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Pick No.2 on the table: Dees looking to 'split' their top selection

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MELBOURNE'S first pick at this year's NAB AFL Draft is up for grabs, with the Demons open to trading the selection.

The Demons' dreadful season saw them finish second-last on the ladder and with the No.2 draft choice.

>> FULL INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER BELOW

However, that could be pushed back to No.3 overall with clubs believing the AFL will hand Gold Coast a priority pick at the top of the draft, essentially seeing the Suns hold the No.1 and No.2 picks. The Suns presented to the AFL Commission on Tuesday. 

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AFL.com.au understands the Demons have told rivals they would be interested in turning their top pick into multiple selections, otherwise known as 'splitting' it.

The club has been creative with its first selection at the draft in years gone by.

In 2013, they used pick two in the draft to land pick nine (Christian Salem) and Dom Tyson from Greater Western Sydney.

Christian Salem has played 90 games in six seasons. Picture: AFL Photos

Two years later, they moved up the draft board by offloading a future-first rounder to Gold Coast in exchange for pick three (which was used to draft gun midfielder Clayton Oliver) amongst a complex deal. 

In 2015, the Demons also used the then-incoming points system to smartly work with the Academy clubs to secure an extra top-10 pick.

Again the Demons are looking at their options, including moving back in the order but bringing in an extra selection to add to their draft hand.

While the Suns are considered likely to draft Victorian midfield pair Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson if they are given an extra draft choice, there would still be a number of talented options available at No.3 – for the Dees if they keep it, or a rival if they offload it.

Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell are expected to be the top two picks. Picture: AFL Photos

Classy half-back Hayden Young, powerful midfield/half-forward Caleb Serong and Greater Western Sydney Academy ball-winner Tom Green are among the other highly-rated prospects in that range, although the Giants will be able to match a bid for Green.

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Adelaide and St Kilda, who also hold top-five picks, have also informed clubs they are willing to do 'two-for-one' deals with their respective first picks at the right price.

Brisbane, which has two top-20 selections, is a club looking to get up the order, while the Giants, who have two first-round picks (including one tied to Essendon's finishing position) is another. 

Melbourne's first pick in this year's draft was up for grabs last year, when the Demons looked to move up the order with live trading.

The Dees started their draft night last year at pick 27, but were looking to get into the action earlier, with an interest in crafty forward/midfielder Zak Butters.

They would have needed to trade their future 2019 first-round selection to push into last year's group to nab Butters, but no deal was done and the Power grabbed the exciting youngster.

Indicative draft order after round 23
ROUND ONE
GCFC 1. Gold Coast
MELB 2. Melbourne
ADEL 3. Adelaide (tied to Carlton)
SYD 4. Sydney
STK 5. St Kilda
FRE 6. Fremantle
NMFC 7. North Melbourne
CARL 8. Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
PORT 9. Port Adelaide
HAW 10. Hawthorn
GWS 11. Greater Western Sydney (tied to Essendon)
WB 12. Western Bulldogs
GWS 13. Greater Western Sydney
WCE 14. West Coast
BL 15. Brisbane (tied to Collingwood)
RICH 16. Richmond
GCFC 17. Gold Coast (tied to Brisbane)
GEEL 18. Geelong
ROUND TWO
BL 19. Brisbane (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB 20. Melbourne
ADEL 21. Adelaide (tied to Carlton)
WCE 22. West Coast (tied to Sydney)
SYD 23. Sydney (tied to St Kilda)
FRE 24. Fremantle
NMFC 25. North Melbourne
ADEL 26. Adelaide
PORT 27. Port Adelaide
HAW 28. Hawthorn
ESS 29. Essendon
WB 30. Western Bulldogs
ESS 31. Essendon (tied to Greater Western Sydney)
WCE 32. West Coast
COLL 33. Collingwood
RICH 34. Richmond
BL 35. Brisbane
GEEL 36. Geelong
ROUND THREE
RICH 37. Richmond (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB 38. Melbourne
CARL 39. Carlton
SYD 40. Sydney
WB 41. Western Bulldogs (tied to St Kilda)
BL 42. Brisbane (tied to Fremantle)
NMFC 43. North Melbourne
CARL 44. Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
HAW 45. Hawthorn (tied to Port Adelaide)
WB 46. Western Bulldogs (tied to Hawthorn)
ESS 47. Essendon
WB 48. Western Bulldogs
GWS 49. Greater Western Sydney
SYD 50. Sydney (tied to West Coast)
COLL 51. Collingwood
GCFC 52. Gold Coast (tied to Richmond)
BL 53. Brisbane
GEEL 54. Geelong
ROUND FOUR
STK 55. St Kilda (tied to Gold Coast)
MELB 56. Melbourne
SYD 57. Sydney (tied to Carlton)
SYD 58. Sydney
WCE 59. West Coast (tied to St Kilda)
ESS 60. Essendon (tied to Fremantle)
PORT 61. Port Adelaide (tied to North Melbourne)
PORT 62. Port Adelaide (tied to Adelaide)
PORT 63. Port Adelaide
COLL 64. Collingwood (tied to Hawthorn)
ESS 65. Essendon
PORT 66. Port Adelaide (tied to Western Bulldogs)
CARL 67. Carlton (tied to Greater Western Sydney)
STK 68. St Kilda (tied to West Coast)
COLL 69. Collingwood
RICH 70. Richmond
NMFC 71. North Melbourne
RICH 72. Richmond (tied to Geelong)
ROUND FIVE
GCFC 73. Gold Coast
MELB 74. Melbourne
GWS 75. Greater Western Sydney (tied to Carlton)
SYD 76. Sydney
STK 77. St Kilda
FRE 78. Fremantle
NMFC 79. North Melbourne
CARL 80.Carlton (tied to Adelaide)
PORT 81. Port Adelaide
HAW 82. Hawthorn
ESS 83. Essendon
WB 84. Western Bulldogs
GWS 85. Greater Western Sydney
GCFC 86. Gold Coast (tied to West Coast)
HAW 87. Hawthorn (tied to Collingwood)
RICH 88. Richmond
BL 89. Brisbane
GEEL 90. Geelong
AFL DRAFT VALUE INDEX
ROUND ONE   ROUND TWO ROUND THREE ROUND FOUR ROUND FIVE
Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts
1. 3000 19. 948 37. 483 55. 207 73. 9
2. 2517 20. 912 38. 465 56. 194 74. -
3. 2234 21. 878 39. 446 57. 182  
4. 2034 22. 845 40. 429 58. 170  
5. 1878 23. 815 41. 412 59. 158  
6. 1751 24. 785 42. 395 60. 146  
7. 1644 25. 756 43. 378 61. 135  
8. 1551 26. 729 44. 362 62. 123  
9. 1469 27. 703 45. 347 63. 112  
10. 1395 28. 677 46. 331 64. 101  
11. 1329 29. 653 47. 316 65. 90  
12. 1268 30. 629 48. 302 66. 80  
13. 1212 31. 606 49. 287 67. 69  
14. 1161 32. 584 50. 273 68. 59  
15. 1112 33. 563 51. 259 69. 49  
16. 1067 34. 542 52. 246 70. 39  
17. 1025 35. 522 53. 233 71. 29  
18. 985 36. 502 54. 220 72. 19