AFL Draft | The next dozen: Who goes first on night two?
WITH the late chaos of round one officially in the books, clubs will now let the dust settle before turning their attention to the second night of this year’s AFL Draft. Though the depth of talent remaining is not widely lauded, a bunch of prospects will be highly sought after to start round two. We take you through 12 prospects who will likely feature within the next round of picks.
Note – players are listed in alphabetical order
Harry Barnett (West Adelaide)
202cm | 93kg | 22/01/2004 | Ruck
There is considerable interest in Barnett from a range of clubs in round two, and having traded down the order, Sydney may be one. The Swans hold pick 27 and could look at the South Australian tall if available, especially with Collingwood lurking at picks 28 and 30. Considered the best ruck in this year’s crop, Barnett is already well built but has nice scope for improvement as a second round prospect. If they don’t trade pick 22, the Giants may also have a look.
Coby Burgiel (Gippsland Power)
183cm | 80kg | 09/09/2004 | Midfielder/Forward
Burgiel is another player in the powerful midfielder-forward bracket, and if any club missed out on one in during the first night of drafting, he could be a value option down the order. The Gippsland Power product has a good turn of speed and is a proven goalkicker forward of centre, and may be of interest for clubs like West Coast and Collingwood around the 30-mark. Perhaps GWS has a look at pick 34 if he remains on the board.
Charlie Clarke (Sandringham Dragons)
182cm | 75kg | 04/01/2004 | Forward/Midfielder
A player which has long been linked to GWS, Clarke remains on the board after the Giants went with Darcy Jones having firstly been made to match a bid for Harry Rowston, before Jacob Konstanty was snapped up by Sydney. The livewire forward possesses uncanny instincts in front of goal and provides great energy inside 50, while also displaying scope to develop as a midfielder. He’ll be in contention for the Giants and Western Bulldogs early on night two, but could also slip to Collingwood.
Lachlan Cowan (Tasmania Devils)
188cm | 81kg | 01/12/2004 | Defender
Potentially one of the most sought after players to go unselected last night, Cowan will be the first Tasmanian taken in this year’s draft. The rebounding half-back plays an attractive brand of football and has clear upside as an attacking force out of the backline, suiting modern day ball movement. He may come into GWS’ thoughts, though clubs like Sydney and Collingwood were also linked in round one, and North Melbourne could have a look.
Alwyn Davey Jr (Oakleigh Chargers)
181cm | 77kg | 26/02/2004 | Forward/Midfielder
A combined four bids were placed on father-son and academy players on night one, but Davey was not one of them. Thankfully for Essendon, though without guarantee, it seems as if he will slide past pick 25 and allow the Bombers to snap up another player. Nonetheless, he shouldn’t last too much longer and given the bidding outcomes which went down on night one, anything goes here. On talent alone, Davey’s speed and decision making are first round quality.
Brayden George (Murray Bushrangers)
185cm | 87kg | 13/01/2004 | Forward
George is somewhat of a wildcard in this year’s draft, given he is arguably a first round talent but will likely miss his entire maiden season as he recovers from an ACL tear. He is another who was linked with clubs late in the first round, and will be in the frame to go first on night two should either GWS hold the pick, or another side trade up to secure his services.
Max Gruzewski (Oakleigh Chargers)
193cm | 84kg | 21/07/2004 | Tall Forward/Defender
A rising tall prospect who can play at either end of the ground, Gruzewski certainly caught the eye this year with his aerial ability. The Oakleigh Chargers prospect could be of interest to a number of clubs in the second round, with the likes of Hawthorn and North Melbourne potentially in for developing talls. His scope for improvement is impressive and should excite clubs in that hitting zone.
Lewis Hayes (Eastern Ranges)
197cm | 81kg | 17/12/2004 | Key Defender
Another key position prospect up for grabs and one who some clubs may have rated within the first 20 players, Hayes looks set to be snapped up in that 25-30 range. The brother of Port Adelaide ruck, Sam, Hayes offers good versatility as a tall defender who can lock down on direct opponents aerially, but is just as comfortable with ball in hand. He could be too good to refuse early on night two.
Olli Hotton (Sandringham Dragons)
181cm | 77kg | 06/09/2004 | Midfielder/Forward
Collingwood looks like a good fit for Hotton, whose dad played for the Pies from 1994-96. The midfielder-forward is blazing his own trail though, projecting as an exciting type with his blend of clean clearance nous and athleticism. He has been ranked for most of the year around the 15-25 mark but could be available just outside that range.
Henry Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays)
195cm | 84kg | 20/07/2004 | Midfielder/Defender
One of the most curious cases in this year’s draft, Hustwaite’s fundamentals are high quality but some of his deficiencies fly in the face of what recruiters look for. His brother Campbell is captain of Collingwood’s VFL side, though the Magpies just selected a tall midfielder in Edward Allan, meaning clubs like West Coast and St Kilda may be in the frame for his services instead.
Isaac Keeler (North Adelaide)
198cm | 88kg | 23/04/2004 | Key Forward/Ruck
Having not been nominated by Adelaide as an NGA selection, plenty of clubs would be thrilled at the prospect of picking up Keeler. The South Australian tall is one of the most naturally talented players available but would have a diverse draft range between clubs. Collingwood may be in for the key forward, and Fremantle could do worse than to take a look and develop him as a ruck.
Jakob Ryan (Glenelg)
189cm | 77kg | 20/09/2004 | Defender
Much like many others on this list, Ryan was a chance to go within the first round with Collingwood a potential suitor. He could be available to the Magpies once more as they hold two second rounders, though any of the teams selecting beforehand stand a chance of cutting in. The versatile South Australian offers aerial ability and composure across all three lines, but will likely find a home down back.
DRAFT ORDER – ROUND 2:
Pick 22 – GWS
Pick 23 – West Coast
Pick 24 – Western Bulldogs
Pick 25 – Essendon
Pick 26 – North Melbourne
Pick 27 – Sydney
Pick 28 – Collingwood
Pick 29 – West Coast
Pick 30 – Collingwood
Pick 31 – St Kilda
Pick 32 – Carlton
Pick 33 – Fremantle
Pick 34 – GWS
Pick 35 – St Kilda
Pick 36 – Port Adelaide
Pick 37 – Hawthorn
Pick 38 – Melbourne