2021 NAB AFL Draft: Geelong


24. Toby Conway

Geelong Falcons, NAB League / St. Mary’s FC / Geelong Grammar

State: Victoria (Country)

Height: 205cm

Weight: 97kg

Date of Birth: 24/04/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 25

Ruckman who continues to develop, growing taller after first coming onto the radar and winning All-Australian honours at the 2019 NAB AFL U16 Championships when he was 197cm. Had a compelling season as a NAB AFL Draft prospect, playing six matches with the Geelong Falcons and averaging 13.8 disposals, 2.8 marks and 27 hitouts to claim NAB League Team of the Year honours. Was also prominent for both Victoria Country at under-19s level and Australia at under-18s levels in representative matches this year. His marking, ruck craft and preparedness to support his team and work hard defensively, has drawn comparisons to Brisbane ruckman Oscar McInerney.

NAB AFL Academy's Toby Conway and Geelong VFL's Darcy Fort contest in the ruck on April 24, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

25. Mitchell Knevitt

Geelong Falcons, NAB League / Grovedale FC / Grovedale College

State: Victoria (Country)

Height: 193cm

Weight: 81kg

Date of Birth: 08/01/03

Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 23

Tall midfielder who had an outstanding season after recovering from an ACL injury two years ago and missing last year due to COVID shutdown. An outstanding performer for the Geelong Falcons, averaging 24.3 disposals (50 per cent contested), 4.4 clearances and 4.3 tackles, he won their best and fairest award as well as a place in the NAB League's Team of the Year. Has the elite speed and endurance combination which allows him to transition both back and forward. Uses his height and overhead marking both through the midfield and up forward to impact the game. Continued his form being among Victoria Country's best players with 23 disposals against Victoria Metro in the AFL Challenge match this year. Confirmed his elite acceleration for his size with 2.98 seconds for 20 metres and 6 minutes 18 seconds for 2km at the Draft Combine in Bendigo for Victoria Country.

Mitch Knevitt celebrates a goal for Geelong Falcons in a NAB League game in June 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

32. James Willis

North Adelaide, SANFL/Ingle Farm FC/ The Heights School

State: South Australia

Height: 181cm

Weight: 76kg

Date of Birth: 10/07/03

Hard-edged midfielder with that attractive combination of dazzling speed and powerful endurance. Used those assets to have excellent season with North Adelaide at under-18s level, averaging 24.3 disposals, 3.8 clearances and 4.7 tackles in 12 matches. Tough and competitive, he's a contested ball-winner who loves the physical side of the game. A leg injury curtailed the final five weeks of his season and he was unable to represent his state in under-19s matches nor test at the draft Combine.

North Adelaide's James Willis during the U18 Torrens University Cup win. Picture: Peter Argent, SANFL

48. Flynn Kroeger

Eastern Ranges/Wandin

State: Victoria (Metro)

Height: 183cm

Weight: 85kg

Date of Birth: 23/07/03

Kroeger has been in the Eastern Ranges' system for three years, making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2019. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Flynn Kroeger of the Eastern Ranges in action during NAB League testing on March 06, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/AFL Photos)

64. Cooper Whyte 

Geelong Falcons, NAB League / Grovedale FC / Grovedale College

State: Victoria (Country)

Height: 181cm

Weight: 79kg

Date of Birth: 24/02/03

Left-footed medium midfielder who is both tough in the contest and has a touch of flair. Clean and composed in heavy traffic he's able to use his speed to burst from stoppage and has the vision and foot skills to set up his forwards. A state-level basketballer, he had a very consistent season with the Geelong Falcons in the NAB League, playing 11 matches and averaging 16.1 disposals, 3.8 clearances and 4.7 tackles. Tested soundly in all areas at the Victoria Country Draft Combine in Bendigo with 3.02 seconds for 20 metres, 6 minutes 32 seconds for the 2km and a running vertical jump of 80 cm.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27: Cooper Whyte of Vic Country kicks for goal during the U19 trial match between Vic Metro and Vic Country on June 27, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos)

Rookie Draft 

13. Oliver Dempsey