Draft Wrap – Part 3: Port Adelaide – Western Bulldogs
Please note: all the prices and positions stated below are estimated, but I have tried to use the regular formula for the prices, and Champion Data’s own data table for the positions.
Not included in this article are players who were re-rookied by their clubs.
Miles Bergman ($153,300 – Forward)
The most likely to play early, but I can’t see where he fits in given that Port are well stocked up forward. Lots to play out though, and we know Ken likes to play the kids. Watch.
Mitch Georgiades ($135,300 – Forward)
Had Georgiades had played U18s he would’ve been in the conversation for the Top 10. A tough and reliable key forward who really impressed at the combine, after missing the U18s competition through injury. He probably will take a few years before he takes over from Dixon/Westhoff to pair with Marshall.
Dylan Williams ($117,300 – Midfielder/Forward)
Given his injury troubles, Port will want to make sure he’s cherry ripe before handing him a debut. I don’t think he’ll play early but watch for him mid-late season.
Jackson Mead ($117,300 – Midfielder)
A big-bodied midfielder who might bide his time in the SANFL before eventually taking over from one of their aging midfielders. Watch.
Jake Pasini ($102,400 – Defender)
A very raw key defender who’ll need to spend a few summers in the gym before getting a crack at the big time. Good chance he won’t see any action in 2020.
Trent Burgoyne ($102,400 – Forward)
Son of Peter and nephew of Shaun. Has a disastrous history of hamstring injuries so Port will want to make sure he’s absolutely ready to go before handing him a debut. He’s probably behind a few in the queue for a debut though.
Thomson Dow ($121,800 – Midfielder)
Noah Cumberland ($117,300 – Midfielder/Forward)
Will Martyn ($117,300 – Midfielder)
Hugo Ralphsmith ($117,300 – Midfielder/Forward)
Bigoa Nyuon ($117,300 – Ruckmen)
All of these guys fall under the same category. All have massive talent and will be valuable to Richmond in the future but after winning a VFL and AFL premiership, they’re all unlikely to force their way in. Richmond’s top pick from last year, Riley Collier-Dawkins, still hasn’t debuted, despite being very highly rated.
Ryan Byrnes ($117,300 – Midfielder)
Of St Kilda’s draftees, Ryan is the most likely to debut. However, with the Saints adding 5 players during the trade period, and Jack Bytel waiting in the wings, he’s unlikely to see action early. Keep tabs on him for a mid-late season debut.
Leo Connolly ($117,300 – Defender)
Unlikely to see any action in 2020, not SuperCoach relevant.
Jack Bell ($115,900 – Ruck)
Saints added another Jack to their list, but that’s all he’s gonna do in 2020.
Dylan Stephens ($193,800 – Midfielder)
I think he’s going to be a great player, but at the price, I think he’s a little too expensive. In saying that, Stephens averaged 82 at SANFL level, and I’m happy to be proven wrong. Watch, but probably a bit too expensive.
Will Gould ($117,300 – Defender)
Until he isn’t named, lock him in.
Elijah Taylor ($117,300 – Forward)
He will be a very exciting player once he gets going, but I don’t see him debuting early in the season, might not even debut in 2020 at all.
Chad Warner ($117,300 – Midfielder)
Callum Jamieson ($117,300 – Ruck)
A project player for the Eagles. Won’t see any action in 2020, in fact probably 5th or 6th in line at the Eagles.
Ben Johnson ($117,300 – Forward)
Had a great WAFL Colts grand final, and could be a chance to debut depending on what happens with Willie Rioli. Can’t see him being overly prolific on the scoring front though.
Mitch O’Neill ($102,400 – Midfielder)
Staggering that he fell all the way through the rookie draft. Talent alone might see him debut sooner rather than later, but there is also every chance he doesn’t debut at all in 2020.
Cody Weightman ($148,800 – Forward)
A solid contributor in the NAB league and at U18s level, and a very good chance to make a debut early for the Bulldogs. Is he worth the higher price though? His form during the Marsh Community Series should answer that.
Louis Butler ($117,300 – Defender)
A few ahead of him in the line for a debut and the Bulldogs defence is pretty well stocked. A lot can happen between now and round 1, but I doubt he plays in 2020.
Riley Garcia ($117,300 – Midfielder)
Won’t play at all in 2020 after rupturing his ACL in the final game of the U18s competition.