Who your club picked

Club by club picks in Thursday night’s NAB AFL Draft and their reactions.

Adelaide

27. Sam Kerridge

Bendigo Pioneers

18, 187cm, 82kg

Midfielder

A strong midfielder with breakaway pace and excellent endurance. Fought his way back from injury this year to finish the season as one of the form players in the TAC Cup.

41. Mitchell Grigg

Norwood, SA

18, 181cm, 85kg

Midfielder

Accurate left-foot kick who has great hands in close. Averaged 24 disposals at the national under-18 titles to earn All-Australian honours.

46. Nicholas Joyce

Woodville-West Torrens/Crystal Brook

18, 185cm, 79kg

Midfielder

Left footed, hard-working inside player who attacks the ball strongly.

64. Cameron Ellis-Yolmen

Woodville-West Torrens, SA

18, 191cm, 88kg

Midfielder

Strong-bodied clearance player in the mould of Sydney’s Josh Kennedy. Also has a strong pair of hands.

81. Aiden Riley (rookie upgrade)

Adelaide rookie list

19, 183cm, 84kg

Midfielder

Elevated from the rookie list late in the season and pllayed five games mostly across half-back. Gets a permanent spot on the list for 2012.

89. Matthew Wright (rookie upgrade)

Adelaide rookie list

20, 179cm, 81kg

Midfielder

Hard-but impressed in 19 matches in 2011 and will look to build on that as a senior listed player in 2012.

What they said…

The Crows appeared to focus on a particular type of player at the draft, but recruiting manager Matt Rendell said it was mere coincidence.

“People will look back and say we picked a particular type; big-bodied, tough midfielders, but we didn’t think it was going to turn out that way. As it turned out, they’re all tough players who win their own ball and they’ve got a mixture of attributes. We’re pretty happy with the mix, as everyone is, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Brisbane Lions

8. Billy Longer

Northern Knights

18, 202cm, 95kg

Ruckman

The best ruckman in the draft pool noted for his ability to palm the ball with both hands. Speed and strong overhead marking make him dangerous up forward.

12. Sam Docherty

Gippsland Power

19, 183cm, 85kg

Rebounding defender

Noted for his dashes out of defence and has arguably the most potent right-foot kick in this year’s draft pool.From Phillip Island.

30. Elliot Yeo

East Fremantle, WA

18, 188cm, 82kg

Midfielder

Tall, quick wingman who topped the vertical leap and agility tests at draft camp. Uses the ball well on both sides of his body.

47. Patrick Wheadon

Murray Bushrangers/Kyabram

18, 191cm, 75kg

A medium midfielder who can go forward and prove deadly. Great left-foot kick who joined Murray as an under-14 whippet and has developed steadily.

69. Mitch Golby (rookie upgrade)

Brisbane Lions rookie list

20, 183cm, 82kg

Defender

The running backman played eight matches, picking up an average 13 disposals, after being promoted off the rookie list during the season. Wins a permanent senior list spot for 2012.

What they said…

Lions talent manager Rob Kerr was delighted at netting ruckman Billy Longer with their first pick in the draft, No.8.

“We’re pretty thin in the ruck stocks, we’ve got Matthew Leuenberger and we’ve brought Ben Hudson in to provide some back-up. We were pretty keen to get a ruckman in this draft and Billy was available and he is clearly the best ruckman in the country for his age.”

Carlton

22. Josh Bootsma

South Fremantle, WA

18, 190cm, 74kg

Tall defender

Quick rebounding defender is a good spoiler and a long penetrating kick. Slipped under the radar after playing for Albany until halfway through the year. Son of former Docker Brad Bootsma.

44. Sam Rowe

Norwood FC/Sydney Swans

24, 198cm, 94kg

Key forward

Taken by the Swans at pick No.60 of the 2005 rookie draft. A strongly built and athletic forward/ruckman who takes a strong mark and provides a contest.

62. Dylan Buckley (father-son)

Northern Knights

18, 179cm, 70kg

Midfielder/utility

Good user of the ball who has pace and likes to run and carry. Hampered by injury in 2011. Son of three-time premiership player Jim.

What they said…

The Blues’ recruiting manager Wayne Hughes said the club’s father-son choice (Dylan Buckley) narrowed its focus for its remaining picks.

“Obviously we only had a couple of live picks with the father-son choice. We picked players who will be ideal for us.”

Collingwood

50. Jackson Paine

Sandringham Dragons

18, 194cm, 86kg

Key forward

Athletic key forward who can split open packs with his attack on the ball. Strong mark who represented Vic Metro in the under-18 titles.

65. Corey Gault

Swan Districts/Mazenod Juniors

19, 198cm, 87kg

Ruckman

Athletically gifted, but still learning the art of ruck work.

67. Jarrod Witts (NSW scholarship promotion)

Normanhurst/Collingwood VFL

19, 208cm, 113kg

Ruckman

Young giant has already been compared to Aaron Sandilands, but the Pies say he is more of a power forward in the mould of Kurt Tippett. Just getting the hang of footy after playing rugby union and cricket as a junior. Scary talent.

What they said…

Magpies recruiting manager Derek Hine heralded the club’s large list turnover in the past two years.

“I think in a lot of sense, a lot of our work had already been done before we got here and we really had an eye on the taller players without being silly about it. We were delighted to be able to bring both players in. In a sense, it really tops us off nicely for our draft and once we’ve finished with the rookie draft, we will be bringing in another 10 new players to the club, which will take a total to 23 new players in two years.”

Essendon

19. Elliott Kavanagh

Western Jets

18, 187cm, 78kg

Midfielder

Has speed, works hard and wins his own ball. Injured for much of this year.

31. Jackson Merrett

Geelong Falcons

18, 187cm, 70kg

Outside midfielder

Wingman breaks games open with his run and carry. Finds time and space. Great nephew of Collingwood legend Thorold Merrett.

59. Nick O’Brien

North Ballarat Rebels

18, 188cm, 91kg

Forward

Lead-up forward with strong hands, a big engine and a great left boot. Averaged 18 disposals and six marks for Vic Country at the under-18 championships.

75. Stewart Crameri (rookie upgrade)

Essendon rookie list

21, 184cm, 76kg

Forward

Led the Bombers’ goalkicking this year with 34 and has been promoted to the senior list for 2012.

What they said…

The Bombers walk away from the draft with two midfielders that list manager Adrian Dodoro believes can become elite.

“We’re extremely happy. We wanted to walk out with two potential elite midfielders at this draft and we think we’ve gone a long way in achieving that.”

Fremantle

16. Tom Sheridan

Calder Cannons

19, 185cm, 76kg

Midfielder

Strong runner who brings teammates into the game with his clever use of the ball. Exceptional vision by hand.

20. Hayden Crozier

Eastern Rangers

17, 184cm, 68kg

Forward

Creative forward can be spectacular with his high marking. Took one of the marks of the year against WA in the national championships. Developing his consistency.

29. Alex Forster

Norwood, SA

18, 189cm, 81kg

Defender

Composed defender who can shut down an opponent and is noted for his excellent disposal on both sides of his body.

58. Lachlan Neale

Glenelg/Kybybolite

18, 177cm 77kg

Midfielder

Pocket rocket who has had his knockers, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in endeavour, toughness and work ethic.

71. Cameron Sutcliffe

Woodville-West Torrens/Kadina

19, 187cm, 81kg

Midfielder

Hard-working, team-orientated player with good skills and excellent endurance.

72. Passed

83. Nick Lower (rookie upgrade)

Fremantle rookie list

24, 187cm, 87kg

Midfielder

The 2011 SuperCoach specialist won’t be so cheap next year after earning a senior list spot following 19 matches in 2011, averaging 18 disposals.

What they said…

Fremantle was able to gain a good mix of players who play a variety of roles, list manager Brad Lloyd said.

“We’re really happy with our group. We just look to take the best player and we did that with taking a half-forward, a tall back and a couple of midfielders, and we’ll get Zac Dawson in the pre-season draft. The spread we’ve got has been pretty good.”

Geelong

32. Joel Hamling

Claremont, WA

18, 194cm, 80kg

Tall forward

Athletic long-term prospect who has also been tried in defence. Impressed for WA against NT and Tasmania at the under-18 championships.

34. Shane Kersten

South Fremantle, WA

18, 190cm, 88kg

Forward

Traditional full-forward who is a strong mark and an accurate kick. Missed under-18 titles due to injury.

48. Jordan Murdoch

Glenelg, SA

19, 190cm, 80kg

Forward

Super-quick, tall, mobile half-forward is a great left-foot kick. Overlooked last year after suffering a broken hand, he started the 2011 season with Glenelg’s under-18s and finished in the seniors. Runs 100m in 11.27sec.

66. Lincoln McCarthy

Glenelg/Bordertown

18, 177cm, 79kg

Forward

Explosive small forward who is dynamic around goal and overhead for his size. Former basketballer and state cricketer.

78. Orren Stephenson

North Ballarat (VFL)

29, 200cm, 104kg

Ruckman

The Big O gets his chance at age 29. Considered the best ruckman outside the AFL for several years, he’s ready to go and moves around the ground like Darren Jolly. The 3-time North Ballarat premiership player trained at Hawthorn in 2008 and Carlton in 2006.

86. Jed Bews (father-son)

Geelong Falcons

17, 186cm, 78kg

Defender

The son of Cats champ Andrew Bews played a handful of games for Geelong’s VFL side after impressing as a dashing defender with the Falcons. Has a great vertical leap – no surprise considering he was a former star junior pole vaulter.

What they said…

Variety is the spice of life, adding players who can contribute all over the ground, said Cats recruiting manager Stephen Wells.

“We knew coming in with six picks – one of them being father-son selection Jed Bews – that we were probably going to draft a variety of different players. We didn’t have a plan to draft key position players at the start or at the end, but we just knew that over the course of the night we’d get that opportunity, along with the chance to get some midfielders and versatile players.”

Gold Coast Suns

24. Henry Schade

North Hobart, TAS

18, 196cm, 80kg

Tall defender

Aggressive spoiler who does well in one-on-one contests but needs to put on some weight to compete in the AFL. Provides good run from defence.

80. Alik Magin (rookie upgrade)

Gold Coast rookie list

20, 181cm, 72kg

Small forward

Played just three games as a rookie, but the mop-haired goalsneak has won promotion to the senior list for next season.

88. Alex Sexton (Qld zone selection)

Redland, QLD

17, 185cm, 71kg

Midfielder

A natural footballer who can play midfield or forward. Starred for Queensland at last year’s under-16 championships and was touted as a potential top-10 draft pick before being signed by the Suns on a three-year deal.

91. Jackson Allen (Qld zone selection)

Morningside, QLD

18, 179cm, 75kg

Midfielder

Junior star played senior footy in the NEAFL and was a top-up player for the Suns’ reserves.

What they said…

Gold Coast list manager Scott Clayton talked up key defender Henry Schade after the draft, saying he would develop alongside backman Nathan Bock.

“In the balance of it all, we were really keen to get a tall defender to start developing and we’re lucky to have Nathan Bock and we’re rapt to bring in a young tall defender who can learn from him over the next couple of years. Henry certainly has the size and physical and mental attributes, so we’re really pleased to get him.”

GWS Giants

1. Jonathon Patton

Eastern Ranges

18, 197cm, 95kg

Tall forward

Well-rounded power forward is great on the lead and works hard. Compared to Jonathan Brown, he is capable of playing AFL straight away.

2. Stephen Coniglio

Swan District, WA

17, 182cm, 80kg

Midfielder

Star midfielder in the making who won the Larke Medal as best player in division one of the national under-18 championships. A clearance gun who burns off opponents with his pace and endurance. The Giants signalled their intentions early when they sent him to Sweden for knee treatment in September.

3. Dom Tyson

Oakleigh Chargers

18, 186cm, 82kg

Midfielder

Good decision-maker who hits targets even when under pressure. Not overly quick but a prolific ball-winner and an excellent left-foot kick.

4. Will Hoskin-Elliott

Western Jets

18, 182kg, 73kg

Midfielder

Damaging one-touch player with pace who used the ball well off both sides of his body. Finished top-two in the beep test and 3km time-trial at draft camp.

5. Matt Buntine

Dandenong Stingrays

19, 188cm, 85cm

Defender

Bookmark him as a future captain. Outstanding reading the ball and mopping up in defence.

7. Nick Haynes

Dandenong Stingrays

19, 191cm, 76kg

Midfielder

Great athlete who can take strong overhead marks and run all day. Won the Stingrays B&F and represented Vic Country at the under-18 championships.

9. Adam Tomlinson

Oakleigh Chargers

18, 194cm, 90kg

Tall defender/forward

Excellent athlete who can shut down an opponent or pose a threat up forward with his marking. Neat kick.

10. Liam Sumner

Sandringham Dragons

18, 178cm, 69kg

Outside midfielder

Explosive wingman with pace and plenty of tricks. Kicks long and straight. Shaggy hair increases comparisons to Dale Thomas.

11. Toby Greene

Oakleigh Chargers

18, 180cm, 78kg

Inside midfielder

Has come from nowhere. Super agile, smart in traffic and always runs to the right spots. A stoppage gun.

13. Taylor Adams

Geelong Falcons

18, 181cm, 80kg

Inside midfielder/forward

Hardened inside midfielder and an outstanding leader who has been compared to Norm Smith medallist Jimmy Bartel.

14. Devon Smith

Geelong Falcons

18, 175cm, 73kg

Inside midfielder/small forward

Hard-nut midfielder who is an expert at stoppages and a big-time tackler. Kicks goals when forward.

56. Tom Downie

North Ballarat Rebels

18, 205cm, 95kg

Ruckman

Former under-17 Australian basketballer only joined the Rebels at the end of the season, but has bucketloads of natural talent.

79. Setanta O’hAilpin

Carlton

28, 199cm, 100kg

Forward

The big Irishman gets another chance after being delisted by the Blues. His 80 games will be of great value at the Giants, with his durability to play at either end but will most likely play forward.

87. James McDonald

Melbourne/Old Xaverians

35, 180cm, 75kg

Midfielder

Former Melbourne skipper who has been with GWS for a while as an assistant coach, now joins as a player.

What they said…

Boasting 11 of the first 15 picks, list manager Stephen Silvagni said it was vital that the Giants produced a diverse and flexible batch from their first ever draft.

“There’s a lot of versatility in our choices and we wanted to make sure we didn’t panic at all. We knew what we were getting through the door and there was more than enough there to get that flexibility. There’s been a lot of work go into it and it’s all so exciting.”

Hawthorn

33. Brad Hill

West Perth, WA

18, 180cm, 60kg

Midfielder

Speed machine who was quickest over 5m at draft camp and smashed the beep test record. Light as a feather and will need time but could develop into a star like his brother, Dockers wingman Stephen.

38. Jordan Kelly

Dandenong Stingrays

18, 191cm, 81kg

Tall defender

Good long kick and strong in one-on-one contests. Can win his own ball and is a willing tackler.

53. Alex Woodward

Sandringham Dragons

18, 182cm, 75kg

Inside midfielder/forward

Team player who wins the ball inside and outside and has a great work ethic. At home burrowing under packs, he won more clearances than any other player in the TAC Cup this season.

77. Luke Breust (rookie upgrade)

Hawthorn rookie list

21, 184cm, 76kg

Forward

Kicked 30 goals in 17 games and gained a reputation as the Hawks’ super sub. Has been rewarded with a spot on the senior list for 2012.

What they said…

Out of the draft until pick 33, Hawthorn recruiting manager Graham Wright gave little away following a draft that netted speedster Brad Hill.

“We weren’t necessarily looking for the best available player or to draft with need, but once we grabbed Brad at pick 33, we were able to move on. We had a list of players we expected to be available at that range and we grabbed them in order if they were still there.”

Melbourne

36. Rory Taggert

North Ballarat Rebels

18, 188cm, 87kg

Forward

A medium-sized forward who won’t be beaten in the air and rarely misses. Knocks were endurance and work ethic but in an AFL system expected to flourish. Likened to Eagle Mark LeCras.

52. Josh Tynan

Gippsland Power

18, 185cm, 76kg

Defender

Composed and strong overhead, Tynan can play on talls and smalls and provides run and drive from defence.

54. James Sellar

Adelaide

22, 196cm, 98kg

Forward

A ruckman/key position who played 21 games with Crows before being delisted at the end of the 2011 season. Drafted at pick No.14 as a key forward in the 2006 AFL Draft.

What they said…

Melbourne pulled the surprise of the draft by selecting delisted Adelaide forward James Sellar. Recruiting manager Barry Prendergast said the Demons wanted to add experience.

“The coaching staff were really keen on getting another experienced tall on the list to add to bringing in Mitch Clark. The 23-year-old demographic is something we don’t have a lot of. We took four talls last year and our last two picks in 2009 were Max Gawn and Jack Fitzpatrick so they’re all really young. We’ve got Frawley and Rivers down there who are the key tall defenders but not a lot of experienced talls in our forward line.”

North Melbourne

18. Brad McKenzie

Sturt, SA

18, 188cm, 75kg

Defender

Classy and creative left-footer who is a good mark and brings teammates into the game. Kicks spearing long passes and loves a goal.

40. Tom Curran

Oakleigh Chargers

18, 195cm, 86kg

Tall forward

Hard-working key-position player is a good kick and loves a contest. Son of former Hawk Peter Curran.

74. Luke Delaney (rookie upgrade)

North Melbourne rookie list

22, 194cm, 97kg

Key defender

Played eight matches with an impressive 87 per cent disposal efficiency in 2011 and will add to the Roos’ defensive depth with a senior list spot for 2012.

84. Cameron Pedersen (rookie upgrade)

North Melbourne rookie list

24, 193cm, 100kg

Defender/utility

No more night shifts at Bunnings for the mature-age defender who earned a two-year contract, and a senior list spot, following 14 super impressive matches off the rookie list in 2011.

What they said…

The Kangaroos targeted players with a good disposal efficiency, recruiting manager Bryce Lewis said.

“We made a list of the best players and went from there. (Being a quality user of the ball) was certainly a key criteria, but we ranked them in order of best available and these two were there at our selections.”

Port Adelaide

6. Chad Wingard

Sturt, SA

18, 181cm, 70kg

Midfielder

A goalkicking midfielder with exquisite skills. Has pace and can win his own ball, making him dangerous in tight and in space.

45. Brendon Ah Chee

South Fremantle, WA

17, 188cm, 80kg

Forward

Creative, a good mover and boasting a huge leap, Ah Chee can play up forward or even on a wing. Won the South Fremantle Colts B&F.

51. Nathan Blee

East Perth, WA

21, 192cm, 91kg

Tall defender

Named in the WAFL team of the year and invited to draft camp after an outstanding year in defence for East Perth. Can play on talls and smalls, used the ball well and has good closing speed.

81. Passed                           

What they said…

Port Adelaide kicked off its draft with promising youngster Chad Wingard at pick No.6, and recruiting manager Geoff Parker said there were high hopes for the midfielder.

“It is always great if we can get a home-grown talent and Chad fits the bill. Not only that but they need the talent and he’s certainly got that so we were rapt. There’s been a lot of speculation about Leon (Davis) and he will definitely be talked about. Whether or not he is the one I don’t know but we will definitely talk about him. We’ve got pick three and it might be earlier than that depending on what Gold Coast and GWS do. I think if we wanted him we would be a chance to get him.”

Richmond

15. Brandon Ellis

Calder Cannons

18, 181cm, 83kg

Running defender

Solid body and good reader of the play who can shut down an opponent and set up attacks from defence with thumping kicks on both sides of his body.

26. Todd Elton

Dandenong Stingrays

18, 197cm, 92kg

Ruck/forward

Flexible big man provides a contest in the ruck and at centre half-forward. Big engine. Had an up and down year.

55. Matthew Arnot

Oakleigh Chargers/Vermont

18, 180cm, 87kg

Midfielder

Left-footed, powerfully built midfielder with penetrating kick. Can play across half-back.

What they said…

In a compromised draft, Richmond did well to emerge from the draft with some promising selections, recruiting manager Francis Jackson said.

“Our strategy was to take the best players available. We felt that the depth of the draft, given GWS already had 12 picks taken out, was a little bit compromised, but walking away with the players that we did, we’re very happy with the different mix we got.”

St Kilda

25. Seb Ross

North Ballarat Rebels

18, 187cm, 82kg

Midfielder

Cousin of Jobe Watson shows similar traits in leadership and winning contested ball. Noted goalkicker.

35. Daniel Markworth

Calder Cannons

19, 189cm, 76kg

Lead-up forward/utility

Draft bolter who shone in his first year in the TAC Cup. Has lightning speed off the mark, clean hands and goal sense.

37. Jack Newnes

Northern Knights

18, 184cm, 73kg

Midfielder

Versatile type who likes to run with the footy. Averaged 22.8 disposals, six marks and three tackles in the TAC Cup this year. Penetrating kick.

42. Jimmy Webster

Glenorchy, TAS

18, 188cm, 74kg

Midfielder

Dashing wingman who delivers the ball well inside 50. Played senior footy in Tassie this year.

60. Jay Lever

Geelong Falcons

18, 200cm, 86kg

Quick and agile and loves to take on the opposition, but his stocks slipped in a disappointing national championships. Could be a wildcard.

68. Beau Wilkes

West Coast Eagles/Claremont

25, 194cm, 96kg

Key defender/forward

Reliable third defender who spent three years on the West Coast rookie list before cracking a senior game in 2008. Was delisted at the end of last season after 23 AFL matches. Played in Claremont’s 2011 WAFL premiership side and won the Simpson Medal as the best player on the ground, kicking five goals.

76. Jason Blake

St Kilda

30, 189cm, 90kg

Defender

Super-reliable club man who was delisted to help the Saints juggle their salary cap issues.

What they said…

St Kilda shared the most picks (behind GWS) with Fremantle and list manager Ameet Bains said the Saints threw their net wide.

“It was exciting. We did take a little longer than a couple of clubs but outside of Greater Western Sydney we had the most picks with Fremantle so there was a bit more for us to consider.”

Sydney Swans

21. Tom Mitchell (father-son)

Claremont, WA

18, 180cm, 73kg

Midfielder

The son of Barry is a classy left-footer with great leadership qualities. Strong tackler who will be a nice fit in the Sydney midfield.

43. Jordan Lockyer

West Perth, WA

18, 191cm, 85kg

Defender

Versatile player who attacks the ball hard, reads the play well and doesn’t waste the footy – he averaged 75 per cent efficiency at the national champs. The son of Andrew Lockyer, who played 78 games for West Coast from 1987-92.

61. Alex Brown

Oakleigh Chargers/Doncaster Heights JFC

18, 191cm, 78kg

Defender

Good pace and mobility for a player his size and can play tall and small, especially when back. Excellent mark and spoils well with his closing speed.

85. Nathan Gordon (rookie upgrade)

Sydney rookie list

21, 187cm, 86kg

Midfielder

Best known for dropping the F-bomb on live TV after his debut in Round 7, the hard-working midfielder played just two games but has been rewarded with a senior list spot after two years as a rookie.

What they said…

Swans coach John Longmire said the club was pleased with the needs it had addressed at the draft table following an active Trade Week.

“We just wanted to get the best players available at those picks. We went in with an open mind. We tried to trade for a few of our needs in Trade Week and then we came to the draft knowing we had Tommy there at 21. Kinnear Beatson and his recruiting team are confident we’ve got the best players available at 43 and 61.”

West Coast Eagles

23. Murray Newman

Swan District, WA

18, 179cm, 67kg

Midfielder

Lightly framed but capable of developing into an elite goalkicking midfielder. Averaged 20 disposals at the under-18 national titles.

28. Fraser McInnes

Perth, WA

18, 197cm, 92kg

Key forward

Very tall forward who can also play in defence and in the ruck. Smart left-footer who reads the game well.

63. Ashton Hams (rookie upgrade)

West Coast rookie list

25, 174cm, 77kg

Forward

Has finally earned a senior list spot after being promoted off the rookie list during the past two seasons. Played four games in 2011 to take his career tally to 15.

What they said…
West Coast list manager Rohan O’Brien said the club walked away from draft night delighted with its selections.

“Everyone’s happy on draft day but if you’d have given us the option going in of two local boys and the types of players they are and what they add, we would have taken that beforehand.”

Western Bulldogs

17. Clay Smith

Gippsland Power

18, 180cm, 82kg

Inside midfielder

Ferocious tackler who wins his own ball. Fearless and hates being beaten. Also strong overhead for his size.

39. Michael Talia

Calder Cannons

18, 194cm, 90kg

Tall defender

Brother of Crow Daniel, he is a key-position defender who thrives in one-on-one contests. Provides great run from defence.

49. Daniel Pearce

Oakleigh Chargers

18, 180cm, 78kg

Midfielder

Had an outstanding disposal efficiency of 73 per cent over 20 TAC Cup matches this year.

57. Tory Dickson

Frankston (VFL)/Noble Park/Bendigo Bombers (VFL)

24, 180cm, 90kg

Forward

Dickson, 24, is a surprise choice but a favourite of now-Dogs assistant Shannon Grant. Kicked 100 goals in Noble Park’s 2010 premiership and has won a best-and-fairest at Frankston. Can play as a leading forward and rotate through midfield.

70. Matthew Panos (rookie upgrade)

Bulldogs rookie list

20, 191cm, 87kg

Forward

Leading forward who kicked 29 goals for Williamstown in 2011, including 17 in the last four matches of the season. Brendan McCartney sees him as part of the Dogs’ future forward line.

73. Luke Dahlhaus (rookie upgrade)

Bulldogs rookie list

19, 177cm, 72kg

Forward

Excitement machine who loves a goal and a chase-down tackle earned a senior list spot after kicking a goal a game in 11 appearances this season.

What they said…

Western Bulldogs recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple approached the draft with a plan to select the best available talent for the club and left very pleased.

“It was mainly best player for us, and more so boys who fitted into the model of how Brendan McCartney is going to coach, so good people who are strong at the ball and can compete, and having a level of playing ability that’s going to make them successful AFL players. It’s always a balancing act, but we’re very happy.”

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