2021 NAB AFL Draft: Fremantle

8. Jye Amiss

East Perth, WAFL / Bussellton FC

State: Western Australia

Height: 196cm

Weight: 83kg

Date of Birth: 31/07/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 8 

Tall forward who has been a sensation at under-18s level in the WAFL, kicking 51 goals and just 15 behinds in 15 matches this year. Has excellent acceleration on the lead, strong one-touch hands as well being a strong pack mark. As his numbers indicate, he is a deadly accurate kick on his preferred left foot, as well as being an unselfish and team-oriented player which is prominent with his goal assists. Showed a thin slice of these appealing traits in kicking two goals and setting up other opportunities for Western Australia against South Australia in NAB AFL U19 Championships game in August. He suffered an injury to his knee in the Toyota AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser curtailing his season.


10. Neil Erasmus

Subiaco, WAFL / Sorrento-Duncraig FC / Hale

State: Western Australia

Height: 188cm

Weight: 80kg

Date of Birth: 02/12/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 12 

Medium forward with exciting natural sporting talent only this season focusing purely on an AFL career after being an elite underaged cricketer. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa he was selected earlier this year in the Australian Under-18s AFL team and grasped the opportunity to be one of his side's best in a representative match against Geelong's VFL side in April. Dominated Under-18s in the WAFL earlier in the year, averaging 28 disposals, 7.8 marks and 6.3 clearances along with a state trial before injury resulting in him missing all NAB AFL Challenge matches against South Australia. A mercurial type of player, his overhead marking and footy smarts help make him an exciting prospect.


21. Matthew Johnson

Subiaco, WAFL / North Beaches JFC

State: Western Australia

Height: 192cm

Weight: 81kg

Date of Birth: 16/03/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 10

Tall midfielder who has risen to every challenge this season with ultra-consistent and impressive performances across the board at club and representative levels. Averaged 21 disposals in 11 matches at Under-18s/Reserves level for Subiaco before playing three League games for the WAFL powerhouse. He then starred for Western Australia in two Under-19s matches against South Australia including the AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser, winning his state's best player medal with his eye-catching 21-disposal performance. Has that ideal combination of speed and endurance with cleans hands, composure with the ball as well as neat disposal, drawing comparisons to Geelong star Mitch Duncan. Impressive athlete confirmed with his elite testing for speed (2.98 seconds for 20 metres) and agility (8.06 seconds for AFL agility run) at Draft Combine in Western Australia. From a sporting family with his father having represented Western Australia at state level.


54. Eric Benning 

Claremont FC, WAFL / Waringarri Crows

State: Western Australia

Height: 196cm

Weight: 85kg

Date of Birth: 14/07/03

Indigenous tall forward/ruckman with some of the traits of a young Paddy Ryder. Mobile, versatile and athletic, he represented Western Australia at under-19s level against South Australia on three occasions and was among his state’s best players in game two at Optus Stadium on AFL Grand Final day. Played 13 matches at under-18s level in the WAFL, averaging 11.5 disposals, 2.2 marks and 3.2 tackles. Part of the Next Generation Academy with Fremantle coming from the East Kimberley Football League.

Eric Benning in the 2km time trial during the NAB AFL Draft Combine at Wesley College in Western Australia on October 17, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Rookie Draft

8. Karl Worner 

20. Mitch Crowden 

24. Connor Blakely