Patrick who, that was my first reaction when starting to think 2015 (around week two of SC finals) when his name popped up thanks to Wombat:
“Hi General, re 2015 I reckon young Paddy Cripps could be a low priced/wookie mid option”
That is more than enough to have piqued my interest so I began my research. At 190cm and 88kg he is the pinup of the modern day midfielder, tall and strong. Nicknamed at Carlton “the Extractor” which I presume relates to his ability to get the footy at stoppages and not his ability to allow exhaust gases to flow more easily, but who knows, it is a footy club after all.
Carlton has likened him to Diesel Williams for his lack of pace and endurance which he counters with smarts and great disposal. Massive call to compare the kid to one of the best extractors to have played.
Debut in round 4 against Melbourne after a 34 possession game in the VFL the prior week. His debut produced a supercoach score of 74 from 17 disposals (12 by hand) and 5 tackles. His second match against the Doggies was forgettable (21 points from 7 possies) when he was subbed out replaced by Juddy who reinjured his hamstring.
The Extractor was not seen again in the AFL until round 23 when he started in the vest and came on in the fourth quarter against Essendon producing 23 supercoach points from 3 touches and 3 tackles.
Between rounds 5 and 23, the extractor missed 7 VFL games with a broken leg from round 8-15, in the games he did play he had 3 games with 25 touches or more, kicked multiple goals on two occasions.
|Games last season:||3|
|Average last season:||39.3|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range last season:||$157k|
|Missed games last season:||7 games of VFL with Broken leg rounds 8-15|
|Significant history:||Pick 13, Carlton’s first selection 2013 National Draft
He averaged 30 possessions a game for the WAFL Colts
Averaged 19 disposals and 6.2 clearances per game in the U18 competitions.
Under 18 All Australian 2013
Carlton sees the extractor as the Juddy replacement with the ability to get the ball and dish it off to the likes of Murphy and co. I expect that he will see a lot more game time in 2015 especially given that Carlton have conceded they are not in “the window”.
Like with all Rookies there is the risk that they don’t get game time or a vest affected. In his second year with a solid first year behind him, 2nd preseason etc I expect that there will be less sub affected games and the extractor will find himself in the thick of things a great deal more.
No significant injury history to cause concern on picking him in your side. Lack of tank may see him miss games or pump out some shockers from fatigue.
Second year Rookie selection at less than his first year starting price makes him tempting. Look to bring him in ride the price rise and then ditch the extractor and upgrade to a turbo.
- Solid disposal and clearances = supercoach scoring
- 2nd year rookie and discounted price
- Wombats likes him
- Likely to be a POD with people sticking to first year rookies at similar or less price
- Rookie of unknown quantity
- Goes by hand over foot affecting supercoach scoring
- Potential vest candidate
If Carlton have managed to install a half way decent tank in this kid to enable him to maintain AFL pace and endurance he could be an absolute star. It worries me that he goes by hand significantly more than foot but appears to counter that in other game areas such as clearances. The extractor is a must for your watchlist to see how his second preseason has gone into providing him with a tank and potentially how Carlton intends to utilise him. If he is playing significant midfield minutes preseason with good output and is picked to play round 1 I would put him in your side. If not, leave him on your watchlist as a potential downgrade target later in the season. A better than 50/50 prospect at these early stages given he is a second year player.
What’s your call on Patrick Cripps in 2015?
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