and 47 we were a bit at the mercy of what the other clubs did. It was as simple as that." - Bryce Lewis, recruiting manager

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Port Adelaide



"We were pretty keen to get some speed into the place. Jarman Impey brings that and (Darcy) Byrne-Jones brings that, (Karl) Amon, so three of our four players bring that. We've openly talked about trying to get some key position forwards in and we've done that with (Mitchell) Harvey. We think with (Jared) Polec and (Matt) White in the trade period and these young kids we've really done a bit about our speed. We really thought small forwards and small backs we needed some real speed, and outside run." - Peter Rohde, general manager of football

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Richmond



"We scanned the pool and ranked the players and felt perhaps this draft wasn't all that deep, so we did look at a few experienced players consequently. It wasn't specific we'd go for mature-aged but we felt the draft dropped off a fair bit and obviously we didn't have a second round pick in trading for Shaun Hampson so with those back-end picks, we were looking forplayers who could compete and are perhaps ready to go." – Francis Jackson, recruiting manager

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St Kilda



"First and foremost, we needed talent. There's no doubt that we are rebuilding and that's been identified outside the club now, not just within the club. Second to getting talent was to get a good mix of players – also with good character - and if you look between Billings, Dunstan and Acres, we've actually got three very different players and that's the most pleasing aspect outside of having three very good players." – Chris Pelchen, head of football

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Sydney Swans



"We were keen to bolster the midfield and we were keen to find a guy that could play down back as that smaller defender. We needed to bolster our ruck department and we were keen, if the opportunity was there, to find a potential defender that can come through with Teddy (Richards) and Reg (Heath Grundy) getting a little bit older. Like everybody, we're pleased with how it's panned out." – Kinnear Beatson, list manager

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West Coast



"The draft strategy is to always bring in the best talent, from a long term point of view. We were looking at replenishing the midfield, certainly in terms of numbers after Kerry (Daniel Kerr) retired, and also to bring in a tall defender. A developing tall player can take a couple of years, so we'll look to bring one in now and give them a little bit of time to mature. Fortunately we were able to achieve that (Tom Barrass, pick 43)." – Rowan O'Brien, West Coast, list manager

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Western Bulldogs



"It was very much to take the best player available. We've got a strict criteria in terms of the type of people we want to bring in to the club, so their character level, as well as their competitiveness – and their talent level – was the basic philosophy. Having picked up Stewie Crameri and Sam Darley in the trade period, we were quite happy to go with some younger players and Matt Fuller, as a 23-year-old, was a guy we identified pretty early in the season." – Simon Dalrymple, Western Bulldogs recruiting manager

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