MELBOURNE doesn't hold a first-round pick for the 2020 NAB AFL Draft after completing a trade with North Melbourne last year, but that isn't quelling the Demons' enthusiasm for this year's crop.

Jason Taylor, the Demons' recruiting manager, joins this week's Road to the Draft podcast to discuss the draft class.

He highlights the three prospects he believes are leading the race for the No.1 pick and names another batch of top-end talents he's excited by.

Taylor also shares his views on how the draft should unfold amid the coronavirus crisis, explains how future traded draft picks should be handled and how recruiters are spending their time working during the game's shutdown.


Tune in for the latest in the world of the draft, trade and player movement space as draft expert Callum Twomey is joined by prospects, club list managers and recruiters and player managers for exclusive interviews.

Episode guide

0:30 – The opportunities Melbourne's recruiting team are looking at while working away from the club

2:35 – How COVID-19 could lead to "innovative" developments in the recruiting and list management space

5:00 – Taylor gives his take on how recruiters will assess the draft with fewer games to analyse this season

7:20 – He explains how his impressions of a player early in the season usually match up with his rankings around draft time

7:55 – Do we need a draft lottery? Taylor says future picks that were traded last year need to be "respected"

8:45 – Taylor shares his view on why he's excited about the 2020 draft pool

9:40 – The three players leading the way for the No.1 pick, plus Taylor names some other standout talents

11:30 – An update on how the Demons' draft crop from last year are tracking

12:50 – Why Taylor found it hard to watch inner sanctum vision from last year's NAB AFL Draft

15:30 – The impact of recruits Ed Langdon and Adam Tomlinson at Melbourne

16:20 – Taylor names his favourite ever draft pick