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West Australian Wil Powell was Gold Coast's first draft pick last year

GOLD Coast will be barracking for West Coast to drop down the ladder this year, with the Suns holding the Eagles' first-round draft pick among a swag of early selections.

The Suns acquired the Eagles' pick in a swap of selections during last year's NAB AFL Trade Period, and the move has positioned Gold Coast to have the strongest hand at this year's NAB AFL Draft with four picks in the first two rounds. 

They kept their own first-round pick, and also brought in second-round selections from Essendon and Geelong. However, they did trade out their own second-round pick to the Eagles.

The introduction of trading future picks in 2015 means club recruiting teams now take even more interest in the fortunes of rivals throughout the season, as their own draft standing could be impacted.

Last year St Kilda closely followed the form of Hawthorn, having gained the Hawks' first-round pick the previous off-season.

The Saints used the choice (which finished as No.7 overall) to select tough and classy midfielder Hunter Clark at November's national draft.

This year 14 clubs will have picks in the draft that are tied to the finishing positions of rivals, including Adelaide, who hold four future picks.

The Crows picked up Melbourne's first- and fourth-round picks in the Jake Lever trade, and were able to secure Carlton's second- and third-round selections as part of the Bryce Gibbs mega deal.

The Suns and Crows are the only clubs to hold first-rounders from rivals, but 11 second-round picks have changed hands for this year's draft.

If the Suns keep their first-round picks, it would mean they have had seven first-round picks in three years. They also traded in Lachie Weller last year from Fremantle, who had been a first-round pick for the Dockers in 2014.

Carlton and Geelong will be keeping a close eye on other clubs this year with both holding three future picks.

Greater Western Sydney will be hoping Fremantle and Essendon struggle this season to make the most of their on-traded selections, while Port Adelaide, who hold St Kilda's second-round pick and North's third-rounder, will be monitoring those clubs' campaigns.  

Adelaide

Traded in: Melbourne's first-round and fourth-round picks, Carlton's second-round and third-round picks
Traded out: Second-round pick (Carlton), third-round pick (Melbourne), fourth-round pick (St Kilda)

Brisbane

Traded in: Nil
Traded out: Nil

Carlton

Traded in: Adelaide's second-round pick, Western Bulldogs' second-round pick, Geelong's fourth-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Adelaide), third-round pick (Adelaide), fourth-round pick (Geelong) 

Collingwood

Traded in: Sydney's third-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Sydney)

Essendon

Traded in: Greater Western Sydney's second-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Gold Coast), third-round pick (GWS)

Fremantle

Traded in: Nil
Traded out: Second-round pick (GWS), third-round pick (Gold Coast), fourth round-pick (Western Bulldogs) 

Geelong

Traded in: Richmond's third-round pick, Carlton's fourth-round pick, Gold Coast's fourth-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Gold Coast), fourth-round pick (Carlton)

Gold Coast

Traded in: West Coast's first-round pick, Essendon's second-round pick, Geelong's second-round pick, Fremantle's third-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (West Coast), fourth-round pick (Geelong) 

Greater Western Sydney

Traded in: Fremantle's second-round pick, Essendon's third-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Essendon) 

Hawthorn

Traded in: Nil
Traded out: Fourth-round pick (West Coast)

Melbourne

Traded in: Adelaide's third-round pick
Traded out: First-round pick (Adelaide), fourth-round pick (Adelaide)

North Melbourne

Traded in: St Kilda's third-round pick, West Coast's third-round pick
Traded out: Third-round pick (Port Adelaide) 

Port Adelaide

Traded in: Adelaide's fourth-round pick, Port Adelaide's fourth-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Port Adelaide), third-round pick (North Melbourne)

Richmond

Traded in: Nil
Traded out: Third-round pick (Geelong) 

St Kilda

Traded in: Adelaide's fourth-round pick, Port Adelaide's fourth-round pick
Traded out: Second-round pick (Port Adelaide), third-round pick (North Melbourne)

Sydney

Traded in: Collingwood's second-round pick
Traded out: Third-round pick (Collingwood)

West Coast

Traded in: Gold Coast's second-round pick, Hawthorn's fourth-round pick
Traded out: First-round pick (Gold Coast), third-round pick (North Melbourne) 

Western Bulldogs

Traded in: Fremantle's fourth-round pick

Traded out: Second-round pick (Carlton)

AFL DRAFT VALUE INDEX

ROUND ONE   ROUND TWO ROUND THREE ROUND FOUR ROUND FIVE
Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts
1. 3000 19. 948 37. 483 55. 207 73. 9
2. 2517 20. 912 38. 465 56. 194 74. -
3. 2234 21. 878 39. 446 57. 182  
4. 2034 22. 845 40. 429 58. 170  
5. 1878 23. 815 41. 412 59. 158  
6. 1751 24. 785 42. 395 60. 146  
7. 1644 25. 756 43. 378 61. 135  
8. 1551 26. 729 44. 362 62. 123  
9. 1469 27. 703 45. 347 63. 112  
10. 1395 28. 677 46. 331 64. 101  
11. 1329 29. 653 47. 316 65. 90  
12. 1268 30. 629 48. 302 66. 80  
13. 1212 31. 606 49. 287 67. 69  
14. 1161 32. 584 50. 273 68. 59  
15. 1112 33. 563 51. 259 69. 49  
16. 1067 34. 542 52. 246 70. 39  
17. 1025 35. 522 53. 233 71. 29  
18. 985 36. 502 54. 220 72. 19