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The AFL Draft was held during our Thanksgiving holiday period. The Western Bulldogs kicked things off with a trade of draft selections to better their chances of snaring Sam Darcy, son of former champ Luke. They gave Geelong their first selection (number 23) to Geelong in exchange for the Cats' selections 32 and 34. GWS was interested in Darcy so the Dogs needed a strong draft hand to match the bid. During the trade period, several clubs tried to coax a deal with North Melbourne for the number one selection, but the Kangaroos turned down all offers. The Bulldogs and North also flipped picks for next year's draft. The Bulldogs were not the only club busy trading, with Port Adelaide moving up two spots by giving West Coast their selection 14 and a future round two pick. The Roos were also involved in a trade with Collingwood and received the Pies' second round pick of number 36, giving up a third round pick (No.38) and a future third round selection.

As in years past, it is club by club. The number in front is the draft selection followed by player name, (junior or club of origin), age, height, weight and position. The Rookie and Preseason drafts were held just after the national draft, so those selections are included here.


6. JOSHUA RACHELE (Murray Bushrangers), 18, 5'7", 178, small forward/midfielder
has been likened to Giants' star Toby Greene with his explosiveness, competitiveness, and strength overhead. He's also a crafty forward. Was a member of the Australian Under-17 soccer team and was offered a scholarship with Melbourne City but switched to footy. Starred at the U-16 tournament for Vic Country in 2019 and winning its MVP as well as the overall division one best-and-fairest award. A member of the NAB AFL Academy over the past two years, he represented Australia at under-18s level against Geelong's VFL team, and then showed a glimpse of the future, representing Victoria Country against Victoria Metro to be one of his team's best and was named to the NAB League's team of the year for his performances across all levels

36. JAKE SOLIGO (Eastern Ranges), 18, 5'7", 176, small midfielder/forward
Runs hard all day and can find space, is also good in tight, has clean hands and can win the contested ball. He has particularly good endurance and a strong work rate and can kick goals from 50 meters (55 yards). Represented Vic Metro at U-19 level and also played some senior football with Richmond in the VFL
44. ZAC TAYLOR (Calder Cannons), 18, 5'7", 154, small midfielder
Composed and self-assured in winning and using the ball to his team's advantage through the middle and up forward. Has footy smarts to get into dangerous spots to kick goals. Represented Vic Metro, was Calder's best and fairest and was named to the NAB team of the year

2. LUKE NANKERVIS (Sandringham Dragons, NAB League), 18, 6', 169, medium forward
He has speed, is good in the air and is a good ball winner. Uses his abilities to impact games and can push up to play on a wing or through the midfield

3. BEN DAVIS, 24, 6', 196, defender/forward
Originally drafted by Brisbane in 2015 and played 30 games for the Lions before being delisted at the end of 2015. Joined the Crows via the draft in 2016 and played six games. Was delisted and relisted as a rookie at the end of 2020 and is again back on the rookie list. In 2018, he finished top of the Crows goalscoring in the SANFL

16. DARCY WILMOT (Northern Knights), 18, 5'8", 165, medium defender
Powerful and agile and is an excellent intercept mark (catch of the ball). Strong contested ball winner and uses it well rebounding out of defense. He was very good for Vic Metro against Vic Country, earning NAB team of the year honors

20. KAI LOHMANN GWS Rebels), 18, 5'9", 169, medium forward
Mercurial forward in the air and near goals, has pace and agility to create opportunities. A competitive type, he has some of the traits of Isaac Heeney with the ability to make something out of nothing up forward with that real X-factor in the air. Missed the Victoria Country Under-19s match with injury, he played nine matches for the Rebels this year. His impressive combination of speed (2.99 seconds for 20 meters (22 yds) and endurance (six minutes 19 seconds for 2km (1.24 miles) stood out at the Victorian Country combine, highlighting his athletic prowess

41. JAMES TUNSTILL (East Perth, WAFL), 18, 6', 167, midfielder
He has speed to accelerate away from stoppages and set up teammates with his neat skills. Can win the contested and uncontested ball and was a dominant player at U-18 level. Played well for WA against SA. Likened to Carlton's recruit Adam Cerra

12. CAM ELLIS-YOLMEN, 28, 6'3", 227, midfielder
Gets another chance with the Crows where he played 39 games 2012 to 2019 before joining Brisbane as an unrestricted free agent. He managed just nine games in 2020 and none in 2021 with the Lions committing to redrafting him

27. JESSE MOITLOP (South Fremantle, WAFL), 18, 5'6", 171, small forward
Has pace, goal sense, ball winning ability and is a good decision maker. Played six senior games with South Fremantle at the age of 17 after winning a Rising Star nomination much earlier in the year with St Mary's in the NT. Does not need a lot of possessions to make things happen and can create opportunities for teammates. Son of former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide star Daniel, he did not qualify for either team under the AFL's father-son rules but was eligible for Fremantle as a Next Generation Academy prospect, but the Dockers would have had to wait until after selection 40 to make a bid. Represented Western Australia against South Australia in two U-19 matches, drawing comparisons with his uncle Steven. His draft combine time of 8.06 seconds for the AFL agility run ranked him fourth nationally, while his 84cm (32")

DOMANIC AKUEI (Northern Knights), 19, 6'2", 167, defender
Of Sudanese descent, Akuei is also the first recruit from the club's academy as a Category B rookie. He has an excellent vertical leap so can pinch-hit in the ruck. He was named in the Vic Metro squad in 2020 but could not play due to the pandemic. Reads the play well

6. LOCHIE O'BRIEN, 22, 5'9", 187, midfielder/defender
Drafted in 2017, O'Brien played 41 games. Delisted at the end of 2021, the club was committed to adding him back to the rookie list

19, MATTHEW COTTRELL, 21, 5'9", 176, midfielder
Cottrell was selected in 2019 during the SSP (Supplemental Selection Period) and played 19 games, including 14 in 2021

4, NICK DAICOS (Oakleigh), 18, 5'8", 160, midfielder
Creative player with clean hands and excellent vision, he reacts quickly to bring teammates into the game. Very nimble on his feet, has natural speed to get through traffic and can push forward to kick goals. His running patterns are elite along with his overall footy smarts and he absorbs the pressure in congestion, very good at winning the ball. Represented both the Australian Under-18 team and Vic Metro. The son of former champion Peter and brother of Josh, the Pies were always committed to matching any bid from rival clubs and did so by matching a bid from Gold Coast

45. ARLO DRAPER (South Adelaide, SANFL), 5'9", 165, medium forward
Has a few tricks, is strong in the air, has agility and dazzling speed to turn opponents inside out. Dominated at U-18 level and played some senior games with South Adelaide. Played two games representing SA against WA before a shoulder injury ended his season

49. COOPER MURLEY (Norwood, SANFL), 18, 5'7", 147, small midfielder
Has a competitive edge and speed and uses the ball well. Has been compared to Port gun Zac Butters. Starred for South Australia at U-16 level in 2019, earning him All-Australian honors, but he has been restricted this season due to ankle and collarbone injuries to just eight matches. Was dominate at U-18 level in four of those matches. He played the other four games at reserves level before the second injury curtailed his year. His outstanding form in 2020 saw him win his club's best and fairest at U-18 level in a premiership year. Returned from injury for the draft combine and impressed with an 82cm (32") running vertical jump and 3.08 seconds for 20 meter (22 yards) spring

52. HARVEY HARRISON (North Adelaide), 18, 5'8", 167 small midfielder
A prolific ball winner whose speed and attack on the contest are features of his game. A super competitive and durable type, he's also very creative with his hands, sharp vision and awareness that helps him set up teammates and is a clever kick for goal. . Also had a taste of reserve level football this year, as well as representing his state at U-19 level against the Allies. Showed blistering speed at the draft combine to be the fastest player tested this year with his 2.85 seconds in the 20 meter sprint (22 yards), ranking him first nationally

2. CHARLIE DEAN (Williamstown, VFL & Sandringham Dragons, NAB League), 20, 6'2", 187, tall defender
Had an excellent year with Williamstown, winning the award for most promising talent. Is a strong mark (catch of the ball), composed under pressure and uses the ball well. Named to to the VFL's team of the year. Showed he has speed, running the 2km time trial (1.24 miles) in 6:11

17. ISAAC CHUGG, 19, 5'7", 178, midfielder/defender
Has speed which allows him to run down opponents, reads the play well and uses the ball well. Has excellent agility and a vertical leap

13. BEN HOBBS (GWV Rebels), 18, 5'8", 174, medium midfielder
Has excellent ballwinning abilities and reads the game very well to get to the ball. Has been ultra-consistent from the Under-16s championships in 2019 when he won All-Australian selection and Victoria Country's MVP. Has similar traits to Port Adelaide star Travis Boak with his competitive edge and ability to hit the scoreboard. Named in the NAB team of the year and was co-captain of Vic Country at U-19 level and was one of his team's best. Showcased his athleticism with an 80cm (30") running vertical jump and 6 minutes 32 seconds for 2km (1.24 miles) at the draft combine

46. ALASTAIR LORD (Norwood, SANFL), 18, 5'8", 165, defender
Speedy defender who reads the play extremely well to intercept and run the ball out of defense. Links up well with his fellow defenders and is an efficient user of the ball by hand and foot. Played just five games at U-18 level due to injury. Showed composure and class down back in the U-19 matches against both Western Australia and the Allies to be among his state's best players. Dazzled at the draft combine with his agility time of 7.94 seconds, ranked first nationally

50. GARRETT MCDONAGH (Richmond VFL, Northern Knights), 25, 5'8", 178, midfielder/forward
One of the feel good stories of the draft, he first nominated in 2014. A versatile type who can play forward, midfield and defense. Has a nice turn of speed

9. PATRICK VOSS (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 6'2', 185, tall forward/ruck
Has a sharp competitive edge, is a strong mark, tackles aggressively and attacks the ball hard. Can also play defense and works hard both ways. Is a member of the GWS Academy as well as playing college football and for Oakleigh

8. JYE AMISS (East Perth, WAFL), 18, 6'3", 182, tall forward
Starred at U-18 level, kicking 51 goals and just 15 behinds in 15 matches. Has excellent acceleration on the lead, strong one-touch hands as well being a strong pack mark (catch of the ball) and is deadly in front of goal. Very team-oriented to set up opportunities for other players. Represented West Australia against South Australia in the NAB U-19 championship game. A knee injury in August ended his season

10. NEIL ERASMUS (Subiaco, WAFL), 17, 5'8", 176, medium forward
An elite junior cricketer who is now focused on footy. Mercurial player with excellent aerial skills and footy smarts. Represented Australia at U-18 level and was one of the team's best against Geelong VFL. Missed the AFL Challenge games due to injury

21. MATTHEW JOHNSON (Subiaco, WAFL), 18, 6'1", 178, tall midfielder
Has been very impressive across the board at club and representative levels. Played 11 games at reserves and U-18 level before three senior games for Subiaco. He then starred for Western Australia in two U-19 matches against South Australia including the AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser, winning his state's best player medal with his eye-catching 21-disposal performance. Has that ideal combination of speed and endurance with cleans hands, composure with the ball as well as neat disposal, drawing comparisons to Geelong star Mitch Duncan. Impressive athlete confirmed with his elite testing for speed (2.98 seconds for 20 meters (22 yards) and agility (8.06 seconds for AFL agility run) at the draft combine. From a sporting family with his father having represented Western Australia at state level

54.ERIC BENNING (Claremont FC, WAFL), 18, 6'3", 187, tall forward/ruck
Mobile, agile and athletic, he shows some traits akin to Paddy Ryder. Was among the best on ground in one of the three games he played for WA against SA. A member of Fremantle's Next Generation Academy. Played 13 matches at U-18 level in the WAFL

8. KARL WORNER (Oakleigh Chargers), 19, 6', 178, winger
Has a strong work ethic, endurance and some speed with his 6:07 for the 2km (1.24 miles) at the combine. A very good ballwinner and is an unselfish player and strong in the air. Represented Vic Metro against Vic Country

20. MITCH CROWDEN, 22, 5'6", 187, small forward
Drafted in 2017and played 40 games for the Dockers. Delisted at the end of 2021 and added as a rookie

24. CONOR BLAKELY, 25, 6'2", 187, midfielder
Drafted in 2014, he played 78 games and the club was always committed to redrafting him as a rookie

24. TOBY CONWAY (Geelong Falcons, NAB League), 18, 6'6", 213, tall forward/ruck
Won All-Australian honors in 2019, had a growth spurt since then and played six games with the Falcons and was named to the NAB team of the year. Was also prominent for Vic Country and Australia in representative games. His marking (catching the ball) is a feature and he works hard to support teammates. Has been compared to Brisbane's Oscar McInerney. Named in the NAB team of the year after strong performances with the Falcons, Vic Country and Australia

25. MITCHELL KNEVITT (Geelong Falcons), 18, 6'2", 178, tall midfielder
Missed two seasons due to a knee injury and the COVID lockdown last year. Has elite speed and endurance to run forward and back. Uses his height and overhead marking catch of the ball) both through the midfield and up forward to impact the game. Was one of the best for Vic Country against Vic Metro in a challenge match. Confirmed his elite acceleration for his size with 2.98 seconds for the 20 meter (22 yards) sprint and 6:18 seconds for the 2km (1.24 miles) time trial

32. JAMES WILLIS (North Adelaide), 18, 5'8", 167, midfielder
Hard-edged midfielder with dazzling speed and powerful endurance. Used those assets to have excellent season with North Adelaide at U-18 level,. Tough and competitive, he's a contested ballwinner who loves the physical side of the game. A leg injury curtailed the final five weeks of his season and he was unable to represent his state or test at the combine

48. FLYNN KROEGER (Eastern Ranges),18, 5'8", 187, midfielder
Explosive and strong midfielder who can also play defense. Strong overhead with neat disposal skills. Debuted with the Ranges at the age of 16

64. COOPER WHYTE (Geelong Falcons), 18, 5'8", 174, medium, midfielder
A state level basketballer, he is tough in the contest and has a touch of flair. Clean and composed in heavy traffic he can use his speed to burst away from stoppages and set up teammates with his vision and foot skills. Tested very well at the combine with 3.02 seconds for 20 meter sprint, 6:32 for the 1km time trial and a running vertical jump of 80 cm (33")

13. OLIVER DEMPSEY (Carey Grammar), 5'9", forward
An excellent athlete, Dempsey switched back to football after pursuing basketball in his teenage years

5. MAC ANDREW (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 6'4", 154, tall forward/ruck
OF Sudanese descent, the Egyptian-born ruckman came to Australia when he was six months old and started playing AFL in primary school. Strong overhead, has a natural leap and speed. Played in the AFL Academy match against Geelong VFL and for Vic Country against Vic Metro and did very well in both games. Was named to the NAB team of the year. A member of Melbourne's Next Generation Academy but the Demons will have to wait until after selection 20 to match any bid for him. Andrew's father and the father of Mabior Choi grew up together so there is a bit of a family connection

63. CHARLIE CONSTABLE (Geelong), 22, 6'1", 189, midfielder
The strong-bodied midfielder could not cement his place in the strong Geelong side and was delisted after three seasons and just 12 games. He was a free agent but his 2020 season was limited due to COVID. He did play in the VFL this season. A reliable ballwinner who tackles strongly

1. RORY THOMPSON, 30, 6'4", 220, tall defender
He was a zone selection for the Suns ahead of their entry into the AFL and has played 103 games but has not played since 2018 due to knee injuries. Delisted at the end of 2021, the club has redrafted him

3. LEVI CASBOULT (Carlton), 31, 6'4", 229, forward
After 12 seasons, 153 games and 154 goals with the Blues, he was told his services were no longer needed. He has a second chance with the Suns. Has the versatility to play in defense and the ruck as well as up forward. The Suns believe he will bring versatility to the club and bolster their tall stocks as well as his experience for the younger players. Very competitive and has very strong hands, being rated as one of the best contested marks (catch of the ball) in the game

18. JEZ MCLREN, 21, 5'9", 187, defender
Drafted by the Suns in 2018, has yet to make his AFL debut

SANDY BROCK (Palmerston, (NTFL, Suns Academy), 19, 6'3", 189, key defender
Has very good speed for his size

BODHI UWLAND (Suns Academy), 18, 6'3",M 182, midfielder/defender
Played in the midfield as a junior but recently was switched to defense. Was named the 2021 Academy Player of the Year

3. FINN CALLAGHAN (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 6'1", 189, midfielder
Athletic and is very good at stoppages and can also play on a wing. Has a long kick, is strong in the air and has good goal sense. Was named Sandy's best and fairest as well as selection to the NAB team of the year. At the draft combine, he ran the 2km (1.24 miles) time trial in 6:10

15. LEEK ALLEER ( Central Districts, SANFL) 19, 6'2", 178, tall defender
Another Sudanese player, Leek left Sudan with his mother when he was six. Hampered by injury for the past two years, he has come back well to be a revelation at senior level. Came up through the junior ranks. Is strong in the air with a huge leap. He set a new all-time record at the draft combine with a running vertical jump of 107cm (41"). Both he and Andrew (GC, see above) hope to be role models and get more Sudanese playing the game

42. JOSH FAHEY (GWS Giants Academy), 18, 5'9", 167, medium defender, winger
Speedy defender who can also play on a wing, can break a game open with his speed, evasive skills, and long kicking. Starred for the AFL Academy team against Geelong VFL, winning the medal as best on ground. Also played three games for GWS in the VFL. Recorded 5:59 for the 2km (1.24 miles) time trial at the draft combine

11. COOPER HAMILTON (Bendigo Pioneers, NAB League), medium defender
Has excellent endurance which allows him to go into the midfield at times and get to numerous contests. A strong contested mark and uses the ball well by hand and foot. Was named All-Australian at U-16 level in 2019. This year, he represented the Australian U-18 side and Vic Country. His time of 5:48 for the 2km (1.4 miles) time trial at the Victorian Country draft combine was the second-fastest ever. His twin brother Hugh is also a draft contender

21. JACOB WEHR, (Woodville-West Torrens, 22, 5'8", 156, defender
Running defender who can break the lines and is a good ball user, renowned for pinpoint accuracy and clean possessions by both hand and foot. Played 14 senior games with Woodville, including the SANFL premiership. Capable of pushing up onto a wing

7. JOSHUA WARD (Northern Knights), 18, 5'8", 163, small midfielder
Has elite endurance, running capacity and footy smarts, wins the ball well and as poise and sharp vision to use it well by hand and foot. Also has leadership skills. Was one of the best on ground in the challenge match for Vic Metro against Vic Country. Was named captain of the NAB team of the year19. No.19 pick

23. SAM BUTLER (GWS Rebels), 18, 5'9", 167, medium midfielder/ forward
Has really good speed to break away from stoppages and get forward to kick goals. Brother of St Kilda's Dan, with similar attributes and can be very effective as a pressure forward with goal sense. Had an excellent season with the GWS Rebels. Eye-catching at the draft combine with his 2.97 seconds for the 20 meter sprint (22 yards) and his 2km time of 6 minutes 23 seconds confirmed his endurance

26. CONNOR MACDONALD (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 5'9", 182, medium midfielder
Athletic with good game sense which allows him to get to multiple contests to be a prolific ballwinner. His game style has been compared to St Kilda captain Jack Steele and he possesses natural leadership attributes as captain at Haileybury College. Was very good with the Stingrays and was a solid performer for Vic Country at U19 level . His elite endurance was confirmed with his 6 minutes and 8 seconds for the 2km 1.24 miles) at the draft combine

53. JAI SERONG, (Gippsland Power), 18, 6'2", 180, tall midfielder
Can push forward to be a target near goal and can also play defense. Very athletic type who displayed his physical attributes with his 86cm (33") running vertical jump, along with his 3.05 seconds for 20 meter sprint (22 yards) and 6:24 for the 2km test (1.24 miles), all in the top bracket for his size. Has sound fundamentals, being clean overhead and at ground level as well as displaying sharp vision and awareness with the ball in hand. Brother of Fremantle Rising Star winner Caleb, he also was a talented state-level underage cricketer, making a choice in his draft year to pursue AFL. Played seven matches with Gippsland as well as playing for Vic Country in the U-10 AFL Challenge match

5. NED LONG (Northern Knights, 18, 6'2", 200, midfielder
A strong-bodied midfielder with great endurance, knows where the goals are and tackles strongly. One of the most damaging players in the NAB League before injury cut his season short. Did the 2km trial in 6:05 and tested well in the agility test. Has a strong relationship with the Hawks’ top pick of the national draft Josh Ward, attending Melbourne Grammar alongside Ward as well as playing for the Northern Knights in the NAB League with him

19. JACOB VAN ROOYEN (Claremont, WAFL), 17, 6'2", 200, tall defender
Is strong in the air and can play forward - kicking the winning goal in the dying seconds of the AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser. Also kicked 34 goals in nine games in the U-18 WAFL side. Represented Australia against VFL Geelong this year. Ran the 20 meter sprint (22 yards in 3.06 seconds at the draft combine

39. BLAKE HOWES (Sandringham Dragons, NAB), 18, 6'1", 171, medium forward
Has the speed and versatility to play on a wing, is a very good mark (catch of the ball) and is dangerous near goal. Has been compared to Hawk Jack Gunston with his leading for the ball up forward. Played for both the Australian Under-18s and Vic Metro Under-19s, winning NAB team of year honors. Has Jack Gunston traits as a lead-up forward and this year played seven matches for the Dragons and was named in the NAB tram of the year , averaging 15.7 disposals and a goal a game to earn 'Team of the Year' honors for his overall performances

65. TAJ WOEWODIN ( East Fremantle, WAF), 18, 5'8", 171, medium midfielder
Had an outstanding season at club and representative level captaining his Under-18s team as well as performing well for Western Australia at Under-19 level on two occasions. Has some speed, footy smarts, clean hands and uses the ball well on both sides o his body. Has drawn some comparisons with Geelong's Mitch Duncan. Tested very well at draft combine with 2.90 seconds for the 20 meter sprint (22 yards), ranked second nationally. Son of 2000 Brownlow medalist, Melbourne's Shane Woewodin so was taken as a father-son selection

16. Judd McVee (East Fremantle), 18, 5'8', 180, defender
Missed selection in the AFL draft but gets his chance as a rookie. A rebounding, running defender with clean hands as well as using the ball well by foot, can maneuver his way out of tight situations and is cool under pressure. Played midfield as s junior and represented WA at U-19 level

1. JASON HORNE-FRANCIS (South Adelaide, SANFL) , 18, 5'8", 171, midfielder
A tough, aggressive and physical midfielder who wins the ball well and is good at clearances and in front of goals. Was very impressive playing for South Adelaide in the SANFL. Th's was the first time in the history of North getting a number one selection

22. JOSH GOATER (Calder Cannons), 18, 6'1", 176, midfielder
Versatile midfielder who uses his height, natural spring, speed and agility to win and use the ball efficiently in a range of roles including defense. His vision, decision making and execution by hand and foot are real weapons. Was one of Vic Metro's best in their win over Vic Country

35. PAUL CURTIS (Western Jets, NAB League), 18, 5'8", 171, medium forward
Has a sharp eye for goal and reads the play well to win the ball, is strong in the air and on the lead. Kicked six goals in two games for Vic Metro and was named in the NAB team of the year. Good anticipation up forward, has strong hands in air and on the lead. Named in the NAB team of the year

38. MILLER BERGMAN (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 6', 143, medium forward
Can also play wing or across half back. Great decision maker and uses the ball very well by hand and foot. Lightly built but excels at repeat efforts and is very athletic. Represented Vic Country in the U-19 challenge match against Vic Metro

59. JACKSON ARCHER (Northern Knights), 18, 5'8", 154, defender
The son of club legend Glenn. Played for North's VFL side. Like his dad, he is a no-nonsense, tough player who is willing to put his body on the line

1. JARED POLEC, (NM), 31, 6', 189, wing
Began his career with Brisbane in 2011 and played 16 games before being traded to Port Adelaide at the end of 2013. Played 90 games with the Power before being traded to North at the end of 2018. Played 40 games for North including the five he was restricted to in 2021 due to injury. The Roos delisted him with the commitment to redraft him as a rookie

12. JOSH SINN (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 5'9", 171, medium defender
Dashing defender who breaks the lines with his acceleration and long kicking. Missed the AFL Academy game due to a hamstring injury but was impressive playing for Vic Metro against Vic Country before suffering an ankle injury late in the game. Was All-Australian in 2019 at U-16 level. Was named in the NAB team of the year and showed his speed at the draft combine, recording 2.98 seconds for the 20 meter (22 yards) sprint and 5:41 for the 2km (1.24 miles) run

55. HUGH JACKSON (North Adelaide, SANFL),18, 5'8", 180, midfielder
Classy midfielder with clean, footy smarts and excellent kicking skills. Represented SA against WA but a hip injury prevented him from attending the draft combine. Has been compared to GWS star Josh Kelly

56. DANTE VISENTINI (Sandringham), 18, 6'4", 193, tall forward/ruck
Imposing and athletic and marks strongly in the air. Presents a forward target and creates contests to bring the ball to ground if he can't catch it to create chances for teammates. Played both forward and ruck for Sandringham and Vic Metro

60. JASE BURGOYNE (Woodville-West Torrens), 18, 5'9", 143, medium defender
Has dazzling speed and can take a turn in the midfield to impact games. Has great acceleration from stoppages, very good evasive skills and excellent disposal skills. Played for the NAB AFL Academy team and represented SA against WA and was one of SA's best. Son of Port Adelaide great Peter Burgoyne, Jase was eligible to join the Power as a father-son selection and was permitted this season to play three games at senior level for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL

14. TRENT DUMONT (North Melbourne, delisted free agent), 26, 5'9", 189, midfielder
Played 113 games for the Kangaroos. Port believes he will add valuable experience to their midfield. Overcame a hip injury to play 14 games in 2021

22. SAM MAYES (Port Adelaide, re-rookied free agent), 27, 6', 189, midfielder/defender
Originally drafted by Brisbane in 2012, he played 101 games for the Lions before requesting a trade back to his home state. He was traded to Port where he has played 13 games since 2019. Also capable of playing forward if needed

9. JOSH GIBCUS (GWS Rebels, NAB League), 18, 6'3", 191, tall defender
Has a great leap and can intercept the ball and spoil as well, was in the Australian Under-18 Academy team against VFL Geelong and was one of the best on ground. Was named in the NAB team of the year and has been compared to Melbourne's Jake Lever. Impressed at the draft combine, recording 3:06 for the 20 meter (22 yards) sprint and 6:38 for the 2km (1.24 miles) run

17. TOM BROWN (Murray Bushrangers), 18, 5'9", 169, medium defender
A line-breaking defender who loves to take the game, uses his agility to dance around opponents, is composed and a great decision maker. Can also play forward. Represented Victoria Country against Victoria Metro in 2021 and was among his team’s best. Showed his speed over 20 meters (22 yards) with the second best time of 2.98 seconds at the Draft Combine for Victoria Country. His father Paul played 84 games for Geelong. 

28. TYLER SONSIE (Eastern Ranges), 18, 5'8", 171, small midfielder
Speedy, has clean hands, good disposal skills and footy smarts to get through traffic. Likened to Tiger Trent Cotchin. Was Vic Metro's MVP and was named All-Australian in the U16'a in 2019. Got a taste of senior football, playing one game for Box Hill in the VFL. A member of the NAB AFL Academy but bone bruising to his knee cut his season short. Still was named to the NAB team of the year

29. SAMUEL BANKS (Tasmania Devils), 18, 6', 156, medium defender
Can also play midfield. Excellent user of the ball by hand and foot and is a good decision maker. Has been a star for Tasmania for several years, winning its MVP and All-Australian honors at U-16 level in 2019. Had an injury interrupted season after suffering a broken wrist, missing the NAB AFL Academy game but was still named in the NAB team of the year

30. JUDSON CLARKE (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 5'7", 152, small forward
Has agility and speed to get into space to kick goals. Energetic and competitive and can put pressure on opposition defenders. Kicked five goals for Vic Country against Vic Metro. He was also selected in the NAB team of the year. Ran the 2km (1.24 miles) run in 6:19 at the draft combine

7. BIGOA NYUON (delisted by Richmond), 20, 6'3", 202, forward
Athletic key-position player with an excellent vertical leap, he was originally drafted in 2019 but has yet to make his senior debut. The 2020 season shutdown did not help. Nursed a shoulder injury for much of the year before showing off his athletic ability in the Grand Final Sprint

11. NASIAH WANGANEEN-MILERA (Glenelg, SANFL), 18, 6', 156, medium midfielder
A real playmaker who is cool and collected with ball in hand, has neat evasive and foot skills to set up teammates. Also has a natural spring to jump for the ball. Played mostly reserves level and was a member of Glenelg's reserves premiership side and was one of the best at U-19 level for SA against WA. Son of former Saint Terry Milera and nephew of Essendon and Port Adelaide champion Gavin Wanganeen

33. MITCHITO OWENS(Sandringham Dragons), 18, 6'1", 187, medium forward
Can also play midfield and can use his height to advantage at stoppages and is strong in the air. Represented Vic Metro against Vic Country and was one of the team's best

47. MARCUS WINDHAGER (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 5'9", 187, medium midfielder
Explosive, wins the contested ball well and can find space with his agility, dangerous near goal. One of the best for Vic Metro against Vic Country. A back injury prevented him from attending the draft combine. A member of St Kilda's Next Generation Academy

51. OSCAR ADAMS (Glenelg, SANFL), 18, 6'3", 187, tall defender
Competitive, aggressive and durable, he reads the play well to intercept the ball. Needs to build up his lean frame but can also play in the ruck, like Mark Blicavs, using his athleticism and versatility to his advantage. Represented SA in four games and was impressive against WA and was one of the best in the final game

18. ANGUS SHELDRICK (Claremont, WAFL), 18, 5'7", 189, small m midfielder
Has a ruthless and aggressive attack on the ball and has clean hands. Has been compared to Bulldog Tom Liberatore. One of the best players in both his U-19 matches against South Australia as well as starring at U-18 level. Missed the 2020 season due to a collarbone injury but made up quickly for lost time. Tested well at the combine with 3.05 seconds for 20 meters (22 yards) and 8.36 seconds for the AFL agility run

34. MATTHEW ROBERTS (South Adelaide, SANFL), 18, 5'9", 176, midfielder
Powerful and a prolific ballwinner who can push forward to kick goals. Has footy smarts, uses the ball well, long kick and is very competitive. Progressed from dominating Under-18s at South Adelaide in three games to playing seven senior games including a preliminary final. Represented Australia at U18 level and SA at U-19 level and was one of the best on ground in those games

40. COREY WARNER (East Fremantle, WAFL), 5'8", 158, medium midfielder
Has an impressive combination of speed and endurance to influence the play. Brother of Sydney's Rising Star nominee Chad Warner, he progressed this season from dominating Under-18s football to playing four senior games. Solid performer for Western Australia in two wins at U-19 level over South Australia. His outside run, ballwinning ability, work ethic and sound kicking has been likened to West Coast star Andrew Gaff. An athletic star at the draft combine, recording 2.97 seconds for the 20 meter sprint (22 yards) along with 6:20 for the 2 km time trial and ranked second nationally for the running vertical jump with an outstanding 100cm leap (3.19 feet)

58. LACHLAN RANKIN (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 5'8", 150, medium forward
Can also play defense using his footy smarts, vision, and awareness to set up play. Reads the play very well to get to the fall of the ball and is good under pressure. Played for the Australian U-18 team against Geelong VFL

10. LEWIS TAYLOR (Sydney Swans), 26, 5'9", 180, forward
Drafted by Brisbane in 2013 and played 112 games before being traded to Sydney at the end of 2019 for more playing opportunities. Has played 10 games for the Swans

14. CAMPBELL CHESSER (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 6', 182, medium midfielder
A junior state-ranked sprinter, he has line-breaking pace and can kick long to set up play from defense. All-Australian at U-16 level and was vice-captain of Vic Country this year to show his leadership skills. Missed part of the season due to injury but ran the 2km trial (1.24 miles) in 6:20 at the draft combine

31. BRADY HOUGH (Peel Thunder, WAFL), 18, 6', 156, medium forward/wingman
Uses his speed to cover the ground and is composed under pressure when he has the ball. Dangerous near goal, represented WA in three games and starred on debut with Peel

37. RHETT BAZZO (Swan Districts, WAFL), 18, 6'2", 178, tall defender/forward
Was a swingman with his school team and won All-Australian honors at U-16 level in 2019. Played for the Australian Academy U-18 team against VFL Geelong and starred for West Australia in their game against South Australia and again for Swan Districts in their premiership win this year. Is an excellent interceptor and contested mark (catch of the ball) and spoils well. His father played over 250 games in the WAFL. A state representative in cricket at under-age level, football is now his focus

57. JACK WILLIAMS (East Fremantle, WAFL), 18, 6'2", 206, tall forward/ruck
A strong mark with a vice-like grip and moves constantly to present as a target up forward. Outstanding at U-18 level for the WAFL, represented WA in two games against SA and was one of the best in the second game. A member of the NAB AFL Academy and represented Australia against Geelong VFL

62. GREG CLARK (Subiaco, WAFL), 24, 6'2", 206, midfielder
A mature-age selection, Clark has impressed in his 93 games A three-time premiership player with Subiaco, he was named best afield in the club's premiership win this year. Captained WA at U-18 level

2. SAM DARCY(Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 6'3", 160, tall forward
The son of former WB champ Luke Darcy, he was always going to be grabbed by the Dogs as a father-son recruit. He was rated as the best key forward among his class. He played only three games for the Chargers but was impressive with VIC Metro. Very athletic, can take a one-handed grab in the air, reads the flight of the ball very well and will launch himself to take contested marks. Is a reliable kick for goal, kicking six in a Vic Metro trial game. Named in the NAB team of the year

43. ARTHUR JONES, (Claremont, WAFL, 18, 5'7", 143, wingman
Had a breakout game in WA's second match against SA and was one of the best in the AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser. Has speed and agility and is very competitive. Related to the Krakouers, he did well at the combine racing against Corey Warner and recorded 6:30 in the 2km (1.24 miles) time trial to finish second overall for endurance

61.LUKE CLEARY (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 6', 176, defender
Invited to draft combine last year but overlooked in the 2020 draft. Bounced back and was impressive for the Victorian Young Guns in one match and represented Vic Metro at U-19 level. Composed with ball in hand and disposes well. A fine interceptor and reader of the play across half back, he finished runner-up in the Dragons' best and fairest award this year

15. CHARLIE PARKER (Sturt, SANFL), 24, 6'2", 187, defender/wingman
Played nine games with Sturt before injury ended his season. Has speed, endurance and can kick the ball long. An extremely talented cricketer in England before returning to Sturt

23. ROBBIE MCCOMB (Footscray, VFL), 25, 5'7", 180, midfielder
An excellent ball winner and tackler, he played every game in the shortened VFL season. Won the club best and fairest award and was named in the 2021 VFL team of the year

CODY RAAK (Western Jets), 19, 6'1", 171, defender
Raak has been added from the Bulldogs' Next Generation Academy as a pre-selected Category B rookie.  Missed selection in the 2020 draft, he has been impressive this year. He was a member of Footscray’s VFL team in 2021, playing three games for the Bulldogs, and a further six games for the Jets in the NAB League. Reads the play well to intercept, is a good decision maker and is accurate with his disposals. Played for Vic Metro and in the Young Guns match earlier in the season

Sources:, AFL Record Season Guide,,,,


Article last changed on Monday, September 25, 2023 - 10:42 AM EDT


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