A WRETCHED run of bidding luck continued for Adelaide, as Richmond's growing tag as the competition's big bidders continued in what was arguably the most compromised NAB AFL Draft in recent history.

The Crows became the first side to ever place a bid on a father-son or Academy prospect with pick No.1 on Wednesday night, calling the name of Jamarra Ugle-Hagan – tied to the Western Bulldogs' Next Generation Academy – with the first selection.

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It was the fifth time in six years that Adelaide has placed a bid on a father-son or Academy prospect, but the Dogs' instant decision to match the bid meant none of the Crows' attempts have so far been successful.

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As revealed by last year, Richmond – who has earned the nickname 'Bidmond' among rival recruiters – continued its legacy of attempting to poach Academy prospects from elsewhere when it called the name of Essendon's Josh Eyre at pick No.39.

It was the ninth time the Tigers have bid on a rival Academy or father-son player (since the new system was introduced in 2015) – by far the most in the competition – though on this occasion they were unsuccessful, with the Bombers electing to take the 198cm forward.

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Collingwood entered this season's draft as the only side yet to place a bid on an Academy or father-son prospect, but broke its duck and was perhaps the biggest agitators on Wednesday night.

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The club bid on Port Adelaide's Academy defender Lachie Jones at pick No.16, before also trading up in the draft for an attempt to snare Brisbane's Academy forward Blake Coleman at pick No.24. Both bids proved unsuccessful.

North Melbourne and Essendon have now bid on six players each since the new bidding system was introduced in 2015, equal-second behind Richmond, with the Kangaroos calling the name of Connor Downie on Wednesday evening and the Bombers attempting to recruit Brandon Walker and Maurice Rioli jnr.

Those bids came on a night where 12 Academy or father-son players were selected, making up a significant portion of the 59 prospects who were ultimately taken in this year's national draft. 


(* marks successful bids)

Richmond: 9 bids (4 successful)
Matthew Kennedy (Pick 13, 2015)
Eric Hipwood (Pick 14, 2015)
Bailey Rice (Pick 49, 2015)
Ryan Garthwaite (Pick 72, 2016)*
Connor McFadyen (Pick 42, 2018)
Noah Cumberland (Pick 43, 2019)*
William Martyn (Pick 44, 2019)*
Bigoa Nyuon (Pick 54, 2019)*
Josh Eyre (Pick 39, 2020)

North Melbourne: 6 bids (3 successful)
Corey Wagner (Pick 43, 2015)*
Declan Watson (Pick 34, 2016)*
Callum Brown (Pick 35, 2016)
Josh Williams (Pick 36, 2016)*
Finn Maginness (Pick 29, 2019)
Connor Downie (Pick 35, 2020)

Essendon: 6 bids (2 successful)
Jack Silvagni (Pick 53, 2015)
Kobe Mutch (Pick 42, 2016)*
Irving Mosquito (Pick 38, 2018)*
Keidean Coleman (Pick 37, 2019)
Brandon Walker (Pick 50, 2020)
Maurice Rioli jnr (Pick 51, 2020)

Adelaide: 5 bids (0 successful)
Harrison Himmelberg (Pick 16, 2015)
Harry Perryman (Pick 14, 2016)
Tarryn Thomas (Pick 8, 2018)
Will Kelly (Pick 29, 2018)
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Pick 1, 2020)

Carlton: 4 bids (1 successful)
Will Setterfield (Pick 5, 2016)
Harrison Macreadie (Pick 47, 2016)*
Liam Henry (Pick 9, 2019)
Tom Green (Pick 10, 2019) 

Western Bulldogs: 4 bids (1 successful)
Ben Keays (Pick 24, 2015)
Josh Dunkley (Pick 25, 2015)
Cody Brand (Pick 53, 2020)
Joel Western (Pick 54, 2020)

Melbourne: 3 bids (0 successful)
Callum Mills (Pick 3, 2015)
Matthew Flynn (Pick 41, 2015)
Rhylee West (Pick 26, 2018)

Sydney: 3 bids (0 successful)
Jack Bowes (Pick 10, 2016)
Isaac Cumming (Pick 20, 2016)
Jackson Mead (Pick 25, 2019)

Greater Western Sydney: 3 bids (0 successful)
Nick Blakey (Pick 10, 2018)
Isaac Quaynor (Pick 13, 2018)
Reef McInnes (Pick 23, 2020) 

Hawthorn: 2 bids (1 successful)
Mathew Walker (Pick 63, 2018)*
Braeden Campbell (Pick 5, 2020)

Geelong: 2 bids (0 successful)
Bailey Scott (Pick 49, 2018)
Errol Gulden (Pick 32, 2020) 

Collingwood: 2 bids (0 successful)
Lachie Jones (Pick 16, 2020)
Blake Coleman (Pick 24, 2020)

Brisbane: 1 bid (0 successful)
Jarrod Cameron (Pick 39, 2018) 

Fremantle: 1 bid (0 successful)
Connor Ballenden (Pick 43, 2017)

Gold Coast: 1 bid (0 successful)
Jacob Hopper (Pick 7, 2015)

Port Adelaide: 1 bid (0 successful)
Tyler Brown (Pick 50, 2017)

St Kilda: 1 bid (0 successful)
Patrick Naish (Pick 34, 2017)

West Coast: 1 bid (0 successful)
Kieren Briggs (Pick 34, 2018)