2021 NAB AFL Draft: Melbourne
19. Jacob Van Rooyen
State: Western Australia
Date of Birth: 16/04/03
Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 20
Tall defender or forward who showed his real talent in an outstanding game across half-back for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Challenge match against South Australia. Rooyen took eight marks and had 12 disposals in an eye-catching performance, then swung forward in final moments of the Toyota AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser to kick the winning goal for his state. His versatility and aerial craft have drawn comparisons to West Coast emerging star Oscar Allen. Van Rooyen kicked 34 goals in nine matches at under-18s WAFL level to prove his swingman ability, along with playing mainly forward in five senior matches with Claremont this year. He is also another player to benefit from representing Australia at under-18s level against Geelong's VFL team in April this year. His 3.06 seconds for 20 metres at the NAB AFL Draft Combine was a sound indication of his acceleration for a player of his size.
39. Blake Howes
Sandringham Dragons, NAB League / Parkdale FC / St. Bede's
State: Victoria (Metro)
Date of Birth: 07/04/03
Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft Prediction: 19
Medium forward who also has shown the versatility to adapt well to playing on the wing this year, using his lively speed and thrilling marking to great effect. An innate ability around goals adds to his armory - he played for both the Australian Under-18s and Victorian Metro Under-19s in representative matches this year, giving encouraging glimpses of his potential. Has Jack Gunston traits as a lead-up forward and this year played seven matches for the Sandringham Dragons, averaging 15.7 disposals and a goal a game to earn 'Team of the Year' honours for his overall performances.
65. Taj Woewodin
East Fremantle, WAFL/Booragoon JFC/Coorparoo JAFC-QAFL
State: Western Australia
Date of Birth: 26/03/03
Medium midfielder who has had an outstanding season at club and representative level captaining his Under-18s team, averaging 22.9 disposals, 3.9 clearances and 4.4 tackles in 15 matches as well as performing well for Western Australia at Under-19 level on two occasions, averaging 19 disposals with his outside run a feature of his play. A player with a high footy IQ, one-touch hands, impressive ball use on both sides and overlap run have drawn some comparisons with Geelong's Mitch Duncan. Tested very well at Western Australian Draft Combine with his 2.90 seconds for 20 metres ranked No.2 nationally. Son of 2000 Brownlow medallist, Melbourne's Shane Woewodin, he is eligible for the Demons under the AFL's father/son rule and they have already indicated their intention to match any bid they believe is fair value.
16. Judd McVee