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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Luke McDonald, North Melbourne. Would have gone top 5 but picked up as a father son selection for North. Lovely player.
- 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.
- 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;