I give you this year’s number one draft pick – is he Supercoach relevant?
When you go number one in the draft, you have the weight of the expectation on your shoulders – some thrive on that expectation and others wilt and drop their bundles like leaves from a deciduous tree in the autumn (not sure why but felt like including a botanic reference)….Jack Watts anyone? All the hype leading up to the draft was on Petracca but then like a horse that kicks on late in a race, the McCartin colt bolted to become the favoured number one pick.
Just like Cush (Frank “Cush” Cushman) out of Jerry McGuire, you can imagine what has been whispered in this young man’s ear in the lead up to the draft…..“I will not rest until I have you holding a Coke, wearing your own shoe, playing a Playstation game featuring you, while singing your own song in a new commercial, starring you, broadcast during the AFL Grand Final, in a game that you are winning, and I will not sleep until that happens. I’ll give you fifteen minutes to call me back.”
Well the future of the Saints answered that call. McCartin stands at 194cms tall and weighs in at a not insignificant 95kgs. As by way of comparison, Saint Nick stands at 193cms and weighs in 96kg. If Paddy can be half as good as Nick, then the Saints are on winner and will have themselves a player for 10-15 years. What is not widely known is that Paddy has managed Type One diabetes since he was eight years old. What is also not widely known is that McCartin (a product of the Geelong Falcons), is that after the TAC Cup had concluded, he engaged the services of the Falcons conditioning coach, to get himself ready for the next level by having torturous 90 min sessions 3 times a week ahead of the draft – as he wanted to be ready to go mentally and physically and to tackle the pre-season once he was drafted.
I like his initiative, I like his desire to work hard, I like his hunger to want to be better and I like that he has all the tools to make it in the AFL. But does he have the tools to make it in Supercoach? That is a vastly different question folks!
2015 Price: $222,300
2015 Position: FWD
Likelihood of game time: High
Sub prospect: Low
Likely point score: 40 to 70 points per game
Cushman McCartin first came to some prominence at the 2013 National Championships for Vic Country. The young man kicked 5 sausage rolls from 11 marks. Paddy went on to play another 4 games and his averages were 12 disposals, 7 marks and 2 goals per game. It wasn’t too dissimilar in 2014 where McCartin has held the key post for Geelong Grammar, the Geelong Falcons and the Vic Country forward line. Across these comps, his averages were very much the same – around 10-13 disposals, 4 to 6 marks and 2 goals a game. The question is, can he replicate those averages in the 2015 AFL season?
There are quite a few really. Being selected with draft pick number 1 means McCartin’s rookie price will be the highest of the crop. Big Paddy is also a KPF, and we know how the community feels about those sorts of players – inconsistent scoring and a rollercoaster ride which will have you simultaneously crapping your pants and throwing up in your own lap.
If you select McCartin, it would have to be with a view of using him as a stepping stone and to hopefully bank yourself a price rise of ca $100k. This is where I have trouble with the young man, for less money, perhaps as low as $120k, you can nab yourself Jesse Hogan, who has had a couple of pre-seasons, is a man-child, and plays in the same position and where you could potentially make yourself $200k. Are you listening Jerry? Show me the money! It’s all about banking those price rises so you can upgrade your team to full premium as quickly as possible – in the style of Crouching One.
- Possible DPP status with FWD / RUC (confirmed position FWD only)
- Will get lots of game time
- Contested marking beast
- Reliable kick for goal
- Work ethic
- Key Position Forward – three words to make you shudder
- Saints – whilst the Saints are building it will mean McCartin could be starved of the pill for long periods in a game
I think this young man could be set for quite a career in the AFL and go on to be a key player for the Saints for years to come – with his size, athletic ability, contested marking and desire to compete. However, for 2015 and for the price, in the world of Supercoach, I think there are better prospects elsewhere.
What’s your view on Paddy Cushman McCartin for 2015?
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