JAMARRA Ugle-Hagan has been taken No.1 in the 2020 NAB AFL Draft after the Western Bulldogs matched a bid from Adelaide for the exciting key forward.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in snapping up Ugle-Hagan - long considered the best player in this year's draft pool - after the Crows placed a bid on the Next Generation Academy talent.
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The 18-year-old is the Bulldogs' first No.1 selection since Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney in 2003 and the first Indigenous player since Des Headland went to Brisbane in 1998 to be taken with the top pick.
Despite his 2020 season being wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ugle-Hagan was a near-unanimous top choice after his blistering form for the Oakleigh Chargers last year.
The athletic forward kicked 24 goals from nine games in the NAB League, showing a flair that should thrill Bulldogs fans for years to come.
Ugle-Hagan, who has been likened to Swans superstar Lance Franklin, stands at 195cm, is fast and loves to take towering pack marks.
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The Dogs used picks 29, 33, 41, 42, 52, 54 to match the bid, while getting picks 61, 119, 120, 121 and 122 in return.
The charismatic forward's selection started a huge night of surprises, trades and a first round that eventually finished after 26 selections.
As expected, Adelaide took lifelong Crows fan and South Australian forward/ruck Riley Thilthorpe second before North Melbourne sprung the first shock by selecting midfielder Will Phillips third.
Phillips, a prolific ball-getter who oozes leadership, was expected to go in the first six selections, but many thought he'd drop lower than third before the Roos pounced.
Sydney then solidified its key forward and midfield stocks with back-to-back picks by grabbing impressive West Australian Logan McDonald, who kicked 21 goals from nine WAFL games for Perth, and matching Hawthorn's bid on Academy player Braeden Campbell.
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The Hawks took WA defender Denver Grainger-Barras with pick No.6, leaving Gold Coast to snap up explosive midfielder Elijah Hollands at seven.
Then it was Essendon's turn to shape the draft with three successive picks.
With intrigue surrounding who the Bombers would take, and an inadvertent 'whiteboard leak' the day before the draft, they went with two key-position players and one electric hybrid who is sure to turn heads.
Nik Cox (No.8) and Zach Reid (No.10) stand 200cm and 202cm, respectively, and could shore up the Bombers' defence for the next decade, but it was their selection in between that caused a stir.
Just hours after Sandringham's Archie Perkins said he'd prefer to stay in Melbourne than be drafted to another state, the forward/midfielder got his wish and will be a Bomber in 2021.
Greater Western Sydney started the night with five picks inside the top 30 but ended up taking just three players in that range after making a trade with a busy Collingwood.
The Giants drafted Geelong Falcons midfielder Tanner Bruhn (12), Oakleigh mid/forward Conor Stone (15) and defender Ryan Angwin (18) before sending their next two picks out to get the Magpies' 2021 first-rounder in return.
After undergoing a major list shuffle during the Trade Period, Collingwood wanted into this draft big time.
After getting prized trio Oliver Henry (brother of Geelong's Jack), Finlay Macrae (brother of Western Bulldogs' Jack) and NGA product Reef McInnes, trading with the Giants gave the Magpies two extra picks.
They got tall South Australian midfielder Caleb Poulter (30) and key forward Liam McMahon (31) with those.
The Magpies were also able to cleverly on-trade for selections in the 2021 draft, mindful of needing enough points to swoop on highly-touted father-son Nick Daicos.
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One of the night's more speculative picks came from Geelong, who – like Collingwood earlier – traded its 2021 first-rounder to Richmond in order to pounce on bolter Max Holmes at No.20.
Holmes is a midfielder with great speed and endurance and is the son of former Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Lee Naylor.
West Australian midfielder Jack Carroll slid further than expected, eventually called out by Carlton at pick 41, while Luke Edwards – the son of Adelaide great Tyson – went to West Coast at No.52 after the Crows overlooked him as a father-son selection.
Richmond fans will be stoked to watch another Rioli in action after the club matched a bid from the Bombers to secure Maurice Rioli jnr as a father-son pick at No.51.