It's here! 2008 Phantom Draft

Matt Burgan 2:00 PM Wed 26 November, 2008

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Matt Burgan says:

Since publishing my Phantom Draft at 2pm AEDT on Wednesday, it has been revealed that Fremantle will almost certainly be selecting Stephen Hill with pick No.3.

As a result, I have reordered the first 20 picks as follows:

1. Jack Watts (Melbourne)
2. Nick Naitanui (West Coast)
3. Stephen Hill (Fremantle)
4. Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide)
5. Daniel Rich (Essendon)
6. Michael Hurley (Carlton)
7. Chris Yarran (Brisbane Lions)
8. Tyrone Vickery (Richmond)
9. Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
10. Jackson Trengove (Adelaide)
11. Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
12. Lewis Johnston (Sydney Swans)
13. Tom Lynch (St Kilda)
14. Ayce Cordy (Western Bulldogs)
15. Ashley Smith (Geelong)
16. Sam Blease (Hawthorn)
17. Ryan Schoenmakers (Melbourne)
18. Tom Swift (West Coast)
19. Dayne Beams (Melbourne)
20. Phil Davis (West Coast)

Here is the full Phantom Draft as originally published:


Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Tall forward, March 26, 1991, 195.8cm,
(Draft range: 1-4)

The build up to this year's No.1 draft pick has been riveting and it appears outstanding key forward Jack Watts is most likely to don the red and blue. But don't discount first-year recruiting manager Barry Prendergast calling out dynamic ruckman Nick Naitanui's name. Powerful midfielder Daniel Rich now seems unlikely at No.1. Although Melbourne would dearly love one of each type of player, it could be argued a tall forward is most required, particularly with the retirement of club great David Neitz this year. And Watts fits the bill perfectly as a 10-year-plus prospect.


Swan Districts, WA, Ruckman, May 4, 1990, 200.9cm, 93.9kg
(Draft range: 1-3)

With Watts set for Melbourne, expect West Coast to snap up Naitanui without hesitation. In the now unlikely scenario that Melbourne opts for Naitanui at No.1, expect West Coast to stick tall with Watts, instead of taking local boy Rich. Of Fijian origin, the dreadlocked wonder has been lauded by some recruiters as one of the most exciting prospects in years. A year ago, just days before the 2007 NAB AFL Draft, Carlton recruiting manager Wayne Hughes told the Herald Sun: "People won't believe how much money they will pay to go through the gates to watch him play. I've never seen anything like it."


Subiaco, WA, Medium midfielder, June 7, 1990, 183.7cm, 83.2kg
(Draft range: 1-9)

Make no mistake this is where the draft takes shape. It is understood Fremantle is still deciding on Rich or Stephen Hill, with Chris Yarran and Hamish Hartlett also in the mix. For much of the year, Rich has been lauded as a certain top three draft selection – and even a No.1 pick – but Hill's continued growth has massive appeal for Freo. Although Hill has dominated No.3 talk in recent times, it is believed Fremantle will prefer the more proven talent – Rich. What's so intriguing about this selection is that Rich and Hill could also slide to the fringe of the top 10. If Fremantle opts for Hill, Rich could genuinely land at Port Adelaide (4), Essendon (5), Carlton (6), Brisbane Lions (7), Richmond (8) or North Melbourne (9).


West Adelaide, SA, Medium midfielder, August 14, 1990, 184.1cm, 76.6kg
(Draft range: 3-8)

The Power are believed to have narrowed their crucial choice to two players – Hartlett and Victorian ruckman/forward Tyrone Vickery. But what happens if Fremantle opts for Hill or Hartlett and Rich is available for Port Adelaide? And don't discount Jack Ziebell, Steele Sidebottom or Michael Hurley for Port Adelaide's first pick either. If Vickery lands at the Power, Hartlett will go to one of Essendon, Carlton, Brisbane Lions or Richmond. Still, it will be hard for Port Adelaide to overlook the finest South Australian product from the class of 2008. Hartlett has been branded by one recruiting manager as a genuine superstar.


Northern Knights, VIC, Tall defender, June 1, 1990, 192.5cm, 91.8kg
(Draft range: 4-8)

Another tantalising scenario looms at No.5. Will the Dons opt for a midfielder/running type or a tall? The prospect of securing Hurley – widely regarded as the best key defender in the draft – appears too good to pass up, considering that Mal Michael has retired and Dustin Fletcher is nearing the end of his stellar career. Hurley has been strongly linked at this pick and Carlton (6), and is unlikely to slide further. One recruiting manager regarded Hurley as one of the top two players in this year's draft. Two smokies have been linked at No.5 – Ashley Smith and Nick Heyne – although it appears too early for them.    


Swan Districts, WA, Medium forward, December 19, 1990, 180.3cm, 83.3kg
(Draft range: 3-13)

The intrigue continues at No.6. The Blues have been strongly linked to Hartlett and Hurley, but there are no guarantees they will still be there, with Rich, Hill, Ziebell and Trengove also in Carlton's mix. There is a school of thought the Blues will select Yarran if available regardless of who slips through to 6. He could be taken at No. 3 by Fremantle or slide through to No.12 (Sydney Swans). Some recruiters believe Yarran is the most talented player in this year's draft and considering Carlton's small/mid-sized forward options need bolstering, he fits 'best available' and 'needs'.


Murray Bushrangers, VIC, Medium midfielder, February 28, 1991, 188.4cm, 86.3kg
(Draft range: 4-9)

In the lead-up to the draft, the one top 10 constant has been Ziebell linked to the Lions. Ziebell has been likened by some recruiters as having similar playing attributes to new Lions coach Michael Voss and Collingwood great Nathan Buckley. And it is understood Voss is a big fan, having worked closely with Ziebell during their AIS days. It would surprise if Ziebell was not a top 10 selection.


Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Ruckman, May 31, 1990, 200cm, 88.8kg
(Draft range: 4-8)

Expect Vickery or Hartlett to land at Punt Rd. It seems unlikely both will be available for the Tigers at No.8, but should that be the case Hartlett may get the nod. Still, Richmond will be delighted to snare either player. Vickery, whose father John is a rehabilitation and conditioning coach at Richmond, is so highly rated that some recruiters believe he would not be out of place at No.1. The Tigers have also been linked with Yarran, Hill, Hurley, Sidebottom and Sam Blease. Shaun McKernan and Jordan Roughead also shouldn't be discounted, considering they could be taken anywhere from here through to Richmond's second pick (26).


Murray Bushrangers, VIC, Medium defender, January 2, 1991, 183.6cm, 80.5kg
(Draft range: 4-13)

After his stellar 10-goal TAC Cup grand final performance in September, Sidebottom emerged as a likely top 10 prospect. He has been linked as early as Port Adelaide (4) and it is understood he would not slip past St Kilda (13). In recent days, Essendon has been strongly touted with their No.5 pick. But North Melbourne and Sidebottom has been the strongest word at No.9, with Tom Swift and Lewis Johnston also in the Roos' thinking. One talent identifier believes Sidebottom is the best credentialed endurance midfielder in the draft.


Calder Cannons, VIC, Tall forward, November 1, 1990, 196.5cm, 88.5kg
(Draft range: 5-16)

The choice at No.10 is understood to be out of talls Trengove, Phil Davis, Shaun McKernan, Johnston and Ryan Schoenmakers. Hill if available has also been linked, but the quest for height down back and up forward is a priority for the Crows, which points to the flexibility of Trengove, Davis and McKernan. It won't surprise if it's Davis or McKernan, but Trengove's recent medical clearance after knee and hamstring injuries may give him the nod, particularly as many regarded him as a potential top five selection before his setback mid-year. It is also understood, the Crows have spent an enormous amount of time on Trengove in recent weeks.


West Perth, WA, Small/medium midfielder, May 1, 1990, 183.7cm, 68.9kg
(Draft range: 3-12)

Hill could go as early as No.3 to Fremantle, while Essendon, Carlton or North Melbourne are also interested. Or is he the one who just slides outside of the top 10? Expect the Pies to swoop if available. There is another intriguing part to Collingwood's first selection – the continual link with Queenslander Dayne Beams. The Magpies are believed to be eager to recruit the stoppage midfielder, but will he last until their second pick at No.29? The Pies have also been closely aligned with Tom Swift, who is regarded as a first-round/priority selection.


North Adelaide, SA, Tall forward, March 3, 1991, 192.8cm, 83.7kg
(Draft Range: 9-17)

A host of scenarios have been tossed up for the Swans' first pick. The most recent indicator is Johnston or Yarran, with one or both likely to be available at No.12. Johnston may have the edge, considering Barry Hall is nearing the end of his outstanding career. There is also a school of thought the Swans will select a player many regard as a top 30/second-round selection, which is where the likes of Nick Suban, Roughead, Ryan Schoenmakers, Heyne, Jarrad Blight, Mitch Brown (Sandringham Dragons), Jordan Lisle could enter the equation.


Eastern Ranges, VIC, Small/medium midfielder, February 19, 1991, 183.7cm, 70.3kg
(Draft range: 7-18)

Yarran would be snapped up in a second if he fell through to St Kilda at No.13, with Sidebottom and Trengove also in contention. More likely prospects are Blease, Tom Lynch and Roughead. And Blease is the one who has been strongly linked with the Saints all along. Had the Saints decided to pursue Ben Cousins they would have had to take him at No.13, considering the rival Lions had two selections (No.25 and No.41), before St Kilda's next choice.


Geelong Falcons, VIC, Ruckman, August 6, 1990, 201.7cm, 77.6kg
(Draft range: 14)

Cordy is the only player in this draft already bound to a club, having been claimed by the Western Bulldogs in October through the father/son rule (his father Brian played 124 matches for the Dogs from 1981-88). St Kilda was the only other club to bid for Cordy – offering No.13 – before it was matched by the Dogs' first-round pick.


Dandenong Stingrays, VIC, Medium defender, July 20, 1990, 185.5cm, 84.7kg
(Draft range: 5-32)

Some recruiters believe Smith is as talented as any player in this draft. Widely regarded as a solid top 30 selection, he has even been touted as a smoky for the Dons at No.5. Hawthorn (No.16) and Port Adelaide (No.22) are also genuinely prospects, but in recent weeks, Smith has shot right into contention at Geelong and looms its most likely choice, unless Johnston is available. The Cats will be keeping an eye out for Trengove if he slid through and Swift, who remains right in the reckoning.


North Adelaide, SA, Tall defender, August 30, 1990, 195.6cm, 84.5kg
(Draft range: 8-16)

Davis looms most likely for Adelaide (No.10) or Hawthorn (No.16). The reigning premiers will be looking to add to their tall defensive unit and it is believed Davis is their No.1 priority, barring a slider. But Hawthorn's first pick is not without intrigue, as Ash Smith, Blease, Lynch, Schoenmakers and Jordan Lisle have all been linked.



Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Tall forward, September 15, 1990, 191.7cm, 85.2kg
(Draft range: 12-32)

There are about 20 players who could slot anywhere from the priority selections through to the early part of round three, which makes Melbourne's second and third picks all the more interesting. If Johnston or Blease fall through, expect the Demons to pounce. If not, there are a host of names, including Lynch, Schoenmakers, Roughead, James Strauss, Beams, Nick Suban, McKernan, Mitch Brown (Sandringham Dragons), Lisle, David Zaharakis, Michael Walters or Jarrad Redden in the mix. There is even a realistic chance some from this group could slip through to Melbourne's fourth pick (No.35). Lynch, who is regarded by most recruiters as a top 20-25 selection, spent time at Melbourne during his AIS stint.


Claremont, WA, Medium midfielder, July 6, 1990, 190.9cm, 84.5kg
(Draft range: 9-20)

Injury has cruelly robbed Swift in 2007-08, making him difficult to place in this draft. It would not surprise if he was selected around the top 10 – he has been linked to North Melbourne), Collingwood, Sydney Swans and St Kilda – but the late mail has him sliding towards the back end of the teens. With two picks close to each other, West Coast will be looking at the same group as Melbourne, plus Sandover medallist Hayden Ballantyne.



North Ballarat, VIC, Ruckman, November 3, 1990, 199.7cm, 91.8kg
(Draft range: 8-26)

With Melbourne great Jeff White moving on at the end of the 2008 season, the Demons are eager to find a long-term ruckman. Having missed out on Robert Warnock via the trade period, expect Melbourne to pounce on a ruckman at No.17 or No.19. Roughead, Jarrad Redden or Shaun McKernan will all be in the mix. Roughead, the cousin of Hawthorn premiership player Jarryd, has attracted interest from Richmond, Sydney Swans, St Kilda , Geelong, Hawthorn  and Fremantle.


Norwood, SA, Medium forward, November 8, 1990, 193.4cm, 83.7kg
(Draft range: 10-26)

Don't be surprised if Schoenmakers is a top 10 selection – that's how highly regarded he is. He has been strongly associated with Adelaide, Sydney Swans, Hawthorn and Melbourne. The South Australian forward has been likened in some quarters to Ryan O'Keefe, and is highly rated by the blue and gold.  


Calder Cannons, VIC, Ruckman/Tall forward, September 1, 1990, 196cm, 94.3kg
(Draft range: 8-26)

McKernan is almost a replica of retired older brother Corey, a member of North Melbourne's 1996 and 1999 premiership teams. The younger version has attracted strong interest in the top 26 from Richmond, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, West Coast and Fremantle. It wouldn't surprise if he was a top 10 pick at the Crows, although interest from Freo has continued to grow stronger in recent weeks. Fremantle will also monitor Swift if he fell through and Roughead. With two picks close together (21 and 24), Heyne, Ballantyne, Walters, Blight, Luke Shuey and Mitch Robinson will be in Fremantle's mix. A smoky could be Tom Hill.


Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Tall forward, August 28, 1990, 194.9cm, 82.1kg   
(Draft range: 12-35)

Brown is set to be this year's Harry Taylor as the earliest non-NAB AFL Draft Camp player selected. Although Brown was a state-screening attendee, interest has sparked blossomed since he grew seven centimeters this year. He is now regarded by most recruiters as a top 30 pick and possible first-rounder. In recent days, he has been strongly linked to Port Adelaide at No.22, although West Coast has also been a hot tip in recent weeks. Schoenmakers if available, Ash Smith, Heyne, Lisle, Walters, Broadbent, Beams, Aaron Cornelius, Steven Motlop and Brad Mangan are in consideration.


Northern Knights, VIC, Small/medium midfielder, February 21, 1990, 181.6cm, 71.9kg
(Draft range: 15-34)

After being overlooked as a bottom-age player last year, Zaharakis now looms as a top 25 pick – at worst he will not slip past Hawthorn (34). West Coast has shown considerable interest and could even take him at No.18 or No.20. Aside from Essendon, Zaharakis has attracted strong interest from Geelong, Hawthorn , Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Richmond. The Dons will also look at Ash Smith, Heyne, Beams, Suban, Cornelius, Motlop, Redden and Dan Hannebery at this point.


Gippsland Power, VIC, Medium forward, July 22 1990, 188.2cm, 79.1kg
(Draft range: 5-30)

Heyne's rating has lifted considerably in recent times, with him linked to Essendon as a No.5 bolter. More likely he looms as a first-round/20s selection. Essendon will again closely monitor him at No.23. Ballantyne, Walters, Blight, Shuey, Robinson and Liam Jones will also be in contention.


Tassie Mariners, TAS, Medium midfielder, June 7 1989, 184.7cm, 79.1kg
(Draft range: 21-41)

Robinson has been closely watched by the Lions and is now firming as its second selection, with Shuey, Beams, Blight and Liam Jones also believed to be in calculations. The Tasmanian has also been linked with Fremantle, Collingwood, the Swans (No.30) and Western Bulldogs. With the Lions' next pick at No.41, it's hard to see Robinson falling any further.


Western Jets, VIC, Tall forward/defender, December 5, 1989, 194cm, 88.4kg
(Draft range: 23-48)

After producing what many recruiters described as one of the greatest TAC Cup matches of all time late last season – he had 35 disposals and took 18 marks – Post has risen up the pecking order. He now seems a certain top 50 selection, with Essendon, North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn and St Kilda also interested. The Tigers are believed to be very keen and will have to take him now, considering their next pick is No.58.


Oakleigh Chargers, VIC, Tall forward, July 12 1990, 195.1cm, 92.8kg
(Draft range: 12-34)

The son of former North Melbourne big man Mark is right in the mix to join the club his father played 37 matches for from 1984-89. Lisle is yet another who could figure in the first round or slip through to the 30s. Post, Hannebery and Rory Sloane will also be strongly looked at with No.27, but should it come down to Post or Lisle, expect the Roos to go with the latter.


Oakleigh Chargers, VIC, Medium midfielder, June 2, 1990, 183.5cm, 87.6kg
(Draft range: 15-40)

Most regard Shuey as a 20s/early 30s selection, although there is a suggestion Geelong could take him with its first pick at No.15. The Lions and Tigers are right in the hunt and the Crows have also been strongly linked for several weeks. Don't expect him to drift any further than Carlton (No.40). If available, Lynch would be right in the mix here, with Suban, Broadbent, Sloane, Hannebery and Casey Sibasado also leading prospects.  


Southport, QLD, Medium midfielder, February 12, 1990, 186.2cm, 76.9kg
(Draft range: 11-29)

For quite some time now Beams has been closely linked with the Pies after knocking back an offer to play with Gold Coast. Beams is a genuine top 30 selection and has been mooted strongly at No.11, Collingwood's first selection. He is condiered the ideal stoppage player replacement for recently retired captain Scott Burns. The question with Collingwood and Beams is will he slide through to No.29? Opinion is divided, with Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Essendon and the Brisbane Lions also considering him.


North Ballarat, VIC, Small/medium midfielder, May 9, 1990, 180.2cm, 83.2kg
(Draft range: 12-35)

Like Beams, Suban has been closely aligned with the Swans for some time. And again, speculation has grown he could be taken as early as its first draft selection (No.12). There is no doubt Suban has plenty of admirers, but placing him is one of the more challenging tasks. He really could be close to the top 10 or just inside the top 30. St Kilda, Melbourne, Essendon, North Melbourne and Adelaide have also been tipped. Late mail has also come through for Will Young or Alistair Smith at this pick.


Tassie Mariners, TAS, Tall forward, February 24, 1991, 195.2cm, 85.6kg
(Draft range: 24-50)

Not only are the Dogs entering this year's draft with the last 'live' choice, they will make back-to-back selections at No.31 and No.32 before signing off for the day. Their first call is likely to come down to two marking forwards, Liam Jones and Cornelius. Jones has also been linked with Fremantle, Brisbane Lions, the Swans, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide. Also in the mix are Adam Varcoe, Michael Gugliotta, Steven Gaertner, Neville Jetta and Liam Shiels.


Claremont, WA, Tall forward, January 2, 1991, 190.6cm, 85.8kg
(Draft range: 31-not selected)

Having made the call between two tall forwards at No.31 the Dogs are unlikely to plump for Cornelius now, but are tipped to provide the first smoky. Recruiting manager Scott Clayton has the knack of producing left-field selections and this one looms as a specific choice – an athletic forward who can also run in the midfield. While Lee went to the WA state-based screening, there has been little talk about him in the build-up to the draft.


Eagles, SA, Tall defender, August 1, 1990, 189.3cm, 83.2kg
(Draft range: 15-33)

It would be very difficult to see the Cats pass up Broadbent at No.33, considering he is in their mix at No.15. The South Australian has plenty of admirers, including Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Adelaide. He is widely praised among the recruiting fraternity and with Geelong looking to bolster its defence, he fits the bill. Cornelius will also be seriously looked at if available.


Oakleigh Chargers, VIC, Medium midfielder, June 14, 1990, 185.2cm, 81.8kg
(Draft range: 16-36)

Another player who could be a late first-rounder through to an early third-round choice, Strauss has attracted strong interest from Hawthorn, Melbourne, West Coast and Richmond. It's believed if the Demons don't select Strauss at No.17 or No.19, then the Hawks will beat them to the punch at No.34. Redden, Shuey, Liam Jones, Wright, Motlop, Tom Gillies, O'Keefe and Warren Benjamin are also in the mix.



Swan Districts, WA, Small/medium midfielder, January 7, 1991, 177.3cm, 73.1kg
(Draft range: 17-37)

Melbourne will be eagerly-awaiting to see who slips through from the second round, and the way the cards could fall, Walters could be still around. If he is, expect the Demons to snap him up before his local teams pounce at No.36 (West Coast) or No.37 (Fremantle). Walters is highly-rated by the Demons and could quite realistically be taken at No.17 or No.19.


Swan Districts, WA, Medium defender, January 24, 1991, 188.8cm, 73.4kg
(Draft range: 18-36)

The hot tip for Blight is to West Coast. While more likely at No.18 or No.20, he is also a realistic chance of slipping through to No.36. No doubt Fremantle will monitor his whereabouts closely at No.21 and No.24, with the Brisbane Lions (25) and Collingwood (29) also right in the mix. And don't discount the Sydney Swans pulling off a surprise by plucking Blight with its first pick (12) or more likely its second (30).


Peel Thunder, WA, Small forward, July 16, 1987, 174cm, 77kg
(Draft range: 18-53)

The selection of Ballantyne is another sub-plot to this year's draft. The 2008 Sandover Medallist (he won the WAFL's best-and-fairest award with 75 goals as a small forward) has drawn parallels with former West Coast dynamo Phil Matera. He has been linked as early as No.18 to West Coast and as late as No.53 to Fremantle, with both WA clubs hotly contesting his services. It would be a surprise if he was snapped up by a non-Western Australian club.


Eagles, SA, Ruckman, December 27, 1990, 202cm, 88kg
(Draft range: 17-55)

The South Australian ruckman is a difficult one to place, although he has been linked with Melbourne, Richmond, Port Adelaide and Essendon. The Power is believed to be very keen, considering a ruckman is on its shopping list post Brendon Lade. Redden is widely regarded as the next best ruck prospect behind Naitanui, Vickery, Roughead and McKernan. Cornelius, Liam Jones, Sloane, Wright, Motlop and Mangan are other names to keep an eye on here.


Tassie Mariners, TAS, Tall forward, May 29, 1990, 191.9cm, 83.7kg
(Draft range: 22-49)

Cornelius is regarded very highly by some recruiters, although he has drifted a little in the pecking order. It would not surprise if he was taken early in the second round or the back end of the third. Port Adelaide, Essendon, Sydney Swans, Western Bulldogs and Geelong have been the most common links. The Cats may also consider Luke Rounds and Ben Bucovaz at this pick.


North Ballarat, VIC, Tall forward, August 3, 1990, 191.6cm, 83.2kg
(Draft range: 29-not selected)

Recruiters are split on Young. Some believe he is a top-30 pick, but others aren't convinced he will be selected at all. The general consensus is that he will be taken because of his size and his ability up forward. In recent days, he has been strongly aligned to the Sydney Swans at No.30, with Collingwood, Geelong, Hawthorn, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs also in contention. The Blues will also keep watch on him as they look to add to their forward stocks. O'Keefe and Motlop will also be right in the mix for the Blues.


West Adelaide, SA, Ruckman, December 1, 1990, 200.4cm, 88.5kg
(Draft range: 29-not selected)

With just Jamie Charman and Matthew Leuenberger as bona fide ruckmen on their list, the Brisbane Lions will be eager to snap up another big man. Stanley, who has also attracted strong interest from Collingwood and Richmond, will be in the mix for the Lions at No.41, particularly as the Pies are likely to pounce with back-to-back picks at No.45 and No.46. Liam Jones and Jack Redden loom as other potential choices at this point.


Eastern Ranges, VIC, Medium defender, March 17, 1990, 181.9cm, 77.8kg
(Draft range: 22-54)

Sloane has attracted plenty of interest and could realistically be a top 30 selection. North Melbourne (27) and Adelaide (28) are the two most likely, and don't dismiss Port Adelaide with No.22. He is unlikely to fall past the Power at this selection, North Melbourne (No.43) or Adelaide (No.44).


Oakleigh Chargers, VIC, Small/medium midfielder, February 24, 1991, 181.7cm, 76.7kg
(Draft range: 23-55)

Similar to Sloane, Hannebery could easily be a top 30 draft selection or slip through to the early 50s. It's hard to see him getting past North Melbourne at No.43, and he could even be a Roo by No.27, as it's believed the Kangas have kept a close eye on him. The Roos will also keep tabs on the progress of Sloane, Shiels and Matthew DeBoer.


Northern Territory Thunder, NT, Tall defender, October 13, 1990, 192.9cm, 84.7kg
(Draft range: 28-not selected)

Some talent identifiers believe Sibosado is a top 25 selection and others believe he will be chosen as a rookie. Still, expect him to find a home in this draft, particularly with Adelaide believed to be red hot at their picks No.28, No.44 or No.60. Fremantle will also be in the mix and don't be surprised if Port Adelaide snaffles him at No.54 if Adelaide passes. Keep a watch on Hannebery, Wright, Motlop, Jack Redden, Shiels, Bucovaz, Gugliotta, Nathan O'Keefe and Chris Hall for the Crows.


Murray Bushrangers, VIC, Medium forward, July 15, 1990, 188.1cm, 76kg
(Draft range: 28-54)

Highly-rated by the Pies, Wright could conceivably land at No.29 and it's unlikely he would slip past Collingwood's back-to-back picks at No.45 and No.46. He is also attracting interest from Adelaide, Hawthorn, West Coast and Port Adelaide. Stanley, Mangan, Rounds, Shiels, DeBoer, Benjamin, Bucovaz and Taylor Hunt have also been linked to the Pies with these picks.


Dandenong Stingrays, VIC, Tall defender, March 7, 1990, 192.3cm, 86.5kg
(Draft range: 29-50)

With St Kilda (47 and 48) and Hawthorn (50) very interested in Gillies, the Pies are likely to swoop on the full-back before them. That's unless the Hawks fly under the radar at No.34. He has certainly come up the pecking order in recent weeks. Stanley, Mangan and DeBoer will again be strongly considered here if not taken at No.45.


Dandenong Stingrays, VIC, Tall defender, January 2, 1990, 199.3cm, 86.6kg
(Draft range: 31-not selected)

Until Tuesday night, picks No.47 or No.48 were viewed as the ones the Saints might use to snare West Coast great Ben Cousins. Instead, after a lengthy review, the Saints withdrew from pursuing him. One player who could now come under serious consideration here is Gaertner, one of the best athletic talls in the draft. Despite this, he divides opinion on where he sits in the overall scheme of things. Some believe he could be on the fringe of the top 30 and others think he is a rookie. It is not out of the question that he could also be selected by the Western Bulldogs (31 or 32), Collingwood (45, 46 or 73) or the Sydney Swans (30 or 61). It is understood St Kilda came within an inch of drafting him in 2007.


Claremont, WA, Medium midfielder, March 10, 1990, 186.7cm, 83kg
(Draft range: 37-not selected)

DeBoer is a 50/50 chance despite an outstanding year for a player of his age. Again, he could be close to the top 30 or taken as a rookie. Collingwood, Fremantle and North Melbourne have all been linked. If Post or Gillies are available, look out for them at St Kilda's consecutive picks, with Shiels and Hunt also in the mix.


Geelong Falcons, VIC, Medium midfielder, February 10, 1991, 180.9cm, 74.5kg
(Draft range: 39-not selected)

There is a strong chance Rounds will be snapped up by Geelong. A local boy from the Falcons, Rounds has also attracted interest from Essendon (67 or 79) and Collingwood (73) late in the draft. Bucovaz and Hall are two other strong contenders for Geelong's final pick, with Shiels, Jetta, Bart McCulloch, Jordan Jones, Jamie Sheahan, Sam McGarry, Riley Milne and Lance Daly also in the mix.


North Adelaide, SA, Medium defender, August 8, 1990, 188.3cm, 83.1kg
(Draft range: 30-61)

O'Keefe could realistically land between the second and fourth round. Some recruiters rate him highly and believe he will be a top 30 selection, but he may just drift slightly, with Hawthorn likely to monitor his whereabouts strongly. The Swans, with picks No.30 and No.61 – which seems to be around about his mark – is also a contender, as is Carlton (No.40). The Hawks are also likely to consider Jetta, Benjamin, Jordan Jones, Shiels and Hunt.



Swan Districts, WA Medium forward, February 12, 1990, 179.6cm, 76.6kg
(Draft range: 31-79)

Jetta looms as a likely draftee with several clubs expressing interest, although exactly where he fits remains a matter of debate. Port Adelaide (No.38, No.42 or No.54), Geelong (No.49), Hawthorn (No.50) and Essendon (No.55, No.67 or No.79) are all possibilities. He may go as early as the Western Bulldogs at No.31 or No.32. The Demons are also likely to start monitoring Jack Redden and Glen Dawson.


Swan Districts, WA, Small defender,, June 7, 1990, 178.5cm, 68.2kg
(Draft range: 36-not selected)

West Coast is believed to be very keen on Jamie Bennell with its final selection and may even consider him at No.36. A small, running defender would be a welcome addition to the club and Bennell fits the bill. The Tigers are also understood to be keen on Bennell. Others in contention for West Coast at its final pick include Adam Cockie, Jones and Bart McCulloch.  


Claremont, WA, May 10, 1990, Medium midfielder, 187.3cm, 84.8kg
(Draft range: 34-77)

Benjamin looks set to be drafted, having risen into contention in recent times. Hawthorn, Fremantle and Collingwood are believed to be the most interested – it's now just a matter of where he falls. Clancee Pearce, Jack Redden, Sibasado and Ian Richardson will also be in the mix depending on their status at this point. Benjamin is the younger brother of Clinton, who was recently delisted by Carlton.


Wanderers, NT, Medium forward, March 12, 1991, 181.7cm, 67.2kg
(Draft range: 23-67)

Due to recent injury and subsequent shoulder surgery, it is a little difficult to know where Motlop sits in the pool. He is certain to be selected. Port Adelaide appears to be the frontrunners considering his brother Daniel and cousin Marlon are at the club. Essendon, Adelaide, Carlton and Hawthorn  will also be in the mix. Sibasado, Shiels, Bucovaz, Jetta, Mangan, McCulloch and Jack Redden are names to keep in mind.


Geelong Falcons, VIC, Tall defender/forward, February 8, 1991, 192.4cm, 85.7kg
(Draft range: 45-79)

He can spend another year in the TAC Cup in 2009, but expect the bottom-ager to get a crack in this year's draft due to his potential. Thompson has been linked with Essendon and Collingwood from the mid-way stage of the draft. Rounds, Jetta, McCulloch and Tyson Slattery will also be around the mark.


Swan Districts, WA, Medium defender, October 23, 1990, 182.3cm, 89.8kg
(Draft range: 37-not selected)

There is a chance Pearce could get overlooked, but it seems more likely than not that he will get drafted. Fremantle has shown considerable interest and could select him at one of their later picks – 37, 53, 56, 68 and 77. Carlton (40, 65 and 80) has also expressed interest. Ruckmen Zac Clarke and Tom Hill will also come into Fremantle's thinking.


Glenelg, SA, Medium midfielder, December 9, 1990, 188.6cm, 74.4kg
(Draft range: 41-82)

The Lions have been strongly aligned with Redden and it is understood Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle are also interested. He could slot in at No.41, No.57 or No.69 for the Lions. Redden tested very well at the recent South Australian state-based screening, which has pushed his cause. Glen Dawson, Todd Banfield, Hall and Mitchell Banner are also likely to come under consideration.


Central District, SA, Small/medium forward, December 31, 1990, 178.8cm, 64kg
(Draft range: No.31-not selected)

The talented small forward has all the tricks, but has been plagued by injury in recent times. Don't be surprised if the Dogs consider him with one of their two 'live' picks at No.31 or No.32, otherwise he could slip through to 50-plus. Most recruiters think he is too talented not to be drafted. Port Adelaide (66 or 78) has been mooted and West Coast (52). Richmond is also understood to be interested in him, which makes it interesting at No.58. Others in the mix for the Tigers include Adam Cockie, Jetta, Shiels, Paul Cahill, McCulloch and Bryn Weadon. Former Bomber Tom Hislop is also in under consideration.


Eastern Ranges, VIC, Medium midfielder, April 29, 1991, 183.4cm, 79.1kg
(Draft range: 31-80)

Clubs are very keen on the bottom-aged Shiels, who has also been linked to Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond and St Kilda. He has even been linked to the Western Bulldogs at No.31 or No.32. The Roos are believed to be very keen on Shiels and he could be right in the mix at No.59. Tom Hill, Tom Rockliff and Shane Savage have also been linked to the Kangas at No.59 or No.71.


Oakleigh Chargers, VIC, Ruckman, September 28, 1990, 202.5cm, 82.5kg
(Draft range: 37-77)

Fremantle and Adelaide have expressed strong interest in the Victorian ruckman. A towering figure at more than 200cm, Clarke appears likely to be drafted by Fremantle with one of its five picks from 37 to 77, or Adelaide (44, or 72). Dawson, Jones, Bucovaz, Gugliotta, Zac Clarke, Nathan O'Keefe and Chris Hall are believed to also be in Adelaide's mix.


Perth, WA, Small/medium midfielder, August 8, 1990, 183.5cm, 79kg
(Draft range: 30-not selected)

Smith has been strongly linked with the Swans at both No.30 and No.61 – and it is quite conceivable he will be available at both selections. One recruiter said Smith has 'truckloads' of speed, which will improve his status. This is the Swans' third and final pick of the draft. Others in the mix include Jones, Banner, Matthew Martin, Luke Breust and former Cat Jason Davenport.


Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Medium defender, November 5, 1990, 182.6cm, 83.4kg
(Draft range: 45-not selected)

The former discus and javelin thrower has attracted the interest of St Kilda, Hawthorn and Collingwood. The Saints have been monitoring him for some time, as he fits the small, speedy type running from defence and into the midfield they seek. Young and Thompson will be monitored with Luke Lowden, Campbell Heath, Brayden O'Hara, Alex Stopp or Tim Ruffles also in contention at No.62, No.74 or No.83 for the Saints.


Geelong Falcons, VIC, Tall defender, June 29, 1990, 189.4cm, 85.7kg
(Draft range: 39-not selected)

Jones will be strongly considered at No.50 and No.63 by the Hawks. Adelaide (60) and the Swans (61) have also shown strong interest and could spoil Hawthorn's chances. West Coast at No.52 is also a genuine chance, with Geelong (No.49) an outsider. Jetta, Hunt, Kade Klemke, Shane Page, Savage, Tom Simpkin, Tom Hill, Dawson, Daly, Martin and Bruest are all potential options for the Hawks.



Eagles, SA, Medium forward, September 30, 1990, 186cm, 75.1kg
(Draft range: 51-not selected)

The Demons are believed to be keen on Dawson, who has also been linked to Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide in the back end of the draft. Likened to Brett Burton, Dawson is also elite junior cricketer. He is more likely than not to be drafted. Jack Redden will also be in the mix for the Demons.


Murray Bushrangers, VIC, Medium forward, April 27, 1991, 186.7cm, 87kg
(Draft range: 22-80)

Mangan's draft prospects are a matter of considerable debate. Some recruiters believe he has shot up into the top 30, while others say he could be claimed in the last 10 picks. Mangan has even been mooted as a Port Adelaide smoky at No.22 or No.42, with Collingwood also keen. Carlton is also a strong tip and it would not surprise if the Blues took him at No.40. Hawthorn is also believed to have sounded him out. Pearce, Shiels and Zach Sengstock are others who have been linked late with Carlton.


Western Jets, VIC, Small/medium midfielder, 5 June 1990, 178.6cm, 78.7kg
(Draft range: 57-not selected)

Many talent experts rate Banner highly, but others view him only as a rookie possibility. He has been strongly linked to Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions in the 50-plus section of the draft. With the Power set to use five of their six picks after No.38, expect Banner to come into their calculations. Varcoe, Bucovaz, Paul Cahill, Rockliff, Ben Speight, O'Hara and Liam Anthony are expected to be thereabouts at this pick.


Tassie Mariners, TAS, Ruckman, September 23, 1990, 198.9cm, 86kg
(Draft range: 49-not selected)

There is a school of thought McCulloch could be anywhere from a top-30 selection through to a rookie. Overall, the consensus is the Tasmanian ruckman will get drafted. Along with the Bombers, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide, Richmond and West Coast have all shown interest. He is more than likely to be a 50-plus selection. Tyson Slattery, Cockie, Thompson and Hayden Skipworth are others under consideration. But the Dons are keen to add to their ruck division, with McCulloch being a sought after prospect late.  


Northern Knights, VIC, Ruckman, April 7, 1991, 198.5cm, 78.2kg
(Draft range: 21-not selected)

Hill's draft forecast is classic for a still developing ruckman. He has another year at TAC Cup level, but it would not surprise if a club took him early in the draft or late, just to get him into its system. Hill has also been linked with Collingwood, Geelong, North Melbourne and St Kilda. It will be an interesting pick for Freo, considering it could be their last pick of the draft – the club is believed to be deciding on the day whether it will use No.77 or pass and use it in the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft. It may even take ex-Lion Matthew Moody with this pick on the day. Others linked to Fremantle late include local products John Bennell, Alroy Gilligan, Lance Daly, Taylor Gilchrist, Blake Broadbent, Greg Broughton and Daniel Murray. Don't be surprised if Tom Hislop is also in the mix.


Mt Gravatt, QLD, Medium midfielder, 19 years old, 183cm, 91kg
(Draft range: 65-not selected)

A non-NAB AFL Draft Camp or state-screening invitee, Bail has done it the hard way. He represented the senior Queensland state side against Western Australia this year and also finished fourth in the Grogan Medal, the AFLQ's best-and-fairest award. Originally from Victoria, Bail has attracted strong interest in recent weeks, with the Lions the likely destination. But don't dismiss Carlton, Essendon or St Kilda with one of their last selections.


Essendon, TAS, Medium midfielder, June 7, 1988, 185cm, 85kg
(Draft range: No.53-not selected)

Taken at No.20 in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft, Hislop was delisted at the end of the 2008 season, largely due to some off-field issues. He remains a highly-regarded prospect and will be claimed with one of Fremantle's selections from No.50 onwards or by Richmond at No.58 or No.70. Collingwood has also been linked, but the Tigers and Freo are favoured. If Hislop is unavailable and West Coast passes up Jamie Bennell, don't be surprised to see him slide through to No.70.


Murray Bushrangers, VIC, Medium forward, February 22, 1990, 184.3cm, 82.6kg
(Draft range: 54-not selected)

As a whole, the recruiting fraternity can't speak highly enough of Rockliff, respecting him as a person and a player. But the question that is constantly thrown up is where does he fit in the overall scheme? It remains unclear if he will be drafted, but you can bet North Melbourne and Port Adelaide will certainly monitor his whereabouts late in the draft. For the Roos, he could be the ideal replacement for the retired Shannon Grant up forward. Hill and Savage will also be considered if still available.


Geelong Falcons, VIC, Medium defender, November 2, 1990, 188.4cm, 88.2kg
(Draft range: 39-not selected)

Bucovaz could quite easily be a top-40 selection, slide to the back end or indeed become a rookie. There has been strong interest from Adelaide, which could take him as early as No.44, if it believes Collingwood (45 and 46) or Geelong (49) – with its last pick – will have a crack. Alex Stopp is one player to keep an eye on around this mark as well.


Dandenong Stingrays, VIC, Medium midfielder, January 5, 1991, 185.1cm, 74.5kg
(Draft range: 59-not selected)

Savage, a bottom-age player, has attracted considerable interest late in the draft, with Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Collingwood all interested. It is the Pies' final pick, and more than likely will be used. Other names to monitor late for the Magpies are Tom Hill, Jamie Bennell, Cockie, Gilligan, Kyal Horsley and Jack Weston. And don't discount ex-Roo Leigh Brown.


Sandringham Dragons, VIC, Ruckman, February 22, 1991, 204cm, 86.8kg
(Draft range: 47-not selected)

The towering young ruckman is believed to be firmly in the sights of the Saints and could be plucked as early as their second pick at No.47. He does seem more likely as a late pick, given he is a bottom-age player and very raw. Don't discount Bail, if available, at this selection either.


Richmond, VIC, Medium midfielder, August 3, 1986, 183cm, 76kg
(Draft range: 63-not selected)

Originally taken at No.12 in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft, Meyer suffered his fair share of injuries at Punt Rd and was never fully able to make a go of it. Still, there is no doubting his talent or kicking skills and don't be surprised if Hawks of the Power have a crack late in the draft. With Port Adelaide set to pass on No.84 with an aim to take Josh Carr in the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, expect the Hawks to swoop here, three before the Power's next pick (No.78).




Will the Demons use their final selection or hold one over for the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, remembering it has the first pick in that meeting? In previous years, clubs with the first or second picks in the Pre-Season Draft usually have someone in mind. The Demons are likely to wait until Saturday – it really is a 50/50 option. In the end, Melbourne may want to bring some overlooked talent into its pre-season training program before ultimately making a decision. One name to watch out for if it does use this pick, is former Melbourne rookie Daniel Hughes, who has been training at the club since its pre-season began. 

Brisbane Lions, WA, Medium midfielder, September 23, 1985, 187cm, 86kg
(Draft range: 56-not selected)

Moody has been training with Fremantle in the lead-up to the draft and the club is understood to be pleased with his progress. Similar to Melbourne, Freo might consider holding over this selection for the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, but if it is already set on Moody, then there is a strong suggestion he will be drafted on Saturday.


Sturt, SA, Tall forward, August 19, 1990, 193.1cm, 80.7kg
(Draft range: 58-not selected)

Cahill has considerable talent and potential upside, but there are varying thoughts on where he sits overall. With this set to be Port Adelaide's last 'live' pick in this year's draft, Cahill will be right in contention if he hasn't been plucked beforehand. Some smoky types for Port Adelaide at No.78 include Wade Thompson and Jessie O'Brien. Recently delisted AFL players, Meyer (if available), Davenport and Chris Schmidt will also be considered.


Murray Bushrangers, NSW, Medium defender, July 15, 1990, 180.4cm, 77.1kg
(Draft range: 50-not selected)

Most recruiters believe Klemke will be drafted and he has also been linked with Hawthorn and Port Adelaide, which have combined total of six live picks. Geelong and Richmond are also believed to be admirers, as are the Bombers. He looms as a likely 50-plus pick and the Dons would be well pleased to obtain him with their final pick.


Port Melbourne, VIC, Small forward/midfielder, November 10, 1987, 174cm, 63kg
(Draft range: 65-not selected)

Nahas looms as a late pick after a fine year with Port Melbourne in the VFL. He has been closely linked with Carlton late in the draft, with the Blues looking to add some nip in attack. If Carlton overlooks him, otherwise expect him to become a rookie


Sydney Swans, NSW, Small forward, March 30, 1980, 184cm, 83kg
(Draft range: 69-not selected)

It could be a case of third time lucky for Davis, who has been training with the Lions in the lead-up to the draft. A premiership player with the Swans in 2005, Davis has proven ability at the highest level – who could ever forget his snap in the dying stages of the '05 finals series against Geelong? His crumb and spark up forward would help create another avenue to goal, with much of the burden now falling to stars Jonathan Brown and Daniel Bradshaw.



With the Lions now believed to be the only club with any interest in reigniting Ben Cousins' AFL career, it is likely they will pass on their final selection and continue with their information-gathering on the West Coast great. St Kilda, which looked set to claim Cousins, pulled out of the running on Tuesday night. Still, if Cousins has nominated for this draft and the two parties are prepared to give it their best, don't be surprised if he is taken with the Lions' final pick. 

Melbourne, WA, Tall defender, October 20, 1980, 191cm, 91kg
(Draft range: 74-not selected)

It's unlikely any other club will select Carroll, who like Davis could be about to join his third club (he was a Fremantle rookie before joining Melbourne). Carroll parted ways with Melbourne after the second list lodgment and although he was still contracted to the Demons, he severed his ties following some off-field incidents. His no-frills style of play, Carroll could offer the Saints some good service assisting the likes of Max Hudghton down back. Oft-maligned, many forget Carroll was one of the AFL's best performed full-backs in 2006. Expect Carroll to be St Kilda's final selection now, given it has pulled out of the Cousins race.




The Power is certain to pass on its final selection given it has targeted Josh Carr in the December NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft. Carr did not nominate for this draft, paving the way for a return to Alberton, where he was a premiership player in 2004, before crossing to Fremantle for four seasons.


Like Port Adelaide, don't expect Carlton to use the last pick in this year's NAB AFL Draft, as it has former Demon Chris Johnson ready to become a Blue. Johnson didn't nominate for this meeting, meaning he is almost certain to join Carlton. The only twist could be if West Coast or Fremantle passes on their final selections, hoping to lure the Western Australian home. But Johnson has firmly indicated he wants to remain in Victoria and start his new life at Carlton.

The views in this story are those of the author and not necessarily those of the clubs or the AFL.

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Werribee Lover - 26/11/2008 3:37:03 PM
Thanks Matt,

any chance of someone punting on a mick barlow or james saker or flinn chisolm ready made players from werribee vfl team?

Liam - 26/11/2008 3:41:05 PM
Why didn't St Kilda want Cousins. As a saints fan who doestn't want him?

R P Norrman - 26/11/2008 3:41:23 PM
Cousins will go to Collingwood - Round 3 or 4

PHIL - 26/11/2008 3:42:12 PM

Famke Jansen - 26/11/2008 3:43:54 PM
Very happy with the Roos' selections. I reckon the Man of Steele will be a superstar. Can the AFL just rule that Burgan decrees which clubs gets which players?

Chris - 26/11/2008 3:44:06 PM
Do you honestly believe Melbourne would pick Lynch ahead of Swift and Roughead ahead of Schoemakers? You are either a joke or a West Coast supporter, Melbourne will be going best available at those picks.

Tim Scott - 26/11/2008 3:45:41 PM
How can you say Nick Heyne is in the mix for Essendon at No.5, then not take him at No.23, when her is still available?

eddie - 26/11/2008 3:46:28 PM
i am an essendon supporter, i think your phantom drafts are very acurate but you have too many defenders and key-pos players for essendon, we got tuns of backman in last years draft and we need more mid's who can kick goals.

Mick - 26/11/2008 3:49:46 PM
Why is everyone so keen to give Phil Davis to Hawthorn!? I am quite certain that we won't pick him up with our first round pick, and that we will go for a running midfield player instead.

leonard - 26/11/2008 3:52:10 PM

Good on you for putting your neck out.

I rekon you're right, Hislop will be picked up late just a matter of where

Steve D - 26/11/2008 3:56:45 PM
Robin Nahas for the Blues - come on Matt as if Carlton need another midget - we have Eddie Betts and if we get Yarran who needs another one. I saw Nahas play in the VFL Grand Final - NO THANKS !! Lets redraft 'Michelle'Pfieffer

Jonty - 26/11/2008 4:01:04 PM
I like this years draft .

Steve Jackson - 26/11/2008 4:04:12 PM
Looks pretty good to me. Would rather see Essendon pick Yarran though

bibby - 26/11/2008 4:08:24 PM
what are the chances that thomas salter will be picked up in the draft. as captain of his state and a player with a good engine surely he would not be overlooked

Matthew - 26/11/2008 4:10:32 PM
for port

would rather Ziebell than Harlett

Damion - 26/11/2008 4:21:11 PM
Not to bad as a bombers fan would of liked to see we used pick 5 on a gun mid

shane mcmillan - 26/11/2008 4:24:10 PM
Meiklejohn will get picked up by the power, and Motlop will go alot earlier than you have him.

luke - 26/11/2008 4:24:57 PM
Who do u think need Hurley the most?

chris white - 26/11/2008 4:26:32 PM
I am pleased at brisbanes results in the draft and hope that cousins will come to brisbane!

Declan - 26/11/2008 4:28:11 PM
Do you think cousins will be picked up now in the draft?

Kiron - 26/11/2008 4:29:23 PM
Wheres Jamie Sheean?? He was captain of Assumption College that were runners up in the AGSV. He has good agilty, fitnees and speed.

Worbsy - 26/11/2008 4:29:48 PM
Love your picks to go to the Lions, especially Jack Ziebell and Mitch Robinson. Do you think Cousins will end up with Brisbane?

Justin - 26/11/2008 4:33:45 PM
i'm from the murray area a i think klemke would have to go higher then 79, he was selected in the all australian team this year. and as for tom rockliff he will go higher then 71, he was the TAC cup leading goal kicker this year and is a natural footballer with alot of ability. and as for jamie sheanan he was mentioned on this site as a top prospect to look out for this year and i can't recall seeing his name

Ed COurt - 26/11/2008 4:33:57 PM
Where's Patrick Heenan in there

Joey M - 26/11/2008 4:34:26 PM
any chance of Hurley at 16?

Matt - 26/11/2008 4:34:59 PM
Thanks Matt.

Port selecting Hartlett over Vickery is questionable if you ask me.

With Lade and Tredrea past it, and Brogan finishing up, the Westhoff boys aren't good enough to do it on their own, they need a player like Vickey to help them out.

Dylan Brooks - 26/11/2008 4:37:57 PM
Good to see two local boys going. Luke Rounds was my captain for two years and is an ispiration. Luke Thompson is a gun from timboon way. Well done Burgo but Carlton need Michael Hurley

Perth Gal - 26/11/2008 4:42:48 PM
Nice mock draft but what i dont get is why does he say that a certain player will probably go to a certain club but then underneath the ranges of where they could go are so big?.....I think Stephen hill will go way b4 pick 11 I will be very surprised if he doesn't..

matthew the crows NUMBER 1 FAN - 26/11/2008 4:46:26 PM
i don't think the crows will use their first pick in the draft (10) to get JACKSON TRENGOVE i think they will get lewis johnston and did chris hall get picked up in this Phantom Draft i recken he will stay home is SA with the crows and Liam i don't think the crows would want cousins

mark - 26/11/2008 4:47:35 PM
Thanks Matt. I was wondering is there any relation between Neville Jetta and Essendon's Leroy Jetta. Also is there any relation between Tyson Slattery and Essendon's Henry.

pies 4 eva - 26/11/2008 4:51:22 PM
Collingwood should get cousins he will help us alot. mick if u read this think about this

George - 26/11/2008 5:02:52 PM
Matt, just wondering how you think Hurley goes when playing up forward? I know he is a key back, but he has played some time as a forward, has he not?

gnome34 - 26/11/2008 5:03:31 PM
I am sure that North will pick up Steele Sidebottom with there first pick.

Kouta - 26/11/2008 5:06:11 PM
good to see a player i played against in under 13s when he would tap the ball to himself and then dodge players to the 45-40 metre mark then have a shot at goal. he would do this most games and won the granny for them. im talking bout nick heyne

jared - 26/11/2008 5:10:19 PM
just hope the pies get two midfielders with 11 and 29 ...swift and beams would be great fit..and then try to get a full back or chb or something in 45 or 46..and there should get cousins to..

cleko - 26/11/2008 5:11:09 PM
As a freo fan I like how you got us with Rich. And I def. hope we get Ballyntine. He's better than Medhurst was. A lot better.

Ash - 26/11/2008 5:12:50 PM
No Taylor Gilchrist or Jared Risol?

Matt - 26/11/2008 5:21:16 PM
Hey Phil..... Caps lock dude.... NO NEED TO SHOUT!! :-)

DaveTheMan - 26/11/2008 5:21:19 PM
Sounds like you think the Pies will take Beams at 11 there.

Those you have Hill there instead but even say Swift.

Would be happy with any of the 3 at 11

Dan - 26/11/2008 5:27:45 PM
as a melbourne supporter i cant help but feel disappointed with those picks. we need midfielders but we only pick up 1 out of our 7 picks. not to mention the fact that we pick up another bate clone in tom lynch who is an in between height at 191.7cm. And then we waste another early pick by picking up a ruckman who everyone knows are risky prospects.

crows man - 26/11/2008 5:28:26 PM
Great job on the phantom.

As a crows supporter here is how i hope the crows picks will go.

10)Lewis Johnston (I would say Hartlett but he will be gone)

28)Ryan Shoenmakers (sooo hope he slips through to us!)

44)Casey Sibosado

60)Chris Hall

72)Glen Dawson

Andy Theissling - 26/11/2008 5:35:10 PM
Thanks Matt ,

you do good job"s every year

i loves it keep look at the young players come up keep up good work.

POWER TILL DEATH - 26/11/2008 5:41:09 PM
theres no way vickery will slip down to eight, port adelaide need a top ruckman. Brendan Lade and brogan are on the way out n they dont have any other good ruckmen. Vickery will go number 4 for sure

Ben - 26/11/2008 5:41:18 PM
Being a Melbourne supporter, I agree with Watts at #1 but why is there all this talk of Lynch at #17. We have this player already in the form of Matthew Bate. Surely we won't get him with this pick. We should be getting the best available midfielder with this pick. You have Swift, Schoemakers, Shuey who i would take before Lynch

Neil - 26/11/2008 5:41:31 PM
I dont agree with Yarran at 6,I would much prefer a Ziebell to go the blues

Rick - 26/11/2008 5:43:13 PM
Happy with the first 2 picks for the Tiges but I can't see them taking HIslop & Cockie who are similar players. Hopefully they draft at least one promising 17 yr old with on of these picks.

sean - 26/11/2008 5:46:45 PM
essendon should take ziebell over hurley, our back line is fine and ziebell is the most talented player in terms of skills in the draft.

surprised to not see taylor gilchrist in the mix - possibly around round 4

dougy - 26/11/2008 5:48:41 PM
I am a mad carlton supporter. Realy hope Burgs get's our first pick wrong! not a big yarran fan and would love 2 c any of ziebell, sidebottom or swift in a carlton jumper next year.

smithy - 26/11/2008 5:50:22 PM

Great Phantom this year. Is

there any Player Relationships (brother,cousin eg.)besides the motops?

clemo - 26/11/2008 5:51:53 PM
chris you are a joke u must go for freo you tosser.

James - 26/11/2008 5:53:47 PM
Sorry RP Norman but Collingwood doesn't want Cousins.

pies - 26/11/2008 5:55:53 PM
tom swift


cleko - 26/11/2008 5:56:23 PM
As a freo fan I like how you got us with Rich. And I def. hope we get Ballyntine. He's better than Medhurst was. A lot better.

Dave - 26/11/2008 5:56:43 PM
The draft looks pretty right except for one thing, I dont reckon Brisbane will get Nick Davis. They already have a strong forward line with Jonathon Brown and Daniel Bradshaw. There big problem in 2008 was the lack of midfielders and I really reckon they will consider geeting Ben Cousins. I also reckon that Carlton might take everyone by surprise by drafting Cousins. Carlton might have a young and developing midfield, but the way that Judd and Cousins have performed together in the years they had with each other at West Coast, he has almost booked a spot there. I also have a feeling that Fremantle might draft Cousins. As Freo's best midfielder is Rhys Palmer, I reckon that the culb won't overlook Cousins as he would really help Fremantle. Look at the way that Judd lifted Carlton's young team, I reckon Freo would love to Cousins to boost the team's confidence up with a Brownlow Medallist in the team.

mick barlow fan - 26/11/2008 6:00:53 PM
disapointed mick barlow wasn't named he is a superstar..look for him in the rookie draft! talent to burn

john smith - 26/11/2008 6:01:15 PM
MITCH BANNER now there is a champion

Glen Edwards - 26/11/2008 6:03:01 PM
Im a lions supporter. They desperately need another ruckman and a key position defender. Happy with a few quick midfielders. Would go with a tall defender first pick. would love to see Luke Lowden drafted. A former student of mine

Raf - 26/11/2008 6:10:19 PM
Speaking as someone whose knowledge of these kids is just a bit of YouTube and a lot of BigFooty, I would be rapt if the draft turns out this way from a North Melbourne point of view, especially snagging Lisle in the second round. Can't see him quite making it that far, but you give me hope!

Jack - 26/11/2008 6:13:41 PM
Ben Cousins Nominated, so where can you fit him in?

Simon - 26/11/2008 6:17:44 PM
Not one of your better draft predictions. There is no way McKernan will slide to 24 or Hill to 11. Both will go much earlier. Pick 5-13 have incorrect predictions written all over them.

Blue bagger - 26/11/2008 6:26:45 PM
As a Carlton supporter, I would be very happy to have Yarran on board but I reckon if the top 5 panned out exactly the same as this mock draft, we would not pass up a tall forward prospect like Vickery.

ben - 26/11/2008 6:29:48 PM
Hey Matt,

Is there any chance the crows will pick up Steele Sidebottom at no.10 if he is still around

George - 26/11/2008 6:35:11 PM
With all due respect Simon, how on Earth can you say whether it is one of his poorer drafts without the draft having happened yet?

Peter - 26/11/2008 6:36:49 PM
Cousins will get picked up by a smokey...The silent club who hasn't said a word....I would love to see him @ Brisbane but all up I just hope he ends up somewhere!!!

Nathan - 26/11/2008 6:40:11 PM
hey matt,

doing a great job,

do you think that swift will be around at 18 for the eagles to snaffle up, and jarad blight, is he any good, because there is a few good players that you have said will go after him such as a cornelius, or O'keefe or someone?

is there any chance we will take walters with pick 18 or 20?


Plunkz - 26/11/2008 6:46:03 PM
Swans fan here and have noticed a few blues supporters saying they dont want yarran. im from WA and watched him play a bit and wld luv it if he could slip thru to pick 12. Also wondering y u think ballyntine wld be overlooked by non wa clubs? all in all very likely scenarios thrown up gd work Matt

Daniel - 26/11/2008 6:49:29 PM
Hi what about the young gun from the coburg tigers...fortunato coruso??Isnt two Morrish Medals good enough?Any chance of a rookie spot even?

Michael - 26/11/2008 6:51:13 PM
As a "blue bagger" i think Carlton should take Hurley and certainly not Ziebell. Carlton does not need another mildfielder. Carlton premiership sides in the past have prided themselves with the best defence in the league at that time. This is what needs to be established. e.g. Hodge in 2007, Scarlett in 2006.

western bulldogs #1 - 26/11/2008 6:52:12 PM
So great to see the Tassie boys in there. Hopefully the bulldogs will make a move on them.

Also i think if no one takes Couisins, they're crazy. GO THE DOGS!

davo - 26/11/2008 7:06:00 PM
think its pretty good, but what about adam varcoe? without his injury would have though hed almost be a certainty

Adrian McCarty - 26/11/2008 7:10:03 PM
what about Xavier Gotch? i thought he proved himself enough to be a late round pick up.

Daimeon - 26/11/2008 7:24:38 PM
If Aaron Cornelius lasts til 39 he will be an absolute steal. 12 months ago he was considered genuine top 10. Not sure why he has dropped down the order so far. He played key forward in senior footy all year. Reads the incoming pill as well as anyone i've seen. Outmarking 10-15kg heavier opponents in packs regularly.

Bubba_5 - 26/11/2008 7:27:51 PM
Not saying you're wrong, Matt, but if Clayton picks up Lee at 32 with guys like Strauss, Hannebery, O'Keefe, Wright, Blight and Walters still available I wouldn't be too happy. It would also mean we will have given up Ray for nothing as we could have got Lee at 48.

Steve - 26/11/2008 7:28:16 PM
As an Essendon supporter I hope we take 5 Hurley 23 Zaharakis 55 Jetta 67 Banner. I think Mitchell Banner is highly underated

Nelso Roxa - 26/11/2008 7:30:10 PM
Jarrod Blair was not in your draft? Is he a chance to be rookie listed?

hawks premiers 08 - 26/11/2008 7:34:44 PM
Hawks should take a punt on Luke Thompson of the Geelong Falcons late in the draft, he is tall and athletic and will got top 10 next year... Get him before gold Coast do... Tom Rockliff will be a gun..

david lunt - 26/11/2008 7:38:31 PM
are the kangaroos interested in any delisted players from last season and are the likely to get an irish rookie?

Neil - 26/11/2008 7:45:32 PM
What about Aaron Purves from the Dandenong Stingrays?

TAC Cup Full foward of the year?

Would have thought he would get picked up

dan - 26/11/2008 7:47:37 PM
hi, is the draft going to be televised on pay or free to air tv?

nathan - 26/11/2008 7:49:08 PM
watch for matt deBoer at pick 48

watched him very closly this year will be a steal at that pick.

jack redden goes to my school he is an absolute gun aswell

joey - 26/11/2008 7:52:52 PM
Motlop is not that great, He will not last in the AFL. Sharples is miles ahead of him.

Steve - 26/11/2008 7:53:08 PM
As an Essendon supporter I hope we take 5 Hurley 23 Zaharakis 55 Jetta 67 Banner. I think Mitchell Banner is highly underated

andy - 26/11/2008 7:57:40 PM
hawks picks...

16... Tom Swift

34... Michael Walters

50... Sam Wright

63... Danny Meyer

75... Luke Thompson/ Jordon Jones

Jeffrey C - 26/11/2008 7:59:09 PM

Bulldogs should pick STEVEN GAERTNER at No:31 and they also should pick LIAM JONES or AARON CORNELIUS at No:32 before other team pick them up.

Robbo - 26/11/2008 8:01:50 PM
What about Mat Suckling from sandy?? strong bodied 19yr old midfielder/half back who won their B&F; this season ahead of Watts and Vickery... Huge ball winner and a great kick, must be considered at least for a late pick

dazz - 26/11/2008 8:08:12 PM
cousins to the blues please

Robert Weightman - 26/11/2008 8:08:12 PM
Vickery looks like a genuine superstar and unless something really surprising happens he would be a great pick at number 8.

jazza - 26/11/2008 8:10:10 PM
taylor hunt. get him lower. honest gun. brownlowe chance

Robbie - 26/11/2008 8:10:58 PM
Cheers Matt,

Can you explain why you think Clancee Pearce might not get drafted. He WA's most valuable player over at the 18's and proved himself in league for Swan Districts.


benny - 26/11/2008 8:11:12 PM
what about damo hale

LajoN - 26/11/2008 8:13:37 PM
Great Draft!!

I thought that Salter was a good chance to get picked up though.

Also thought that McKernan would go earlier

luke williams - 26/11/2008 8:16:43 PM
i thought ben nethersole really proved himself in school footy my pick for next year great ruckman

Begsy - 26/11/2008 8:23:54 PM
1. Watts

2. Naitanui

3. Hill

4. Vickery

5. Rich

6. Yarran

chris - 26/11/2008 8:24:57 PM
this draft looms as the most interesting one since 2003.

i think in terms of talent, this looms as the best in years. i think a smokey might be ash smith. this bloke has unbelievably silky smooth skills and i wouldnt be surprised to see him go at no 5 or higher.

Also would love to see Vickery go at no8 to the tigers.

Tamer Mol - 26/11/2008 8:25:52 PM
i dont really take much from the phantom draft as last year like only 5 players went to the club predicted. as well as that, quite a lot of players named didnt get picked up, and others not named went highish, like armfield number 46. there is only like 2 mature age in the whole list, which i dont think will happen. probably a few more will fit in. plus, im gona be number 1 draft pick!

Thommo - 26/11/2008 8:38:01 PM
y is Tom Hislop numba 70 if it wasnt for injuries he would have been as good or better than Ryder.

well for astart y did essendon delist him hes only 21 or 22

Unknown - 26/11/2008 8:39:51 PM
4 tac cup will make a big inclusion to any club, they are jamie sheehan, andy browne, brett mahoney and adam boshevski......all premiership teammates....\


steven rose - 26/11/2008 8:41:24 PM
is there any mention of tim ruffles or dylan mcneil

chris - 26/11/2008 8:52:40 PM
If the hawks got cousins,we would win another 3 in a row,we need another gun wearing the number 9 ,go hawks

Joey S - 26/11/2008 8:53:25 PM
If you are right in saying that the bulldogs will pick Tom Lee up at pick 32 as a smoky I hope your wrong because if the bulldogs are going to win a premiership we need ready made talent

Tom - 26/11/2008 8:55:47 PM
Will Stephen Hill really go so late in the draft

Courtney - 26/11/2008 8:59:28 PM
only 2 qld boys... devo

DAVO - 26/11/2008 9:05:36 PM
hope the dons can get a midfield(hartlet or rich) but letting Hurley go would be a dream come true for Carlton making their defense more complete/team.

Tass - 26/11/2008 9:22:01 PM
Nice to see 4 Tassie blokes in here. Although Tom Salter, the Marniers Capt. didn't get in here. Good in and under midfielder

Andrew3141 - 26/11/2008 9:29:31 PM
What about Rockefeller from Werribee? No 9. Midfield. Does anyone rate him? He is a gun! Will he be picked up late do you think?

JIM - 26/11/2008 9:45:19 PM
remember the name BEN BUCOVAZ

Black & White - 26/11/2008 9:45:47 PM
one name,

todd banfield

Clint - 26/11/2008 9:46:13 PM
at pick 8 for the Tigers as a Richmond fan i would be happy with Vickery,Ziebell,Hartlett or Trengove.would like Luke Rounds,Liam Shiels,Luke Lowden or Anthony Long late in the Draft

Plunkz - 26/11/2008 9:56:58 PM
Swans fan here and have noticed a few blues supporters saying they dont want yarran. im from WA and watched him play a bit and wld luv it if he could slip thru to pick 12. Also wondering y u think ballyntine wld be overlooked by non wa clubs? all in all very likely scenarios thrown up gd work Matt

jonnathen - 26/11/2008 10:09:41 PM
i think collingwood vfl player liam jurrah will be picked up with its first pick

The Realist - 26/11/2008 10:12:30 PM
Overrated waste of time the draft always is, 90% of those selected saturday wont play more than 10 games, and wont even be in the afl system in 3 years time. Clubs should look at players in SANFL, WAFL, VFL etc. and pick more mature playes that will actually play games, not just lil boys that have only played against younger, smaller boys and then stand out like some sort of superstars. Pick those that have played against men....

jonnathen - 26/11/2008 10:14:17 PM
i think collingwood vfl player liam jurrah will be picked up with its first pick

newbound - 26/11/2008 10:14:33 PM
i would love it if both broggsys (broadbent) and hall ended up at adelaide, both st michaels lads, had the pleasure of watching them both play for the college, they are great footballers. whats peoples opinions on broggsy going 2 adelaide at any stage at the draft its their 2nd pick or hes gonna get picked up by someones else, i hope power dont get their grubby mits on him

north adelaide lad - 26/11/2008 10:15:24 PM
Ive played with phil davis for three years...he can play anywhere around the ground...hawks want him to stock up their backlines, what tall defenders do they have? He'd be top 10 if he didnt get stuck playing school footy....

AZZ - 26/11/2008 10:19:15 PM

Kenny O'Connor - 26/11/2008 10:24:57 PM
Any chance of shaun McKernan going to the Roos.

bing - 26/11/2008 10:32:29 PM
i think at pick 81 brisbane would be much more suited to a matthew blackburn as a small mobile forward who can kick a country mile, or a kane goodwin who runs circles all day.

sok - 26/11/2008 10:34:50 PM
rhys o'keefe 50, mckernan 21, banner 66, rockliff 71, no way

Tom Breadmaker - 26/11/2008 10:38:13 PM
ian richardson would have to get picked wouldn't he? although mathew moody and nick davis loom as quality over age players to pick up.

adam - 26/11/2008 10:48:43 PM
i'm a mad saints man AND I LOVEM TO THE DAY I DIE i dont know how they could do this to ben cousins ,giving him hope and just to snatch it away from him like that he's a champion .every one deserves chances ,MY GOD LOOK ,LOOK AT URSELVES 'THE SAINTS BOARD''look what hes done to get on track again 'GOOD LUCK BEN PROVE EVERYONE WRONG ,AND ESPECIALLY PROVE THE SAINTS WRONG FOR MAKING THE WRONG CHOICE

sss - 26/11/2008 10:52:36 PM
where the hell is jamie sheahan wat a joke!!

M.O. - 26/11/2008 10:55:34 PM
there seriously something wrong

matt debore draft range 37-not selected

he was easily WA's best player in this years championships

adam cockie didnt play in the championships last year or this year because he was too old but if you were to watch him play then u would know that he'd go higher then pick 58

not to mention that there are other players that are easily better then others who either arent named or are ranked lower then they should be

Bec - 26/11/2008 11:13:30 PM
All you people saying that you want benny to go to your club, are probably the same ones that gave him so much grief throughout the last 2 years.

and yes i am a west coast supporter

and yes i want cousins back and hate the West Coast committee for saying no to him. he will always be an eagle. the lions jersey just wouldnt do him justice

Riley Mcmahon - 26/11/2008 11:13:48 PM
What about xavier McMahon From ACT/NSW he was very good against SA. and why aren't many ACT/NSW players drafted they did beat Vic Country. here must be talent.

Steve Kite - 26/11/2008 11:33:06 PM
Nice work Matt Burgan, must be hard to put this all together. At the end of the day, the exact order is subject to so much flux from pick 3 onward as to leave the whole exercise pure guesswork, albeit highly educated and well researched guesswork. PS there are so many spelling mistakes in these comments it scares me. Anyone would think you all barrack for Collingwood. Let me know if you find your teeth

Tony Hawk - 26/11/2008 11:35:42 PM
Top four is wrong. Clubs have smartened up. Expect a lot of key position players 1) Watts, 2) Naitanui, 3) Vickery, 4) Hurley, 5) Rich, 6) Davis, 7) Ziebell, 8) Trengrove, 9) McKernan, 10) Hartlett

Fritz and Sauce - 26/11/2008 11:38:34 PM
Don't discount port Adelaide leaving 2 picks for the pre season draft and picking up Ben Cousins with their first pick at #4 and then Josh Carr with a 2nd pick. They still have one of the youngest lists and plenty of good kids, and can still add 5 or 6 through the draft. Whoever they were thinking of picking up with their last pick on Saturday most likely they could snare as a rookie anyway so should things not work out with Ben them they would just elevate someone anyway.

P.S. don't be surprised if this thinking of passing up on a late pick to snare Cosuins in the pre-season draft is on the mind of a lot of clubs from a few different states. As stated that last youngster they were thinking about would become a rookie anyway.

Steve Kite - 26/11/2008 11:43:15 PM
Nice work Matt Burgan, must be hard to put this all together. At the end of the day, the exact order is subject to so much flux from pick 3 onward as to leave the whole exercise pure guesswork, albeit highly educated and well researched guesswork. PS there are so many spelling mistakes in these comments it scares me. Anyone would think you all barrack for Collingwood. Let me know if you find your teeth

sue - 27/11/2008 12:33:17 AM
would love to see Hamish Hartlett stay in SA.Would be get if he went to the Crows but happy for him and his family if he went to Port.... GOOD LUCK HAMISH. HOPE YOU STAY IN SA !!!!!

Binuk - 27/11/2008 2:39:46 AM

Matt i appreciate the effort you have put into this. However as a fremantle supporter this draft is entirely useless. The dockers will not take 2 ruckman, and will take at least 2 mids with their first 3 picks. Also michael walters wont slip to pick 35. Sorry mate but you're not in the same league as emma quayle. Your lower picks are not that well researched for instance last year u had clayton hinkley not going at all, and only mentioned him from pick 50 onwards and he was taken int he 2nd round. Sorry buddy

gus - 27/11/2008 4:57:22 AM
Thanks for the phantom draft but every one would like to see the whole list, of players that have entered the draft so everyone could see themselves.

GD - 27/11/2008 6:42:17 AM
Why would the Tiges take Hislop at 70 who has a history of off-field issues and hasn't yet proven himself when there's another guy in the draft who has proven himself and has a history of off-field issues. Roll the dice Tiges. Imagine if it works!

lozza - 27/11/2008 7:01:35 AM
as a blues fan why is there no defender in there although like the first selection in chirs yarran

Farrell - 27/11/2008 8:21:34 AM
Way to cover your arse Burgo. Mentioning 852 options for the one pick. Hedging your bets at pick 4 and offering up nine suggestions at nine! You never used to do that - what happened?

D - 27/11/2008 8:43:34 AM
Saints just cost themselves a premiership! Cousins will go somewhere and make a huge impact - he will be embraced by the playing group, stay true to his word of staying clean and will inspire players with his fitness and skill.

mick - 27/11/2008 8:43:58 AM
The saints let another slip in Ben Cousins,we need tough talent like that.Imagine him at carlton then,Judd,Stevens,Murphy,Gibbs,Cousins,ect.

Luke - 27/11/2008 9:26:39 AM
There is a young player called Graeme Reid from the Riverina that is an absolute gun. forward pocket/wing type with plenty of pace and great goal sense. only 19 and would be worth a rookie spot at least if any recruiter has seen him.

luke - 27/11/2008 9:47:17 AM
Michael Hurley should slide to Hawthorn!

Bushranger Follower - 27/11/2008 9:57:22 AM
Murray Bushrangers performed well this year. Suprised to see the likes of Klemke, Rockliff so far down and no real prospect for Jamie Sheahan?

marky - 27/11/2008 10:02:01 AM
footys about winning flags!

if richmond is fair dinkum about 2009 they have to get cousins

RC - 27/11/2008 10:08:49 AM
Hope Richmond dont take Hislop.Comes with to much baggage.

Tupac - 27/11/2008 10:13:15 AM
Very harsh with rockliff at 71. the kid oozes of talent. he may not have all the physical attributes but surely ability has to play a part in the draft. young lowden is very raw but must have come a long way this year to be considered a draft chance which only shows how much improvement he can make

greg - 27/11/2008 10:14:37 AM
as a richmond supporter vickery or hartlett would be fantastic.what a gun midfield we would have in a few years.hartlett,deledio,cotchin,

foley,tuck.go tiges

Ben - 27/11/2008 10:21:51 AM
I Don't think St.Kilda will go for any other player apart from a ruckman in there first round selection.

Michael Lawrey - 27/11/2008 10:43:02 AM
i couldnt give a stuff about the draft st kilda should have got ben cousins

Luke - 27/11/2008 10:48:50 AM
This is great. ben looking forward to seeing how you thought it would go for a few weeks. Have to say as good as natanui is disappointed that it doesn't look as if the eagles will pick up Rich. I have watched a lot of the WA boys play and he is already a great player. If freo pick Hill instead of Rich and you are a Freo supporter just find another team to follow because they obviously don't want to succeed. Hill is not even in the same league as Rich no matter how well he tests. Rich has been tested every week and he came out with 2 league premierships and in last years one he was in the mix for best on ground! For Carlton supporters who sounded disappointed about Yarren, don't be! He is going to make a lot of defenders look stupid. I have seen him instinctively postion himself to advantage and kick goals in a way it took players like Hird years to perfect. Good Luck wish all these guys could end up at the eagles but watching them play anywhere will be great

Rhys - 27/11/2008 10:49:25 AM
how about ranga from sa hes really good

Cameron - 27/11/2008 10:54:48 AM
I like the look of Collingwood's picks but I think we'll take Blease before Hill. I reckon we may end up taking Cousins with our last pick (if he has not gone before that!)

Ben - 27/11/2008 11:07:28 AM
i am happy with hawks picks they look really good i hope we make it back to back

Hank Lydoon - 27/11/2008 11:10:39 AM
Great job Burgatron.

I agree that his selections should make up the draft. Clubs should get who they're given by Burgo!

It would save a s..load of money and resources with recruiters, adverts, draft camps etc.

Probably tens of millions which would be used to feed the poor

Theodore Thompson - 27/11/2008 11:19:12 AM
Matthew Burgan shows little regard for the feelings of these youngsters with his caustic comments.

There are not cattle Mr Burgan, they are young men who will one day run this country.

Get a life.

gothepower - 27/11/2008 11:26:22 AM
If the draft up to pick 42 goes the way you think it will and we don't pick up Rhys O'Keefe I'll be annoyed. I don't see us getting Sloane because we already have too many small defender types. I also think/hope we might pick up Port Magpie Jay Shannon somewhere, or maybe in the rookie draft. I was also surprised to see Jamie Sheehan being left out of this draft.

I'd be very happy if Port picked up

4. Tyrone Vickery

22. Ashley Smith (I think the Cats will go for Swift) If he doesn't slide then Beams or Broadbent

38. Rhys O'Keefe

42. Casey Sibosado

54. Steven Motlop

66. Paul Cahill

78. (In order of preference) Jamie Sheahan, Jason Davenport, Jay Shannon

JK - 27/11/2008 11:27:57 AM
matt deboer will go higher than 48

Plugger - 27/11/2008 11:49:14 AM
What about Luke Breust, player of the tourament for NSW/ACT in the 18's this year....surely he's a show?????

Riley - 27/11/2008 12:03:08 PM
why doesn't anyone want to pick up NSW players

haven't the other clubs learned from Sydney?

Bazza Go Cats - 27/11/2008 12:12:32 PM
do the CATS need another quality midfielder SWIFT,SHUEY to bolster already great one. very much in need of HARD, STRONG marking key forwards to complement MOONEY possibly HAWKINS + young SIMPSON, TRENGOVE or CORNELIUS great if still around at 15. JOHNSTON,BROADBENT later selections would be handy.

ash kronert - 27/11/2008 1:11:29 PM
any chance of 18 year old scott sienkiwicz from the dandenong stingrays gettin picked up at all in any three of the drafts?

Big Bird - 27/11/2008 1:49:09 PM
Good research Matt, not an easy task, probably the most difficult year to pick the top 10 draft picks let alone top 20 or that matter any pick after that. It all comes down to who Melbourne take in the draft with there No.1 pick! Go the Eagles! We would dearly love Swift in Eagles colours next year, but he'll go earlier than 18, Michael Walters will not be around by pick 35, Matt De Boer should be taken in the top 30, he too should be an Eagle. No-one should draft Ben Cousins based purely on morals alone, he is one of my favourite players. Go Burgo, please release updates on your draft order all the way to the Saturday morning, we love it!

Sam Phillips - 27/11/2008 1:49:18 PM
Watch out for Ryan Shoenmakers. Im tipping him to go earlier than expected. He is all class and would be a great prospect for a team needing a mobile key forward like Lance Franklin.

And watch for Hawthorn to pick yet another exciting, talented player who is overlooked by other clubs. They've done it many times in the past (including Cyril Rioli last year), and are sure to do it again.

danny picinic - 27/11/2008 2:24:24 PM
where is derek kilgore?? genuine superstar, medium forward with good goal sense.

Greg - 27/11/2008 2:29:27 PM
Yes, only two Qld boys, but of course the Gold Coast have signed eight other Qlders in recent months

aussie - 27/11/2008 2:59:49 PM
Any chance Swans will pick Riley Milne with pick 30

jock lawrence - 27/11/2008 3:02:01 PM
what about nathan olver i don't see him in here, the half back flanker is quick and can read the ball well he deserves a look at?

Deeboy - 27/11/2008 3:07:52 PM

Simon - 27/11/2008 3:14:54 PM
any news of jarred blair being picked up in the draft? he did win the TAC cup B&F;

Go Dons - 27/11/2008 3:19:39 PM
Is Michael Hurley any good for no. 5. I wouldn't have a clue. Why isn't Matt replying like last year?

Troy Reynolds - 27/11/2008 3:23:49 PM
what pick do you think Aaron Howell will get taken at?

Someone - 27/11/2008 3:24:27 PM
Any chance of Cousins to Essendon? Hopefully yes.

Sam - 27/11/2008 3:28:37 PM
Regarding Ben Cousins, he won't be picked up in this draft. I believe he will be picked up but because of the fact that this is the final draft before the Gold Coast is allocated picks, clubs won't miss out on the best kids coming through for an established player.

Ben - 27/11/2008 3:39:45 PM
Is there any chance Matt Clarke from the Dandenong Stingrays will get picked up he did come in teh top 10 for the morrish medal 2 years in a row

MARK McVEIGH, ALL THE WAY! - 27/11/2008 4:01:57 PM











josh - 27/11/2008 4:03:33 PM
as a carlton fan i want Michael Hurly so we can put Waite forward.

SA - 27/11/2008 4:17:39 PM
inside word from the man himself, hartlett is heading to port.

Claire Finch - 27/11/2008 4:20:05 PM
What about Matt Wright, 18 yrs. from North Adelaide in the SANFL? Do you think he has a chance?

MYOB - 27/11/2008 4:24:37 PM
The update show Sidebottom even further. Gulp... Collingwood! Let Courtney Johns or Nick Davis go there so Collingwood don't snare guns like Sidebottom. Why didn't Freo delist Kepler Bradley so Collingwood wasted there first round pick on rubbish. Besides they are tankers. He He He

nick - 27/11/2008 4:26:21 PM
now that freo has said that they are going to pick up hill and assuming that watts and nick get picked up at 1 and 2 what are the chances of rich slipping through to number 5 or will port pick him up. cause port have a really good midfield with the cornes and burgoyns etc and they need big men. will rich go at number 5 to the bombers or will the bombers still go for hurley because i believe both players can come in and play straight away but who will b better long term for the bombers???

i hope we pick up rich he looks the goods. dont want yarren at all dont need another small player.

go the bombers 09

timmah - 27/11/2008 4:34:40 PM
Still surprises me how there are so many "experts" on the junior footaballers! How many of the said "experts" actually watch TAC cup games and how many "parrot" someone else?

wwe wrestler edge - 27/11/2008 4:42:03 PM
how come richmond don,t get very many draft picks collingwood get more than richmond and they finished higher than richmond

Jack - 27/11/2008 4:47:06 PM
Hill may just be the next Aaron Fiora...

Ben - 27/11/2008 5:22:16 PM
Hey Matt, great job on the phantom draft

I was just wondering about Steele Sidebottom.

I have seen some of his highlights and he is tough as ten bears, can kick well on both feet, has good endurance and plays exciting footy.

If he slips through do you think the crows could pick him up at no.10?

Jack199953666 - 27/11/2008 5:28:11 PM
dont think hamish hartlett will go to port. they dont need midfielders. he played at my juniors club hes an absolute tank

matt bramich - 27/11/2008 5:34:05 PM
if i was fremantle i would pick in the following order

pick 3 stephen hill

pick 21 micheal walters

pick 24 neville jetta to replace farmer

pick 37 matthew deboer

pick 53 rory sloane

pick 56 a tall

jimmy - 27/11/2008 5:34:55 PM
matt please explain your exculsion of ian richardson??

he won claremonts b and f, leading goal kicker, wafl rising star and simpson medal all in his first year and did well in the beep test at draft camp. what more could he do?

macca - 27/11/2008 5:37:39 PM
Ess fan and hoping hurley not rich ends up with us.Great teams have key position winners not little blokes please bombers draft hurley espicially b4 carlton

Luke Wade - 27/11/2008 6:45:34 PM
Daniel Rich is an absolute superstar, and Nick Natanui isnt far behind him. Two guns should easily be taken at pick one and two.

Ben Cousins should also be close to a top 30 pick. Brownlow Medallist, Numerous B&F; and All Australian, Still super fit and will only take a couple of games before he finds form again.

Warsaw - 27/11/2008 7:19:30 PM
Would Essendon be inclined to take Hurley considering they already have kpp players in Ryder and Gumbelton?

Docker Fan - 27/11/2008 7:22:32 PM

(03) HILL (WA)(21) ROUGHEAD (VC)





This would be the best result for the Dockers, and Dockers might pick Warren Benjamin in the Rookie draft

Henry - 27/11/2008 8:05:47 PM
Any chance of Chris Cain? ready made player from Port Melbourne in the VFL, skillfull medium sized midfielder.

cody - 27/11/2008 8:06:59 PM
richmond has to pick up mitchell banner he is a gun footy player

Tiger lova - 27/11/2008 8:29:14 PM
Is there a chance of mitchell banner going to the tigers at pick 70 instead of tom hislop? And also matt burgan is there a chance of robin nahas coming to the tigers cos hes a gun

jaz - 27/11/2008 8:31:09 PM
Mitch Banner looks a hard at it player and should be a steal if he goes as listed.Luke Shuey is in this same bracket.

grumpy - 27/11/2008 8:52:57 PM
kade klemke is a star player and should be in the first round

eagles all da way! - 27/11/2008 8:53:00 PM
hey matt,
just a query,

you have said that the eagles will take phil davis with pick 20, he is a defender isnt he?

the eagles are after a forward and midfielder with pick 18 and 20

would be stoked if we got swift with 18!

any chance of the eagles picking up a suban or beams, or some1 with 1 of those picks?

who do you believe would be in strong contentions with pick 18 and 20?

also kevin sheahan said that jamie sheahan, rory sloane, cornelius and rockcliff would all be in contention as a first round draft pick, and you have put them way back or not on the list?

love your work, thanks

callum - 27/11/2008 9:05:20 PM
go eagles! i think they need a forward from this draft

Adam De Pasquale - 27/11/2008 9:09:32 PM
Chris Cain is a fantastic footballer. strong and uses the ball with perfection. He should defently be a runner. if not a front runner. He'ld be a great inclusion to any size.

A poppa - 27/11/2008 9:50:10 PM
steele sidebottom will go better then u said. no doubt.

droop - 27/11/2008 10:12:51 PM
gr8 kid schoenmakers with a good head on his shoulders. Taught him a few years back and had plenty of talent then and no ego - hope things havent changed

DAVO - 27/11/2008 10:24:40 PM
he is nice to the ex-player

eg carroll ,davis ,moody ,meyers

i hope they do get picked up and prove there ex-clubs wrong

Tass - 27/11/2008 10:32:20 PM
LajoN - 26/11/2008 8:13:37 PM

Great Draft!!

I thought that Salter was a good chance to get picked up though.

Also thought that McKernan would go earlier


what salter would you be talking about?

Hayden - 27/11/2008 10:56:58 PM
hey i was just wonering if Chris Hyde is goin to nominate himself for one of the drafts and if so do you think any clubs will pick him up?

Adrian - 27/11/2008 11:00:20 PM
suprised not to see johnny rayner as a pick up for sydney or most likely the saints at around pick 60. he is a fantastic athlete with good skills who may be slightly under the radar because a fractured vertebra kept him out for much of the year. Good luck Johnny!

steve chrys - 27/11/2008 11:13:24 PM
i can not uncerstand that ben cousins wont get pick up a true champ needs a chance here would be burning to prove a point i am a crows support but neil craig take a punt and give the champ a live line here is the diffence niel with u winning a flag in the next 2 years he is a true champ and ill love to see him running around in the crows jumper

Ben - 27/11/2008 11:45:25 PM
Having played juniour footy with sidebottom, and what ive hear about shaun mckernan, i thought someone like the roos mightve gone with McKernan as he'd be a bit better option to replace the retired Thompson, especially after some of his performacnes as a ruckman come Tall Key Forward, in fact id say he's more a Hamish McIntosh then a thompson in that he's a sound ruckman as well as forward more so then a striahgt full forward

CT - 28/11/2008 12:25:01 AM
come on rhys stanley. berri boy

Darrell - 28/11/2008 4:00:45 AM
As a brisbane supporter. I belive Cousin deserves another chance and O'keef. Cousins looks happy at brisbane because he will be away from the drugs. To be totaly honest any club to turn down Ben Cousins should not be in the compitition so what he get caught with drugs we all done drugs in our life. All i can say is cousins and O'keef are better of in brisbane where they will be treated as part of the BRISBANE LIONS family.

Nathan - 28/11/2008 4:12:12 AM
surely Rockliff will be picked up before pick 71 leading goal kicker in TAC cup and four goals and 30 possies in TAC cup grand final

Dion Milne - 28/11/2008 7:03:10 AM
Great again Matt, I reckon a smokey is Vickery to Freo, he towelled up Natanui at the champs and they urgently need a backup ruckman. With Haselby back into the mids this can relieve need for 1 and don't be suprised if Pavlich plays more mid next year as Freo showed ability to win without him up fwd late in the year.

Steve - 28/11/2008 7:59:17 AM
I went to have a look at Melbourne train on Wednesday and Dean Bailey hinted that Melbourne would prob take Natanui at number 1 he believes he is the best player in the draft..

I Agree With (Docker Fan) - 28/11/2008 9:27:48 AM
I agree mostly with "Docker Fan"

03) HILL will be a gun much prefer HILL to Rich

21) ROUGHEAD chopped up Natta around the ground and is going to be a gun

24) ROBINSON calling it now "future brownlow medalist"

37) JETTA or WALTERS both awesome around the midfield and dangerous inside the forward 50

53) BALLENTYNE biggest steal of the draft if Dockers get him at 53 ready made forward to replace Farmer 56) BANNER for sure if he is still around great size player to replace Bell or Carr

68) McMULLOCH instead of Pearce I think Dockers will pick up Pearce in the Rookie Draft

76) MOODY is a given

If Dockers get half these players I would consider it there best drafting ever

I also think this is how it will work out for the Dockers Dec 16 Rookie Draft

(03) Benjamin (19) Richardson (35) Pearce (51) Andrew Browne (67) Michael Mather (83) Chris Smith

nick - 28/11/2008 9:28:08 AM
as a west coast fan,i think we really need rich


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