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Essendon's draft haul: recruiter's verdict

The draft dissected: 2013's winners A wrap-up of the 2013 NAB AFL Draft
What the club says
"We were going to always take our time with our selections. There's no records that need to be set by calling names out. We just wanted to pick two players we think can play AFL footy. There weren't many talls in this draft so you had to make wise selections and one of the outcomes we wanted was to get some speed in our team, so including the upgrade of Dalgleish, we've got three boys that have got very good speed, good decisions makers, and it quickens your team up." Adrian Dodoro, list manager

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Pick 26 – Zachary Merrett
"There's the link of his brother [Jackson]. His pathway is a little bit different, he moved out of home to go to school and found himself at Sandringham Dragons, and he's a young boy that probably hasn't had the preparation of the other boys in the TAC Cup so he's a little bit behind but to us, that's upside. We're really happy and to get a quality on-baller who's very smart into our club is really good, and he fits the mould that Bomber likes." Adrian Dodoro

55 – Orazio Fantasia
"We looked at the player who we thought was best available at that selection. He's got an elite engine and fantastic speed, and Nathan Bassett [former Norwood coach] who came over to Essendon this year is a massive wrap for him. He probably needs a lot of body development but that's what you expect at pick 55. He fits that criteria of quickening our team up." Adrian Dodoro

64 – Lauchlan Dalgleish (elevated rookie)

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