Ripe rookies

FOR those overlooked in November’s national draft, tomorrow’s pre-season and rookie drafts open the door ajar.

As a result of last month’s inaugural draft in Western Sydney, tomorrow’s drafts hold a pool of talent from all over the country, along with delisted players from other clubs hoping to gain another AFL lifeline.

The pre-season draft will kick off at 11am live from AFL House, where GWS hold the first six selections, followed by the Gold Coast, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs.

70-odd players will be drafted on Tuesday, and many will join fellow former rookie successes Aaron Sandilands (Frem), Darren Jolly (Melb/Syd/Coll), Dean Cox (WCE), Stephen Milne (StK), James Podsiadly (Geel), Nathan Bock (Adel/GC), Josh Gibson (North Melb/Haw) and Nick Maxwell (Coll) among others.

Clubs looking to bolster their tall stocks tomorrow are in some luck because there are plenty of raw key position prospects available.

Tasmanian Brody Mihocek heads the list, along with Sandringham’s Sam Frost and Geelong Falcon Andrew Boseley.

Mihocek is a 192cm defender who made the All-Australian team after an excellent national carnival, and can consider himself incredibly unlucky to miss out in last month’s national draft.

Frost is an exciting athletic prospect with plenty of upside, and despite the 194cm’s kicking deficiencies, he remains a top rookie prospect who will benefit from being in a fulltime AFL environment.

Boseley, meanwhile, is a raw 192cm fullback who made the TAC Cup Team of the Year and would be more than capable of playing senior football off a rookie list next year.

North Hobart’s Julian Dobosz, South Fremantle’s Myles Bolger, Geelong’s Jai Sheahan and Sam Gordon, Eastern’s Michael Bussey, Sandringham pair Xavier Richards and Fletcher Roberts, Oakleigh trio Damian Mascitti, Jake Hammond and Nick Murphy are other taller players who will also be strongly considered for selection at the rookie draft.

There will also be plenty of midfielders available with West Perth’s Shane Nelson probably the most surprising non-selection at the national draft.

He’s a prolific ball winner with great endurance who can go forward and kick a goal and will surely be given a chance to impress from a rookie list.

Nelson’s WA teammates Cam Eardley and Marley Williams will also rank highly among the remaining onballers as will Tasmanian skipper John McKenzie, Murray Bushranger Jack Crisp, North Ballarat speedster Lachie Dalgleish, Northern Knight Michael Mascoulis and South Australian Josh Waldhuter.

The full order of the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft is:

1 – Greater Western Sydney

2 – Greater Western Sydney

3 – Greater Western Sydney

4 – Greater Western Sydney

5 – Greater Western Sydney

6 – Greater Western Sydney

7 – Gold Coast

8 – Port Adelaide

9 – Richmond

10 – Fremantle

11 – Western Bulldogs

NAB AFL Rookie Draft selections

Adelaide (7 selections): 5, 23, 41, 58, 73, 83, 89.

Brisbane Lions (4): 4, 22, 40, 57

Carlton (4): 14, 32, 50, 67.

Collingwood (6): 17, 35, 53, 70, 81, 87.

Essendon (6): 11, 29, 47, 64, 78, 85.

Fremantle (5): 8, 26, 44, 61, 75.

Geelong (3): 18, 36, 54.

Gold Coast Suns (9): 2, 20, 38, 56, 72, 82, 88, 92, 94.

GWS (5): 1, 19, 37, 55, 71.

Hawthorn (4): 16, 34, 52, 69.

Melbourne (4): 6, 24, 42, 59.

North Melbourne (5): 10, 28, 46, 63, 77.

Port Adelaide (3): 3, 21, 39.

Richmond (7): 7, 25, 43, 60, 74, 84, 90.

St Kilda (5): 12, 30, 48, 65, 79.

Sydney (9): 13, 31, 49, 66, 80, 86, 91, 93, 95.

West Coast Eagles (4): 15, 33, 51, 68.

Western Bulldogs (5): 9, 27, 45, 62, 76.

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