“SPP, yeah you’ll know me”
For those of you that know me or have read articles in the past I follow the draft closely. My historical data suggests the best rookies from an appreciation perspective come from picks 18-40. Pick 18 is where they begin to be cheap. Generally most of these picks get a crack the following season as well.
This draft was deep with talent & every even in its spread. We have loads of quality players all over the place.
Pick 18 Port Adelaide
Since a fantastic season in 2014 that saw them miss the granny by a kick, Port has been shithouse. The running men stopped & went to the pub after collecting huge contract extensions. Some of these blokes have been exposed as how should we say, Spuds. The frustrating Hammish Harlett has a contract until 2089 & Lobbe who was replaced by next tallest in the team, well his contract is not far behind. UGLY
With no money to spend trying to bring in mature age talent since grabbing Ryder & Dixon Port realised they had to reinvest into the draft. And they picked a good one to do so.
Port is looking for an injection of youth. At pick 18 they’ve added one of the most relevant rookies in 2017. He’s a big readymade beast that can run all day & ready to step into the Port guts in round 1.
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If you’re not excited already, SPP’s game lies somewhere between Dusty & Luke Parker. And these are the 2 players he’s moulded his game on. He’s a big explosive midfielder that doesn’t mind the don’t argue & has the power to speed to easily escape from the contest. But like Dusty & Parker his disposal can & often lets him down. And I’m certain this is why he wasn’t picked up much earlier in the draft.
As I reviewed his tapes his explosiveness from the contest & big body is a stand out. Anyone that has played footy will know hitting a target whilst running flat out is bloody tough. And it’s fair to say SPP has not mastered the art. I’ve read his kicking DE is less than 50%. And I’d be surprised if it was that high.
I’m sure Port is aware of this deficiency & will be encouraging him to get the ball into the hands of a more experienced team mate via handball.
He’s a moo cow. I don’t think he can be trusted as an M8. But he certainly deserves a place on your mid bench if selected. I think because of his DE he won’t be a high averaging rookie. And I think his scoring will suffer as a result. He can go forward & kick a goal, which will help.
Relying on him to hold down M7-M8 might leave you a little disappointed. As we know in this game DE is critical to game impact & individual scoring. I feel his flaws will be punished by the champion data boys.
- Likely to step straight onto the park in round 1 to assist the Port midfield
- Contested Beast
- He’s quick & hard to bring down
- Loves to tackle
- Kicks Goals
- Elite endurance
- Ordinary by foot
- Gives away free kicks
- Not a massive disposal winner (might not be a bad thing)
The Mid rookies we got dealt in round 1 2016 were hideous. But I don’t expect that to the case in 2017. The upside of SPP is like his frame, massive. If Port can teach him to kick then he could be anything. I won’t be issuing a lock status until I’ve had a good look at the rest of the mid rooks. But absolutely have him high in your calculations.
Pointy end of the watchlist & likely starter on the pine at this early stage
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