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One year on: Your club's 2016 draftees

AFL.com.au  October 30, 2017 9:50 AM

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A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017

Pick 15: Jordan Gallucci
Made his AFL debut in the Crows' round nine win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, gathering 11 possessions and kicking a goal. It was his only senior appearance of the season as the midfielder spent the rest of the year in the SANFL where he played 13 games. The Victorian is yet to sign a new contract beyond the end of 2018.

Pick 44: Myles Poholke
Played 16 games in the SANFL alternating between the midfield and half-forward. Has the physical attributes for senior football already, but needs to improve his tank, ball use and defensive responsibilities to take the next step. Rewarded with a two-year extension until the end of 2020.

Pick 51: Elliott Himmelberg
Looks like a solid key position prospect after kicking 19 goals in his 13 games in the SANFL. However, a foot injury cut his season short and he didn't play after mid-July. Himmelberg was used at either end of the ground and will be fit for the start of pre-season training at the end of November.

Pick 62: Matthew Signorello
Played 17 out of a possible 18 games in the SANFL, but only featured in their best players on two occasions. Spent time in the backline while also rolling through the midfield where he is most comfortable.

Pick 75: Ben Davis
The pacy forward was in the rehabilitation group for the first half of the year recovering from a foot injury before he played the final five games of the SANFL season. Showed some positive signs once he was able to get going, kicking four goals. A strong pre-season could see him push to take the spot in the forward line vacated by Charlie Cameron.

Rookie selection pick 13: Sam Shaw
Was only on the rookie list as an administrative measure. Shaw retired in November last year with on-going concussion-related symptoms.

Rookie selection pick 45: Ben Jarman
The Crows' first father/son selection had a promising season, finishing fifth in the club's state league best and fairest. Played all 18 games in the SANFL, was dangerous in attack with 12 goals and also showed bursts of speed on the wing. - Lee Gaskin 

Pick 3: Hugh McCluggage 
Excellent first season for the highly touted midfielder. Played 18 games and spent time mainly at half-forward with small stints in the middle. Took a bit of time to find his feet, but his excellent decision-making and ball use by foot was a standout. With a bit more strength and ability to absorb tackles, McCluggage will spend more time in the midfield in 2018.

Pick 17: Jarrod Berry 
Like his good mate McCluggage, enjoyed a terrific first year at the Gabba. Berry quickly earned the trust of coach Chris Fagan, playing run-with roles on Brad Ebert and Joel Selwood, and spending a majority of time in the midfield alongside Dayne Beams, Tom Rockliff and Dayne Zorko during his 16 matches. Extended his contract and looks a future leader of the club.

Pick 23: Alex Witherden 
After overcoming a broken leg in 2016 that hampered the start of his first AFL season, Witherden was a revelation in the back half of the year. He played nine of the final 10 games, averaged 24 disposals and gave the Lions plenty of drive from half-back with his accurate and penetrating right boot. An exciting talent, Witherden should progress even more next season playing alongside new teammate Luke Hodge.

Pick 24: Cedric Cox 
Full of speed and skill, Cox was another draftee to impress in 2017. He split time between the NEAFL and AFL, playing 13 games for the reserves and eight games at the top level. He is an excellent decision-maker and just needs to get a little stronger to stick his tackles, which should come. Cox has extended his contract until the end of 2020.

Pick 55: Jacob Allison 
Was made to earn his senior spot and grabbed it with both hands. Allison played 14 NEAFL games before debuting in the seniors in round 19. He played the final five AFL games and showed an ability to break lines with his speed and long kicking. Will need to continue improving his fitness to play on a wing, but has proved he can play at the top level.

Pick 71: Corey Lyons 
Developed well in the NEAFL, playing 19 games, and has signed on until the end of 2019. Lyons played both in defence and the midfield, averaging 20 disposals, and showed good hands in tight. He looks capable of playing senior football in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 2: Jake Barrett 
Surprise packet that played 17 senior games after being delisted by the Giants the previous year. Hard-worker who did well after being put in the tricky small forward's role. With more competition for spots next season, will have to tidy up his disposal to get more games.

Rookie selection pick 20: Mitchell Hinge 
Played 20 games in the NEAFL and was an integral member of the club's premiership. Impressed with his intercept marking and left-footed disposal. Hard to crack the seniors in that part of the ground. 

Rookie selection pick 37: Oscar McInerney 
The gangly ruckman has been rewarded for his NEAFL Player of the Year season with a two-year contract extension. Third in line behind Stefan Martin and Archie Smith, McInerney is good at ground level but needs to work on his aggression. - Michael Whiting 

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Pick 6: Sam Petrevski-Seton 
Lived up to expectations after missing much of the pre-season with a quad injury. Stepped straight in and excited fans with his class and skill, playing 20 games and earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. Contracted until the end of 2021, he is destined to spend plenty of time in the midfield in 2018. Star in the making. 

Pick 27: Zac Fisher 
Played 17 games and impressed with his ball-handling skills, work ethic and penetrating left boot. The diminutive Fisher tackles hard and applies plenty of pressure to the opposition. The Blues have faith in the West Australian, who could be more consistent throughout games. Rewarded with a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Carlton until the end of 2020, he has shown enough to be excited about his future.

Pick 47: Harrison Macreadie
Tall defender made his senior debut in round one against Richmond and played the next four games. Managed three more senior games, spending the remainder of the season with the Northern Blues. Reads the game well as he showed with his intercept marking, but needs to improve his decision-making and be more composed. Contracted until the end of 2020.

Pick 59: Cameron Polson
Given his chance in the seniors in round five against Port Adelaide but spent most of the year with the Northern Blues. Often played in a run-with role, but needs to work on his skills. Shoulder injury forced him to miss the final seven VFL games. Provides plenty of speed and puts pressure on the opposition at every opportunity.

Pick 61: Tom Williamson
Left-footer made his debut in round three against Essendon and played the next nine games before a back injury grounded him for four matches. Played 15 games off half-back and impressed with his penetrating and accurate kicking, dash and decision-making. Seems to relish a challenge and appears comfortable at the level, having his contract extended until the end of 2020.

Pick 65: Patrick Kerr
Spent his first season with the Northern Blues before suffering a season-ending hip injury in July that required surgery. Key forward who impressed with his work-rate, overhead marking and ability to get to numerous contests. Fair way to go, but moves well and shows promising signs.

Rookie Elevation: Ciaran Byrne
Speedy half-back came back after almost a year out with a ruptured ACL to play three games, including the final two. Rolled his ankle in the final round, but at his best he will be an asset with his speed, skill, composure and decision-making. Contracted until the end of 2019. 

Rookie selection pick 5: Kym Lebois 
Ankle and quad injuries set the speedy small forward back at the start of his first season. Ball-handling and decision-making can improve, but has plenty of skill and goal-sense.

Rookie selection pick 23: Alex Silvagni 
The former Docker made a sensational debut in navy blue, shutting down Swans star Lance Franklin in round six. Desperate defender who tackles ferociously. Knee injuries restricted him to seven games, but proved himself a great asset.

Rookie selection pick 37: Andrew Gallucci
Delisted after two seasons on the rookie list. Played 18 games in the VFL this year.

Rookie selection pick Category B International: Ciaran Sheehan
Delisted. Struggled with injury during his time at Carlton. Managed only two senior games this year and played the rest of the time in the VFL. - Howard Kotton

Pick 30: Sam McLarty 
The Pies' shortage of key defenders is well documented so they'd love nothing more than to fast-track the strong-marking, long-kicking youngster. But it's going to take time. McLarty was probably always going to find it tough this year after a pre-season interrupted by shoulder issues, but the former Oakleigh Charger played 13 games (he missed three late-season games with a hip problem) and showed reasonable development, though is still quite raw.

Pick 35 (father-son): Callum Brown 
Was in the frame for round-one selection before being sidelined with glandular fever, so the son of club great Gavin Brown deserves great credit for earning his AFL debut by round 12 and finishing with five games. Though small, the midfielder showed he has inherited some of his father's courage and hardness, and he boasts impressive composure in congestion. A 200-game prospect.

Pick 50: Kayle Kirby 
The powerful medium-sized forward led the VFL goalkicking (with 42 goals in 16 games) until the final round when he was promoted for his long-awaited AFL debut. Had only three kicks and scored just a behind in the win over Melbourne but could easily have slotted a couple of goals. Will be a difficult proposition for defenders if he can build his fitness to AFL standard.

Pick 57 (father-son): Josh Daicos 
The son of Collingwood legend Peter Daicos boasts the familiar low centre of gravity, the one-touch ball skills and something of the goal sense, and he went some way towards suggesting he'll be a decent player in his own right. There was talk the midfielder/forward might make an early-season debut but he was made to earn it, finally appearing in the last two rounds when he displayed glimpses of his potential.
 

Rookie selection pick 7: Mitch McCarthy 
The athletic forward/ruck hopeful joined the Pies with a foot problem, played six VFL games and finished the season with more foot issues before being delisted.

Rookie selection pick 24: Henry Schade 
The former Gold Coast defender could be deemed unlucky to have been delisted after keeping Swans superstar Lance Franklin goalless in the round three win. Didn't play at AFL level after round nine.

Rookie selection pick 38: Liam Mackie 
The cousin of retired Geelong backman Andrew Mackie hopes to become a similar player but was delisted after failing to make a sufficient impression in 12 VFL games.

Rookie selection pick 48: Max Lynch 
The developing ruckman from New South Wales was rewarded with another year on the Pies' rookie list after impressing with his aggression and presence in 17 VFL appearances. - Ben Collins

Pick 1: Andrew McGrath
McGrath capped a brilliant debut season by winning the NAB AFL Rising Star award, following captain Dyson Heppell as the only Bombers to take out the honour. McGrath played mostly as a small defender in 2017, locking down some of the competition's best goalkickers, including Adelaide star Eddie Betts. McGrath seems likely to move into the midfield more next year where his sharp movement, quick decisions and poise under pressure will thrive.

Pick 22: Jordan Ridley
A stress fracture in his back meant Ridley's first season was interrupted by injury, and he spent three months on the sidelines before starting his apprenticeship in the VFL. The club has high hopes for him as a strong kicking half-back and he will be keen to debut next year. However Ridley he will need to add more weight to his frame before he can hold down a spot at senior level.

Pick 31: Josh Begley
Begley broke into the senior team at Essendon late in the year after a run of strong performances at VFL level. He kicked two goals in 13 disposals on debut against Gold Coast in round 22 and was also one of his side's better players in the Bombers' elimination final loss to Sydney. Begley needs to improve his tank before being able to play more regularly at senior level to add to his power and strength near goal.

Pick 42: Kobe Mutch
Became a consistent player at VFL level being used mainly through the midfield and on the wing, where his running power and work ethic shone. Mutch can find the ball – there is no knock on that – and he will need to continue to improve his ability to make his touches damaging. Expect him to get a look in at senior level next season.

Pick 63: Dylan Clarke
A strong inside midfielder who can find the ball at will and rip it out of contests. With several senior midfielders having left the club at the end of last season, Clarke will be more of a chance to break into the Bombers' AFL midfield unit. Will continue to work on his kicking in a bid to get into the senior side.

Rookie selection pick 1: Sam Draper
Essendon is very bullish about Draper's progress, with the young and developing ruckman signing a two-year contract extension this year. Has a good leap and is very athletic for his size.

Rookie selection pick 19: Shaun McKernan
The former Crow had an impact in some games at senior level last season as a back-up in attack and the ruck and provided good support when called on.

Rookie selection 36: Yestin Eades
The speedy half-forward, who was downgraded to the rookie list after one season as a primary-listed player, departed the club after being charged by police and having to front court. - Callum Twomey
 

Pick 8: Griffin Logue
Logue's athleticism and thirst for the contest were obvious in a four-game stint after his round three debut but his game-sense needed work. Started to find his feet at AFL level after returning to the line-up in round 14, settling in as a third tall defender and getting more involved in Freo's ball movement. Solid grounding in 13 senior games, before playing in Peel's back-to-back premiership triumph.

Pick 38: Sean Darcy
Stiff not to receive a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination after a stellar introduction to elite football. Darcy had 40 hit-outs and 14 disposals on debut against Geelong in round 14 and shouldered the ruck in Aaron Sandilands' absence on the run home. Bullocking youngster has shed weight and will be a long-term player. Played eight games, averaged 34 hit-outs and 12 disposals. Won an enormous 73 hit-outs in the WAFL Grand Final victory.

Pick 41: Brennan Cox
The Dockers' absence of a strong-marking target in attack meant Cox was thrust into a forward-ruck role and he showed potential, although his goalkicking technique is awkward and he kicked 4.11 in 10 AFL games. The versatile South Australian had a solid WAFL Grand Final and appears best suited to defence long term.

Pick 66: Luke Ryan
Claimed the Beacon Award as Freo's best young player after grabbing his AFL chance with both hands. The mature-age Coburg recruit debuted in round 11 and played all but one game for the rest of the year, showing his innate ability to read the play at half-back. Nominated for the Rising Star after taking nine intercept marks – one shy of the record – in round 20, then won the Simpson Medal as best afield in the WAFL Grand Final.

Rookie selection pick 3: Taylin Duman
Rangy 192cm youngster showed encouraging development across half-back and on a wing at Peel. Battle an ankle injury early in the year and then an issue with a disc in his back derailed his chances of a late-season debut. Played 17 WAFL games, including all three of the Thunder's finals, averaging 17 touches and five marks.

Rookie selection pick 21: Luke Strnadica
The 200cm ruck-forward is a project player and spent 2017 developing in the WAFL, playing 13 senior games for Peel and seven in the reserves. Can take a strong mark and competed in the ruck for the League side late in the year, winning 51 hit-outs, picking up 13 touches and laying six tackles against Perth in round 21. - Travis King

Pick 26: Brandan Parfitt 
The ready-made forward impressed in three pre-season games to make his AFL debut in round one. Played 15 AFL games including three finals, even though he missed eight games with a hamstring tendon injury from round seven. Played his best final against the Swans in what was a positive first season.

Pick 40: Tom Stewart 
Their backline revelation. Played 21 AFL games following his round one debut after being recruited as a mature-aged defender from the Cats' VFL team. A fractured eye socket in round 14 cost him three games, but he recovered to show he'll be a lock for their back half in years to come. 

Pick 43: Esava Ratugolea
The young forward with Fijian heritage played 16 games in the VFL before a hand injury in round 22 ended his season two weeks early. Showed his freakish athletic ability but also his rawness at times in an expected up and down season.  

Pick 60: Quinton Narkle
Didn't enjoy a good start to his AFL career with a pre-season hamstring injury hampering his chances for an early game. Played two VFL games before he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in June at training. The young West Australian midfielder started running in late September and is aiming for an April return.  

Pick 68: Timm House
The 22-year-old forward broke his collarbone in May, which needed surgery and sidelined him for a month, after a spate of pre-season complaints. Returned to spend time at both ends of the ground, and a purple patch of form as a swingman in July/August saw him in the frame for an AFL debut. Played 14 VFL games and was named AFL emergency twice.

Pick 69: Ryan Abbott
The local mature-aged big man, who was previously named GFL ruckman of the year while playing for Grovedale, overcame a December leg fracture and back stress reaction that flared in February to play 15 VFL games from round seven. Had a couple of big games and benefitted from a consistent run with training later in the season.

Rookie selection pick 16: Jack Henry 
The young local decathlete spent the year in the VFL but got close to an AFL debut late in the season when he was promoted and named emergency in round 21.

Rookie selection pick 31: Zach Guthrie 
Despite an impressive showing in the pre-season competition, had to wait until June for promotion. Then played nine senior games – including the first two AFL finals – in a solid first year for the lightweight defender.

Rookie selection pick 45: Jamaine Jones
Shone in a couple of VFL games, namely against Coburg in July when he kicked five goals. Exciting small forward who edged close to promotion and an AFL debut this year.

Rookie selection pick 49 (father-son): Sam Simpson
Was promoted in June (with Guthrie) and played five AFL games late in the year, but missed out on a finals berth. Light wingman who also played across half-forward at times.

Rookie selection category B: Mark O'Connor
For an Irishman who only moved to Australia late last year, it was an incredible effort to earn elevation and two AFL games by May. Didn't do much in either, but it was largely a learning year for the midfielder. - Jennifer Phelan

Pick 4: Ben Ainsworth 
A standout player in a grim season for the Suns. Ainsworth copped a bad thigh injury in round two that cost him eight weeks on the sidelines, but once he returned to the seniors, he was terrific. Kicked 14 goals in 13 games as a small forward and showed excellent poise and combativeness for a first-year player. Will spend more time in the midfield as his fitness improves.

Pick 7: Jack Scrimshaw 
Spent much of his first season working on fitness to get up to an AFL standard. Was coming from a low fitness base, but worked his way into the senior team with four games in defence late in the year. Has excellent kicking skills and will play more top-level football as his strength develops.

Pick 9: Will Brodie 
The inside midfielder spent most of 2017 playing NEAFL. Brodie is physically strong and proved his ability to win the contested ball at that level. He got three senior games and needs more work improving his endurance to add to that next season.

Pick 10: Jack Bowes 
Big things were expected of the Queenslander last year but he struggled to find his feet. Playing mostly at half-back, Bowes notched 11 games and showed glimpses of the terrific disposal he's known for. Has the makings of a long-term player for the club and should play plenty more senior footy in 2018.

Pick 67: Brad Scheer 
Like Bowes, Scheer is a Suns Academy graduate. The strongly-built teenager was solid at NEAFL level and got rewarded with four AFL games. Struggled with the speed at top level, which is to be expected, but showed an appetite for the tough stuff. Will work on his running over the pre-season.

Rookie selection pick 4: Keegan Brooksby 
The versatile South Australian had three years at the Suns before being delisted. Spent most of 2017 in the NEAFL and played a variety of roles, including ruck and as an ever-improving key defender.

Rookie selection pick 22: Cameron Loersch 
The key forward couldn't crack the Suns senior team in two years and was delisted. Struggled to consistently impact at NEAFL level and needs to improve his aggression if he's any hope of landing on another list. - Michael Whiting 

Pick 2: Tim Taranto 
Lived up to the hype after an outstanding pre-season saw him debut in round one. Taranto played 12 of the first 13 games before suffering a serious ankle injury, but is held in such high regard by the Giants, he was recalled for two finals. Played mainly as a forward this year but should see more midfield time next year.

Pick 5 (Academy selection): Will Setterfield
The midfielder went down with a bad ankle injury early so had to wait until round 18 for a debut, then copped a concussion in his second outing. The smooth mover showed enough to have GWS fans excited for 2018, with the 19-year-old's foot skills certain to see him in contention for round one.

Pick 14 (Academy selection): Harry Perryman 
The tough small defender made an immediate impact at GWS with his fierce competitiveness. Managed eight senior games for the year and will no doubt build on that next season, and could be looking to replace the departed Nathan Wilson in the backline.

Pick 20 (Academy selection): Isaac Cumming 
The lightly-built rebounding defender took some time to settle in but finished the season strongly, and won the Giants' NEAFL development award. Cumming is another who could have his eyes on the spot opened up by Wilson's exit to Fremantle.

Pick 54 (Academy selection): Lachie Tiziani
The small forward showed promising signs in the club's first JLT Community Series against West Coast, with his speed his biggest asset. Struggled with a couple of niggling injuries this year but is sure to benefit from another full pre-season.

Pick 58: Matt de Boer 
He was a shock pick up but the choice to recruit the experienced former Docker was a smart move by the Giants, and he filled an important role playing across half-forward in 15 games. Opportunities might be a bit harder to come by next year if the list remains healthy, but the 27-year-old is a valuable player.

Rookie selection pick 17: Tendai Mzungu 
The veteran was picked for round one but suffered a serious hamstring injury, and played just three more games for the year. Retired at the end of this season after 106 senior matches.
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Pick 74: Harry Morrison 
After a fine debut season for Box Hill, where he averaged 20 disposals, six marks and four tackles through 17 games, Morrison was rewarded with his first game at AFL level in the final game of the season and looked at home immediately with 21 touches and six marks. Impressed the Hawks with his versatility but appears likely to settle as an attacking half-back. A big summer should ensure he plays more senior footy in 2018.
 

Pick 76: Mitchell Lewis 
Kicked 10 goals in 13 appearances in the VFL and while primarily playing as a forward, Box Hill also had a look at him in defence and in the ruck. He then injured his shoulder towards the end of the season and underwent a complete reconstruction. Nevertheless, the Hawks like what they saw and believe that with some natural development, he could push for a senior berth before the end of next year.
 

Rookie selection pick 14: Oliver Hanrahan 
An impressive first season in the VFL for Hanrahan who played 12 games as both a small forward and occasional midfielder, averaging 15 disposals, three marks, two tackles and a goal a game. He was close to senior selection towards the end of last season and should play at AFL level some stage in 2018.

Rookie selection 29: Jack Fitzpatrick 
Only the one senior game in 2017 for Fitzpatrick after being re-rookied by the Hawks, but the ruckman and popular clubman suffered another concussion and announced his retirement at the end of the season.

Rookie selection pick 46: James Cousins 
So impressive was the start to the season at VFL level by the contested-ball beast that he was given a three-game stint at AFL level during the middle of the season and in his debut game at the SCG against the Swans he kicked an important goal in a great Hawthorn win. His season was cut short by shoulder surgery but the Hawks saw enough to extend his contract by 12 months.
 - Ashley Browne

Pick 46: Mitch Hannan 
Played 20 AFL games and kicked 22 goals in his first year that came after he was overlooked by TAC Cup teams when he was a junior because of concerns about his size. Was also nominated for mark of the year in round 10. Recruited from VFL team Footscray, Hannan slotted into the Demons' midfield and forward line easily as a 23-year-old. 

Pick 64: Dion Johnstone 
The tough, physical hard-nut got close to a debut a couple of times after appearing in the pre-season competition, but largely spent the year developing in the VFL. Didn't rack up the disposals, but excited his coaches with his pressure and tackling. Will be left hungry by season spent in the VFL, and will be desperate for an early game in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 8: Lachlan Filipovic
The developing ruckman is expected to be retained despite playing just five games in the VFL Development League before suffering a season-ending hip injury. Is a project player with a soccer and basketball background.

Rookie selection pick 25: Tim Smith
An injury-hit year for the mature-aged forward, with his second AFL game in round five leaving him with fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Came back for two games before he injured his foot, which ended his year. Showed enough to warrant a contract for 2018.

Rookie selection pick 39: Declan Keilty
Did a bit of everything in his first year; played in the ruck, up forward and down back in the VFL. Pushed for a debut late in the year, but was left wanting, although he'll get another chance in 2018 after signing a new deal.

Rookie selection category B: Corey Maynard
Was rewarded with a two-year contract at the season's end after a promising year. Is an emerging midfielder, recruited after a national-level basketball career, and played one AFL game as well as 16 in the VFL; one of which featured an incredible 18 clearances. - Jennifer Phelan

Pick 12: Jy Simpkin 
The Roos invested plenty in the Mooroopna kid recovering from a sickening leg break and he responded by earning round one selection. Played predominantly as a forward in his debut season, which was interrupted by a six-game absence recuperating from a damaged AC joint. Played his sole VFL game coming back from that, but impressed greatly in his 13 AFL matches and is a midfielder-in-the-making. 

Pick 34: Declan Watson 
Spent the season developing his defensive craft at VFL senior and development league level, but ankle and shin issues restricted him. A greater setback was to come when he ruptured the ACL in his left knee in an innocuous training incident. The 191cm backman faces a year out, so his attention to detail with his rehabilitation will be crucial in convincing the club to re-commit to him.

Pick 36: Josh Williams 
Lightly-framed speedster who drew rave reviews from the AFL's games record-holder Brent Harvey early in the year. Fits a great need for North with his line-breaking abilities on a wing, and snuck a couple of late-season AFL matches in as an investment in his future. Will probably start the 2018 season in the VFL again and needs to add some weight in the off-season, but is on track to be a key long-term asset.

Pick 73: Nick Larkey 
Looms as a potential bargain pick for the Kangas. Emerged in the pre-season and kept that form going in booting 21 goals in 10 VFL games. The 198cm key forward can also go through the ruck and, like Williams, played two late AFL matches and impressed coach Brad Scott without lighting up the stat sheet. Has time to develop behind the likes of Ben Brown and Mason Wood.

Rookie selection pick 11: Cameron Zurhaar 
It was the bustling Zurhaar's individual moments and potential that endeared him to North. Didn't win much of the ball, but showed enough to earn four AFL games and a 2018 contract.

Rookie selection pick 28: Oscar Junker The ex-Western Jets co-captain's AFL dream could have ended before it began when he broke his tibia in a pre-season practice match in February, but the Roos re-signed him for another year in July.

Rookie selection pick 43: Matthew Taylor Arrived as a mature-age selection after a promising WAFL season for Perth, but struggled to make the same impact in a half-back role in the VFL, even spending a week in the Development League, and was delisted. - Marc McGowan 

Pick 16: Todd Marshall
Came from the clouds to debut for the Power in their round 22 victory against the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat. The key forward then held his spot in the side for the elimination final loss to West Coast. Needs to add size to his slender frame during the off-season and demand the ball more when it's going into attack, but showed plenty of promise.

Pick 18: Sam Powell-Pepper
What can you say? Lived up to all the hype with an outstanding debut season, playing 22 games and unlucky not to win the NAB AFL Rising Star award. An absolute midfield bull, who has the second-best fend off in the League behind only Dustin Martin. Already locked in until 2020.

Pick 32: Joe Atley
Played three senior games in his debut season from rounds 16-18 before returning to the SANFL. Worked hard through the midfield and isn't afraid to put his head over the ball and do the tough stuff on the inside. Lots of upside.

Pick 33: Willem Drew 
One of only a handful of players on the senior list not to play a senior game this year. Made 20 appearances in the SANFL, playing through the midfield and also across half-back. Continued to improve through the second half of the season as he got used to the pace of the game.

Rookie selection pick 9: Peter Ladhams 
Some promising signs from the giant ruckman in his 16 games in the SANFL. Will challenge Billy Frampton as the back-up to All Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder.

Rookie selection pick 26: Brett Eddy 
The mature-aged key forward debuted in the Power's round one win against Sydney, but only held his spot for three games before returning to the SANFL. The 28-year-old won the Ken Farmer Medal as the SANFL's leading goal-kicker with 59 goals for the second straight year, but needs to work harder defensively if he's to force his way back into the side.

Rookie selection pick 42: Jarrod Lienert
The 23-year-old Sturt premiership player had a solid first season, playing 21 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL. Was strong in key defensive posts and promoted to the senior list at the end of the year.

Next Generation academy zone selection: Emmanuel Irra
Showed promise running off half-back. Willing to take the game on and can hit targets. Played 18 games in the SANFL. - Lee Gaskin 

Pick 29: Shai Bolton 
Played six games in his first year and showed ability with his speed and pressure, but the Tigers had plenty of competition for spots with their small forwards. The flashes he showed were exciting but Bolton needs to make his presence felt for the whole game to nail down a spot.

Pick 53: Jack Graham 
Hamstring and ankle injuries early in the year could have derailed the South Australian's campaign, but Graham turned it around in exceptional fashion, playing the final five games including an outstanding performance in the Grand Final victory. Having played largely forward this season, a move to the midfield eventually beckons.

Pick 72: Ryan Garthwaite 
Was always unlikely the defender would break into the AFL team, considering how well the Tigers' backline performed. Showed a bit in the VFL and can be relied upon to stop his man, whether on a tall or a small. Garthwaite's work ethic should hold him in good stead and it has earned him the respect of his teammates.

Rookie selection pick 6: Tyson Stengle 
Yet another in the Tigers' large pool of small forwards, Stengle kicked two goals in his round 15 debut against Port Adelaide but was out of the side a couple of games later. If he can keep up his pressure and win more of the footy, Stengle should push hard for a senior spot in 2018. - Dinny Navaratnam

Pick 25: Ben Long
The Saints were excited about what the Northern Territorian could offer from the get go and while he battled to live up to expectations, there was fair reason. Before his draft season, Long's summer months were spent in the Northern Territory Football League. Fatigue set in and the tough forward did not have the impact he would have wanted, but expect that to improve in his second season.

Pick 39: Josh Battle
Was at Haileybury College doing year 12 and training with the main group just once a week, so playing in the round 17 loss to Essendon and booting a goal was a great effort. St Kilda has plenty of tall forwards but with Nick Riewoldt having retired, Battle will have more chances to play in 2018.

Pick 56: Ed Phillips
The younger brother of Collingwood wingman Tom Phillips was always going to take a little bit longer, and was held back slightly by a mid-season ankle injury. His professional approach should hold him in good stead, but will need to become stronger and harder around the footy over the summer to take the next step. Played mainly on the wing for Sandringham, and also spent time across half-back.

Rookie selection pick 10: Rowan Marshall
Really impressed as a tall forward who can pinch-hit in the ruck. Played just once at senior level, against Sydney in round 18, but earned two more years because he can take a contested mark. Will be better when he can play well for a whole game, rather than excelling in one quarter and fading away. - Dinny Navaratnam

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Pick 11: Oliver Florent 
The quick small forward was handed a round one debut and showed glimpses of what is sure to be long career playing across half forward. Florent needs a big summer in the gym but works hard when his team doesn't have the ball, which is a major tick. Sure to build on his nine games this year.

Pick 21: Will Hayward 
The speedster was the surprise packet of the season and kicked 22 goals from 17 games playing as a small forward. Hayward's enthusiasm and goal sense gave Sydney fans plenty to like this year, and another pre-season campaign should see him develop even more.

Pick 45: Jack Maibaum 
The key defender didn't manage to crack the senior team with the experienced Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe and Lewis Melican all performing strongly, but he was solid in 20 NEAFL appearances. Might find it tough again next year but the Swans love his no nonsense stlye.

Pick 48: Darcy Cameron 
The mature-aged ruckman had a solid pre-season and put plenty of pressure on Sam Naismith, Kurt Tippett and Callum Sinclair, but a serious shoulder injury ended his year after just nine NEAFL games. Capable of playing forward and will be in the mix next year if his body stays healthy.

Rookie selection pick 17: Ben Ronke 
The small forward battled injuries early this year but finished with 14 goals from 12 NEAFL games. A full pre-season should see him move into the midfield next year.

Rookie selection pick 34: Robbie Fox 
Played three senior games early this season and showed enough to suggest he can be a regular, but suffered some injury setbacks later in the year. Mature-aged midfielder who can have an impact in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 49: Shaun Edwards 
A surprise pick-up, the small forward looked close to making his Swans debut on a couple of occasions but never got the call. Retired at the end of the year after 24 games at three clubs.

Rookie selection pick 54: Toby Pink 
The athletic medium forward booted 24 goals from 20 NEAFL games and showed plenty of promise. Learning from teammates like Lance Franklin and Sam Reid over summer will only continue his development next year. - Adam Curley

Pick 13: Daniel Venables
Arrived at the club battling a foot issue and built into the year with eight senior WAFL games after two appearances in the reserves. The dynamic and aggressive forward-mid booted four goals from 14 touches in his best outing and was on the cusp of a debut in round 13 before being struck down by turf toe and put on ice for the rest of the season.

Pick 37: Josh Rotham
Rangy and athletic defender started East Perth's campaign solidly but faded as the season wore on and wasn't helped by a hamstring late in the year. Managed 13 senior WAFL games averaging 14 touches and four marks. Eagles will hope he takes a step forward in 2018, and could move up the ground to find more of the ball.

Pick 52: Willie Rioli
Electric small forward seemed primed for a round one debut before tearing a hamstring tendon. In just his second game back from injury, Rioli pinged his other hamstring during a sizzling WAFL senior debut. Finished the year with 17 goals in eight games split between seniors and reserves. Needs a big summer to improve his fitness and durability but should be pushing to play AFL in 2018.

Pick 77: Jake Waterman
Another Eagles draftee cursed by injury. Waterman was diagnosed with a foot stress fracture in March and only made his comeback via the WAFL reserves in round 17. Excited by booting eight goals and averaging six marks in four senior appearances for East Perth to be on the verge of AFL selection. A likely prospect as a third tall forward in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 12: Tom Gorter
Was picked up after breaking into East Perth's senior side last year and held his spot in defence in 19 games this year. Competes hard but will need to have a bigger impact to make the step up to AFL level. Not yet a confirmed starter on the rookie list for 2018.

Rookie selection pick 29: Drew Petrie
The former North Melbourne veteran endeared himself to the West Coast faithful in his one and only year after answering the Eagles' call for big man support. Petrie broke his hand in round one against his old club but returned in round 10 and played every game. Was huge against Paddy Ryder in the elimination final epic, and deservedly finished his 332-game career on his terms. - Travis King

Pick 19: Tim English 
The West Australian appeared an absolute steal on draft night, and that's what the mobile ruckman looks destined to be. While he only performed serviceably in his two senior games this season, it was the form that the lightly-built 20-year-old showed at VFL that has the Dogs very excited. For a player of 206cm, English has fantastic foot skills, has a smart football brain and has a lovely pair of hands. Look for him to make big strides next season. 

Pick 28: Patrick Lipinski 
The classy medium forward made a final-round senior debut after playing some good football in the VFL. The Northern Knights product can win the ball on the inside and outside, and is also strong overhead. Should get more opportunities in 2018 after injuries stymied his progress at times. Should be a midfield option in the future when he builds his fitness.

Pick 49: Lewis Young 
Arriving at Whitten Oval as a key forward prospect, the South Australian was trialed down back in the VFL with promising results. Strong state league form was rewarded with a debut in round 17 against Carlton, and didn't lose his place for the remainder of the season. The football world was abuzz after he took several intercept marks in a starring performance versus the Blues. Only draft eligible by a week, another pre-season in the gym should allow him to play on the bigger bodies.

Pick 70: Fergus Greene 
The smart medium forward burst onto the scene with eight goals in his first two VFL matches, with his leading and game sense a standout. A wrist injury and rigors of a long season only allowed the 19-year-old to play seven state league games. In the mould of teammate Tory Dickson, Greene will be looking for luck in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 18: Nathan Mullenger-McHugh 
The versatile key position prospect was trialed at both ends of the ground in the VFL with promising results. Very raw, the Eastern Ranges product has a strong pair of hands, good closing speed and is very competitive. A productive summer in the gym could see him ready for a senior debut. 

Rookie selection pick 35: Josh Prudden 
After being delisted after several injury-ravaged seasons on the senior list, the midfielder missed a fair chuck of the VFL season with a hamstring injury. Another season bereft of continuity saw 23-year-old delisted again without adding to four senior games. – Ryan Davidson 

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