The AFL draft was held over our Thanksgiving weekend. During the trade period, many clubs swapped draft picks to improve their positioning in the draft selection order. They were again allowed to do so at the draft ahead of making their player selections.
On to the selections, both for the main draft and rookie draft. It is club by club in alphabetical order. The number in front is the draft pick, followed by the player name, (club of origin), age, height, weight and position, followed by a brief profile. There was no preseason draft as all clubs advised the AFL they would not participate.
9. CHAYCE JONES (Launceston, Tasmania), 18, 180cm (5'10"), 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder
Can also play forward, strong attack on the ball and opposition, strong in the air and is versatile, starring in defense for the AFL Academy against North Melbourne. Captained Tasmania to victory, then excelled for the Allies in the Under-18 Championships. Also proved his athleticism with an impressive outing at the draft combine.
16. EDWARD McHENRY (Geelong Falcons), 18, 178cm (5' '9"), 70kg (154 lbs), midfielder
Competitive small forward with excellent ball winning and tackling ability. Exceptional runner evidenced by his top placing in the endurance test at the draft combine.
30. WILL HAMILL (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 185cm (6'), 72kg (158 lbs), defender
Versatile in that he can also play wing or half forward, strong in the air and a good kick, good blend of speed and skill to rebound out of defense and break the lines. Placed third in the agility, vertical jump and endurance tests at the draft combine.
64. LACHLAN SHOLL (Calder Cannons), 18, 186cm (6'), 74kg (163 lbs), midfielder/defender
An elite runner who uses his aerobic ability and skills to set up the play from defense. Finished in the top 10 for endurance at the draft combine. Comes from a footballing family with his farther Brett playing 36 games for Carlton 1992-1994 and his father's cousins Craig (235 games for North Melbourne) and Brad (171 games for North Melbourne and Geelong) also having played league.
7. KIERAN STRACHAN (Port Melbourne VFL), 23, 202cm (6'5") , 95kg (209 lbs), ruck/forward
Played for Essendon's VFL side before crossing to Port Melbourne midseason for more opportunities. A broken ankle ended his season. Strong, versatile and has good athleticism for his size. Won two club best and fairest awards when playing for South Bendigo in the Bendigo Football League.
24. PAUL HUNTER (Adelaide Crows), 25, 200cm (6'5"), 100kg (220 lbs)
Delisted at the end of 2018, Hunter gets another chance on the rookie list. Finished the year strongly in the SANFL and will be hoping for more senior chances in 2019.
39. JORDON BUTTS (Murray Bushrangers), 18, 195cm (6'3") , 80kg (176 lbs), defender/forward
Reads the flight of the ball in the air very well so is an exceptional intercept mark (catch of the ball). Was the youngest attendee at last year's draft combine and was overlooked in that draft. Returned to Murray for the year but also played three games for Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley League, the last of which was a premiership victory.
21 ELY SMITH (Murray Bushrangers), 18, 188cm (6'1"), 87kg (191 lbs), midfielder
High-leaping and competitive with a strong attack on the ball, has clean hands and excels at one on one contests. Won the standing vertical jump test at the draft combine and also finished among the best in the kicking, endurance and agility tests.
36. THOMAS BERRY (Greater Western Victoria Rebels junior), 185cm (6'), 76kg (167 lbs), defender/midfielder
Similar to his brother and now teammate Jarrod, described as a competitive beast, has an excellent work ethic, is athletic, has speed and is a strong tackler and a team player.
40. TOM JOYCE (East Fremantle), 18, 181cm (5'10"), 80kg (176 lbs), midfielder
A smart player with good evasive skills and excellent user of the ball by hand. Won s premiership with the East Fremantle Colts in 2017, but missed most of 2018 due a hip injury which required surgery.
42. CONNOR McFADYEN (Brisbane Lions Academy), 18, 189cm (6'1"), 93kg (204 lbs), midfielder/forward
Joined Brisbane's Academy at the age of 11. Big, strong and athletic and is a strong ballwinner. Played several games for the Lions' NEAFL team in 2018 and was also impressive for the Allies at the Under-18 tournament, winning All-Australian honors. Was one of a select few Queenslanders invited to the AFL Draft Combine, but couldn’t complete the testing due to a foot injury sustained late in the 2018 season. The injury will delay his start to the preseason.
55. NOAH ANSWERTH (Oakleigh Chargers), 19, 184cm (5'11"), 80kg (176 lbs), defender
Versatile type who can also play forward, very competitive and resilient in returning in 2018 after suffering a broken back in 2017 to captain the Chargers and representing Vic Metro at the U-18 tournament. Impressed at the draft combine in the kicking and running vertical jump tests.
4. RYAN BASTINAC (Brisbane Lions), 28, 185cm (6'), 84kg (185 lbs), midfielder
21. JACOB ALLISON (Brisbane Lions), 20, 195cm (6'3") , 87kg (191 lbs), wing/defense
Both were delisted at the end of 2018 with the Lions always intending to redraft them as rookies. A graduate of the Lions Academy, Allison was drafted in 2016 and played five senior games in 2017 and three in 2018. Has speed and can play across half back.
Bastinac is a 161-game veteran but struggled in 2018, playing just two senior games. Skilled in the midfield and is dangerous in front of goal. He played 121 games for North Melbourne 2010-2015 before being traded to Brisbane.
1. SAM WALSH (Geelong Falcons), 18, 184cm (5'11"), 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder
Smooth moving, classy midfielder and a prolific ballwinner with good disposal skills by hand and foot. Strong and brave overhead. Won the Vic Country MVP award at the U-18 tournament. Has a professional attitude, outstanding work ethic and is elite runner. Finished second in the endurance test and third in the 2km (appx 1.2 miles) trial.
19. LIAM STOCKER (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 183cm (5'1"), 85kg (187), midfielder
Missed the U-18 tournament due to injury but won the TAC Cup Morrish Medal (Brownlow equivalent). Excellent ballwinner and is good at stoppages and one on one contests. Also has good goal sense.
66. FINBAR O’DWYER (Murray Bushrangers), 19, 190cm (6'1"), 74kg (163 lbs), forward
Lively type who could be troublesome for opposition defenders with his speed, agility and reading of the game. Has good speed for his size and has good hands in the air and at ground level.
70. BEN SILVAGNI (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 196cm (6'3"), 86kg (189 bs), defender
The Silvagni family legacy continues with Ben joining his brother Jack. Like his dad Stephen (Carlton's list manager), Ben can play defense and forward. He started 2018 with Oakleigh as a forward before shifting to defense where he impressed at the U-18 tournament playing for Vic Metro. A serious thumb injury sustained at training limited the second half of Silvagni’s season. Has great hands and is mobile for his size. Has worked hard to add some muscle to his lean frame.
1. HUGH GODDARD (St Kilda), 22, 196cm (6'3"), 95kg (209 lbs), defender
Selected by the Saints in 2014, a string of injuries restricted Goddard to just 10 senior games before he was delisted at the end of 2018. A big-bodied defender with the ability to shut down key forwards, he is strong overhead and has some speed. Has the ability to also play forward. The cousin of former Saint and Bomber Brendon trained with the Blues in the lead up to the draft.
9. TOMAS BUGG (Gold Coast, Melbourne), 25, 184cm (5'10"), 84 kg (185 lbs), utility
Bugg gets yet one more chance with the Blues after 65 games with the Suns 2012-2015 and 31 with the Demons. He managed only three games in 2018 before being delisted by Melbourne. Played in the midfield and in defense with the Suns but became a defensive forward with the Demons but still had some runs through the middle.
13. ISSAC QYAYNOR (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 180cm (5'10"), 83kg (182 lbs), defender
A Collingwood Next Generation Academy product, Quaynor can play in defense and the midfield. A good decision maker and user of the ball by hand and foot, has the ability to play on both medium and small opponents. Has speed and agility and models his game on Bulldog speedster Jason Johannisen and Demon defender Neville Jetta. Could also possibly play a forward role as he won the draft combine goalkicking test with a perfect score.
29. WILL KELLY (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 196cm (6'3"), 87kg (191 lbs), defender
An athletic tall who has the ability to play one on one and negate his direct opponent. Reads the play well to intercept the ball. The son of former Magpie Craig Kelly.
77. ATU BOSENAVULAGI (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 180cm (5'10"), 81kg (178 lbs), midfield/forward
A convert from rugby, he has speed, is hard at the contest and tackles well. Born in Fiji, he is another recruit from the club's Next Generation Academy.
17. TIM BROOMHEAD (Collingwood), 24,185cm (6'), 92kg (182 lbs), forward/midfielder
33. SAMUEL MURRAY (Collingwood), 21, 187cm (6'), 86kg (189 lbs), defender
Another pair delisted with the promise of being redrafted as rookies. Broomhead, who was originally drafted in 2012, is overcoming a nasty broken leg suffered in March. Murray was drafted as a rookie by Sydney in 2016 but never played a senior game before being traded to Collingwood at the end of 2017. He played 13 games for the Magpies in 2018, but is currently serving a provisional suspension due to an ASADA investigation for a possible anti-doping violation.
8. IRVING MOSQUITO (Gippsland Power), 18, 176cm (5'9), 72kg (158 lbs), forward
Still in high school and grew up an Essendon supporter with Michael Long his idol. Was eligible for Hawthorn under the Next Generation Academy rules but the Hawks declined to match Essendon's bid for the speedy and creative forward. Missed the U-18 tournament due to injury.
60. NOAH GOWN (Gippsland Power), 18, 194cm (6'3"), 91kg (200 lbs), forward
Competitive tall who turned down a USA basketball scholarship, is fearless with his strengths being contested marking (catching the ball against opponents) and reading the drop of the ball. Willing to chase and tackle.
72. BRAYDEN HAM (Geelong Falcons), 19, 181cm (5'10"), 69kg (152 lbs), utility
Has it all - speed, agility, endurance and excellent ball use. Can play midfield, forward and defense. Was named best on ground for the Falcons on 10 occasions, finished second in the club's best and fairest (behind teammate and number one selection Sam Walsh). Also finished high at the draft combine for the sprint and endurance tests.
8. TUTH JOK (Collingwood VFL), 21, Height: 193cm (5'11"), 80kg (176 lbs), defender/midfielder
Another Essendon fan growing up, the Sudanese born Jok was overlooked in previous drafts. He represented the Dandenong Stingrays and Victoria Country during his teenage years, before playing a starring role in St Kevin's College's 2017 VAFA premiership win. In early November, he was training with St Kilda and blitzed everyone in the Saints' time trial. Athletic and versatile.
25. MATT DEA (Essendon), 27, 186cm (6'), 85kg (187 lbs), defender
The last of the "top-up" players from Essendon's supplements saga, Dea was delisted at the end of 2018, and the club is delighted to welcome him back with his experience and leadershiip giving the team more depth in defense. A great clubman, he will be invaluable in helping the development of the younger players.
17. SAM STURT (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 189cm (6'1"), 74kg (163 lbs), forward
A recent convert from cricket, is an excellent athlete with courage, strength in the air and good goal sense. Impressed at the draft combine with top 10 finishes in the agility and 20 meter (appx 22 yards) sprint tests and won the vertical jump test (right foot).
32. LUKE VALENTE (Norwood, SANFL), 18, 187cm (6'), 82kg (180 lbs), midfielder
A member of the AFL Academy, Valente dominated at the U-18 tournament for South Australia and captained the side to the title. He won SA's MVP award and was named All-Australian vice-captain. A prolific ballwinner and is a good kick of the ball, always seems to have time when he has the ball in hand.
57. LACHLAN SCHULTZ (Williamstown, Williamstown VFL), 20, 177cm (5'9"), 82kg (180 lbs), midfielder/forward
Played his junior football with Bendigo in the TAC Cup and has spent the past three seasons with Williamstown. Has the versatility to go into the midfield, is competitive, a strong mark (catch of the ball), has good goal sense, is tough and courageous and wins the ball well.
59. BRETT BEWLEY (Williamstown), 23, 186cm (6'), 85kg (187 lbs), midfielder
The former captain of TAC Cup team Western Jets has spent the past five seasons with Williamstown. Bewley has shown consistent improvement every year to become one of the premier running midfielders in the competition. He was named in the VFL team of the year for the past two years and came second in Williamstown's best and fairest behind Liston Medal (VFL Brownlow equivalent) winner Michael Gibbons. Kicks the ball long and wins the ball well and has great endurance. Equaled the endurance record at the 2018 state screening and ran the 20 meter sprint (appx 22 yards) in less than three seconds.
5. ETHAN HUGHES (Fremantle), 20, 189cm (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), defender
Originally drafted by the Dockers as a rookie in 2015 and elevated to the seniors the same year. Was delisted at the end of 2018 and now finds himself back on the rookie list.
22. TOBE WATSON (Swan Districts WAFL), 20, (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), defender
A versatile player who can play various roles, he won the Swan Districts colts best and fairest in 2016 and has shown consistent improvement since. He made his senior debut late in 2017 and played four games, followed by all 18 games in 2018 and held his spot for the finals.
37. RYAN NYHUIS (Fremantle), 22, 188cm (6'1"), 88kg (193 lbs), defender
Has been on the rookie list since being drafted in 2016 so the club had to either elevate him to the seniors or delist him and then redraft him as a rookie.
15. JORDAN CLARK (Claremont WAFL), 18, 185cm (6'), 81kg (178 lbs), defender
Performed well at the U-18's winning the MVP award and All-Australian honors. Reads the play exceptionally well, has clean hands and uses the ball effectively by hand and foot. Represented Australia in cricket at under-16 level and finished eighth in the 2km (1.2 miles) time trial at the draft combine with a time of 6:14. Has played senior football for Claremont.
48. BEN JARVIS (Norwood SANFL), 18, 189cm (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), forward
Has speed, a great leap, reads the play exceptionally well and has strong hands. Has excellent agility and recovery skills. Can also take a turn in the ruck if required. Will need time to develop.
50. JACOB KENNERLEY (Norwood SANFL), 186cm, 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder
Smooth moving winger who can also play in defense. A prolific ballwinner, he has the ability to link up by hand and foot. Has excellent endurance and speed, breaking the draft combine record in the 2km (1.2 miles) time trial with an impressive 6:04 minutes.
65. DARCY FORT (Central Districts SANFL), 25, 204cm (6'9"), 96kg (211 lbs), ruck
Fort originally played junior football with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup and even spent some time with the Western Bulldogs' VFL side before joining Central where he has been outstanding.
68. JAKE TARCA (South Adelaide SANFL), 18, 175cm (5'8"), 75kg (165 lbs), midfielder/forward
Has speed and agility and good goal sense, kicking 27 goals in 15 games with South Adelaide. At the SA state combine, he topped the list in the 20 meter (appx 22 yards) sprint.
74. OSCAR BROWNLESS (Geelong Falcons), 18, 187cm (6'), 75kg (165 lbs), midfielder
Another father-son selection for the Cats as dad Billy played for the Cats alongside Gary Sr. He can push forward and has excellent aerobic capacity. Has footy smarts and uses his vision and awareness to create opportunities. Also has good endurance.
11. TOM ATKINS (Geelong VFL), 23, 180cm (5'10"), 85kg (187 lbs), midfielder
Tough with a fierce attack on the ball, good at getting it out of packs, has leadership skills having captained the Bendigo Bank Cats in 2018 and won two best and fairest awards with the club.
2. JACK LUKOSIUS (Woodville-West Torrens, SANFL), 18, 195cm , (6'3"), 83kg (182 lbs), forward
Athletic, has speed and endurance and clean hands overhead. At the draft combine. Lukosius ran the 20m sprint (22 yards) in 2.98 seconds and performed strongly in the endurance tests. He finished in the top five for the kicking test and kicked 4.1 from five shots in the goalkicking test. Had an exceptional year with standout performances for South Australia in the national carnival and at senior level for Woodville.
3. IZAK RANKINE (West Adelaide SANFL), 18, 179cm (5'10"), 79kg (174 lbs), forward
Athletic, speedy and classy playmaker who can create something out of nothing, has an innate goal sense. Kicked five goals for South Australia at the U-18's to help his side to victory over Vic Metro. Impressed at the draft combine where he won the agility test. Won back-to-back Under-18 All Australian honors and has already played three years of senior football with West Adelaide. A member of the AFL Academy.
6. BEN KING (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 202cm (6'5"), 87kg (191 lbs), defender/forward
Strong overhead and exceptionally quick and agile, making him a difficult match-up at either end of the ground. The All-Australian also played key role in defense earlier in the year with the Under-18 team against the North Melbourne VFL team, winning MVP honors. Twin brother Max was also drafted.
23. JEZ McLENNAN (Central Districts, SANFL), 18, 185cm (6'), 81kg (178 lbs), defender
A composed user of the football by hand and foot, he has played senior football with Central and did not look out place against men.
71. CALEB GRAHAM (Gold Coast Academy), 18, 195cm (6'3"), 92kg (202 lbs), defender
Had an impressive season with Gold Coast's NEAFL side and the Allies at the U-18 tournament. Is good at intercepting the ball and a sound kick. Hard to beat one-on-one and has added versatility to his game by spending time in the ruck and as a key forward.
2. MICHAEL RISCHITELLI (Gold Coast), 32, 185cm (6'), 84 (185 lbs), midfielder
Played 111 game for Brisbane 1003-2010 before joining the Suns as an unrestricted free agent. Played 125 games for the Suns. Delisted at the end of 2018, the Suns were always intent on adding him to the rookie list.
20. JACK LESLIE (Gold Coast), 23, 197cm (6'4"), 101kg (222 lbs), defender
Drafted by the Suns in 2013, he has played 38 games for the Suns but managed only nine in 2018. Has a long reach so is adept at intercepting the ball and can match up on most key forwards. Delisted at the end of 2018 and redrafted as a rookie, he should get more chances with the departure of Steven May.
47. HARRISON WIGG (Gold Coast), 22, 180cm (5'10"), 82kg (180 lbs)
Originally drafted by Adelaide in 2014, he was traded at the end of 2016 without a senior game. Has yet to debut with the Suns and was delisted and redrafted as a rookie. A good ballwinner and has good disposal skills. During his time with the Crows, he claimed third place in Adelaide’s State League Club Champion award in 2017, finishing behind 300-gamer Scott Thompson and defender Tom Doedee. It was the second consecutive year that Wigg finished third in the award.
11. JYE CALDWELL (Bendigo Pioneers), 18, 184cm (5'11"), 82kg (180 lbs), midfielder
Competitive midfielder who has been plagued by injury this year. Has a great work rate and is a good ballwinner and clearance player who makes good decisions. Strong overhead and dangerous near goal. Was named Vic Country’s MVP at the U-16 tournament named co-captain for Vic Country this year.
14. JACKSON HATELY (Central District SANFL), 18, 189cm (6'1"), 80kg (176 lbs), midfielder
Excels at stoppages and is extremely versatile. A strong ballwinner and can kick goals. One of the stars for South Australia at the U-18 tournament and won All Australian honors. Already played very well for Central Districts at senior level this year. Has the running capacity to make repeat efforts and works hard both ways.
22. XAVIER O'HALLORAN (Western Jets), 18, 186cm (6'), 84kg (185 lbs), midfielder
Captained Vic Metro at the U-18 tournament and can push forward for a goal. A passionate leader who wins his own footy and has a team-first attitude. Capable of kicking a long goal from a set shot. At the draft combine, he finished second in the agility test and fifth in the endurance test.
24. IAN HILL (Perth), 18, 175cm (5'8"), 65kg (143 lbs), forward
A second cousin of Fremantle duo Stephen and Brad Hill, the small forward has elite speed and agility, making him very dangerous around goal. Capable in the air and has innate goal sense. Wins the ball well and is good at applying pressure on opposition defenders.
34. KIEREN BRIGGS (GWS Academy), 19, 200cm (6'5"), 103kg (226 lbs), ruckman/forward
Grew up playing soccer and has an athletics background and is very mobile for his size. Can impose himself on and impact games with his physical presence and has strong hands. Has played in the NEAFL for the last two seasons with the Giants’ reserves team. Was outstanding at the U-18's and was named All-Australian ruckman and MVP.
61. CONNOR IDUN (Geelong Falcons), 18, 191cm (6'2"), 91kg (200 lbs), defender
Has Ghanaian heritage, can go forward to provide a mobile, competitive marking (catching the ball) target. Impressed for Vic Country as a strong one-on-one stopper.
GWS had selections 13 and 29 in the rookie draft but passed on both.
52. JACOB KOSCHITZKE (Murray Bushrangers), 196cm (6'3"), 93kg (204 lbs), defender
Versatile and can take an excellent contested mark (catch of the ball), strong in one-on-one contests and is cool under pressure. Earned U-18 All-Australian honors before a hip complaint ended his season early. Cousin of former St Kilda star Justin Koschitzke.
63. MATHEW WALKER (GWS Academy), 18, 188cm (6'1"), 84kg (185 lbs), midfielder/forward
AFL Academy member, Hawthorn swapped selections with Collingwood to move up in the draft order to secure Walker. GWS declined to match Hawthorn's bid. Has strong hands, is a reliable kick and has good goal sense. Has really lifted his work rate and high-intensity running to play more in the midfield.
14. DAMON GREAVES (East Perth), 18, 186cm (6"), 75kg (165 lbs), defender
Is a long kick and reads the play well. Composed with the ball in hand and makes good decisions providing defensive rebound. A hard-working player with very good endurance.
30. WILL GOLDS (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 183cm (5'11"), 72kg (158 lbs), midfielder
Can also play in defense and has elite running ability, clean hands and is a neat kick. Tested well at the draft combine, finishing fourth in both the endurance test and the 2km time trial (appx 1.2 miles).
43. TIMOTHY MOHR (GWS), 30, 196cm (6'3"), 103kg (226 lbs), defender
An inaugural member of the fledgling Giants, Mohr is deceptively quick and agile for his size.
Played 48 games for the Giants but managed just two in 2018 with Phil Davis, Adam Tomlinson and Aidan Corr the preferred options in defense. Was delisted at the end of 2018.
45. MABIOR CHOL (Richmond), 21, 200cm (6'5"), 92kg (202 lbs), forward
The Sudanese born Chol was drafted by the Tigers in 2016 as a rookie but managed only one senior game in 2017. Showed exciting potential in the VFL, is agile, has speed and is a good kick. Was a member of the Brisbane Lions Academy before joining the Tigers. He was delisted at the end of 2018.
49. WILL LANGFORD (Hawthorn), 26, 187cm (6'), 86kg ((189 lbs), midfielder
Drafted by the Hawks as a rookie in 2011 and elevated to the seniors in 2013 and starred in the 2014 finals series and was a member of Hawthorn's premiership team that year. A good ball winner, he spent part of 2018 closer to goal but played only 6 games for the season and was delisted but the Hawks always intended to redraft him as a rookie. He has a career tally of 72 games.
MELBOURNE27. TOM SPARROW (South Adelaide, SANFL), 18, 183cm (5'11"), 83kg 182 lbs), forward/midfielder
Super competitive and wins the contested ball well, Also has the knack of staying in the contest with his excellent recovery skills and agility.
33. JAMES JORDAN (Oakleigh Chargers), 17, 186cm (6'), 81kg (178 lbs), midfielder
Can also play in defense, is a good decision maker and uses the ball well.
53. AARON NIETSCHKE (Central Districts), 18, 184cm 5'11"), 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder/defender
A prolific ballwinner and covers the ground well with his excellent endurance. Played three senior SANFL games for Central Districts near the end of the season.
56. MARTY HORE (Collingwood VFL), 22. 190cm (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), defender
Has a booming kick. is strong in the air, reads the play well and is willing to take the game on with his run and carry. Won the club's best and fairest award and has been named in the VFL Team of the Year for the past two seasons.
75. TOBY BEDFORD (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 178cm (5'9), 69kg 152 lbs), forward
Speedy small forward who was outstanding for Vic Country against Western Australia at the U-18 games. An indigenous player who is eligible to go to Melbourne under the Next Generation Academy rules.
15. KADE CHANDLER (Norwood), 18, midfielder
Good ballwinner and tackler, can sneak forward for goals
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8. TARRYN THOMAS (North Launceston Tasmania), 18, 188cm (6"1"), 82kg (182 lbs), forward
Indigenous lad who can take a turn through the midfield or in defense. Strong overhead, quick and is a good contested ballwinner with natural goal sense. He was equal-first in the kicking test at the draft combine and won the Harrison Medal for his outstanding form for Tasmania in the 2018 AFL Academy series.
46. CURTIS TAYLOR (Calder Cannons), 18, 187cm (6'), 78kg (171 lbs), forward
Is strong in the air, reads the play well, has an uncanny knack for winning the ball in traffic and can hit the scoreboard. A member of the AFL Academy.
49. BAILEY SCOTT (Gold Coast Academy), 18, 186cm (6'), 73kg (160 lbs), forward/midfielder
Reads the game exceptionally well and makes good decisions with the ball and is smart around goals. Captained the Allies at the U-18's and won All-Australian honors. His strong running capabilities enable him to run and support his teammates to outnumber in transition. The son of former Geelong and North Melbourne player Robert Scott was eligible join Gold Coast as an Academy player, but nominated the Kangaroos over the Cats and Suns as a father-son recruit.
69. JOEL CROCKER (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 188cm (6'1"), 77kg (169 lbs), forward
Composed, competitive and has good footy smarts. A very good user of the ball by hand and foot. and impressed this year before an ankle injury curtailed his 2018 season. the son of former North Melbourne player and current club coaching director Darren Crocker, he joins the club as a father-son recruit.
10. TOM McKENZIE (Northern Knights), 18, 184cm (5'11"), 80kg (176 lbs), midfielder
Lightning quick, has footy smarts, wins and uses the ball well and sets up the play with his run and kicking. Excellent vision and awareness. Can also play in defense.
27. KYRON HAYDEN (North Melbourne), 19, 186 (6'), 86kg (189 lbs), midfielder
Missed all of 2016 while still at Subiaco in the WAFL with osteitis pubis and used the time to bulk up and add some strength. Broke Nic Naitanui's record for the running vertical leap at the draft combine.
Drafted to the Kangaroos in 2017, he has yet to debut so was delisted and redrafted as a rookie.
41. THOMAS WILKINSON (Southport Queenland), 22, 181cm (5'10"), 82kg (10 lbs), forward
Was overlooked in several previous drafts with question marks over his disposal efficiency. Worked hard on that aspect of his game and improved so much that he made the NEAFL Team of the Year and Southport won the premiership.
5. CONNOR ROZEE (North Adelaide, SANFL), 18, 185cm (6'), 74kg (163 lbs), midfielder
Strong overhead for his size, has quick hands and vision, is fast, has courage and tackles aggressively. Won the Division One best and fairest at the U-16 games in 2016 and was an important member of South Australia's Under-18 winning side this year. Has already debuted at senior level with North Adelaide. Dominated at the draft combine, ranking high in the vertical jump test, agility test and recorded the second-best 20 meter sprint (appx 22 yards) time.
12.ZAK BUTTERS (Western Jets), 18, 181cm (5'10"), 71kg (156 lbs), midfielder
Clever and creative, has footy smarts to set up play. Quick and uses the ball well by hand and foot. Played well for Vic Metro despite a shoulder injury which ended his season.
18. XAVIER DUURSMA (Gippsland Power), 18, 186cm (6'), 73kg (160 lbs), defender/midfielder
Has an exciting burst of speed which allows him to break the lines out of defense or out of the middle. Can work his way through traffic and is athletic. Captained Gippsland and was prominent for Vic Country. Placed third the running vertical jump at the draft combine. His father Dean was on Sydney and Melbourne’s list, until injury cut short his career. Xavier’s uncle Jamie played 59 games for the Swans, Brisbane Bears and Melbourne.
73. RILEY GRUNDY (Sturtl SANFL), 18, 194cm (6'3"), 84kg (186 lbs), defender
Strong in one-on-one contests and fiercely competitive. Matches up well on the opposition's most dangerous tall targets. Brother of Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy and has a huge upside.
76. BOYD WOODCOCK (North Adelaide), 18, 175cm (5'8"), 71kg (156 lbs), forward
Has speed, goal sense and is strong overhead for his size.
9. TOBIN COX (Glenelg, SANFL), 19, 177cm (5"9"), 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder/forward
Has speed and is creative in front of goal. Played some senior games for Glenelg. 2017 was wrecked by injury and he was again injured playing for South Australia in the U-18 games
26. CAMERON HEWETT (Port Adelaide), 21, 189cm (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), defender
Injury ruined his 2018 season. Drafted as a rookie in 2016, he has managed only one preseason game. Reads the game well and is good at stoppages. Delisted at the end of this year with Port always intent on redrafting him.
Port Adelaide completed the Rookie Draft by adding Next Generation Academy players Martin Frederick and Kai Pudney as Category B rookies. Both have been part of the club’s Multicultural and Indigenous Next Generation Academy, as Fredericks is of South Sudanese descent and Pudney of Japanese descent. The duo trained with the Port Adelaide AFL group during the 2018 preseason and also represented South Australia in a championship-winning under 18 national team this year.
MARTIN FREDERICK (Woodville-West Torrens), 19, 178cm (5'9"), 74kg ((163 lbs), defender/wing
KAI PUDNEY (Woodville-West Torrens), 186 (6'0, 78kg (171 lbs), midfielder
Pudney also won the 2018 award as the finest player in the SANFL Under 18s and impressed at the South Australian combine by winning the endurance and agility tests.
20. RILEY COLLIER-DAWKINS (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 190cm (6'1"), 91kg (200 lbs), midfielder
Has speed, clean hands, good vision and awareness, uses his height and power to break the lines.
43. JACK ROSS (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 186cm (6'), 85kg (187 lbs), midfielder
Big-bodied ballwinner with explosive speed which allows him to evade tackles and burst away from stoppages. Uses the ball well by foot and is a good decision maker.
58. FRASER TURNER (Clarence, Tasmania), 17, 186cm (6'), 77kg (169 lbs), midfielder
Competitive and has speed which allows him to run, carry and link up. Scored highly in the endurance test at the draft combine.
62. LUKE ENGLISH (Perth, WAFL), 18, 183cm 5'11"), 80kg (176 lbs), midfielder
Excellent ballwinnng and disposal ability, as well as strong endurance and work ethic.
16. JAKE AARTS (Richmond VFL), 23, 180 (5'10"), 76kg (167), forward
Joined Richmond's VFL team in 2015 and is a member of the leadership group. Has footy smarts and is dangerous in front of goal, also applies plenty of forward pressure.
32. JACOB TOWNSEND (Richmond), 187cm (6'), 89kg (196 lbs), forward
A member of the 2017 premiership side, he is a dangerous goalkicker and can also be a defensive forward to shut down opposition defenders. Can go into the midfield at times. Delisted at the end of 2018, the Tigers told him they would redraft him as a rookie but would not stand in his way if a better offer came along.
50. PASS (Richmond)
52. PASS (Richmond)
4. MAX KING, (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 204cm (6'6"), 90kg (198 lbs), forward
Athletic, powerful, agile and quick at ground level. Can take a mark (catch of the ball). Ruptured an ACL early in 2018 and is still rehabilitating from the knee reconstruction. Spent time in the gym to add a few pounds to his lead frame. Twin brother Ben was drafted by Gold Coast.
41. JACK BYTEL (Calder Cannons), 18, 188cm (6'1"), 78kg (171 lbs), midfielder
Wins the ball well and excels at stoppages, clean hands and composed with ball in hand. Won Vic Metro's MVP award in 2016 and is a member of the AFL Academy.
47. MATTHEW PARKER (South Fremantle, WAFL), 22, 187CM (6'), 79kg 174 lbs), forward
Excellent in front of goal, kicking 39 goals in 23 games since making is debut with South Fremantle in 2017. Also applies plenty of forward line pressure averaging more than four tackles per game.
54. NICK HIND (Essendon VFL), 24, 180cm (5'10"), 70kg (154 lbs), defender
Has speed and agility and can push forward to kick goals. Can also take a turn in the midfield.
Needs to improve his kicking.
67. ROBERT YOUNG (North Adelaide, SANFL), 23, 179cm (5'10"), 75kg (165 lbs), forward
Ferocious tackler who applies plenty of pressure in the forward line and can kick freakish goals. Very
physical and not afraid of the contest. Can also go into the midfield. Was pivotal in North Adelaide's SANFL premiership in his first season after crossing from Port Adelaide (SANFL).
3. CALLUM WILKIE (North Adelaide, SANFL), 22, 191cm (6'2"), 87kg (191 lbs), defender
Athletic, reads the flight of the ball well to intercept it. Has been playing in the senior side for North Adelaide for the past four seasons. Came second in the best and fairest award in 2017 and won the award this year.
10. NICK BLAKEY (Sydney Swans Academy), 18, 195cm (6'3"), 82kg (180 lbs), forward
Tall and athletic, he is very good in the air, a long kick and agile at ground level. Excellent in front of goal. Won the 2017 Harrison Medal as best player in Division Two at the U-18's and was runner-up this year. Can play a variety of positions. GWS was interested but the Swans matched the bid to secure Blakey who had nominated the Swans as his preferred destination. His father John has been a long-time senior assistant coach. Has had injury issues over last two seasons and a sore ankle ruled him out of testing at the draft combine.
25. JAMES ROWBOTTOM (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 186cm (6"), 76kg (171 lbs), midfielder
Tough midfielder who is good at stoppages using his clean hands and vision to set up the play. Tackles aggressively and is capable of playing a run-with role due to his elite endurance.
44. JUSTIN McINERNEY (Northern Knights), 18, height??, 72kg (158 lbs), midfielder
A late bloomer, but has progressed rapidly. A powerful runner with good skills by hand and foot, he can play defense or on a wing.
51. ZAC FOOT (Dandenong Stingrays), 17, 181cm (5'10"), 73kg (160 lbs), defender/wing
Has line-breaking speed.
12. DURAK TUCKER (Peel Thunder, WAFL), 18, 189cm (6'1"), 84kg (185 lbs), defender
Strong overhead, reads the game exceptionally well, is quick and competitive and has the ability to play on tall and small opponents while staying strong in contests. Missed most of the season after rupturing the ACL in his knee. He was unable to test at the draft combine as he continues his rehab, but had previously recorded a 2.84 in the 20 meter sprint (appx 22 yards), which would have had him ranked No.1 had he tested in October.
28. HARRY REYNOLDS (Sandringham Dragons), 18, 190cm (6'1"), 74kg (163 lbs), defender
Plagued by injuries in recent seasons, but is a versatile runner who provides plenty of drive out of defense, can also take a turn in the midfield. Needs to improve his kicking.
42. KURT TIPPETT (Sydney)
Retired before the start of the 2018 season but the club had to add him back onto the list to fulfill contractual obligations.
Delisted Cat Dan Menzel has signed with Sydney as a free agent. Menzel, 27, is an experienced forward and was drafted by the cats in 2009. In his time with the Cats, he endured four knee reconstructions which limited him to just 73 games.
28. XAVIER O’NEILL (Oakleigh Chargers), 18, 185cm (6'), 80kg (176 lbs), midfielder
Excellent ballwinner with speed and agility, good at stoppages and can push forward to use his goal sense. Finished equal-first in the kicking test at the draft combine.
31. LUKE FOLEY (Subiaco), 19, 188cm (6'1), 74kg (163 lbs), forward
Has a high work rate, is good at contested marking (catch of the ball), kicks well and has clean hands. Very athletic as he medaled as a state junior sprinter.
35. BAILEY WILLIAMS (Dandenong Stingrays), 18, 199cm (6'4"), 95kg (209 lbs), forward/ruck
Arguably the best ruckman in the TAC Cup competition in 2018, who has also developed into a dangerous key forward. Williams is quick, agile, strong and has a great natural leap. He recorded 66cm (appx 2.5 feet) in the standing vertical jump at the draft combine and won the running vertical jump . Has drawn comparisons to Port Adelaide star Paddy Ryder.
39. JARROD CAMERON (Swan Districts, WAFL), 18, 182cm (5'11"), 70kg (154 lbs), forward
The brother of Brisbane star Charlie is a clever and creative small forward who has speed and is dynamic around goal. Was eligible to go to West Coast under the Next Generation Academy rules.
18. HARRY EDWARDS (Swan Districts WAFL), 18, 195 (6'3"), 80kg (176 lbs)
Key position player who can slot into the forward line and defense.
36. JOSH SMITH (Collongwood), 24, 180cm (5'10"), 80kg (76 lbs), defender
Drafted by the Magpies as a rookie in 2016, the hard working defender played 32 games but managed only one in 2018 with Brayden Maynard and James Aish preferred in defense and the emergence of Nathan Murphy.
7. BAILEY SMITH (Sandringham Dragons), 17, 185cm (6'), 83kg (182 lbs), midfielder
Hard-running, has elite endurance, is a prolific ball-winner and very good at stoppages. Can push forward to kick goals. W-as named Vic Metro MVP at the U-18 games and won All-Australian honors. He was so determined to ensure he would be drafted, he put himself on a strict training regimen (some thought he was overdoing it), looked after himself and even watched his diet, right down to measuring his food portions.
26. RHYLEE WEST (Calder Cannons), 18, 181cm (5'10"), 82kg (180 lbs), midfielder
The son of former Bulldog champion Scott, he has az hard edge about him and wins the ball well.
Like his dad, he is competitive and aggressive and has excellent agility and power. These attributes allow him to get to multiple contests. Won All-Australian honors at the U-18's and finished third in the agility test at the draft combine. A member of the AFL Academy.
37. LAITHAM VANDERMEER (Murray Bushrangers), 19, 180cm (5'10"), 77kg (169 lbs), defender/midfielder
Has line-breaking speed which he uses to good effect and finished equal-second in the standing vertical jump at the draft combine.
45. BEN CAVARRA (Williamstown, VFL), 22, 173cm (5'8"), 73kg 160 lbs), midfielder/forward
Started as a midfielder but transformed into dynamic small forward, kicking 66 goals in 2017 and 2018. Won the Morrish Medal TAC Cup Brownlow equivalent) in 2013 and was named in the 2017 and 2018 VFL Team of the Year.
78. WILL HAYES (Footscray VFL), 23, 181cm (5'10"), 78kg (171 lbs), midfielder
Has been a consistent improver in his five seasons with the Bulldogs' team, finished fifth in the Liston Medal (VFL Brownlow equivalent).
6. LACHIE YOUNG (Dandenong Stingrays), 19, 190cm (6'1"), 82kg (180 lbs), defender
Rebounds well out of defense, is a long kick and strong interceptor. Can also play through the midfield or on the wing. Very competitive.
23. JORDON SWEET (North Adelaide), 20, 202cm (6'5"), 107kg (202 lbs), ruck/key forward
Competitive and versatile,with excellent disposal by foot and plays with strong physicality.
Sources: Jordan Laing, Sydney Media Release, afl.com.au, sen.com.au, AFL Club websites, AFL Record Season Guide, Nadine Rabah, AFL Media Release
Article last changed on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 1:47 PM EST