Mid-Season Draft Analysis

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As we head into Round 11, we have a new array of rookies to look out for thanks to the reintroduction of the mid-season draft. Some teams went in with the idea that they will use these players pretty much straight away, some teams went in basically using it as a head start on the draft.

Below Fozdaddy and I (Damo) have had a good look at every single pick and have made a call on whether or not they play straight away. The rating is out of 10. The closer the score is to 10 the more likely we think they play straight away.

Prices and Positions have now been confirmed. I have also updated some ratings based on what the clubs are saying today.

Pick 1 – Carlton

JOSH DELUCA ($154,700)
Previously at Fremantle, this four time WAFL premiership player has been given a second chance at Carlton. A 179cm tough inside midfielder who can affect the scoreboard going forward and can impact on the outside as well. Won the best afield medal for WA in the state match against South Australia earlier this month. Currently nursing a tight hamstring, but it shouldn’t sideline him for long if at all.


Pick 2 – Gold Coast Suns



Riordan was another player who had his 2018 affected by injury. As a result, Riordan missed selection in the 2018 draft. Riordan returned to the Dandenong Stingrays, where he won plenty of contested ball. He’s a player who could play forward or on the ball, with his explosiveness and strength his real key attributes. He’s averaged 20 touches a game this year, which is up from his 14 a game last season. His tank needs a bit of work and fades a little in games, but at 187cm tall and 83kg, Riordan is ripe for the picking.


Pick 3 – Melbourne

KYLE DUNKLEY ($102,400)
Kyle, brother of Bulldog midfielder Josh, narrowly missed out on being drafted last season. Since then, Dunkley has returned to Gippsland Power and has dominated in the NAB League as an over-ager. He has also featured for Footscray VFL, and on Sunday against Box Hill he kicked 3 goals from 11 touches. Standing at 185cm and weighing 84kg, Dunkley could slot in to Melbourne’s midfield if he shows form, but the Dee’s midfield is pretty strong. He’s another strong body, contested ball winner who can kick goals as well.


Pick 4 – Sydney

MICHAEL KNOLL ($102,400)

Another basketballer turned footballer, Knoll played college ball in the US before coming back home three years ago. Knoll spent some time on the Box Hill list and was tutored by Max Bailey, before moving to South Adelaide for the 2018 season. He was best afield in the state game against the WAFL with 15 touches and 31 hit outs, and at 26, Knoll’s body is now mature enough to compete with AFL-listed ruckman. Unless Sinclair goes down, I can’t see Knoll getting any games this season.


Pick 5 – North Melbourne

LACHLAN HOSIE ($102,400)
Hosie is a medium sized forward who can potentially come straight into North’s forward line. Standing at 189cm tall, Hosie has kicked 21 goals in 8 games for Glenelg this season, including a bag of six a couple of weeks ago. A great mark overhead, Hosie could slot in alongside Brown and Larkey once he learns the systems at North.


Pick 6 – Western Bulldogs

RYAN GARDNER ($102,400)
Ryan Gardner has been a key position player for the Footscray VFL side. The Western Bulldogs have selected another player from their VFL affiliate side, following Billy Gowers and Will Hayes in previous seasons. Gardner stands at 197cm tall and weighs 98kgs. With Tom Boyd retiring, Gardner has the opportunity to fill that role.


Pick 7 – Essendon

WILL SNELLING ($117,300)
Snelling spent time on the Port Adelaide list, however was delisted after 2018. He played one game for the Power, in round 23, 2016. With Devon Smith going down with a season ending injury, as well as a growing injury list at the Bombers, Snelling has a chance to get a game at the Bombers.


Pick 8 – St Kilda

JACK MAYO ($102,400)
Mayo stands at 192cm, but is a bit thin, weighing 81kgs. Despite this, he is hard to beat overhead, and is an awkward size for most defenders. He is tall enough to beat small defenders in the air, but is quick and agile enough to run key defenders off their legs. With Paddy McCartin going down with lingering concussion issues, Mayo has a chance to slot into the side.


Pick 9 – Port Adelaide

CAM SUTCLIFFE ($199,500)
Cam starts with an elevated price due to only being out of the game 6 months. Cam Sutcliffe is a ready made selection, having played 104 games for Fremantle. Sutcliffe stands at 187cm tall, and weighs 87kg, and can come straight into the Power backline and make an impact, as long as his form holds up.


Pick 10 – Hawthorn


Pick 11 – Fremantle

DILLON O’REILLY ($102,400)
Dillon is a strong marking key forward, standing at 194cm tall. His father played 98 games for Fremantle, but Dillon missed out on the chance to be selected as a father/son. Despite having Jesse Hogan, O’Reilly has a good chance to play alongside the former Dee, potentially filling the void that Matt Taberner left.


Pick 12 – Adelaide


Pick 13 – Richmond

A finger injury will sideline Marlion for at least 10 weeks, but the Tigers see the South Fremantle midfielder as a long term prospect. Once fit though, he could settle into that Tigers midfield very comfortably. Has the ability to play in the defence, or the forward line. A really versatile player who should follow in the footsteps of Tim Kelly once he has recovered from his aforementioned injury.

When fit, 8/10

Pick 14 – Collingwood

JOHN NOBLE ($102,400)

Noble has started well this season for West Adelaide, averaging a goal a game this season so far. A ball winner who can go forward with ease, Noble could slot into some AFL sides. However, with his new side Collingwood, he may find it difficult to force his way in.


Pick 15 – Gold Coast Suns

Pick 16 – Sydney
CODY HIRST ($102,400)

Cody Hirst had his 2018 mostly wiped out due to injury. However, he has started his 2019 like a house on fire, gathering 24 touches a game. This number has majorly increased from his 2017/18 seasons, where he averaged 10.5 touches a game across the two seasons. Hirst offers great pressure as well, laying 5 tackles a game. However, despite the good numbers Hirst is unlikely to play this year, as he’s still very undersized.


Pick 17 – Western Bulldogs

Pick 18 – Essendon


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Are St kilda serious, another Jack in their team.


His nickname has gotta be Jizz.


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Great writeup, lads! Essendon need more run through the middle and Snelling's combine results look decent. Recorded top 10 places in beep test, agility test, 3k run, and repeat sprints


Respectfully disagree on Knoll.
Sinkers in Sydney is getting hammered by back up part timers now as he's been totally run into the ground by Horse. Man is a warrior, but totally spent.
Cameron clearly on the outer, and the other ruck/fwd we got as a rookie played 2 games in ressies, looked good and promptly did his knee. Naismith obviously not back soon – set backs with ACL.

Knoll won the BOG medal for S.A. recently in the same game Deluca won it for W.A. 26 yrs old, 105 kgs, 205 cm.
Expect Knoll to debut soon and an ideal downgrade to the Crow's ruck ripening on your bench unless you pick up Lobbe as a Fwd and a cheap ruck/fwd to cover the spot come finals time.


Good points, Bells. Interesting pick by the Swans and what it means for Darcy Cameron as his contract is up this year. Still find it hard to see where hit fits in the short term though. Swans don’t play two ruckman and I doubt he’ll play fwd with Reid and a fit again Buddy.

So either they change their structures or give Cal a rest


when can we trade these guys in??


Out of all of them i see snelling playing early maybe even this week as they are almost down to the cleaner suiting up at the bombers.

Like for like replacement for smith.

Be handy if a couple get a go leading into the byes to give us some rookie options moving forward


It will be at least 2 weeks. Unlike when playing for St Kilda – everyone has a different first name that has to be learned


From the Carlton website I get the impression that Deluca will get a chance post byes if the current crop of potatoes at princes park continue in kind.

Blues’ List Manager Michael Agresta said the Club was looking forward to welcoming Deluca to Ikon Park.
“Josh is good on the inside with his contested ball work around stoppages and his speed makes him a dangerous player inside forward 50,” Agresta said.
“We are invested in developing Josh into an AFL footballer through our system. That ultimately will take some time over the coming month, before he progresses through the Northern Blues in the VFL and ultimately pushes for AFL selection.”
Deluca will meet his Carlton teammates this week when he arrives in Victoria and be integrated into the program over the next few weeks.


Ryan Gardner new Doggies recruit has been confirmed as debuting this weekend. $102k (Key) Fwd might be on the bubble for Rd 14. Perhaps a increases his rating?


He' be a good cheap F8 option but unfortunately a few already have Young and I don't think you could run with both.


Deluca for me will impact immediately.


Only way for me to get L.Whitfield in this week before his price skyrockets is by going slightly early on trading out D.Moore and J.Clark.
Do I swoop?