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First-round pick rule: How is your club placed?

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Will Shaun Higgins end up a Cat?

GEELONG won't be able to offer a first-round draft pick from this year or next to potentially secure Shaun Higgins or Jack Steven unless it can trade another one in beforehand.

The Cats are the only club in the competition that must use its 2019 first-round selection, with the AFL's rule on trading first-round picks kicking in this year. 

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They also can't trade their top 2020 choice in this year's NAB AFL Trade Period, because they used just one first-round selection in the past four drafts from 2015 to 2018.

The exception to that is where a club has applied for and received special permission, with the AFL weighing up the age of the players brought in and other draft picks used in that time.

However, Geelong is unlikely to have a strong case in that scenario, because it traded for older players such as Zach Tuohy (who was almost 27), Lachie Henderson (almost 26) and then-25-year-old Patrick Dangerfield. 

Tim Kelly's decision on his future will have a major say on the Cats' situation.

Any Kelly suitor – he met with West Coast and Fremantle in recent weeks – would almost certainly need to shell out at least one first-round selection. 

Tim Kelly made the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team. Picture: AFL Photos

If Kelly is to go, Geelong would need that deal to be completed before acquiring North Melbourne's Higgins or St Kilda's Steven, assuming their current teams demand a first-round pick be part of any transaction.

Both Higgins and Steven have been linked with a move to the Cattery despite each having one more season to run on their contracts.

Every other club has met the four-year requirement of using at least two selections, including Collingwood, Hawthorn, Melbourne and West Coast, which all managed the bare minimum.

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The Hawks and Demons would go into deficit for 2020 if they also trade their first-round picks this year – without adding another – with their two selections from 2015 dropping off for next year's Trade Period.

Neither club has drafted in the first round since. 

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Essendon will be in the same situation next year unless it can trade in an extra one, because it sent its 2018 and 2019 first-round picks to Greater Western Sydney as part of the Dylan Shiel swap.

The Bombers' two first-round selections in 2015 will also drop off the rolling four-year mandate.

They would be the last clubs to ever be in deficit now that the rule starts this year, and would need to keep using their first-round picks until they again reached the minimum requirement.

The rule, outlined in the AFL's Determination for the trading of future draft selections document, is designed to protect teams from trading themselves into long-term trouble.

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Your club's first-round draft picks

CLUB

2015

2016

2017

2018

TOTAL

2016-18

2019*

Adelaide

2

1

1

2

6

4

1

Brisbane

2

2

3

1

8

6

1

Carlton

3^

1

2

2

8

5

1

Collingwood

0

0

1

1

2

2

0

Essendon

2

1

0

0

3

1

0

Fremantle

0

1

2

1

4

4

1

Geelong

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

Gold Coast

2

4

0^

3^

9

7

2

GWS Giants

3

4

1

3

11

8

2

Hawthorn

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

Melbourne

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

North Melbourne

1

1

1

1

4

3

1

Port Adelaide

0

2

0

3

5

5

1

Richmond

1

0

1

1

3

2

1

St Kilda

1

0

2

1

4

3

1

Sydney

1

1^

1

1

4

3

1

West Coast

0

1

1

0

2

2

1

Western Bulldogs

0

1

2

1

4

4

1

* 2019 draft picks can change

^ Carlton used an end-of-first-round compensation pick in 2015, Sydney received Brisbane's end-of-first-round priority pick in 2016, and Gold Coast received Geelong's end-of-first-round free agency compensation pick in 2017 and West Coast's in 2018. None count as a first-round pick for these purposes. 

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
Club-by-club draft picks
YOUR CLUB'S PICKS
ADEL 3, 21, 26
BL 15, 19, 35, 42, 53, 89
CARL 8, 39, 44, 67, 80
COLL 33, 51, 64, 69
ESS 29, 31, 47, 60, 65, 83
FRE 6, 24, 78
GEEL 18, 36, 54, 90
GCFC 1, 17, 52, 73, 86
GWS 11, 13, 49, 75, 85
HAW 10, 28, 45, 82, 87
MELB 2, 20, 38, 56, 74
NMFC 7, 25, 43, 71, 79
PORT 9, 27, 61, 62, 63, 66, 81
RICH 16, 34, 37, 70, 72, 88
STK 5, 55, 68, 77
SYD 4, 23, 40, 50, 57, 58, 76
WCE 14, 22, 32, 59
WB 12, 30, 41, 46, 48, 84
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