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Who did your club pick at the rookie draft?

Staff writers  November 28, 2016 6:30 PM

Rookie Draft wrap Travis King and Callum Twomey wrap up the 2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft

Picks as they happen on AFL.com.au's Draft Tracker
• All the latest at the NAB AFL Draft Hub

Adelaide

Who they drafted: Sam Shaw (Adelaide), Ben Jarman (North Adelaide, father-son)

Summary: Shaw was forced to retire earlier this month because of ongoing concussion issues after 24 games in seven seasons with the Crows. The defender has been rookie-listed to ensure his welfare his taken care of with a collective bargaining agreement not yet in place for next year. Jarman becomes the club's first father-son selection in its 26-year history. The exciting midfielder has wonderful skills, but needs to work on his strength and fitness to be effective at the next level.

What the club says: "Ball in hand (Jarman) is always calm, he is really, really conscious to make sure he gets to a teammate. He reads the game well. He's only a little fellow, so he's going to develop size and strength naturally here. He's had to endure a bit and show some resilience over the last two weeks, it hasn't been easy, but we got the end result. He's got an opportunity now to show us all what he can do." - Crows national recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie

Brisbane

Who they drafted: Jake Barrett (GWS), Mitchell Hinge (Glenelg), Oscar McInerney (Casey Scorpions), Blake Grewar (Redland, category B)

Summary: The Lions got a little bit of everything in this draft, with midfield grunt in Barrett, half-back polish in Hinge and a project ruckman in McInerney. Barrett has been in the Giants' system three seasons and played just one senior game, but should get some opportunities in Brisbane. He is also capable of being an effective forward and has starred in the NEAFL. The Lions have been looking for good ball users and Hinge fits that bill with his lovely left-foot kick. He usually plays behind the ball, but is capable of moving into the midfield. McInerney is 203cm and will take more time to develop, but with just Stefan Martin, Archie Smith and Matt Eagles on the list as recognised ruckmen, the club needed to add some depth here.

What the club says: "Jake has an outstanding record in the NEAFL, but like a number of GWS boys, probably hasn't had the opportunity – they've got a lot of depth. We're very optimistic he can come in and play a role. Mitchell continues our push to bring in some boys that can use the ball well, and Oscar is a bit older than the other boys, is very raw, but we're hoping with a couple of years in the system, he can develop. We're very happy." - recruiting manager Stephen Conole 

Carlton

Who they drafted: Kym LeBois (North Adelaide), Alex Silvagni (Fremantle), Andrew Gallucci (Carlton), Ciaran Sheehan (Carlton, category B)

Summary: LeBois is a small forward capable of playing on the wing or pinch-hitting through the midfield. Blessed with elite skills, speed and a strong goal sense, he can produce flashes of brilliance. Silvagni, 29, played 53 games over seven seasons with Fremantle as a key defender. The second cousin of Blues list manager Stephen Silvagni, he now gets an opportunity to extend his AFL career at Ikon Park. Gallucci was delisted after spending 2016 on the Blues' rookie list, but gets a second chance after a shoulder injury limited him to just four VFL games last season.

What the club says: "We lost Michael Jamison and Zach Tuohy out of our defence and in the drafts we've brought in seven 18-year-olds, which includes Kym (LeBois) as one of our rookies, so we felt we needed to bring some maturity through the door, which is where Alex (Silvagni) fits in. He's a great character and a real workhorse and with 27 players with under 50 games' experience on our list we just needed to give those kids some support. We didn't see a lot of Andrew (Gallucci) this year but he came back after the break in fantastic condition, so we just felt we needed to give him an opportunity." - Stephen Silvagni, Carlton list manager

Collingwood

Who they drafted: Mitch McCarthy (Dandenong Stingrays), Henry Schade (Gold Coast), Liam Mackie (Glenelg), Max Lynch (Murray Bushrangers)

Summary: Mitch McCarthy turned down US basketball scholarships last year to return to Australia and pursue his dream and he arrives at Collingwood as a freakishly athletic forward/ruckman. His season ended with a foot stress fracture, but the Magpies have conducted medical assessments and he has started running again. Henry Schade joins the club after 21 games with Gold Coast, where he was down the pecking order in defence. The Magpies can see improvement in the 23-year-old, and opportunities for him to play in 2017. Rangy defender Liam Mackie is the cousin of Geelong premiership defender Andrew Mackie and a very similar player who starred at school level this year. Max Lynch, a strong-bodied ruckman who can also cover the ground, was a GWS access player and the No.1 ruckman with NSW/ACT in the under-18 championships.  

What the club says: "We were looking for a forward/ruck type, which is where McCarthy came in, and a defender as well after we lost a lot of key defenders in the off-season. Henry Schade was available (to fill that need) and always in our sights. From there we basically took the next best players on our list in Mackie and Lynch." - senior recruiter Matt Rendell 

Former basketballer Mitch McCarthy has great athleticism. Picture: AFL Photos

Essendon

Who they drafted: Sam Draper (South Adelaide), Shaun McKernan (Essendon), Yestin Eades (Essendon).

Summary: The Bombers bolstered their big man stocks with Sam Draper, a 203cm ruckman who only moved from soccer to football this year. McKernan and Eades are familiar faces at Essendon, with the club opting to give the pair another chance. McKernan offers mobility as a tall forward and can pinch-hit in the ruck while Eades is a talented small forward with pace.

What the club says: "We desperately needed to find a developing tall. (Draper's) a big lump of a kid, he's quick and has got good agility." - Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro 

Fremantle

Who they drafted: Josh Deluca (Fremantle), Taylin Duman (Oakleigh Chargers), Brady Grey (Fremantle), Luke Strnadica (East Fremantle)

Summary: Freo continued to revitalise both ends of the ground in the rookie draft. Following the additions of Griffin Logue and Joel Hamling, the Dockers added to their defensive stocks with the arrival of Duman, who is a quick and versatile backman who reads the play well. Tall forward Strnadica will be given the chance to develop on the rookie list after booting 17 goals in 12 WAFL Colts games for East Fremantle this year. Meanwhile, midfielders Grey and Deluca have earned another shot after being delisted last month.

What the club says: "(Duman) was someone we thought we'd look at in the national draft but he was still available there today. He's a 192cm running defender who can also go through the midfield, so he's got really good speed and agility and uses the ball quite well. Strnadica is a big boy, over 200cm, can play in the forward line but also has the capacity to ruck as well. Brady's been working hard through pre-season, we felt he deserved another opportunity, and Josh throughout this year was probably one of our most improved players … so we wanted to give him another opportunity to keep developing his football." - list manager Brad Lloyd

Geelong

Who they drafted: Jack Henry (Geelong Falcons), Zach Guthrie (Calder Cannons), Jamaine Jones (North Ballarat Rebels), Sam Simpson (Geelong Falcons)

Summary: After opting to go local with three of its picks in the NAB AFL Draft, Geelong decided to take a similar approach in the Monday's rookie draft. The Cats picked Geelong Falcons forward Jack Henry with their first pick (No.16 overall), while they also made good on their promise to select Sam Simpson, the son of former midfielder Sean, with their last pick. Henry is an athletic forward, capable of taking a strong mark, who can push into the midfield. Geelong also took developing defender Zach Guthrie, the younger brother of Cameron, with pick No.33. Guthrie finished runner-up in the Calder Cannons' best and fairest in 2016 and uses the footy well off half-back. Needing a crumbing small forward to add to the mix, Stephen Wells and his recruiting team turned to exciting goal sneak Jamaine Jones.

What the club says: "We value every pick, and we were looking to complement the recent recruits we added through the trade period and the national draft. These four players performed well through the year and now have an opportunity to step up to the rookie list." - list manager Stephen Wells

Zach Guthrie joins his older brother Cam at the Cats in 2017. Picture: AFL Photos

Gold Coast

Who they drafted: Keegan Brooksby (Gold Coast), Cameron Loersch (Gold Coast), Max Spencer (Gold Coast academy, category B)

Summary: With depth in their key position stocks the main question mark on the Suns' list, they've decided to stick with Brooksby and Loersch. Brooksby was recruited as a ruckman two years ago, but expanded his skills to play as a key defender in the NEAFL last season and now adds valuable versatility. Loersch is a project forward who the club thought was worth another punt to learn behind Tom Lynch, Peter Wright and Sam Day.

What the club says: "When we brought in the experienced players during trade period and had so many picks early in the (national) draft, we had to make some space on our list, but were always keen to keep these boys. Keegan just deserves to be at our club for another year, the players really respect him, he's a high-quality individual with good leadership. We've put a lot of work into Cameron and his professionalism is improving all the time." - list manager Scott Clayton 

GWS

Who they drafted: Tendai Mzungu (Fremantle), Joel Patfull (GWS), Zachary Sproule (GWS Academy, category B)

Summary: Just like they did in the national draft, the Giants secured a recycled Fremantle midfielder in Tendai Mzungu, who played 102 games in six seasons for the Dockers, and will give even more depth to the list. The 30-year-old was a vital member of Ross Lyon's 2013 Grand Final side and will be ready to go if called upon. Patfull won't play unless he backflips on his decision to retire.

What the club says: "Tendai is an experienced player who, like his good mate Matt de Boer who we selected on Friday night, played a lot of football for Fremantle when they were right up the top of the competition. He can play a variety of roles and brings valuable leadership and experience that we think will help guide our younger players." - GWS national recruiting manager Adrian Caruso

Hawthorn

Who they drafted: James Cousins (Murray Bushrangers), Jack Fitzpatrick (Hawthorn), Oliver Hanrahan (St Kevin's College)

Summary: The Hawks redrafted delisted tall Jack Fitzpatrick for extra cover in the big-man department after ruckman Jonathon Ceglar went down with a ruptured ACL and with doubt over star forward Jarryd Roughead's return to football. Hanrahan is a relatively unknown quantity after coming from outside the traditional TAC Cup pathway, but is an athletic half-forward/midfielder. Meanwhile, Cousins – who was named on the bench of the TAC Cup team of the season – averaged 24.3 disposals, 4.7 tackles and nearly a goal per game for the Bushrangers and could develop into a handy inside midfielder.

What the club says: "We were impressed with (Hanrahan's) speed, kicking and decision-making. He is only lightly framed and will take some time to develop. James is a tough inside midfielder who had an excellent year with Murray Bushrangers. He's a high possession winner, good stoppage player, with excellent endurance. He is a good-sized midfielder at 185cm and 80kg. Our intention all along has been to get Jack back on our list and we are rapt that today we could make it official." - list manager Graham Wright

James Cousins shone as an inside mid in the TAC Cup this season. Picture: AFL Photos

Melbourne

Who they drafted: Lachlan Filipovic (Sandringham Dragons), Tim Smith (Casey Scorpions), Declan Keilty (Casey Scorpions)

Summary: Melbourne took a needs-based approach to this year's rookie draft, adding a ruckman, a mobile forward and versatile big man to its list. Filipovic worked closely with All Australian ruckman Max Gawn in his role at the Sandringham Dragons and the Demons have been impressed with his quick development. A player with a basketball and soccer background, Filipovic is a latecomer to AFL football. Smith's exploits are well known at the Casey Scorpions, Melbourne's aligned club, and will push for selection immediately as a mobile forward. Keilty did a six-week period of training with Melbourne prior to last year's rookie draft and showed good development. Aged 21, he was a member of the VFL Team of the Year and gives good flexibility in defence, the ruck and up forward.

What the club says:"We looked to bring in a young ruckman who could take the step, in time, and we think we found that with Filipovic. We have seen the improvement in Smith and Keilty first-hand this year. We think all three have significant development left in them once they get into the AFL system." - Melbourne recruiting manager Jason Taylor 

North Melbourne

Who they drafted: Cameron Zurhaar (East Fremantle), Oscar Junker (Western Jets), Matthew Taylor (Perth)

Summary: Zurhaar is a 188cm forward who is powerful and aggressive, clever around goals and a strong mark. He represented Western Australia in the 2016 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, but was underdone after injuring an ankle earlier in the season. North believes Zurhaar could eventually move into the midfield once he improves his endurance. Junker is a 193cm midfielder who co-captained the Western Jets this season. A strong mark, penetrating left-foot kick and good reader of the play, he will leave no stone unturned in his attempts to forge a career with the Roos. Taylor is a 186cm defender who was overlooked in last year's drafts after representing WA in the under-18 championships. The 19-year-old played 19 senior WAFL games in 2016, impressing with his good pace and pinpoint kicking.

What the club says: "We were really enthusiastic about today's rookie draft because we thought there were quite a number of talented and capable players available. So to bring in seven youngsters across both drafts – each of them with slightly different attributes – we think is a great result for our playing group." - national recruitment manager Bryce Lewis

Port Adelaide

Who they drafted: Peter Ladhams (Norwood), Brett Eddy (South Adelaide), Jarrod Lienert (Sturt), Emmanuel Irra (Sacred Heart/South Adelaide, category B)

Summary: The Power have raided the SANFL with their three selections at the rookie draft, along with Category B rookie Emmanuel Irra. Ladhams is a 203cm ruckman, who won the running vertical jump at the SA draft combine. He adds depth to an area where the Power were exposed last season. A weight of goals over the past three seasons has seen Eddy, at the age of 27, finally get his chance on AFL list. He'll provide insurance for Charlie Dixon and allow promising key forward Todd Marshall time to develop. Leinert was sensational for Sturt off the half-back flank in their Grand Final victory this year, while Ugandan-born utility Irra has impressed with his willingness to learn.

What the club says: "Peter is a highly talented player, he came through the AFL Academy system. His form probably wasn't quite what he wanted at the start of the season, but we think he's got the skillset and the talent to get in the program, work hard and really achieve. Brett's been a long-time, highly rated state league player and his form in the last couple of years has probably warranted a selection. He hasn't quite had the luck, but this year has been his year and we're looking forward to adding him to our forward mix. Jarrod's been in the state league system for a few years. He's a nice size, he can run and carry the footy with real penetration and play multiple roles. Emmanuel has been with us for the last couple weeks and we're enjoying his progress." - national recruiting manager Geoff Parker

Richmond

Who they drafted: Tyson Stengle (Woodville-West Torrens)

Summary: Stengle was Richmond's only selection in the rookie draft. The club wanted him to add to the mix of small forwards, which includes Sam Lloyd, Daniel Rioli and draftee Shai Bolton. Stengle is a half-forward who has a great kick. He is dangerous in front of goals – unsurprising considering he is related to Adelaide superstar Eddie Betts and Sydney premiership player Michael O'Loughlin.

What the club says: "His footy smarts are really strong, we rate him really highly compared to a lot of his peers in this year's draft pool. He's strong one-on-one and we think there's a lot of improvement left in him." - Richmond recruiter Matthew Clarke

Tyson Stengle is related to Swans great Michael O'Loughlin. Picture: AFL Photos

St Kilda

Who they drafted: Rowan Marshall (North Ballarat).

Summary: He needs some time to develop but Rowan Marshall can make an impact up forward or in the ruck. Marshall is 201cm but can win the ball at ground level and is a nice kick. The Saints are very well stocked for ruckmen and tall forwards, particularly after drafting Josh Battle last Friday, but the club believes Marshall offers a different skill set to the big men already on its list.

What the club says: "He showed enough in the forward half to suggest he may be a ruckman who can play forward. We've got a few rucks on our list but we think he's different to those guys." - St Kilda recruiting manager Tony Elshaug.

Sydney Swans

Who they drafted: Ben Ronke (Calder Cannons), Robbie Fox (Coburg), Shaun Edwards (Essendon), Toby Pink (Glenelg), Sam Fisher (Canberra Demons/UWS Giants. category B)

Summary: The Swans targeted speed at the NAB AFL Draft on Friday and have addressed that issue again in taking Edwards and Ronke. Along with Coburg VFL Robbie Fox, Edwards is a mature-age recruit ready to play senior footy. Pink is a lively forward who provides a mobile option, and kicked Glenelg to victory after the siren in this year's SANFL under-18 Grand Final with the winning point from outside 50.

What the club says: "Whether they are the first pick taken in the national draft, which was Oliver Florent, or the last pick in the rookie draft, Toby Pink, the match committee won’t care. Opportunities will be presented to those who put their head down, work hard, train hard, learn how to play their role and play the Swans way. They’ve all been really excited … so it's pleasing that they’re so keen to get here and be part of what the Swans stand for." - Swans manager of recruiting and list strategy Kinnear Beatson 

West Coast

Who they drafted: Thomas Gorter (East Perth), Fraser McInnes (West Coast), Drew Petrie (North Melbourne), Tarir Bayok (East Perth, category B)

Summary: After plenty of speculation, ex-Kangaroos big man Petrie has finally become an Eagle and the 34-year-old veteran will provide cover for West Coast's depleted ruck department. Ditto for McInnes, who is back on the list for a sixth season hoping to add to his nine games. Gorter, 20, is a 191cm defender who has played regular senior football at East Perth while clubmate Bayok – who has a Sudanese background and joins as a category B rookie – could add some pace to the Eagles' midfield and forward line in years to come.

What the club says: "We have had a good look at Tommy the last couple of years and have been very impressed with his season, his growth and development. We think he's a player who will come in, hit the ground running and put his name right up for selection early in the year. The selection of Tarir Bayok is historic in that he is our first Next Generation Academy player and we’re really excited about that. Tarir is super-quick. We think he's got a lot of upside, having played for East Perth and the WA under-18s team this year. Drew is a different type of selection at his age. He comes in to fill a specific need for us. We spoke prior to the trade period about Nic’s injury and Scott’s injury that we needed to be creative in our mindset and our strategy going into trade and drafting. Drew gives us another player who is a forward-ruck and that gives the match committee plenty of options." - general manager of football Craig Vozzo

Western Bulldogs

Who they drafted: Nathan Mullenger-McHugh (Eastern Ranges), Josh Prudden (Western Bulldogs)

Summary: The premiers made good on their promise to give injury-plagued midfielder Prudden a rookie spot as he recovers from a knee reconstruction, and remain hopeful that he can add to the four games he played in four seasons on the senior list. Mullenger-McHugh is a rangy tall forward capable of playing in the ruck, who takes a strong mark overhead and loves a run and jump at the footy.

What the club says: "We're rapt to have Nathan on board. His speed is elite, he's got a really good vertical leap and he's a competitor. Josh has had some hardships along the way but he's got some really sound fundamentals, he just needs a bit of luck with his body and we think he's got the potential to be a really strong AFL player." - recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple

Nathan Mullenger-McHugh adds to the Dogs' tall forward mix. Picture: AFL Photos