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The AFL held their midseason rookie draft in early June. All 18 clubs had available spots open on their lists and 22 players were selected. The selection order was in reverse to the standings at the end of Round 11.

The eligibility criteria: any player who nominated for the most recent draft, a delisted player (cannot be selected by the club from which he was delisted), a player who has been retired for more than one year. Any player who does not meet these requirements can be nominated by a representative of the AFL Talent Pathway, their AFLPA accredited agent, or the player themselves and be considered for an exemption.

THE DRAFT

Note: player information is the same as for previous drafts: selection number, name, the club of origin, age, height, weight, and position

1) NORTH MELBOURNE

JACOB EDWARDS (Sandringham Dragons), 19, 202cm (6'5"), 83kg (182) lbs.), ruck/forward
Athletic tall who takes a strong mark (catch of the ball), agile at ground level and can kick goals. Impressive early in the year and took that form into the NAB season. Still in high school but is viewed as a long-term prospect

2) HAWTHORN

JAI NEWCOMBE (Box Hill Hawks, VFL), 20, 186 (6'), 85 (187), midfielder
Hard-at-it ball winner and tackler who has impressed with Box Hill

3) COLLINGWOOD

ASH JOHNSON (Sturt, SANFL), 21, 193 (6'2"), 85 (187), forward
Spring-heeled forward who bagged 13 goals in six games. His half-brother and housemate is Adelaide's Shane McAdam and Carlton's Sam Petrevski-Seton is his cousin as is Gold Coast's Jy Farrar

4) ADELAIDE

PATRICK PARNELL (Murray Bushrangers), 176 (5'9"), 67 (147), small defender
Slightly built running defender who uses the ball well when coming out of defense and sets up play very well. Caught the eye of a number of clubs

5) GOLD COAST

NED MOYLE (Oakleigh Chargers), 21, 204 (6'6"), 100 (220), ruckman
Agile around the ground for his size and can win the disputed ball. Had a great season at NAB level

6) CARLTON

ALEX MIRKOV (Carlton, VFL), 21, 210 (6'8"), 104 (229), ruckman
Ex volleyball player who caught the eye after joining Carlton's VFL side. Received a special exemption to nominate after not meeting the criteria or registering for last year's draft. Extremely raw but the Blues see plenty of upside in him

7) ST KILDA

MAX HEATH (Sandringham), 18, 203 (6'6"), 94 (206), ruckman
Athletic, but did not have much of a chance with Sandringham with just one game in 2019 and two in 2020 before the lockdown. Was unable to test at the draft combine due to injury but has the size and mobility to be a long-term prospect. Can also be another marking option up forward and kick goals. After being overlooked in last year's draft, clubs continued to track his progress

8) GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

JAMES PEATLING (GWS, VFL), 20, 182 (5'11"), 80 (176), forward
A member of GWS's Academy, he has blistering speed and can quickly get out of trouble. Can play as a defensive forward or push into the midfield

9) ESSENDON

SAM DURHAM (Richmond, VFL), 19, 185 (6'), 75 (165), midfielder
Was overlooked in the 2019 draft but has improved since then.

10) RICHMOND

MATTHEW PARKER (South Fremantle, WAFL), 25, 187 (6'), 79 (174), forward/midfielder
Played 19 games for St Kilda in two seasons before being delisted at the end of 2020. Returned to the WAFL where he impressed with South Fremantle

11) WEST COAST

WILL COLLINS (Swan Districts, WAFL), 19, 185 (6'), 78 (171), defender
Trained with the Eagles during the preseason but was overlooked in the SSP. Is a precise kick and has improved his intercept skills. Played both reserves and senior games for the Swan Districts.

12) SYDNEY

LACHLAN MCANDREW (Sydney, VFL), 19, 208 (6'7"), 93 (204), ruckman
Ex- rugby union and came through the club's Academy. Played two games for Sydney's VFL team this year. A raw prospect but shows promise

13) PORT ADELAIDE

JED MCENTEE (Sturt, SANFL), 20, 176 (5'9"), 76 (167), forward
Grew up Crow supporter, is a defensive forward who can take a turn through the midfield. Has had some senior games with Sturt

14) BRISBANE

KALIN LANE (Claremont, WAFL), 19, 204 (6'6"), 95 (209), ruckman
Late-bloomer but impressed in 10 games with Claremont's under-18 team. Consistently gives teammates first use of the ball at center bounces and hit outs, is aggressive at ground level. Has been compared to Fremantle's Rory Lobb with his strong marking (catch of the ball) and natural leap. Was also impressive playing for an All-Star game for West Australia at the end of the season

15) MELBOURNE

KYE DECLASE (Werribee, VFL), 24, 195 (6'3), 85 (187), defender/midfielder
Running defender who played under Port premiership coach Mark Williams at Werribee and will be reunited with the coach who is now an assistant at the Demons. Trained with Melbourne during the preseason but was overlooked during the SSP

16) NORTH MELBOURNE

CHARLIE HAM (Geelong Falcons), 18, 180 (5'10"), 74 (163), midfielder
Was considered by many clubs ahead of the 2020 draft but was not picked up. Returned to the Falcons where he was impressive with his skillful ball use and smarts in traffic. Could also be used across half-back

17) HAWTHORN

JACKSON CALLOW (Norwood, SANFL), 18, 195 (6'3"), 96 (211), key forward
Originally from Tasmania, he was overlooked in last year's draft and crossed to Norwood to enhance his chances. Lead the competition for contested marks (catch of the ball). Trained with Hawthorn during the preseason but the Hawks opted for Lachie Bramble during the SSP

18) COLLINGWOOD

AIDEN BEGG (Eastern Ranges), 18, 197 (6'4"), 87 (191), ruckman
Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury but was impressive before getting hurt. Can also play forward or defense

Begg recently suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, which will be looked at by clubs considering him, but the versatile tall thrust his name into the mid-season mix earlier this year. Begg has played as a ruckman at under-19 level but can also hold down a key forward or back role.

19) CARLTON

JORDAN BOYD (Footscray, VFL), 22, 182 (5'11'), 81 (178), forward
Has played mainly as a forward with Footscray and has keen goal sense. Kicked three goals on debut but can also play defense

20) ST KILDA

COOPER SHARMAN (Woodville-West Torrens, SANFL), 20, 194 (6'3"), 78 (171), forward
Was considered for the 2019 draft but was overlooked. Has been impressive in the SANFL, kicking 15 goals in six games for Woodville's reserves side. Is a good ball winner and can take a strong mark (catch of the ball)

21) WEST COAST

CONNOR WEST (West Perth, WAFL), 22, 183 (5'11"), 80 (176), midfielder
Tough and prolific ball winner with plenty of senior experience. The son of former Eagle Robbie West (13 games). Tackles well and was impressive representing WA against SA during a state game in May

22. MELBOURNE

DANIEL TURNER (Murray Bushrangers), 21, 191 (6'2"), 79 (174), defender
A strong interceptor who reads the ball well in the air. Has improved markedly in 2021. Still has plenty of development and is an exciting prospect

Sources: Will Carter, AFL Media Release, afl.com.au

 
 
 
 
 
 

Article last changed on Wednesday, June 02, 2021 - 8:07 PM EDT


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