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The Mid-Season Draft Review

Published by Azza on

Shortly after the 2018 AFL Grand Final, the AFL Commission once again announced a swag of new rules for the 2019 AFL Season and beyond.

Of the 9 new items that were announced and subsequently introduced, one was making a 16-year comeback, the Mid-Season Draft. A chance for teams to right some wrongs, fill some gaps in their list whether it be due to injury or poor list management (remember Ned Guy?) and of course look for the next Marlion Pickett.

On Wednesday night, the 2021 AFL Mid-Season Draft was held and now that it’s done and dusted, it’s time to join Azza, our resident stats guru and self-proclaimed draft expert and look at the players that were drafted and how they might come in handy for the remainder of the 2021 SuperCoach season.

Pick 1: Jacob Edwards (North Melbourne)

RUC/FWD $102,400

Jacob Edwards was well expected to land at North Melbourne at pick 1 as North looked to secure another tall forward/ruckman as they start to plan for a time without club legend, Todd Goldstein.

Recruited from Sandringham Dragon in the VFL, Edwards will be a long-term prospect for North Melbourne so its unlikely we’ll get to see him in the AFL, but it’s worth noting that in his first 3 games with the Dragons, he averaged 107 SC points….

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 50-60

Pick 2: Jai Newcombe (Hawthorn)

MID $102,400

Bit of a surprise here from Hawthorn, given they were very keen on Ned Moyle as additional ruck depth, but instead opted for an inside midfielder who nominated a 4 year contract on his draft application…

Nonetheless, Newcombe has been excellent for Box Hill in the VFL, averaging 23 touches and 111 SC points so far this season and could very well see some game time given the new look Hawthorn side.

Chance to play: Reasonable chance.

SC projected average: 65-80

Pick 3: Ashley Johnson (Collingwood)

FWD $102,400

Another surprise, as many had thought at Jackson Callow’s name was going to read out here, but instead Collingwood picked up excitement machine Ash Johnson from Sturt in the SANFL.

There’s a lot to like about this mature age high-marking forward who’s been averaging 2.2 goals, 6.2 marks and 11.5 disposals for Sturt, and could become a valuable asset to Collingwood’s struggling forward line.

Chance to play: Very likely.

SC projected average: 50-60

Pick 4: Patrick Parnell (Adelaide)

DEF $102,400

Another small running defender for Adelaide? Sure, why not. Not what Crows fans would have hoped for, but Adelaide wanted the best available, and arguably they got it.

Parnell is an elite user of the ball, going at 86% disposal efficiency throughout the NAB league, a real feature of his game. Along with composure and pace, he will take time to get a game for Adelaide, but is a real asset for their side going forward.

Currently averaging 141 SC points in the NAB league, ranked 8th overall. One to watch in the future.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 55-70

Pick 5: Ned Moyle (Gold Coast)

RUC $102,400

Gold Coasts rucking department can breathe a sigh of relief, as they got the man they were after to help provide some relief to Zac Smith given Jarrod Witts is still a long way from returning with a knee injury.

Averaging 19 disposals, 23 hitouts, 8 clearances and 111 SC points in the NAB League, Moyle has been really impressive for Calder Cannons and Collingwood VFL. He’s even held his own against Gold Coast’s own Zac Smith and Sydney’s Callum Sinclair, and with stocks thin at Gold Coast, there’s every chance Moyle will get a senior call up.

Chance to play: Fair to good.

SC projected average: 60 – 75

Pick 6: Alex Mirkov (Carlton)

RUC $102,400

No player has risen up the draft rank quite like Mirkov. The former volleyball player impressed enough clubs that they pushed the AFL for a special exemption to ensure he was available to be picked at this year’s draft.

The 210cm ruckman isn’t everyones cup of tea (just ask Lekdog – actually….best not to), but the project ruckman has plenty of upside, with his best game coming in Round 2 of the VFL against Brisbane, where he registered 36 hitouts to Tom Fullarton’s 18.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 50 – 70

Pick 7: Max Heath (St. Kilda)

RUC $102,400

A curious pick for St. Kilda, given the ruck depth that they already maintain and the fact that Rowan Marshall is due back in a few weeks.

But Max Heath is still a great pickup, given he was touted as a top 30 draft pick last season and is still improving. He’s been modelling his playing style off Rowan Marshall, acting as an aggressive ruckman who can also float forward to add another marking option and will learn a lot now he’s in AFL circles.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 50 – 70

Pick 8: James Peatling (GWS)

DEF/MID $102,400

GWS choose to draft straight from their own backyard, opting for a product of their GWS academy pick, James Peatling.

Best likened to a Jamie Elliott-clone of late, Peatling has been recently been playing as a pressure forward rotating through the midfield but has spent most of his career across half back, showcasing his versatility. His stats in the VFL have been quite impressive, averaging 22.4 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles and is one to watch for the future.

Chance to play: Reasonable but unlikely.

SC projected average: 55 – 70

Pick 9: Sam Durham (Essendon)

DEF/MID $102,400

Essendon have a recent history of snatching picks from teams behind them in the draft, and its continued with Richmond VFL mature-aged recruit, Sam Durham.

Versatile, with plenty of upside, Durham has been playing a multitude of roles for Richmond playing off half back, the wing and even bursts as a rover. He’s still developing, but has all the traits of a great outside midfielder, which could be a valuable point of difference for Essendon in the future.

Chance to play: Very unlikely.

SC projected average: 50 – 65

Pick 10: Matthew Parker (Richmond)

FWD/MID $141,000

The former St. Kilda player gets a second chance with Richmond. After being delisted at the end of 2020, he returned to back home to play for South Fremantle in the WAFL and it’s there he’s been showing why he deserves a second chance.

Averaging 20.4 disposals in the WAFL, it was his most recent match against West Coast that sold it for recruiters, with 26 disposals, 6 inside 50s, 4 goals and 1 behind along with his impressive performance for WA in the state match against SA where he kicked 2 goals.

Chance to play: Marlion Pickett 2.0? There’s every chance at Richmond.

SC projected average: 55 – 70

Pick 11: Will Collins (West Coast)

DEF $102,400

Almost selected in the pre-season supplemental period, Collins finally gets his chance on an AFL list. He’s been a fixture in defence for Swan Districts, taking up roles at full back or centre half back.

With Shannon Hurn, Brad Sheppard and Jeremy McGovern not getting any younger, West Coast have definitely looked to solidify their key defensive stocks for the future, with Collins a very handy pickup but it’s highly unlikely we’ll see him debut this year.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 40 – 55

Pick 12: Lachlan McAndrew (Sydney)

RUC $102,400

Like GWS, Sydney have turned to their own Academy for their mid-season draft selection, picking up rugby union convert, Lachlan McAndrew.

McAndrew is definitely a raw/project ruckman, given he’s only been in the system for two years. But in the two VFL matches he’s featured in he’s averaged close to 20 hitouts. There were some promising signs in his match against Gold Coast with McAndrew holding his own against Zac Smith, but there’s still a long way to go before an AFL debut.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 50 – 70

Pick 13: Jed McEntee (Port Adelaide)

MID $102,400

A real excitement machine, McEntee’s strength lies in his defensive pressure, averaging an impressive 5.4 tackles per game in the SANFL. To put that in perspective, only 23 players in the AFL have averaged more tackles per game.

A tad unlucky not to get the MID/FWD DPP in SuperCoach, given he has been playing as a small forward, and his talents would be best suited to Port Adelaide’s forward line, adding a different dimension with speed and pressure.

Chance to play: Reasonable but unlikely.

SC projected average: 50 – 65

Pick 14: Kalin Lane (Brisbane)

RUC $102,400

Oh look, another developing ruckman! Lane has been on the radar of many recruiters this year due to his impressive development in the WAFL for Claremont and it was Brisbane that striked, looking to firm up their own ruck stocks.

But it’s not just his average of 28.5 hitouts that have impressed recruiters, but his work around the ground averaging 13.5 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles as well. One to keep a close eye on in the future as his stocks continue to rise.

Chance to play: Slim to none.

SC projected average: 60 – 75

Pick 15: Kye Declase (Melbourne)

DEF/MID $102,400

Another player that just missed out on winning a supplemental selection spot, Declase is a ready made versatile talent best likened to Melbourne’s own Adam Tomlinson.

Originally starting out as a running half back defender, he has slowly been making his way up the ground, playing on the wing and at times, across half forward providing another strong marking opportunity for Werribee.

Averaging 22.2 disposals, 7.4 marks and a goal in the VFL, Declase is well needed depth for Melbourne and given Tomlinson himself is out for the season with an ACL injury, there is a great chance Declase is handed a debut given his recent strong performances.

Chance to play: All signs point to yes.

SC projected average: 50 – 65

Pick 16: Charlie Ham (North Melbourne)

DEF $102,400

Overlooked in the 2020 AFL Draft, Charlie Ham gets his chance with North Melbourne. He’s been developing his craft at Geelong Falcons as a rebounding defender who can push up into the midfield.

While his stats might not leap of the page, it’s his use of the ball, agility and athleticism that sets himself apart. Throughout the 2019 TAC Cup, he registered an astounding 90.9% handball efficiency and his stats in 2021 have been very similar.

Given North’s current injury list and gaps in defence, Ham’s skills could be put to test sooner than we think.

Chance to play: Fair chance given North’s extensive injury list.

SC projected average: 40 – 60

Pick 17: Jackson Callow (Hawthorn)

FWD $102,400

The name that fans thought may never get called out. Jackson Callow has been the fans favourite but clearly not a recruiters favourite, overlooked for the National draft, rookie draft and nearly the mid-season draft.

He’s an old-school centre-half forward with elite marking abilities, exceptional strength, goalkicking skills and nigh unbeatable in a one-on-one contest, something that will excite Hawthorn fans.

Averaging 12.9 disposals, 6.1 marks and 1.4 goals per game in the SANFL, he’ll add a great dimension to Hawthorn’s side, and could very well be in frame for a debut some time season thanks to a renewed youth policy.

Chance to play: Very good chance to debut.

SC projected average: 50 – 70

Pick 18: Aiden Begg (Collingwood)

RUC $102,400

The 7th and final ruckman to be selected in the pre-season, Aiden Begg was also a surprise given that Begg is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

But injury aside, Begg is a talented ruckman who is also showing promise in key position roles up forward and in defence, offering some real utility to Collingwoods side long term.

Chance to play: Currently injured, making for a great loophole prospect.

SC projected average: 40 – 60

Pick 19: Jordan Boyd (Carlton)

DEF $102,400

Boyd is a mature aged recruit that has impressed recruiters with his work at both ends of the ground for Footscray in the VFL and it’s his speed and precision kicking will be a real asset to Carlton.

Before getting drafted, he was averaging 18.4 disposals, 13.2 kicks and 5 marks, and could be best utilised as a small intercept/lockdown defender, and given this is a role that Carlton are lacking in, the odds are good for a debut at some point this season.

Chance to play: Fair chance.

SC projected average: 50 – 65

Pick 20: Cooper Sharman (St. Kilda)

FWD $102,400

What a journey Sharman has had to get onto an AFL list. He started his journey at GWS in their academy before moving to play with Oakleigh Chargers in the NAB League, then after being snubbed in the 2019 AFL Draft, he moved to SA to play for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL.

Floating in and out of the senior side, he’s currently averaging 12 disposals, 6.6 marks 2.1 goals per game as a key forward kicking at least a goal per game and rarely being beaten in a one-on-one contest, something St. Kilda could definitely use up forward.

Chance to play: Possible, but unlikely.

SC projected average: 40 – 55

Pick 21: Connor West (West Coast)

MID $102,400

Looking to the WAFL again, West Coast opted for an AFL-ready midfielder to bolster their stocks given injuries to Tim Kelly, Luke Shuey and Liam Duggan and will offer great depth in that area.

He’s been incredibly impressive for West Perth in the WAFL, averaging 15.1 kicks (13th overall), 11.7 handballs (6th overall), 26.9 disposals per game (15th overall), 6.4 tackles (2nd overall) and even played a starring role in WAs state side, registering 20 disposals in the midfield.

Chance to play: Half a chance over the coming weeks with current injuries, but dicey.

SC projected average: 65 – 80

Pick 22: Daniel Turner (Melbourne)

DEF $102,400

Last but not least it’s Daniel Turner, a promising intercept/key defender that has arguably improved more than any player this season in the NAB League, currently leading the competition for marks (8.0 per game) and averaging 103 SC.

With exceptional ball-reading abilities and contested marking skills, he’ll grow to become a great weapon in defence for Melbourne and provide additional depth for the rest of the season.

Chance to play: Very unlikely

SC projected average: 45 – 60


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Lazza

The Tigers now have 9 indigenous players with the addition of Parker to their list. I’m guessing thats the most of any team. 7 have played in the ones. Fair chance Parker will too.
The other 8, are Edwards, Bolton, D Rioli, M Rioli, Mansell, Pickett, Eggmolesse-Smith

Lekdog

Amazing

TRIGGA HAPPY

Excellent Azza.
Love the chance to play and SC score predictions additions to the spiel about each player. 👍