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By the numbers: The 2018 AFL draft at a glance

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IF YOU THINK you've already read everything you needed to know about the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, think again.

AFL.com.au has compiled a list of fun draft numerical facts (yes, that's a thing) that you can impress or irritate your friends with.

78 – Total number of players selected in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, the same number as last year.

40 – The total number of players selected in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

­– The number of South Australians drafted by Gold Coast. With the "go-home factor" a talking point in recent times, the futures of Izak Rankine, Jack Lukosius and Jez McLennan are sure to be watched with interest.

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10 – The number of live trades during the first draft it was available to clubs. Some were used to assist with father-son selections, and others happened as clubs tried to get picks needed to land players still available late in the draft.

24 – The pick used to send Ian Hill to GWS. The second cousin of Fremantle's Stephen and Bradley had been regarded as a potential top-five pick in 2017, but had a quieter year due to a shoulder injury.

WA speedster Ian Hill is crossing the country to join the Giants. Picture: AFL Photos

5 – The number of picks involved in a complex bidding deal surrounding Western Bulldogs father-son selection Rhylee West. Melbourne placed an initial bid with pick 26, before the Bulldogs traded picks 34 and 41 to Fremantle for picks 30 and 57. The Dogs then matched the Demons' initial bid.

25 – The age of the oldest player drafted, new Geelong ruckman Darcy Fort.

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2000 – The birth year of most of the draft class of 2018. Some players were born after the Sydney Olympics.

2 – The number of Berrys now at Brisbane after the Lions drafted Jarrod's younger brother Tom, a quick midfielder-forward, with pick 36.

 

1 – The number of players named Laitham who have ever been on an AFL list. Laitham Vandermeer, a pacy half-back flanker, was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with pick 37.

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38 – The first bid passed by a club came at pick 38. Essendon had placed a bid on exciting small Irving Mosquito, a Hawthorn Next Generation Academy player. The Hawks refused to match Essendon's bid, and Mosquito will be in the red sash next year.

59 – The percentage of draftees from Victoria.

4 – Will Kelly (Jake), Tom Berry (Jarrod), Jarrod Cameron (Charlie) and Riley Grundy (Brodie) joined their big brothers on AFL lists.

7 – The number of players called Jack on St Kilda's list. Jack Bytel joins fellow Jacks Billings, Lonie, Sinclair, Steven, Newnes and Steele. Richmond is trailing behind but have now drafted three Jacks in three years with Graham, Higgins and 2018 addition Ross.

Jack of it? Not the Saints, who added another one to their list. Picture: AFL Photos

52 – Hawthorn's long-awaited first pick in the draft, used on Jacob Koschitzke. The key defender is the cousin of former St Kilda forward Justin.

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20 – The number of players who either found new homes or stayed at their current AFL clubs through the rookie draft.

69 – The first pick passed in the draft, with West Coast electing to look to the rookie draft.

14 – The number of players drafted who are over the age of 18. Five of the group are 19 year olds.

9 – The number of Academy players (Northern and NGA) selected by the club they were eligible for. A further two players – Irving Mosquito and Mathew Walker – went to other clubs, while Bailey Scott, a Gold Coast Academy member, went to North Melbourne as a father-son.

6 – Father-son selections in the 2018 draft. Rhylee West (Western Bulldogs, son of Scott) was the first cab off the rank, followed by Will Kelly (Collingwood, son of Craig), Bailey Scott (North Melbourne, son of Robert), Joel Crocker (North Melbourne, son of Darren), Ben Silvagni (Carlton, son of Stephen) and Oscar Brownless (Geelong, son of Billy). Nick Blakey, whose father John played 359 games for Fitzroy and the Kangaroos, wasn't technically a father-son selection as he preferred to nominate for Sydney as an Academy player. 

Oscar Brownless will follow in his dad's famous footsteps at the Cats. Picture: AFL Photos

0 – The number of former AFL players given a second chance through the AFL draft, after Keegan Brooksby, Mav Weller and Corey Wagner withdrew their nominations to be signed during the AFL Pre-season Supplemental Selection Period.

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3 – The number of Tasmanians drafted, two of whom (Tarryn Thomas and Chayce Jones) were selected in the top 10.

8 – Sam Walsh was the TAC Cup's eighth-straight No.1 draft selection.

10 – The number of players drafted from Oakleigh Chargers, the most of any club.

15 – The number of draftees coming from South Australia, six of whom were in the top 30.