2021 NAB AFL Draft: Sydney Swans

18. Angus Sheldrick

Claremont, WAFL / Mosman Park JFC / Christ Church Grammar

State: Western Australia

Height: 179cm

Weight: 86kg

Date of Birth: 07/11/03

Left-foot small midfielder whose attack on the ball is both strong and ruthless, and one-touch hands draw comparisons with Western Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore. One of the best players afield in both his U19 matches against South Australia, averaging 24 disposals. Has continued his sparkling form at under-18s level for his club where he's averaged 25.6 disposals, 6.4 clearances and 4.4 tackles, including starring in the finals. Given his father represented Australia as a swimmer, it's not surprising he was a state representative in water polo, adding to his sporting CV. Missed the 2020 season due to a collar-bone injury, but has made up quickly for lost time. Tested soundly at the NAB AFL Draft Combine with his 3.05 seconds for 20 metres and 8.36 seconds for the AFL agility run.


34. Matthew Roberts

South Adelaide, SANFL / Langhorne Creek FC/ St. Peters College

State: South Australia

Height: 184cm

Weight: 80kg

Date of Birth: 31/07/03

Powerfully built midfielder who pushes forward where he impacts the scoreboard. Prolific ball winner with the footy smarts, one-touch hands and a penetrating kick on his preferred left foot. A fierce competitor he has progressed from dominating Under-18s at South Adelaide (averaged 32 disposals in three games) to playing seven League games including a preliminary final, kicking two goals to show a thin slice of his potential. Been a consistent performer at representative level this year playing for the Australian Under-18s team in April and then averaging 21.7 disposals in three matches for South Australia at Under-19s level, being among its best players on each occasion.


40. Corey Warner 

East Fremantle, WAFL / Willetton JFC / Aquinas College

State: Western Australia

Height: 182cm

Weight: 72kg

Date of Birth: 07/10/03

Left-footed medium midfielder who can play both inside and outside using his impressive combination of speed and endurance to influence the play. Brother of Sydney's Rising Star nominee Chad Warner, he progressed this season from dominating Under-18s football (nine matches, averaging 23.9 disposals) to playing four League matches and averaging 13 disposals. Solid performer for Western Australia in two wins at Under-19s level over South Australia, averaging 15.5 disposals giving further insight into his potential. His outside run, ball-winning ability, work ethic and left-foot kicking has been likened to West Coast star Andrew Gaff. An athletic star at the Western Australian Draft Combine recording 2.97 seconds for 20 metres along with 6 minutes 20 seconds for the 2 km and ranked second nationally for the running vertical jump with an outstanding 100cm leap.

Corey Warner tests in the vertical leap during the 2021 NAB AFL Western Australia draft combine. Picture: AFL Photos

58. Lachlan Rankin 

Oakleigh Chargers, NAB League / Beverley Hills FC / Caulfield Grammar

State: Victoria (Metro)

Height: 182cm

Weight: 68kg

Date of Birth: 05/02/03

Medium forward who can also play as a defender using his footy smarts, vision and awareness to set up the play at either end. Has a real innate ability around goals, reading the cues to get to the fall of the ball and converting under pressure. Another to seize his opportunity when given a late call-up to the Australian Under-18s team against Geelong's VFL side in April after being in sparkling early-season touch. A real competitor in one-on-one situations, he mixed his football between Caulfield Grammar and the Chargers, averaging 12 disposals and a goal a game in just four matches in the season shortened by lockdown.


Rookie Draft

10. Lewis Taylor