DRAFT ANALYSIS: 'Outside midfielder who can possesses good endurance and kicks on both feet"
Leagues: Under 18s Championships, NAB League Boys
Angus Styles has had a reasonable season with showing off some good traits at all levels for Vic Metro, Sandringham Dragons and for his school Caulfield Grammar. Styles can play as a half back flank and up on the wing, with one of his better games of the season coming for Sandringham Dragons with 33 disposals and five tackles against 2017 premiers Geelong Falcons back in Round 11. Styles is a hard worker and has good vision around the ground to get the ball off to teammates.
Styles is a good runner on the outside and his endurance is a key strength. At the National Combine, Styles ran a six-minute 17-second 2km time trial (placing him in the top 10) and also recorded a strong Yo-Yo test with a score of 21.4. On the outside he can run hard all day and can give multiple efforts in a short burst without requiring a break on the bench.
Styles changes direction quickly, especially across half back - when manovering the opposition forwards, possessing a good agility base. At the National Combine, Styles' agility test score was 8.54 seconds.
When he has the ball in hand, Styles makes good decisions using his good vision. Styles can kick the ball off either foot - showing his good balance - but is able to find targets under pressure. His vision to be able to look to switch the ball, or find a teammate by hand in the contest is very good.
- Contested ball
Compared with other outside midfielders and running defenders, Styles lacks some speed. While he has good vision and it helps him make good decisions - his speed can see him get caught out at times. He doesn't have the ability to burst from the pack and at times, he can get beaten by the quicker opposition forwards or midfielders. His speed is likely an area that he will look to improve in the short term. At the National Combine, Styles ran a time of 3.18 seconds.
Styles' contested ball numbers have improved throughout the season, but it is still an area of improvement that the outside midfielder can improve. His contested possession percentage in the TAC Cup this season was 22.5 per cent, where he played across half back and the wing for the Dragons.
DRAFT PROJECTION: Late/Rookie
Styles has showed some good signs throughout the year in the TAC Cup and has some traits that can make him a decent player at AFL level on the outside. There's no questioning Styles' commitment towards the AFL dream and possessing good vision and decision making across half back means that he can become a good AFL player in the future. He is expected to be a late-to-rookie pick in the draft because of his lack of speed playing as a largely outside midfielder, but his balance to kick on either foot is impressive.