AFL Media - Cal Twomey
Wilmot has become a player in demand with a number of clubs interested in him in the second half of the first round of picks. The tenacious half-back plays with vigour and resolve in defence and enjoys taking the game on as well as stopping his direct opponents. Can mark the ball as well as tuck it under his arm and burst out of defence. The Lions have been looking for more rebounding defenders in recent years.
The youngest player in this year’s draft pool, Wilmot does not turn 18 until New Year’s Eve. But like the fireworks that go off on his birthday, Wilmot has been a very bright spark this year. He has primarily played across halfback or on a wing, but has also shown his versatility to play half-forward or through the midfield. A strong team-oriented player, he will fill any role that needs filling without hassle. While his disposal numbers generally aren’t particularly high, Wilmot impacts with his run and carry out of defence and rarely wastes the football. He had a kicking efficiency of 75 per cent in the NAB League this season and finished third in the agility test (7.88sec) during pre-season testing. Wilmot is also a natural leader and captained Vic Metro in one of its trial matches in June. He is generally one of the loudest voices out on the field, always giving direction and encouragement to teammates.
ESPN - Chris Doerre
A rebounding defender, Wilmot generates drive from defence with his line-breaking run and aggressive work by foot. Playing a competitive brand of football, Wilmot was born on the December 31 and will be the youngest drafted this year, so clubs will back him in as an upside selection with substantial scope to develop.
Fox Sports - Ben Waterworth
A terrific, well-rounded medium backman that ticks a lot of boxes. Wilmot’s ability to read the flight of the footy in the air as a defender is outstanding. Then when he wins the ball back, he isn’t afraid to use his leg speed to rebound and gain territory for his team and often makes good decisions by foot. Wilmot played seven NAB League games for the Knights, averaging 15.1 disposals and earning selection in the competition’s team of the year. Don’t expect him to still be on the board when the first round ends. Melbourne, Sydney and, in particular, Brisbane have all shown interest in Wilmot, but he mightn’t last that long in the first round, with Essendon and Port Adelaide also considering him.