And, in case you missed it, check out Cal Twomey's Phantom Draft below. 

HERE is our Phantom Draft for 2018.

This year has presented a new challenge, with the ability of clubs to trade during the draft, meaning more have been tight-lipped about their plans for the two-day event.

But here is how we think the top 30 picks could fall, with selections having changed order given we have also predicted where bids could come. will release a Late Mail Phantom Draft on Wednesday night.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 184cm, Wt 77kg, DOB 2/7/00
From Geelong Falcons/Vic Country

Walsh has been the most consistent player in his draft by some way. As one recruiter put it this week, "He has not played a bad game". The midfielder is a standout for his running ability, work ethic, capacity to find the ball and make the most of his touches. Add to all of that his character, and Walsh's appeal comes through. There aren't many prospects in recent years who have been as widely popular and respected among their draft peers as Walsh is this year: he's friendly, professional, smart and has time for everyone. If the Blues choose him at No.1 he won't let them down.

If not him? They have made it known all along that choosing Walsh wasn't a fait accompli. They have really liked Izak Rankine and he is a match-winner, while Jack Lukosius is also a possibility. The Blues have always been fans of Max King, but it'd be a major shock if they grabbed him first.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Will this midfield gun be the No.1 pick?


Gold Coast Suns


POS: Tall forward
Ht 194cm, Wt 85kg, DOB 9/8/00
From Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia

A key forward with an ability to shift a game with his athleticism, running ability, footy smarts and elite ball use, Lukosius has performed well and proven himself at senior level all year. He could start nearly anywhere on the ground because of his running ability – centre half-forward, as a defender or on the wing – and his kicking is as good as you'll find. Lukosius is a relaxed, laidback character and has taken the hype in his stride since his breakout four-goal performance in his senior SANFL debut last year.

If not him? If Sam Walsh isn't taken No.1 by the Blues, then the Suns will grab Walsh, probably with pick No.2. 

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POS: Half-forward/midfielder
Ht 180cm, Wt 76kg, DOB 23/4/00
From West Adelaide/South Australia

Rankine might be the most exciting player in the draft. He's a game-changer, match-winner, eye-catcher – whatever you want to call it, Rankine's it. The half-forward lights up games with his skill and pace, and he's starred in plenty of the big games he's played in over the past two years. The back-to-back All Australian has his own swagger and style, and the Suns could add him knowing he'll be playing a lot of senior footy next year.

If not him? It looks very likely that, unless a trade happens, the top-three on draft night will consist of Sam Walsh, Jack Lukosius and Rankine. Whichever one the Blues don't pick, the Suns will very likely grab. 

TOMORROW'S HEROES The SA star with all the tricks


Phantom St Kilda


POS: Tall forward
Ht 204cm, Wt 86kg, DOB 7/7/00
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

King wanted to be the No.1 pick this year – such is his ability and confidence in what he can produce. Unfortunately, the knee injury he suffered after only a couple of games in April ended his season and since then he has been on the sidelines, often in St Kilda's gym doing his rehabilitation program. King is an athletic forward who is great in the air and at ground level, and likes the big moments. He would have dominated this year if not for the injury.

If not him? The Saints interviewed Connor Rozee recently and have been thinking hard about taking the versatile South Australian. Midfielders Bailey Smith and Jye Caldwell are also in St Kilda's mix.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Talented tall could be King of the kids

Max King

Phantom Draft Port Adelaide


POS: Half-forward/midfielder
Ht 185cm, Wt 74kg, DOB 22/1/00
From North Adelaide/South Australia

It was a stunning end to the season for Rozee, who showed his class playing at senior level for North Adelaide. He featured prominently in the Roosters' charge to the premiership, having moved to the backline and impressed as an attacking half-back. He can mark well above his head, he is a penetrating and damaging kick, and is versatile, being able to play in the midfield and at both ends of the ground. Port Adelaide didn't move up the draft board just to pick a local, but Rozee's talents see him around this mark.

If not him? If Max King got through to pick five, the Power would swoop. They will also likely decide between Rozee and Ben King (whom they met this week) at this spot, although Jye Caldwell is also a chance to be taken here.

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Phantom Draft GC


POS: Tall forward/defender
Ht 202cm, Wt 85kg, DOB 7/7/00
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro 

King's versatility makes him a very appealing prospect for clubs. He started the year as a defender, where his reach and speed made him very hard to get past, and he ended it as a goalkicking machine at under-18 level having switched forward. Like twin brother Max, King is exceptionally athletic for a player his size and in the future should also be able to pinch-hit in the ruck. The Suns lost quality talls in the off-season, so King is in their sights.

If not him? Under this scenario, it could see the Suns choosing between King and midfielder Jye Caldwell. If Connor Rozee is still on the board at No.6 they will also strongly consider him.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Tall's versatility a big selling point

Ben King

Phantom Draft Western Bulldogs


POS: Midfielder
Ht 186cm, Wt 82kg, DOB 7/12/00
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro 

The Dogs have been long linked with Smith at No.7, and he presents as a really good option. A quality midfielder who progressed from the half-back line, where he played last year, Smith dominated games this season through sheer will power. He's tough, works hard, has pace and runs all day. Smith missed the end of the season with Achilles injuries, but is one of the most dedicated and disciplined young prospects clubs have come across in many years.

If not him? The Dogs will likely pick between Smith, Jye Caldwell and Ben King at this spot. All are very much in the equation, with some believing they could opt for Caldwell over Smith.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Draft's most dedicated looms as top-10 pick


Phantom Draft Sydney Swans



POS: Tall forward/midfielder
Ht 195cm, Wt 80kg, DOB 27/2/00
From Sydney Swans Academy/Allies 

Sydney will get another gun out of their Academy after winning the battle for Blakey ahead of North Melbourne and Brisbane, either of which he could have joined as a father-son selection given his dad John is a great of both clubs. Blakey has had another injury-interrupted season, struggling with an ankle issue for the last couple of months of the year. He is a third tall forward who can lead at the ball and fly for marks then wheel onto his left foot, while he's also shown he can do some good things in the midfield, too.

If not him? The Swans will match the bid for Blakey, so he will be their man with their first pick. It means their original first selection (No.27 at the start of the draft) will slide up and one of their other picks will be impacted. Port Adelaide could also place a bid on Blakey at No.5 or No.10.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 189cm, Wt 73kg, DOB 25/3/00
From North Launceston/Tasmania/Allies 

The Roos have first access to the Next Generation Academy prospect, who has been a part of their program for the past few years. Thomas had an up and down year, but he is midfielder who can push forward and kick goals, and he has also spent time in defence, including when he played for North's VFL side.

If not him? It will be interesting if the Crows do bid at this stage and whether North Melbourne will definitely match it for Thomas. They have stocked up on points so are expecting a first-round bid.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Tasmanian gun set to land at North


POS: Midfielder
Ht 184cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 28/9/00
From Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country

There's been a fair bit of buzz around Caldwell in the past couple of months, despite no footy being played and the midfielder having missed a large chunk of the season anyway through injury. However, that probably just shows his quality. Caldwell is an explosive, tough, competitive midfielder who wins a nice balance of his own touches plus providing run on the outside. He'd be a nice player to get through to the Crows.

If not him? There's a few in the Crows' mix for their first pick. Ben King could be a chance to be available, while Chayce Jones, Jackson Hately and Jordan Clark are also contenders.

TOMORROW'S HEROES A midfield beast with genuine pace


POS: Midfielder
Ht 190cm, Wt 81kg, DOB 21/10/00
From Central District/South Australia 

The impressive midfielder, who some clubs can see also playing as a forward in the future, had a good year across all teams he played for. He kicks the ball well, is a nice size to go and win his own ball, and he also has strong leadership traits. That will appeal to clubs at the top end, given the importance placed on character when deciding upon their respective draft orders. The Giants have rated Hately highly for most of the year.

If not him? There will be a bit of cat-and-mouse about this pick, with the Giants' picks either side of Port Adelaide's. They could look at Jordan Clark, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Zak Butters or Chayce Jones here.

TOMORROW'S HEROES School captain with senior footy experience


POS: Half-back
Ht 182cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 16/10/00
From Claremont/Western Australia

Clark's rise has been sharp this season, resulting him in being a likely first-rounder on Thursday night. The talented half-back sets up the play from that area of the ground and the Power like him and could look for him to bolster that part of their list. Clark was recently diagnosed with glandular fever and could face a few weeks back in Perth before moving interstate (if he is picked by a club outside WA) but that will not make an impact on his draft position.

If not him? Would the Power grab Jackson Hately at this choice if he gets past the Crows and Giants? Chayce Jones is also a possibility. 

TOMORROW'S HEROES Ex-cricketer ready to bowl over clubs


POS: Midfielder
Ht 193cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 3/2/00
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

Greater Western Sydney is one of a handful of clubs to have interviewed Collier-Dawkins in the past few days and he's in contention to be their choice. The midfielder is something of an 'upside' pick – he's shown some really exciting glimpses, including in the finals series for the Oakleigh Chargers, but hasn't been a huge ball-winner at TAC Cup level. He's a tall midfielder who is best at digging out the ball and feeding it off.

If not him? The same three or four names apply here for the Giants as at their first pick, although if things go a certain way then Xavier Duursma could also come into contention.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Big-bodied midfielder with loads of potential


POS: Midfielder
Ht 180cm, Wt 74kg, DOB 14/1/00
From Launceston/Tasmania/Allies 

Geelong has been linked to Jones as one of their preferred options and he brings real versatility. Jones is a hardened, tough, reliable player who can be used anywhere on the ground: midfield is his go-to, but he can also be picked as a small forward or back. The Tasmanian enjoyed some good moments at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships without starring, but he starred at the Draft Combine later in the year and clubs like his no-fuss, professional approach.

If not him? Others who are in the Cats' range are Riley Collier-Dawkins, who the Cats spoke to this week, Jordan Clark and Jackson Hately. 

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POS: Half-back
Ht 182cm, Wt 82kg, DOB 15/1/00
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

The Pies will be waiting (a little nervously) to see where a bid comes for Quaynor, hoping it falls at pick 15 or later. They'll match if it's at this stage of the draft, given the discount they get for the rebounding small defender who is a part of their Next Generation Academy. Quaynor had a terrific year, winning All Australian honours at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. He's also a bubbly, warm personality who is well-liked in all the teams he has been a part of.

If not him? The Pies' first pick is set to be used on Quaynor, unless a bid comes earlier than expected and they don't decide to match. But that's considered unlikely.

TOMORROW'S HEROES Explosive half-back set to be a Pie


POS: Midfielder
Ht 181cm, Wt 70kg, DOB 8/9/00
From Western Jets/Vic Metro

Most things Butters touches turns into a good piece of play for his side. He's smaller and slight, but he runs with the ball well, hits his targets, makes the play and creates. He will start more as a small forward option and potentially progress onto a wing in time, and Adelaide has been interested in him among their batch of picks. Butters has recovered from his mid-season shoulder surgery and last week completed a 2km time trial under the watchful eyes of recruiters.

If not him? There's a few possibilities, but it'll be interesting to see who is left for the Crows to take. Would Jackson Hately get there or would they try for Riley Collier-Dawkins? There's a slim chance Chayce Jones is still on the board as well.

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POS: Midfielder/half-forward
Ht 175cm, Wt 76kg, DOB 9/2/00
From Perth/Western Australia

If you'd said at the start of the year that Hill would be available at pick 17 it would have raised eyebrows. But he looms as being around that mark. It hasn't been the year Hill would have liked, with shoulder injuries bookending his season, but he remains one of the most skilled players in it: he's lightning quick, can jump high and is classy around goal. He also brings with him some natural cheek and confidence that others don't possess; he likes to run down the wing and have others chase him and could team up with cousins Stephen and Bradley Hill at the Dockers.

If not him? Zak Butters would be a good chance if he gets through to their pick but he might be gone. Xavier Duursma and Sam Sturt could be a chance, as may be Liam Stocker. 

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 185cm, Wt 71kg, DOB 7/7/00
From Gippsland Power/Vic Country

Duursma is on the radar of the Lions and for good reason. He enjoyed a consistent season for the Gippsland Power and Vic Country, roaming through the midfield and across half-back. He's a rangy size but can run well and separate himself from packs with some speed. Would nicely complement what the Power would have brought in with their first two picks.  

If not him? They interviewed Ian Hill recently and he is a chance at this spot. Liam Stocker, Zak Butters and Jackson Hately are also possibilities. 

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POS: Midfielder/small forward
Ht 178cm, Wt 71kg, DOB 13/7/00
From Geelong Falcons/Vic Country

McHenry is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm and plays his footy in the same spirit, always in the thick of the action and involved in the game. He will probably be picked as a small forward to start, where his tackling pressure and intensity comes through, but he has the tank and ability to play in the midfield and show his wares there. McHenry is tenacious and tough but will be a fan favourite. He's also a favourite of the Crows.

If not him? The Crows are another club who could look at Xavier Duursma if he's still available here, and maybe Curtis Taylor comes into their thinking at this stage. They could also place a bid on GWS Academy ruckman Kieren Briggs at this stage. 

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 183cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 23/1/00
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

Stocker won the Morrish Medal in the TAC Cup after storming home in the back end of the season, having missed the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with a broken jaw. He's a big and strong midfielder who is great at the stoppages, a nice kick on both feet and will back himself to play plenty of senior footy next year. An articulate, confident character who might have been ranked a little higher if not for his interrupted first half of the season. The Tigers lost some depth in the midfield in the Trade Period and bringing in another ball-winner could be a priority.

If not him? The Tigers will look at Ned McHenry if he's there, while Ian Hill is also right in the frame if available. His ability may be too hard to pass up even if he's not exactly what the Tigers are after. Sam Sturt is a possibility although unlikely.  

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 186cm, Wt 80kg, DOB 8/5/00
From Norwood/South Australia

Valente presents as a good option in a number of ways. He's had a consistent season and can go both inside and outside in his midfield role, he's a nice kick and he performed well at the national carnival for South Australia. Valente is also a solid citizen, having captained his side to its state title during the under-18 championships. The Lions are looking for a midfield/forward option.

If not him? Xavier Duursma, should he get past some others, is a really big shot here at the Lions' pick, as may be Xavier O'Halloran, Liam Stocker and Ian Hill. 

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POS: Half-forward
Ht 188cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 12/5/00
From Dandenong Stingrays

The bolter of this year's crop and it would cap his rise if the Giants took him with a first-round pick. He's a half-forward who starred in the Dandenong Stingrays' run to the TAC Cup premiership with his poise and smarts close to goal. He then excelled at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, in what was his first set of testing results having come from a cricket background. The Giants have done some work on him and he would add a different dimension to their forward mix.

If not him? Xavier Duursma is in their mix at their first couple of picks, so would be snapped up here. Ian Hill may also appeal, as may Xavier O'Halloran. They may also use this pick to slide up and match a bid for Academy prospect Kieren Briggs. 

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POS: Half-forward/midfielder
Ht 186cm, Wt 79kg, DOB 6/4/00
From Calder Cannons/Vic Metro

Taylor plays in a similar vein to retired West Coast goalkicker Mark LeCras as a medium forward who is good on the lead and a sharp kick for goal. The Eagles might be in a position to immediately replace LeCras as well if Taylor gets through a couple of other interested parties just before their pick. He had some injury limitations at stages this season but is a classy player and a clever finisher.

If not him? Xavier Duursma and Sam Sturt are chances, as is local boy Ian Hill if he's to slip this far. Could the Eagles place a bid on North father-son Bailey Scott? 

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POS: Ruckman
Ht 200cm, Wt 98kg, DOB 6/10/99
From GWS Academy/Allies

The Crows are keen to add to their ruck division and Briggs is the leading candidate if they want a big man from this year's draft. He was the All Australian ruckman after a strong championships for the Allies, and is an aggressive, big and physical unit who likes to throw his weight around and can make an impact around the ground. 

If not him? The Giants could choose not to match a bid here – it's line-ball. If they don't match, the likes of Sam Sturt, Curtis Taylor, Liam Stocker, Ian Hill and Xavier Duursma will all be under consideration. 

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POS: Key defender
Ht 194cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 16/8/00
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

The Pies are expected to match another bid and claim Kelly, the son of former defender Craig Kelly and brother of Adelaide's Jake. Kelly is a key defender who rose steadily throughout the season, and even played the last chunk of games for the Oakleigh Chargers with an ankle fracture. A defender who is comfortable with the ball in hand.

If not him? It's hard to see the Pies passing on Kelly, unless a bid comes much earlier than expected. They are prepared to go into a points deficit for next year and you would to claim Kelly and Quaynor.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 187cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 11/7/00
From Vic Metro/Western Jets

O'Halloran is a strong-bodied midfielder who can also push forward and hit the scoreboard, and he captained Vic Metro at the under-18 championships. He has plenty of suitors around this part of the draft and may be in consideration for the Crows to add to their draft haul. O'Halloran finished his year by showing his excellent athleticism at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

If not him? Luke Valente could still be on the board and has some similarities to O'Halloran, while half-forward Curtis Taylor could also be a shot. 

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POS: Key defender
Ht 196cm, Wt 94kg, DOB 11/7/00
From Murray Bushrangers/Allies

Koschitzke is seen as perhaps the next best key defender in the pool behind Will Kelly and Ben King (who now plays forward anyway), so if the Eagles are keen to add to their tall defensive stocks he would be a good option at this selection. The cousin of former Saints forward Justin, Koschitzke is a good size, he's competitive and he can also play at both ends of the ground. The Eagles have been linked as having an interest in the 18-year-old.

If not him? It would be interesting what the Eagles do here if they don't go with Koschitzke. Local midfielder Luke Foley could be a contender.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 180cm, Wt 80kg, DOB 12/7/00
From Calder Cannons/Vic Metro

A rugged midfielder with a nasty streak, West is combative, tough and can find the ball at will. He's best when he's fighting for it and then coming out the other side of the pack with it in his hands, but he's also a powerful player with a quick sidestep. The Dogs get first access to him given his link to the club – his father Scott won seven best and fairests for the club in a 324-game career – and West has grown up around Whitten Oval.

If not him? The Dogs are expecting a bid around this range for the father-son, which will see them just slide their second-round pick up the order. 

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POS: Half-back
Ht 184cm, Wt 76kg, DOB 23/6/00
From Northern Knights/Vic Metro

McKenzie tested as the quickest player at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, running the 20m sprint in 2.90 seconds. He had an up and down year, but McKenzie's capacity to make the play off half-back and provide real energy and drive from there. The Dees are on the lookout for some more run and carry and he could be their man at their first choice.

If not him? The Dees would pounce on Sam Sturt if he got this far, but that's considered unlikely. Ned McHenry is another in a similar boat, but Ely Smith is a sneaky chance, and the Murray Bushrangers midfielder has won a late call-up to attend the draft on Thursday night. Jacob Kennerley is another possibility, as is Jack Bytel.   

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POS: Half-back
Ht 183cm, Wt 81kg, DOB 7/9/00
From Central District/South Australia

The Suns could add another South Australian to their group of draftees by taking McLennan, who is in their thinking at this stage of the draft. McLennan is a roaming half-back who is good above his head and likes to chop off forward forays, before then providing some rebound for his side. Was a standout for South Australia during its under-18 championships.

If not him? The speedy Tom McKenzie could be a chance for the Suns at this stage, as may Xavier O'Halloran and Luke Valente.

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Who will your club take later in the draft?

There are also plenty of whispers beyond the top 30 selections, and has identified some of the options who could be available to clubs after the early part of the draft.

We have listed every draft choice assigned by the AFL, and also predicted how many picks each club plans to use during the draft.

Unlike our Phantom Draft top 30, where we have changed the draft order according to father-son and Academy bids, for the below selections we have maintained the order as it will start according to the AFL.

The ability to trade selections for the first time during the draft will also see the order change throughout the two days.

Adelaide Crows

Draft picks: 8, 13, 16, 21, 73, 80 (likely to use four selections)

With four picks in the first 21 selections, the Crows will be one of the busiest clubs in the early part of the draft. Their suite of selections also means that they will be one of the clubs that rivals target to try to move up the order. If they hold onto their top picks, Hamish Ogilvie and his recruiting team will likely only use the four selections, although they could jump back in late if someone on their list is still available. Will Hamill, a pacy line-breaker across half-back, could come into contention, while Lachlan Sholl, a smart accumulator with a big tank whose father Brett played for Carlton, may also be considered if they use later picks.

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Brisbane Lions

Draft picks: 18, 30, 35, 56, 78 (likely to use five selections)

The Lions will be hoping they can get through their first two picks without a bid on Academy prospect Connor McFadyen, and it's possible. That would be a bonus given his ability, despite a serious foot injury. Jack Ross is a strong-bodied midfielder who could be a chance if the Lions are keen to bolster that part of the ground, while they could also look late at Tom Berry, the younger brother of emerging Lion Jarrod. Berry is a midfielder/small defender with pace but had his injury worries this year. The Lions have been interested in Noah Answerth, a half-back from Oakleigh who was overlooked last year after fracturing his back, and could give him a shot this time around. Tom Lewis, a tough ball-winner from South Australia, could be on the Lions' radar for one of their later selections.


Draft picks: 1, 69, 71, 76 (likely to use three or four selections)

They'll get the ball rolling at pick No.1, which is a huge selection for the club as it continues its rebuild. They then have a long wait before getting involved in the draft again, way back in the fourth and fifth rounds. They will draft father-son prospect Ben Silvagni, who has played at both ends of the ground this year between some thumb injuries, most likely with their last live pick. They could also have a think about GWS Academy forward Mathew Walker, a medium option with talent and explosiveness when up and going, The Blues have been linked to VFL gun Ben Cavarra, while a host of delisted players, including Hugh Goddard (St Kilda), Tom Bugg (Melbourne) and Jed Lamb (Carlton) are trying their luck by training with the club.


Draft picks: 41, 44, 57, 59, 60 (likely to use three selections)

How the Pies approach their draft will depend largely on when bids come for their two highly rated prospects – NGA defender Isaac Quaynor and father-son backman Will Kelly. Collingwood's recruiters will be hoping they don't need to go into a points deficit for next year, but it'll be touch and go if bids come on both inside the first 25 picks, which is very possible. They also have access to another NGA prospect, Atu Bosenavulagi, who shapes as a late or rookie pick and showed good form late in the season as a pressure small forward who can hit the scoreboard. Others potentially in the mix late include tall back Kyle Reid, who was an All Australian this year, midfielder Jack Ross, and West Australian Durak Tucker, who missed this season with a knee injury.

Kyle Reid celebrates a goal.



Draft picks: 34, 66, 81, 89, 95 (likely to use three selections)

Another big trade period means the Bombers won't have a say in the early section of this year's draft. At their first pick, Ely Smith could be a contender as might Jack Bytel, who impressed when he trained at Essendon in the summer. They're after another ruckman and last week met 25-year-old big man Darcy Fort, considered one of the possible mature-agers on the radar of clubs. But they are also set to land ex-Docker Zac Clarke through the AFL's new rule allowing him to sign as a rookie. They have shown some interest in Laitham Vandermeer, a midfielder with a turn of foot who wasn't picked last year, while wingman Fraser Turner could also be a chance. Their electrifyingly quick VFL product Nick Hind has been linked to the senior list, while Matt Neagle can join the club as a father-son, although his best chance is probably as a rookie.


Draft picks: 14, 31, 43, 65 (likely to use four selections)

The Dockers have nominated Jason Carter as a Next Generation Academy player, so will have the option of matching a bid if it comes for him somewhere in the second half of the draft. He's talented, but didn't have a stellar year. Fremantle could have nominated Thomas Medhat under the same rules but have opted against it. The Dockers have shown a little interest in local mature-ager Tobe Watson, a 20-year-old defender for Swan Districts. Watson has been overlooked at the draft a couple of years ago, but improved this season and tested at the WA state Combine.

Geelong Cats

Draft picks: 12, 50, 51, 70, 83, 91 (likely to use four selections)

The Cats will get into the draft early before a break, when they'll have a say later in proceedings. There they are expected pick up Oscar Brownless as a father-son selection. Brownless, the son of former forward Billy, is a hard-working midfielder with great endurance and endeavour. They are also expected to take Blake Schlensog, a key back they have access to as a Next Generation Academy product, while they could also look at Falcons defender Connor Idun with a later pick. The Cats tried unsuccessfully to have him become part of their NGA earlier this year. Away from the Falcons, Dandenong accumulator Sam Fletcher might appeal late, while they have shown some interest in Adam Tipungwuti, a raw prospect from the Tiwi Islands who is a cousin of Bomber Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.

The Cats are expected to draft Billy Brownless' son, Oscar.

Gold Coast Suns

Draft picks: 2, 3, 6, 24, 29, 79 (likely to use six selections)

All eyes will be on the Suns' early selections early, with their three top-six choices to shape the first round. It is a hugely important intake for the club and their prized picks will see them attain a highly talented trio, whichever way they go. They might do all their work inside the first two rounds, with a decision to be made on Friday whether they use their last selection or not. They have access to Academy prospect Caleb Graham, a 194cm key position player, while they have also done some work on Dillon O'Reilly, a strong-marking forward target whose father Stephen played 199 games for Fremantle. Mature-age ruckman Darcy Fort is also a possibility.

GWS Giants

Draft picks: 9, 11, 19, 25, 52, 85, 92 (likely to use five selections)

The way the Giants' picks are likely to line up, it seems as though they won't jump at Academy prospect Mathew Walker, even though they have first call on him. Tom Sparrow is one of the toughest players in the pool and could appeal to add some grunt to their midfield stocks, while Jacob Kennerley, who set a new record in the 2km time trial at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, may also be in contention. They have shown a level of interest in 23-year-old VFL prospect Brett Bewley, who enjoyed a strong year for Williamstown and was a star at the Victorian state Combine, while they could also have a look at Matt Neagle, who can join Essendon as a father-son rookie but the Bombers have no hold over him in the national draft. 


Draft picks: 53, 86, 93, 96 (likely to use two or three selections)

If the Hawks remain in their position, they'll be the last club to start their draft night at No.53. Zane Barzen is likely to still be on the board at that stage and might be in the Hawks' thoughts. The medium forward didn't enjoy a great 2018 season but has ability. Powerful half-forward Mathew Walker's injury issues made it difficult for him to get going this year, and GWS seems unlikely to take him as an Academy player, so Hawthorn could look at him late, while the Hawks have also nominated Irving Mosquito under Next Generation Academy rules and have first call on the Gippsland Power small forward. It seems unlikely a bid will come for the exciting indigenous prospect.


Draft picks: 23, 28, 54, 62, 91 (likely to use five selections)

The Dees have first access to Next Generation Academy prospect Toby Bedford, and paying for him with their third or fourth pick would be a nice result. He's a small forward with pace. They have also shown some interest in Harry Reynolds, a midfielder who didn't play in the TAC Cup but showed his ability at school level, while hardened midfielder Tom Sparrow is also a chance. Melbourne has spent some time looking at Frank Anderson, a mature-ager who played at South Croydon in Melbourne's outer suburbs this season, although that could be more as a rookie choice.

Toby Bedford could join the Dees as an NGA prospect.

North Melbourne

Draft picks: 42, 47, 48, 49, 55, 58 (likely to use three or four selections)

How the Roos' draft goes will largely depend on where a bid comes for NGA prospect Tarryn Thomas in the early stage, and then when one falls for father-son Bailey Scott. If they're both earlier than expected, the club's later picks will drift right back to the end of the draft. They have nominated Joel Crocker as a father-son pick and will list him with their last live pick if no bids come. They might be on the search to add to their small forward stocks, which could see them consider Tyron Smallwood, a West Australian who is dangerous around goal. Midfielder Xavier O'Neill, who can win his own touches and provide some run, is another possibility late. Rhyan Mansell and Matthew McGuinness, two more players from North's NGA zone in Tasmania, can also join the club after being nominated but it is considered more unlikely.  

Port Adelaide

Draft picks: 5, 10, 15, 82, 90 (likely to use three selections)

The Power will do their most important work right at the top of the draft with three selections in the first 15. They were busy during trade period and have one of the strongest hands at the draft, so should be securing a talented trio with those spots. If there's something still left at No.82 then they'll have their fourth pick ready to pounce. Noah Answerth is a chance to still be available as a hard-working midfielder/half-back and he played some strong footy this year as a 19-year-old for the Oakleigh Chargers. Essendon VFL speedster Nick Hind perhaps may also make them think if he's still available. They have access to Next Generation Academy prospect Kai Pudney, an endurance machine with a Japanese background, and Frederick Manguru under the same NGA rules.


Draft picks: 17, 37, 64, 68, 74, 88 (likely to use four selections)

The Tigers are set to use four picks at the draft, with three to come after the first round. At No.37 there's a chance they look at Tom Sparrow, a medium forward who averaged 22 disposals at under-18 level in the SANFL and showed some nice moments for South Australia at the championships. There are a few clubs who like him in the second round part of the draft. Would the Tigers have a punt on the talent of Sydney Stack? The West Australian can play but has had an inconsistent year.

Tom Sparrow in action for SA.

St Kilda

Draft picks: 4, 36, 46, 67, 78 (likely to use five selections)

So much will ride on what the Saints do at pick No.4. Not just for them, because it is a huge selection for the club given its last season, but also for the picks that follow in the early part of the first round. All the focus will be on that selection, but the Saints also have a bunch of picks later to get through. Could they look at Jacob Kennerley with one of them? He's a hard-running midfielder with an elite tank. Half-forward Tom Sparrow might also be considered, while Tom Jok, from Collingwood's VFL side and Hayden McLean, from Sandringham, are both training with the club and may be chances late or as rookies.

Sydney Swans

Draft picks: 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 84 (likely to use four selections)

The Swans' later picks will likely be shaped by how early a bid comes on Nick Blakey, so they have been putting in some work on players in the second half of the draft and where they might fit. One of those is Harry Reynolds, a late-season bolter who played at Brighton Grammar and impressed in the midfield. He's a chance to land at the Swans. Tough South Australian midfielder Tom Sparrow could also be considered, while the speedy Zac Foot is also a chance late to add some dash off a wing. Geelong tall Charlie Sprague missed a lot of this season with injury but could be a value pick later in the draft.

West Coast Eagles

Draft picks: 20, 22, 61, 72, 75 (likely to use four selections)

The premiers, should they not move their picks, will kick things off on the second day of the draft with their end of first-round compensation pick (No.20 as it stands). They will decide on the night whether to use three or four selections, with one of their later picks tipped to be used on Next Generation Academy prospect Jarrod Cameron, a small forward in the mould of his brother, Brisbane's Charlie. Mid-sized Damon Greaves, from East Perth, is projected as being picked somewhere after the second round, so may be in their thinking if still on the board, but there aren't many obvious gaps on West Coast's list after its flag triumph. The Eagles might also have spent some time looking at local 24-year-old Luke Meadows, a big-bodied midfielder from West Perth.

Western Bulldogs

Draft picks: 7, 27, 32, 45, 63 (likely to use five selections)

It will be interesting to see where a bid comes for the Dogs' Next Generation Academy player Buku Khamis. Anywhere after the second round is considered likely, at which point most think the Bulldogs will match it for the attacking medium defender who takes a good grab overhead and is a trusty user of the ball by foot. They have shown some interest in Fraser Turner, a running midfielder from Tasmania, while they are also in the mix with a few clubs to take Harry Reynolds, another midfielder who has risen late into draft calculations. The Dogs have seen the improvement of Will Hayes first-hand, having watched him in their VFL squad, and he looms as a possible mature-age selection, but perhaps more as a rookie.

The Dogs could select NGA prospect Buku Khamis.Bukukamis