JUNE 15 doesn't sound that long ago.

But for both Adelaide and Carlton, it will seem like an eternity.

After that weekend's round of games, the Crows sat relatively comfortably inside the top four and the Blues were a game clear in dead last on the AFL Ladder.


Their future pick swap – which saw the two sides exchange 2019 first-round selections to allow Carlton to nab Liam Stocker last November – looked like a disaster for the Blues.

Stocker managed five games in his debut season. Picture: AFL Photos

However, from there, it has been anything but.

Adelaide dramatically lost seven of its last nine games to drop seven spots on the ladder, while Carlton won five of its last nine matches to move up two spots on the table.

It has made their controversial trade all the more fascinating.

While determining the 'winner' of the trade remains purely subjective, the Blues got the upper hand in the deal according to the AFL's Draft Value Index (DVI) – which provides arguably the most objective way of predicting the worth of each draft pick.

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Carlton, having secured pick No.8 in this year's NAB AFL Draft and pick No.19 last year to secure Stocker, amassed a total of 2499 DVI points from the trade. Adelaide, having acquired pick No.3, got 2234 DVI points – a total of 265 fewer than the Blues.

However, another factor to consider will be whether Gold Coast gets a priority pick.

If it does, it would push Adelaide's selection back to No.4 and Carlton's back to No.9, which would equate to even fewer DVI points for the Crows (383 fewer than the Blues).

Perhaps it's why Adelaide will be vocal in opposing such a move ahead of November.

It's been an intriguing few months following this trade. Maybe the drama isn't over yet.

How the trade panned out

Adelaide: Pick 3 (2234 DVI Points)
Carlton: Pick 8 and Liam Stocker (2499 DVI Points)
Difference: Carlton +265 DVI Points

And what if the suns get a priority pick?

Adelaide: Pick 4 (2034 DVI Points)
Carlton: Pick 9 and Liam Stocker (2417 DVI Points)
Difference: Carlton +383 DVI Points

Indicative draft order after round 23
GCFC1. Gold Coast
MELB2. Melbourne
ADEL3. Adelaide (tied to Carlton)
SYD4. Sydney
STK5. St Kilda
FRE6. Fremantle
NMFC7. North Melbourne
CARL8. Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
PORT9. Port Adelaide
HAW10. Hawthorn
GWS11. Greater Western Sydney (tied to Essendon)
WB12. Western Bulldogs
GWS13. Greater Western Sydney
WCE14. West Coast
BL15. Brisbane (tied to Collingwood)
RICH16. Richmond
GCFC17. Gold Coast (tied to Brisbane)
GEEL18. Geelong
BL19. Brisbane (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB20. Melbourne
ADEL21. Adelaide (tied to Carlton)
WCE22. West Coast (tied to Sydney)
SYD23. Sydney (tied to St Kilda)
FRE24. Fremantle
NMFC25. North Melbourne
ADEL26. Adelaide
PORT27. Port Adelaide
HAW28. Hawthorn
ESS29. Essendon
WB30. Western Bulldogs
ESS31. Essendon (tied to Greater Western Sydney)
WCE32. West Coast
COLL33. Collingwood
RICH34. Richmond
BL35. Brisbane
GEEL36. Geelong
RICH37. Richmond (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB38. Melbourne
CARL39. Carlton
SYD40. Sydney
WB41. Western Bulldogs (tied to St Kilda)
BL42. Brisbane (tied to Fremantle)
NMFC43. North Melbourne
CARL44. Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
HAW45. Hawthorn (tied to Port Adelaide)
WB46. Western Bulldogs (tied to Hawthorn)
ESS47. Essendon
WB48. Western Bulldogs
GWS49. Greater Western Sydney
SYD50. Sydney (tied to West Coast)
COLL51. Collingwood
GCFC52. Gold Coast (tied to Richmond)
BL53. Brisbane
GEEL54. Geelong
STK55. St Kilda (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB56. Melbourne
SYD57. Sydney (tied to Carlton)
SYD58. Sydney
WCE59. West Coast (tied to St Kilda)
ESS60. Essendon (tied to Fremantle)
PORT61. Port Adelaide (tied to North Melbourne)
PORT62. Port Adelaide (tied to Adelaide)
PORT63. Port Adelaide
COLL64. Collingwood (tied to Hawthorn)
ESS65. Essendon
PORT66. Port Adelaide (tied to Western Bulldogs)
CARL67. Carlton (tied to Greater Western Sydney)
STK68. St Kilda (tied to West Coast)
COLL69. Collingwood
RICH70. Richmond
NMFC71. North Melbourne
RICH72. Richmond (tied to Geelong)
GCFC73. Gold Coast
MELB74. Melbourne
GWS75. Greater Western Sydney (tied to Carlton)
SYD76. Sydney
STK77. St Kilda
FRE78. Fremantle
NMFC79. North Melbourne
CARL80.Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
PORT81. Port Adelaide
HAW82. Hawthorn
ESS83. Essendon
WB84. Western Bulldogs
GWS85. Greater Western Sydney
GCFC86. Gold Coast (tied to West Coast)
HAW87. Hawthorn (tied to Collingwood)
RICH88. Richmond
BL89. Brisbane
GEEL90. Geelong
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