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Pick the order of this week’s AFL Draft

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Your AFL Draft top 10What an exciting week for the kids this week is.

I’ve nursed many of the AFL Draft School of 2013 through the ranks. Shared their victories. Helped them learn from defeat. Its hard for and old fool like me to believe that some of these kids will play league footy in 2014. And that’s what they are. Kids.

Nature has a funny way of turning boys into men. And just as bum fluff emerges from the upper lip of these young kids, so to will a fresh crop of gladiators emerge. I wish each and every one of you – and you know who you are – the very best of luck on Thursday. Please remember the bungalow door is always open.

Here is how I see the top 10 draft picks unfolding on Thursday. I want you all to have a crack at it yourself in the comments below – if you can pick the top 10 in the right order you will be summonsed to drink with Higgo, Crouching, Micky, Crimmo, Vince and I in the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Community Banquet hall early in 2014.

Before I get stuck in – big news – we will be back with the Jock Reynolds podcast this Sunday night. You’ll notice a red tab thing over to the right of this internet based web page, make sure you hit that and send us in your questions for this weekend’s podcast. We’d love to feature some of you on this our first show for the 2014 Supercoach and/or AFL Fantasy season. Don’t be bloody shy – life’s too short for that rubbish. Just hit the button because we’d love to hear from you..

Here is how I see the Draft unfolding this Thursday:

  1. Tom Boyd, Greater Western Sydney.Leads the pack by a fair way. He is a big strong boy who loves busting open a few packs and busting a few heads. But at the same time he is just as deadly as a lead up forward. Loves the pill and the pill loves him. Think Jonathan Brown with a touch more polish, has the charisma and personality that draws people to him. Future captain written all over him
  2. Josh Kelly, Greater Western Sydney. Silky as buggery, can run all day, the ball comes off that left boot of his like a bloody tracer bullet. Has won the Draft combine 3km time trial two years on the trot. We all know that counts for stuff all though when the ball is to be won – but Josh has that area well and truly covered. Pedigree sound. His old man Phil won a few Sandover’s and played 39 games for North. Melbourne will rue giving pick 2 away during trade period mark my words.
  3. James Aish, St Kilda. This one could go any one of a number of ways, but I think the class and proven senior experience of Jimmy Aish could see him shipped down to Seaford. And I like the boy. He won back to back senior flags with Norwood in the SANFL, is a student of the game and has been referred to as a bit of a Rolls Royce. There is a question mark over the body size of the kid, and of his ability to cope with a tag. But for mine any kid of this age who needs to be tagged in senior SANFL footy in a flag winning team is something special.
  4. Jack Billings, Western Bulldogs. Also a big chance to go to St Kilda with pick 3, and I for one would be pretty pleased with that. My only worry is the fact he struggled with groin and knee trouble this season which is a real concern for me. Not quite ready to slip straight into a senior midfield but will certainly develop into a prime timer. A match winner. Has the X factor about him.. a Doggie for mine.
  5. Matthew Scharenberg, Gold Coast. Yeah I know the mail is bloody strong that Gold Coast want Kolodjashnij here but I just reckon Matty is the better player and could well go earlier than this. A complete player with no discernible weaknesses. What might see him slip lower is the fact that he is not a clear stand out in any one area of the game. But I’ll tell you one thing – this kid is a reader of the football in the air. You wont find that on a bloody combine graph but you’ll find it very high on the wish list of one J. Reynolds. Can play that tallish running defender that Gold Coast want on his arse. Would like him down at St Kilda.
  6. Kade Kolodjashnij, Collingwood. Out goes Heath Shaw, in comes Kade. Will play a fair bit like Heath Shaw but can take a magnificent grab. Loves rebounding out of the back half and setting up assaults on the 50 metre arc. Name is a bloody shocker and Collingwood seem to love plucking out these pricks with strange last names. The pies need some class in the back half and here is their man.
  7. Dom Sheed, Brisbane. Loves the contested inside footy and would take up where the great man Simon Black left off. A fierce competitor. Loves the physical nature of the contest. If he had just a touch more toe he would be top 5 – and might slip lower than this but whoever snags him will not be dissapointed. Not flashy, but this type of footballer doesn’t need to be flashy to be worth his salt. Think your Luke Balls and Simon Blacks here, will be a 150+ gamer and justifies a top 10 selection.
  8. Luke McDonald, North Melbourne. Would have gone top 5 but picked up as a father son selection for North. Lovely player.
  9. Nathan Freeman, Melbourne. Plenty of late mail for Nathan Freeman to Melbourne. Tested well at the draft combine over short and middle distance. Body is developed – loves to grab the pill and gallop out of the pack a la Patrick Dangerfield. Could be anything.
  10. Marcus Bontemepelli, Collingwood. Cousin of Nicky Dal Santo and gathered a lazy 50 possessions playing for Marcellin in APS footy. Will become a midfielder but at the minute doesn’t have that bulk required for a player of his heights. Very quick and skillful and can probably play anywhere from the forward flank through to the guts, the wind and as an attacking half back.

There’s how this old bastard sees it – how about you? Pick the order and we’ll be drinking beer (or soft drink if you’re just a colt) together early in 2014;

 

 


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Dylan

1. Tom Boyd
2. Josh Kelly
3. Jack Billings
4. James Aish
5. Kade Kolodjashnij
6. Matthew Scharenberg
7. Marcus Bontemepelli
8. Luke Mcdonald
9. Ben Lennon
10. Nathan Freeman

WEEVZ

1. Tom Boyd
2. Josh Kelly
3. Jack Billings
4. James Aish
5. Kade Kolodjashnij
6. Marcus Bontempelli
7. Matthew Scharenberg
8. Luke McDonald
9. Nathan Freeman
10. Ben Lennon

Adam kneale

1. Tom Boyd
2. Josh Kelly
3. Jack Billings
4. Marcus Bontempelli
5. Kade Kolodjashni
6. Matthew Scharenberg
7. Nathan Freeman
8. Luke McDonald
9. Ben Lennon
10. James Aish

Aaron

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Scharenberg
5. Kolodjashnij
6. Bontempelli
7. Aish
8. McDonald
9. Sheed
10. Freeman

Liam

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Aish
5. Kolodjashnij
6. Scharenberg
7. McCarthy
8. McDonald
9. Freeman
10. Bontempelli

Joshua Elliott

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Aish
5. Kolodjashnij
6. Scharenberg
7. McCarthy
8. McDonald (should get this one already)
9. Freeman
10. Bontempelli

Crikey

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Aish
5. Kolodjashnij
6. Scharenberg
7. McCarthy
8. McDonald
9. Freeman
10. Bontempelli

Fabian

I've got no idea Jock, so I'll just follow your wise words

Marc

Good to hear the Podcast will be back guys, I look forward to hearing some early fantasy football advise to help shape my 2014 team.

Nice list Jock, I tell you what, you'd be doing a couch jump if you guys draft James Aish. He will be a deadset gun, and make an excellent start to your rebuild project.

OK, here's how I see the top 10 going down.

Lock in the first two GWS as easy picks

Pick #1 – Tom Boyd
Pick #2 – Josh Kelly

St. Kilda Pick #3 – Jack Billings. I think they should take Aish or Scharenberg, who i'm bloody high as a hot air balloon for, but they'll still get a great player in Billings.

Western Bulldogs Pick #4 – James Aish. Ignore the stuff about him not being able to handle a tag. He's 18 years old, he'll learn to deal with pressure of AFL football. Add him to a midfield of Boyd, Griffen, Cooney and the young dogs Liberatore and Wallis and that's starting to shape up nicely.

Gold Coast Pick #5 – Everyone seems deadset on the Suns picking Kade Kolodjashnij, so who am I to argue?

Collingwood Pick #6 – Matt Scharenberg. Could be James Aish if he's not selected by the Bulldogs, but most likely Matt Scharenberg. He'll be a great pickup for them and will slot into the vacated Heath Shaw spot, without the temper tantrums. I'll hate Collingwood so much in this draft if they score Aish and Scharenberg though.

Brisbane Pick #7 – Marcus Bontempelli. Could be Cameron McCarthy as the Jonno Brown replacement if Bontempelli is picked before 7, but this looks like a good pick to me.

North Melbourne Pick #8 – Luke McDonald. F/S pick. Next.

Melbourne Pick #9 – Nathan Freeman. Agree with you on this pick, Jock. Melbourne recruited Bernie Vince from the Crows, who'll provide some help, but they'll still need some more bodies in the midfield.

Collingwood Pick #10 – Cameron McCarthy. I know the Pies recruited Jesse White to play alongside Cloke, but he's a bit of an also ran to me and will constantly tantalize the tastebuds with a good game every month, but provide duds the rest of the time. But this will at least allow McCarthy to spend the year in the VFL with White and Lynch ahead of him and be ready to take over the spot when he's good to go.

Marc

Absolutely, Jock. Norwood had some talent in their midfield too, so it's not like the opposition only had 1 guy to target. He played senior football for the Redlegs at 16, and Nathan Bassett certainly isn't the type to gift games to people, he played him because he deserved it.

If i'm Collingwood and he slides down to #10, i'd be on my knees thanking the football gods that I just scored a dead set gun midfielder.

john d

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Bontempelli
5. Kolodjashnij
6. Scharenberg
7. Lennon
8. McDonald
9. Freeman
10. Aish

Bender

1. GWS – Tom Boyd
2. GWS – Josh Kelly
3. STK – Jack Billings
4. WBD – Marcus Bontempelli
5. GC – Kade Kolodjashnij
6. COL – Matthew Scharenberg
7. BRI – Cameron McCarthy
8. NTH – Luke McDonald (F/S)
9. MEL – Nathan Freeman
10. COL – James Aish

Been hearing Aish will be a slider coz he’s a die hard SA boy and will likely request a trade home at some stage. However this is unlikely to happen at Collingwood, being such a big club and especially with Grundy, Kennedy and Broomhead all being SA lads too, along with Scharenberg. The pies would be massive winners if that we’re he case.

Eagling

Could GWS swap the order of their picks? Take Kelly at 1 and Boyd at 2?

That would remove the pressure of being a number 1 draft pick off Boyd's shoulders.

Eagling

Of course Jock; it works both ways.

A number 1 pick could feel emboldened by the club's faith or crushed by the weight of expectation being picked first.

We'll have to see how young Boyd takes it, in the likely scenario that he goes at #1.

The Noz

Sorry to let the cat outta the bag but I reckon I got my hands on Derek Hine's blueprint for his comments straight after the national draft –

Pies 1st Pick (Pick 6) – “Player X”
We had Player X in the 2-4 bracket so we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to land him with pick 6. Player X is a game changer, an elite in and under player who thrives in traffic and has an exceptional footy brain and a huge tank. With a Scott Pendlebury like composure the game slows when Player X has the ball and he is in our view the best spot kicker under pressure in this year’s draft. He is also surprisingly strong overhead for his size and deceptively tall.

While a bit raw and with a light frame the club is taking a long term view with Player X and considers him a future leader and 200+ game player. It is not beyond expectations however that Player X could push for regular selection in 2014 through his professionalism, organisation and unwavering endeavour.

The Noz

Pies 2nd Pick (Pick 10)- “Player Y”

[Optional caption for photo: Derek Hine almost stumbles over his words in his rush to get Player Y’s name called after Melbourne choose Player Z at Pick 9]

“We couldn’t believe our luck when Player Y was still available at 10. We initially had him earmarked with our first pick at 6 so to see him slide to 10 and for us to get both him and Player X in this draft is the perfect outcome for the Collingwood Football Club.

In Player Y we have an extremely quick big game player who is a silky intercept/outside (choose one) onballer with a booming right/left (choose one) foot who regularly rebounds opposition attacks/finds the goals (choose one or both). If not for reoccurring foot/hamstring/back (choose one) injuries over the past 12/18 months (choose one) Player Y would have been a likely top 2 pick so we’re very excited with the enormous upside that some regular football will bring to his game.
———————-
I’m excited already!!!
Go pies

Eric

1. Tom Boyd
2. Josh Kelly
3. Jack.Billings
4. Marcus Bontempelli.
5. James Aish
6. Chris Salem
7. Nathan Freeman
8. Luke McDonald
9. Mathew Sharenberg
10. Cameron McCarthy

That's is the best I can do from a past player of Karingal Bulls

Jack Powell

1. Tom Boyd

2. Ben Lennon

3. Josh Kelly

4. Jack Billings

5. Kade K

6. Marcus Bontempelli

7. Matt Scharanberg

8. Luke McDonald F/S

9. James Aish

10. Nathan Freeman

Jordan Chang

No chance of Lennon #2. Could possibly go to Tiges at #12. Also can't see Aish falling that far down.

haiku bob

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Bontempelli
5. Kolodjashni
6. Scharenberg
7. McCarthy
8. McDonald
9. Freeman
10. Aish

Edward

Dont mind that top 10 jock…
and Mick are you doing a turncoat on heath shaw and if you aren't could you possibly please

haiku bob

Draft Day –
late bloomers and perennials
on the mantelpiece

Jordan Chang

1. Boyd
2. Kelly
3. Billings
4. Aish
5. Kolohgagadadasdjh
6. Scharenberg
7. Bontempelli
8. Not going to happen but Luke McDonald to North
9. Salem
10. Lennon

Jack Powell

Your right mate, spot on, except I'm not thinking Tom Boyd at pick #1. More feeling Dayle Gartlett. Hope Hawthorn pick Tom Boyd up with pick #24. Jock Reynolds listen in mate.

Nathan

1. Greater Western Sydney – Tom Boyd
2. Greater Western Sydney – Josh Kelly
3. St Kilda – Jack Billings
4. Western Bulldogs – Marcus Bontempelli
5. Gold Coast – Kade Kolodjashnij
6. Collingwood – Matt Scharenberg
7. Brisbane Lions – James Aish
8. North Melbourne – Luke McDonald (FS)
9. Melbourne – Christian Salem
10. Collingwood – Nathan Freeman

Max

Anyone you have your eye on as potential starters in JR Brumby FC during this pre-season jock?

James D

Gday jock, love hearing ya insides mate. just wondering how the donners league works and how we get in it!

cheers jock, keep the great stuff up champ