Draft selections: 14, 35, 43, 59, 81 (committed to promoting Charlie Cameron)
Defenders: Adding Kyle Cheney helped, but the club remains short on key defenders aside from Daniel Talia and Kyle Hartigan. Sam Siggins is developing, but with Andy Otten injured and Sam Shaw's future unknown, the Crows need to add key defenders. They could also improve their small defender stocks – past Luke Brown and Rory Laird it thins quickly.
Midfielders: Easily the deepest area of Adelaide talent pool, the club has a good mix of experience and youth, although there might be a slight glut of inside mids and not enough outside speed. Luke Lowden's arrival offers some insurance for Sam Jacobs, but another tall is required.
Forwards: While club's starting key forwards are imposing group, there's hardly any pressure underneath them. There's far more in the way of small forwards and half-forwards though, which, along with the midfield, is the club's strongest area.
In a nutshell: Key position players and speed is what the club will go after. - Harry Thring
Draft selections: 44 (committed to academy selection Liam Dawson), 63 (committed to academy selection Harris Andrews), 67, 81, 117 (committed to father-son selection Josh Clayton).
Defenders: The Lions look pretty well stocked despite the loss of dual best and fairest Joel Patfull to GWS. Daniel Merrett and Matt Maguire are in the twilight of their careers, but in Justin Clarke, Daniel McStay and Darcy Gardiner, they are well off for key talls in the long-term. Skipper Jed Adcock is reliable, but they would like more rebound alongside Ryan Harwood and youngster Tom Cutler, while the lock-down small defender's role is still up for grabs.
Midfielders: The strongest part of the list following the acquisition of Dayne Beams. In Beams, Pearce Hanley, Dayne Zorko and Daniel Rich they have a good blend of outside pace and quality ball-use. Tom Rockliff and Jack Redden are prolific clearances winners, but it's an area they need help in. Although Matthew Leuenberger and Stefan Martin have been plagued by injury over the years, the Lions' ruck division is potentially one of the best in the competition.
Forwards: The search for key talls post-Jonathan Brown will continue as Michael Close, Jono Freeman, Jackson Paine and McStay all vie for time in the forward 50. Veterans Brent Staker and Luke McGuane will be there to offer support, but the bulk of the scoring should come from midfielders (Beams, Hanley and Rockliff) drifting forward and the fleet-footed brigade of Josh Green, Lewy Taylor, Allen Chiristensen and Zorko. Mitch Robinson's defensive pressure should assist an area the Lions need big help in.
In a nutshell: Like any team in the bottom four, the Lions need help in most parts of the ground, which is hard to see coming with such late picks. They have young talent in most areas, but a rebounding half-back or a negating small defender would help solidify the backline. - Michael Whiting
Cal Twomey says: Likely to wait and see who gets through without too much emphasis on the type of player available. A running, tall defender like Tasmanian Josh McGuinness may be around, while smaller midfielders Jaden McGrath and Teia Miles will be considered if still on the board.
The arrival of ex-Magpie Dayne Beams is set to be a huge boost for the Lions. Picture: Getty
Draft selections: 19, 28, 61, 65.
Defenders: Young recruits Kristian Jaksch and Matthew Dick will complement the likes of experienced men Michael Jamison, Andrew Walker and Kade Simpson. But swingman Jaksch has suffered a stress reaction in his navicular bone and will miss 10 weeks. Sam Rowe showed class at full-back last year and needs to continue that path, Chris Yarran's ability to generate forward thrusts will be crucial, while small defender Zach Tuohy needs a bigger year.
Midfielders: It's no secret the Blues are lowering the age profile of their list. Youngsters Patrick Cripps, Nick Graham and Nick Holman are emerging ball-winners. Ex-Giant Mark Whiley can perform inside midfield and tagging roles, while soon-to-be Blue Jason Tutt will add some much-needed outside run and carry. They should have no trouble covering Mitch Robinson's departure, whose disposal efficiency let him down on occasions.
Forwards: There's a big question mark on how the Blues' forward structure will stack up after losing Jarrad Waite and Jeff Garlett. There'll be added pressure on Levi Casboult to fill the void. The 24-year-old will be a solid contributor if he can take strong pack marks and improve his set shot accuracy. Livewire Troy Menzel had a big 2014, swingman Lachie Henderson will again feature in attack and ex-Bulldog Liam Jones can play as a third tall option.
In a nutshell: Speedy outside midfielder should be high on the agenda at the draft table. – Giulio Di Giorgio
Draft selections: 5, 9 (already committed to father-son selection Darcy Moore), 30, 48, 85.
Defenders: The Pies were decimated by injuries to key backmen Nathan Brown, swingman Ben Reid and retired former skipper Nick Maxwell last season. The silver lining was the experience and collective efforts of raw talls Jack Frost and Lachie Keeffe, and the composure of half-back Tom Langdon, a draft steal who was one of the AFL's best first-year players. Prized father-son pick Darcy Moore could gain his grounding in defence.
A onetime strength faces serious challenges. Skipper Scott Pendlebury is a superstar, and injury-free Dane Swan plans to regain such status, but the loss of Dayne Beams
cannot be understated and, Heritier Lumumba's flair and Luke Ball's grunt will also be missed. However, the Pies have secured tough ex-Roo Levi Greenwood and classy Cat Travis Varcoe, while ex-Lion Jack Crisp could surprise. Taylor Adams is being groomed to fill Ball's role, while young ruck duo Brodie Grundy and Jarrod Witts are also expected to step up. Tagger Brent Macaffer will return at some stage after another knee reconstruction.
Forwards: Unfortunately, most roads still lead to Travis Cloke because of the lack of a consistent second key target in Reid's absence. Jesse White has his moments, and ruckmen Witts and Grundy have also been tried with limited success, and it's unhealthy because Cloke wasn't his usual marauding self this year. In time, young Moore could fill the void. Jamie Elliott could also be anything, and is a difficult match-up with his pace, hardness and aerial skills. Tyson Goldsack has thrived as a defensive forward. Beams' departure also robs some much-needed scoring power – he was the Pies' third-highest goalkicker with 23 majors.
In a nutshell: The Pies are blessed with young talent and appear well placed in the long-term, and could still be in the frame in 2015 but they need to add quality and depth in all areas of the ground. Forward and back they will be far better off with a clean bill of health – although defensive general Maxwell will continue to prove difficult to replace – but the first priority is to keep building their engine room. - Ben Collins
Cal Twomey says: The Pies can add to their midfield at pick five, with Jordan De Goey, Jayden Laverde and Lachie Weller in the mix. All are versatile, can be used in attack and defence, but loom as midfielders in the future. If they're forward spark, Kyle Langford may be considered. The Pies could eye a ready-to-go midfielder in Blaine Boekhorst at No.30.
Taylor Adams pushes himself in the gym at the Pies' Falls Creek camp. Picture: AFL Media
Draft selections: 17, 20, 62 (committed to promoting Patrick Ambrose)
Cale Hooker is the most reliable Essendon backman, while Michael Hurley had a strong finish to the season in defence. Jake Carlisle has also shown the backline is where he plays his most dominant footy – when he's used there. The addition of James Gwilt will add experience
, while Tayte Pears' injuries have stopped him from playing regularly. Dustin Fletcher, of course, remains important. The Bombers have plenty of depth off half-back, and Alex Browne, Martin Gleeson and Jason Ashby may get more opportunities next year.
Midfielders: Dyson Heppell emerged last year to become Essendon's best midfielder, particularly in Jobe Watson's injury-enforced absence. But the club may look to add more outside run and carry and pace to its midfield mix. Watson, Heppell, Heath Hocking, Ben Howlett and David Myers are ball-winners and a few of the deliverers – Brendon Goddard, Brent Stanton and new recruit Adam Cooney – are at the back ends of their careers. The emergence of the speedy Travis Colyer was pleasing last season, but they will be hoping for more from early draft picks Jake Melksham and Elliott Kavanagh.
Forwards: The loss of Stewart Crameri and Paddy Ryder in successive trade periods leaves the Bombers looking slim for key forward options. It has been suggested the addition of Gwilt will allow Hurley to push forward, but nobody is quite sure how returning coach James Hird will use Hurley and Carlisle in 2015. Much will rest on talented youngster Joe Daniher and elevated rookie Patrick Ambrose. The Bombers are also lacking quality small forward options. Veterans Paul Chapman and Jason Winderlich offer some smarts, but a consistent, young crumbing forward would be handy.
In a nutshell: Two years ago the Bombers looked destined for bigger things, but the loss of some key players and draft picks hurts. Plenty of building has been done and it's a mature list now. - Callum Twomey
Cal Twomey says:
After nailing pick 26 last year to recruit Zach Merrett, the Bombers really need to get their two draft picks right. Classy and quick midfielders Jarrod Garlett
and Lachie Weller
are chances to be available at 17 and 20.
Draft selections: 13, 34, 54, 72
Defenders: Luke McPharlin, Zac Dawson and Alex Silvagni are the key defenders while Michael Johnson and Garrick Ibbotson can play on talls and smalls and both tend to drop off their opponents as key intercept markers. Lee Spurr, Cam Sutcliffe and Paul Duffield play on the medium-sized forwards and smalls and provide run from defence. Clancee Pearce can play in defence or run through midfield. Alex Pearce, Tanner Smith (rookie) and Tom Vandeleur (rookie) are developing defenders.
Midfielders: The big bodies of Nat Fyfe, David Mundy and Michael Barlow are the pillars of the Dockers' midfield. Lachie Neale has stepped up as a ball magnet. The Dockers also have the outside run of Danyle Pearce and Stephen Hill. Nick Suban and Anthony Morabito are in the next bracket of midfielders that can play inside and outside. Ryan Crowley is the key run-with player while Tendai Mzungu is a utility that can fill a variety of roles. Tom Sheridan is still developing along with youngster Brady Grey. Jacob Ballard could be upgraded from the rookie list as a readymade ball-winner. The key rucks are strong with Aaron Sandilands and Zac Clarke and they have back-up in Jon Griffin and Jack Hannath.
Forwards: Matthew Pavlich is still the central figure in attack but Matt Taberner is developing as a key forward and Michael Apeness is coming into his second year. Chris Mayne and Matt de Boer fill the medium forward roles although both are relied upon for their defensive pressure. Colin Sylvia is fighting for a similar position in the side. Hayden Ballantyne, Michael Walters, Hayden Crozier and Max Duffy provide the spark and class at ground level. The Dockers haven't lost much from last year, as Kepler Bradley and Scott Gumbleton did not play at all.
In a nutshell: The Dockers are still looking for key-position prospects as there are no guarantees that Pavlich, McPharlin and Sandilands will play beyond 2015.
Cal Twomey says: If Sam Durdin is still available at pick 13, which is a strong chance, the Dockers would find it hard to knock him back, given his ability to play at both ends and pinch-hit in the ruck. Hard-running tall Tom Lamb is also a slim chance to be up for grabs at pick 34.
Draft selections: 10, 47, 55, 60, 71 (committed to promoting Mark Blicavs)
Defenders: Geelong's defensive unit is one of the most experienced and best in the AFL. As tall defenders, Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor complement each other superbly. Lonergan is one of the best stoppers in the AFL, while Taylor's intercept marking is a weapon. Corey Enright, Jared Rivers and James Kelly are versatile and can attack and defend. However, opposition small forwards caused some concern for the Cats in 2014, so look for Jed Bews to see more game time in that lock down role next season.
Skipper Joel Selwood is Geelong's most decorated midfielder and the club's go-to man from clearances. Steve Johnson provides flair and creativity, while Mitch Duncan's running power is a real asset. Emerging onballers Josh Caddy, Cameron Guthrie and George Horlin-Smith will likely have increased roles in 2015, following the key losses of Allen Christensen
and Travis Varcoe. Young midfielders Jarrad Jansen, Darcy Lang and Brad Hartman should also receive more opportunities next year. The Cats will have a tough time picking their preferred ruck set-up, after Hamish McIntosh and Dawson Simpson carried the bulk of those duties last season. Mark Blicavs and an injury-free Nathan Vardy provide versatile ruck options for the Geelong coaching staff to mull over.
The Cats will be hoping the inclusions of Mitch Clark and Rhys Stanley
help to ease the reliance on spearhead Tom Hawkins. Hawkins kicked 68 goals in 2014, with Jimmy Bartel the next best on 27. Young forward Shane Kersten will be given every chance to thrive in the third tall forward role, while Vardy will also push his claim to return from a torn ACL last season. Steven Motlop should be much improved after a full pre-season (leaving his knee issues in the past), while the Cats should get steady improvement from zippy forwards Lincoln McCarthy and Jordan Murdoch.
In a nutshell: The Cats have a pick inside the top 10 for the first time since 2006, and given the club's past draft strategy will take the best available player in the first round. A key forward/defender and a pacy outside midfielder are likely to be two areas that are addressed by master recruiter Stephen Wells and his team. – Ben Guthrie
Cal Twomey says: Tall forward/ruckman Peter Wright will come under serious consideration if available, along with key back Caleb Marchbank. Clever half-forward Jordan De Goey is a strong chance if he lasts.
If the Cats can get Mitch Clark firing, it will be a massive boost for their 2015 campaign. Picture: AFL Media
Draft selections: 8, 15, 29, 66 (committed to promoting Andrew Boston), 90 (committed to promoting Josh Hall).
Defenders: An area that lost a lot of experience with the retirements of Nathan Bock and Tom Murphy and the delisting of Matthew Warnock and Greg Broughton (who could return as a rookie). In Steven May and Rory Thompson, the Suns have long-term star power at the key posts, while Kade Kolodjashnij, Trent McKenzie and the incoming Nick Malceski give them terrific run-and-carry and elite ball use. Clay Cameron or Seb Tape must lock down the third key tall position, while Sean Lemmens is the only obvious small defender on the list.
Midfielders: Seem to have all bases covered here with the addition of Hawthorn's contested ball beast Mitch Hallahan in the off-season. He will fit nicely alongside the likes of Gary Ablett, David Swallow, Jaeger O'Meara, Dion Prestia and Michael Rischitelli in the centre square, while Harley Bennell, Jack Martin and Jarrod Harbrow offer the outside pace and ball-use on the flanks.
Forwards: Was a question mark going into last season but Tom Lynch, Charlie Dixon, and to a lesser extent Sam Day, showed the three-pronged key forward approach was in good hands. Brandon Matera is injury prone but a clever small forward, while Martin and Bennell should provide scoring punch as they drift between the midfield and half-forward.
In a nutshell: The elite talent on each line is terrific, but the Suns lack quality depth in most areas of the ground. Another goalkicking half-forward who can play midfield would help, as would another lock-down small defender. - Michael Whiting
Cal Twomey says: Liam Duggan
might start his career as a small defender but is likely to progress into the midfield, such was his development this season. He's on the Suns' radar for pick eight. Kyle Langford
could be that goalkicking half-forward after an impressive season, while ruckman/forward Peter Wright
would have to be considered if available given his talent.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Draft selections: 4, 6, 7, 23, 24 (committed to academy selection Jack Steele) 80, 96 (committed to academy selection Jeremy Finlayson)
Former Lions full-back Joel Patfull is an important recruit, adding experience alongside Phil Davis and Heath Shaw to a developing backline that includes the emerging Adam Kennedy, Lachie Plowman and Tim Golds. Tom Bugg is a chance to cement the lockdown defender role while Curtley Hampton provides run. The Giants' lack of defensive depth makes choosing Jake Lever early in the draft
a strong possibility.
Midfielders: Ryan Griffen is a blue-chip midfielder, adding class alongside Callan Ward's grunt and Tom Scully's run. Lachie Whitfield, Adam Treloar, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly and Dylan Shiel are either becoming top line midfielders or look certainties to develop into stars and GWS is sure to get another outstanding junior through the draft. Stephen Coniglio has the goods but he still appears untapped while Jake Barrett is a hard nut with good endurance. Shane Mumford needs Andrew Phillips or Tom Downie to emerge to give him support in the ruck.
This is the Giants' perceived strength, even after Tom Boyd left to join the Bulldogs.
Classy tall Jeremy Cameron will be much improved after being dogged with injury last season while Cam McCarthy and James Stewart demonstrated at the end of the season they were developing as third talls. Cameron will feel Jonathon Patton's absence due to a knee injury but he is good enough to overcome it and the Giants have added some depth with Academy picks, Jack Steele – who can also play midfield – and rangy left-footer Jeremy Finlayson. Devon Smith is a jet and Will Hoskin-Elliott exciting. Their talent became obvious in 2014 but could become scary next season, with both capable of kicking more than 40 goals in a season. Jed Lamb needs to step up and Rhys Palmer is smart enough to find a role inside 50. The forward line looks well balanced.
In a nutshell: The Giants need to strengthen their backline and increase their midfield depth but a high-quality list is starting to take shape. - Peter Ryan
31, 49, 50, 68, (committed to promoting rookie Dallas Willsmore), 77 (committed to promoting rookie Zac Webster).Defenders:
Luring Brian Lake was a masterstroke but it became increasingly clear last season the Hawks needed a succession plan. Enter James Frawley. The 26-year-old ex-Demon instantly eased concerns about the key defensive posts. With Ryan Schoenmakers staying put
, the Hawks bat deep and can plan ahead for Lake and Josh Gibson's retirements. Of the running types, Grant Birchall and Matt Suckling have plenty of football left, Taylor Duryea provides pace and steel and Angus Litherland has emerged as a versatile option to lock-down or carry and create.Midfielders:
The engine room is still led by champions Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge but a raft of their younger teammates are shouldering more of the load. Hawthorn boasts game-breaking pace (Bradley Hill, Isaac Smith), toughness (Will Langford, Liam Shiels) and depth, with long-term injured duo Jed Anderson and Brendan Whitecross - plus recruit Jonathon O'Rourke - coming into calculations. The ruck stocks are in good shape, with Jon Ceglar and Ben McEvoy set to form a long partnership when David Hale retires.Forwards:
Hawthorn coped incredibly well after losing Lance Franklin, with Jack Gunston stepping up across half-forward. In Gunston, Jarryd Roughead and Luke Breust the Hawks have potency and flexibility, while Paul Puopolo brings the grunt and Cyril Rioli the X-factor. The biggest question mark is Roughead's replacement. Tim O'Brien is being groomed and Sam Grimley is set to be downgraded to the rookie list, but the Hawks could use another developing tall.In a nutshell:
It will be difficult with Hawthorn's picks, but a promising power forward would be ideal. A bullocking mid to replace Brad Sewell would also be handy. – Travis KingCal Twomey says: The midfielders will be easier to find in the second and third rounds. Ballwinner Touk Miller is a shot at pick 31 if he's around and long-kicking left-footer Lukas Webb is also a chance there. If medium defender Ed Vickers-Willis is available at pick 31 expect the Hawks to strongly consider him.
Draft selections: 2, 3, 40, 42 (committed to father-son pick Billy Stretch), 53, 83 (committed to promoting Neville Jetta)
Defenders: The departure of James Frawley
is a loss, no matter which way you look at it. Frawley's expertise and experience is difficult to replace, particularly given the youth of the Demons' backline. Tom McDonald proved himself as the No.1 backman last year, with Frawley playing further up the ground, while Melbourne is hoping Sam Frost – who it acquireded from Greater Western Sydney in the NAB AFL Trade Period
– develops into the player they think he can be. Neville Jetta was vastly improved as the club's lockdown small defender in 2014, while Lynden Dunn went from strength to strength when settled down back.
The Demons made some significant strides in regard to their midfield depth in 2014, adding Dom Tyson and Bernie Vince to help captain Nathan Jones in the engine room. Even still, Paul Roos has already stated it is an area of the club's list that still needs further improvement. Those deficiencies will be addressed at the draft this year, with talented young midfielder Angus Brayshaw a likely inclusion via the draft. The Demons also expect Ben Newton, signed as a delisted free agent from Port Adelaide
, to make an impact. The ruck situation is still not clear cut, with Max Gawn, Jake Spencer and Mark Jamar to battle it out for that responsibility.
Forwards: Melbourne's forward line looked like one of its key strengths heading into last season, but injuries and circumstances prevented that from playing out. Much of Melbourne's potential scoring power will rely on how quickly Jesse Hogan adapts to the top level. Chris Dawes provides the bullocking target, while Jeremy Howe belongs up forward and should start there. The Dees brought Jeff Garlett into the club to address their lack of a damaging small forward option, while youngsters Christian Salem and Jay Kennedy-Harris will continue to develop on the flanks.
In a nutshell: Roos places a premium on quality midfielders, so expect the Demons to go down that path with their top pick. Melbourne could also do with a key tall at either end of the ground. – Ben Guthrie
He's yet to play an AFL game, but Jesse Hogan looms as a vital player for Melbourne. Picture: AFL Media
Draft selections: 15, 25, 36, 56 (committed to promoting Joel Tippett), 72 (committed to promoting Kayne Turner).
Defenders: In Scott Thompson, Nathan Grima, Lachlan Hansen and Joel Tippett, North has good key defensive depth, but lacks a 'gorilla' who can match the likes of Tom Hawkins, Travis Cloke and Lance Franklin for strength. North has mooted trying Robbie Tarrant in this role in 2015, but will presumably be keen to bring in a big-bodied youngster too. The recent injury troubles of Grima, 29, and Cameron Delaney make this an even greater priority for the Roos. North is well stocked for medium defenders who can counter-attack, with Shaun Atley, Luke McDonald, Jamie Macmillan, Aaron Mullett and Sam Wright.
Midfielders: Even with Levi Greenwood's departure to Collingwood, North has good inside midfield depth, with Ryan Bastinac, Trent Dumont and, perhaps, Ben Jacobs ready to step in and support Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington and Jack Ziebell. The Roos have bolstered their outside run and class in recent seasons, but with Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells and Nick Dal Santo all nearing the end of their careers, North needs to bring in some young replacements.
Forwards: North is bursting at the seams with tall forwards, with aerial targets such as Drew Petrie, Jarrad Waite and Ben Brown complemented by lead-up players Aaron Black and Mason Wood. But the Roos are light on for explosive small forwards, especially since Robbie Nahas' recent delisting. Kayne Turner's emergence late this year was encouraging but North could look to give him and Lindsay Thomas more support.
In a nutshell: North's priorities will be to: (a) land a key defender who can eventually man powerhouse forwards; and (b) midfielders with pace and/or silky foot skills. The Roos might also look at a quick small forward who can push up into the midfield. - Nick Bowen
Draft selections: 57, 75, 84, 93, 100 (committed to promoting Kane Mitchell)
Defenders: The Power's key defensive stocks appear sound, with Tom Clurey fighting for a spot, and there are several pacey smalls vying with Jarman Impey for a place in defence. But the departure of Campbell Heath and Lewis Stevenson means Port needs more options across half-back.
Now that injuries are apparently less of an issue, there is plenty of talent through the middle. They've got a perfect mix of contested possession winners, outside speed, youth and experience – as well as several players on the verge of senior selection. Paddy Ryder's arrival eases the need for another ruck option
, particularly if Jarrad Redden can stay injury-free.
Forwards: Ryder will help the forward line considerably as a key target and with Mason Shaw entering his third year and Mitch Harvey his second, there's possible replacements on the way up. The small forwards are plentiful and there's also a number of players who can attack higher up the ground.
In a nutshell: It's a well-balanced list that doesn't require much tinkering at all to challenge for a premiership. - Harry Thring
Cal Twomey says: Jaden McGrath is a possibility, with the Power having shown interest in the Bendigo Pioneers midfielder. Having missed on adding Daniel Gorringe as another big man during trade period, ruckman Marc Pittonet could be a chance late.
Draft selections: 12, 33, 52, 70, 88 (committed to promoting Anthony Miles)
Defenders: The Tigers have decent depth here. Alex Rance, David Astbury, Jake Batchelor, Troy Chaplin, Dylan Grimes, Bachar Houli and Steve Morris form the nucleus while Matt Dea and Todd Elton – used more in defence in the VFL this year – are expected to continue to develop. There's also Chris Newman and swingman Ricky Petterd to fill roles off half-back, along with Nick Vlastuin and youngster Ben Lennon, although his best position is yet to be determined.
They've got a clearance king in Trent Cotchin while Anthony Miles has emerged as excellent support. Dan Jackson is gone but Miles has filled a hole and will be upgraded from the rookie list, Matt Thomas is a handy back-up, Reece Conca shows promise and Taylor Hunt, who joined the club from Geelong as a delisted free agent
, can play a role. Nathan Foley is getting back to his best while Brandon Ellis is moving into the elite. Brett Deledio, Dustin Martin and Shane Edwards played more forward but can still run through the middle. Ruck stocks are solid.
Jack Riewoldt is the focal point while Ben Griffiths emerged this year as Ty Vickery's main competition for that second tall forward spot. Jake King has retired but Sam Lloyd and Nathan Gordon bring something new while Matt McDonough has shown signs in the VFL across half-forward. Chris Knights will compete with them if fit
while Liam McBean is an exciting key position prospect who continues to develop.
In a nutshell: Improving midfield depth is a priority. Outside speed and class will be the main focus, along with another inside mid with the plan to help free up their key ball winners to play more creative roles. - Jennifer Phelan
Draft selections: 1, 21, 22, 41, 75 (committed to promoting Darren Minchington), 86 (committed to promoting Cameron Shenton), 95 (committed to promoting Eli Templeton), 102 (committed to promoting Mav Weller)
Defenders: Luke Delaney and Josh Bruce – who also played as a forward this year – topped up their backline stocks 12 months ago while Sean Dempster and Jarryn Geary provide reliable experience. There are some doubts over the durability of Sam Fisher and Sam Gilbert, given their recent injury concerns, while Jimmy Webster, Nathan Wright, Blake Acres and Cam Shenton – who will be upgraded - are young but have shown promise. Shane Savage has settled at half-back while Dylan Roberton and Tom Simpkin were on the cusp this year.
Lenny Hayes is gone but Luke Dunstan and Seb Ross have shown promise in filling the breach. Tom Hickey and Billy Longer are emerging rucks and will push each other, along with Lewis Pierce and Jason Holmes. Jack Steven, David Armitage and Leigh Montagna are the centerpieces and Mav Weller – who has been promoted with a two-year deal
- and Tom Curren play important roles. Jack Newnes and Farren Ray are important on the wings; the former with his ball use and the latter his experience.
Spencer White has been dubbed Nick Riewoldt's successor while ex-Swan Tim Membrey
and a fit Tom Lee gives them options. Riewoldt will play for at least two more years
, Jack Billings and Eli Templeton emerged this season and Adam Schneider has been retained as a rookie. Brodie Murdoch is seen as part of the future forward line while it's Daniel Markworth's year to show his body can allow him to fulfill his promise. Bruce has been tried forward and could stay there with Rhys Stanley gone. Templeton and Darren Minchington will be elevated to the senior list.
In a nutshell: The Saints could do with a bit of everything. They've got plenty of midfielders, some who are starting to show signs, but could do with another blue-chip youngster as well as some key position prospects. - Jennifer Phelan
Draft selections: 18 (committed to Swans Academy pick Isaac Heeney), 37, 38 (committed to Swans Academy pick Jack Hiscox), 76 (committed to Swans Academy pick Abe Davis), 94 (committed to promoting Xavier Richards), 112 (committed to promoting Jake Lloyd), 130 (committed to promoting Daniel Robinson)
Conceding 137 points in the Grand Final exposed chinks in the Swans' backline. Ageing key back Ted Richards needs more support and Sam Reid might need to be swung into defence more often as a result. Having lost Nick Malceski to Gold Coast and with Rhyce Shaw coming close to the end, bringing in another classy rebounding defender could also be high on the recruiting team's agenda.Midfielders:
Few sides boast the talent and depth of the Swans' onball brigade, especially when you throw draft bargain Isaac Heeney into the mix.
It says plenty that Tom Mitchell dominated NEAFL last season but struggled to crack regular senior games. The Swans' runners are courageous, classy and quick, and the only obvious area of concern is the ruck division where Mike Pyke has been left carrying a bigger load since Shane Mumford's departure.Forwards:
While their high-priced forward line couldn't deliver the flag last year, there's not much wrong with an attack consisting of tall timber Franklin, Kurt Tippett, Reid and Adam Goodes. Not many issues here, except working out the best combination of big men and smalls rotating through. Ben McGlynn was super in that role and the Swans might have use for another crumbing forward.In a nutshell:
The Swans only have one live draft pick, 37, and reinforcing the backline is the priority, starting with a big key defender. Failing that they could target a classy ball-user in defence and perhaps a crumbing forward. – Travis KingCal Twomey says: Daniel Nielson is expected to be picked in the 30-50 range, and is a tall, disciplined defender who sticks to his task. The Swans might look for a ruckman in the rookie draft having covered a few bases with their academy selections.
Midfielder Isaac Heeney could be this year's major draft steal for the Swans. Picture: AFL Media
Draft selections: 11, 32, 51, 69, 87 (committed to father-son selection Alec Waterman), 105 (committed to promoting Callum Sinclair).
Defenders: Eric Mackenzie leads the defence, taking the No.1e key forward every week. Mitch Brown usually takes the second key tall. Will Schofield can also fill this role but can play on the smalls as well. Shannon Hurn provides the run and carry and elite kicking from defence. Xavier Ellis and Brad Sheppard play at half-back while Sam Butler and Jamie Bennell fill the back-pocket roles. The eagles have lost Darren Glass but may regain Beau Waters from injury.
Midfielders: Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis is the contested ball king for West Coast. Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey and Chris Masten are also key ball winners. Mark Hutchings can fill an inside or run-with role depending on match-ups. Andrew Gaff and Matt Rosa provide the run on the wing. Sharrod Wellingham had a poor year last season but should return to form to add midfield depth. Elliot Yeo may move more permanently into the middle as a solid clearance player. The Eagles are developing Dom Sheed and Brant Colledge to run through there as well. Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett are the first-choice ruckmen but Callum Sinclair provides depth and pressure on those two.
Forwards: Josh Kennedy is the No.1 key target with Jack Darling pushing up the ground as a high centre half-forward at times. Jeremy McGovern is developing and can play at both ends if need be. Mark LeCras is a medium-sized forward of high quality. Patrick McGinnity filled a defensive forward role late last season and Jamie Cripps plays as a small forward. Josh Hill and Simon Tunbridge can fill medium forward roles and the Eagles are developing Malcolm Karpany to become an elite crumbing player.
In a nutshell: The Eagles crave some midfield depth. They particularly need speed and skill to run through there to deliver to their marking forwards. - Alex Malcolm
Cal Twomey says: There will be some quality midfielders on offer at West Coast's first pick. Any of Lachie Weller, Liam Duggan, Paul Ahern and Nakia Cockatoo would be a good addition, and there's a possibility Jayden Laverde gets through. He is perhaps the most exciting player in the draft, and would be a big-bodied addition to the midfield. WESTERN BULLDOGSDraft selections:
26, 27, 39, 45, 46, 62 (committed to father-son pick Zaine Cordy), 82 (committed to promoting Jack Redpath), 100 (committed to promoting Lin Jong).Defenders:
Despite adding former Cat Joel Hamling
as a delisted free agent, the Dogs could do with some more reinforcement to their key defensive stocks to assist an ageing Dale Morris and the developing Michael Talia and Fletcher Roberts. A running defender with sound foot skills wouldn't go astray either.Midfielders:
Some run and carry to compliment an impressive array of inside midfielders is a must, while a developing ruckman would also come in handy considering Will Minson is approaching 30.Forwards:
After acquiring a much-needed key forward in Tom Boyd
in the trade period, the Dogs could do with a crumber as Luke Dahlhaus will push further up the ground in 2014.In a nutshell:
Run and spread from the contest is now the Dogs' biggest problem area and they should be able to address that with consecutive second round picks. - Ryan DavidsonCal Twomey says:
The Dogs have shown strong interest in Lukas Webb
, and he would give their midfield some extra run and class. Connor Menadue
is also in the mix as a run-and-carry half-back who pushes forward and kicks goals. If they look for taller defenders to strengthen that department, Ed Vickers-Willis
and Oscar McDonald
would be contenders.