October 2016 AFL Draft Central Phantom Draft

Our AFL Draft scouts have seen over 200 games combined in 2016 and will give you some of the best analysis online in the lead up to November 25th’s NAB 2016 AFL Draft.

For the purpose of the draft, we filled all clubs lists up to the maximum of 40 on the primary list. As this was completed on Monday – there have been multiple delistings since & hence will not have clubs as accurate as possible.

The pick numbers have included “Passes” (due to Rookie upgrades & list sizes) which have been removed from each clubs allocation.

Keep your eye out closer to November for our final Phantom Draft.

Our “recruiters” are:
Matt Balmer, Peter Williams, Matthew Grundy, Josh Poulter, Duncan Robertson & Pat Gheller.


Brisbane: Pick 3 on Jack Bowes, Gold Coast matched

Gold Coast: Pick 6 on Will Setterfield, GWS matched

Gold Coast: Pick 11 on Harry Perryman, GWS matched

Western Bulldogs: Pick 19 on Harrison Macreadie, GWS matched

Western Bulldogs: Pick 20 on Zachary Sproule, GWS did NOT match

North Melbourne: Pick 35 on Callum Brown, Collingwood matched

Fremantle: Pick 42 on Declan Watson, Brisbane matched

Sydney: Pick 47 on Josh Daicos, Collingwood matched

Sydney: Pick 48 on Isaac Cumming, GWS matched

Sydney: Pick 49 on Kobe Mutch, GWS did NOT match

Sydney: Pick 52 on Ryan Garthwaite, GWS matched

Adelaide: Pick 55 on Jake Waterman, West Coast matched

Collingwood: Pick 62 on Josh Williams, Gold Coast did NOT match

Geelong: Pick 72 on Max Lynch, GWS did NOT match

Richmond: Pick 80 on Ben Jarman, Adelaide matched

Team by Team:

 Recruiter: Matthew Grundy

  1. Tim English
    Ruckman (South Fremantle/Western Australia)
    10/08/1997 | 203cm | 86kg

Scouting notes: Tall ruckman who uses his strong leap in the ruck contests. Only averaged 13 disposals through the championships, but showed plenty with his ability to find and dispose of the ball well off his right boot. Could mount a case that his kicking is better than some of the midfielders in the draft. May warrant a Top ten pick on draft night.

  1. Esava Ratugolea 
    Ruckman/Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
    24/07/1998 | 194cm | 95kg

Scouting notes: Fijian tall athletic ruckman who has the ability to play forward- Kicked eight goals against Bendigo Pioneers earlier in the season. His X-Factor around the contest is outstanding and his leap in the ruck contest is eye catching. Does drop some marks that he should take and needs to work on his kicking.

  1. Hamish Brayshaw 
    General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    09/02/1998 | 186cm | 85kg

Scouting notes: Brother of Melbourne’s Angus. Attended the combine in a wheelchair, after surgery on a broken foot- which he played with throughout the TAC Cup finals. Missed a big chunk earlier in the season with a lisfranc injury. He averaged 17 disposal and booted 18 goals in 12 TAC Cup games this season, spending a great amount of games out of the goal square. Running and endurance does need to be improved, but Brayshaw is an outstanding leader.

  1. Bailey Morrish 
    Medium Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
    18/05/1998 | 186cm | 76kg

Scouting notes: Athletic defender that rebounds the ball well. Has one of the best vertical leaps for those in the draft pool. Kicks the ball well out of defence and often is challenge with kicking the ball out. Not a big disposal winner, but can hurt you on the rebound with his pinpoint left pass.

  1. Ben Jarman
    Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (North Adelaide/South Australia)
    05/05/1998 | 175cm | 68kg

Scouting notes: Son of Adelaide and Hawthorn great Darren – Ben has the tough choice deciding whether to nominate the Crows or the Hawks. Jarman is smart around the ball and his work for North Adelaide throughout 2016 has been strong. Can hit the scoreboard, as shown by his strong first half in the Under 18 Championships match against Vic Country.

Recruiter: Peter Williams

  1. Ben Ainsworth
    Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Gippsland Power/Vic Country)
    10/02/1998 | 179cm | 74kg

Scouting notes: Strong overhead mark and has the ability to change a game in 10 minutes. An interupted season with injury and suspension, but has had more midfield time in recent months. Damaging inside 50 but can be a bit goal hungry at stages.

  1. Alex Witherden 
    Medium Defender (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
    10/09/1998 | 186cm | 80kg

Scouting notes: Rebounding defender who is usually a reliable kick. Vision is superb and moves well in traffic. Can play through the midfield and up forward. Broke his leg at school footy earlier in the season.

  1. Jarrod Berry
    Medium Utility (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
    05/02/1998 | 191cm | 80kg

Scouting notes: Outstanding leader that can play in multiple roles. Kicking can be a bit off at times and has had a few injuries throughout 2016.

  1. Cedric Cox
    Outside Midfielder (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
    19/08/1997 | 184cm | 70kg

Scouting notes: Neat outside midfielder who can play at both ends of the ground. Looks best suited to half-back, where he can use his speed to burn off his opponents. Is a dual footed kicker and is willing to use both his left and right foot in any situation.

  1. Declan Watson 
    Key Position Defender (Aspley/Queensland)
    17/09/1998 | 194cm | 80kg

Scouting notes: Key Position Defender that despite his body shape, is good in one-on-one situations. Kicked out throughout the Under 18 championships from full back and rebounds the ball well.

  1. Jacob Allison (Aspley/Queensland)
    General Forward/Outside Midfielder (Aspley/Queensland)
    16/04/1998 | 194cm | 79kg

Scouting notes: Promising midfielder who showed more in his bottom age year than this year. At his size, some saw him pushing through the inside- but so far his season saw him play on the outside. For the Allies he looked most at home across half forward. Has one of the biggest kicks in the draft and can roost it from 60m.

Recruiter: Duncan Robertson

  1. Will Brodie
    Inside Midfielder (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
    23/08/1998 | 189cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: Strong inside midfielder, one of the best clearance players in the draft. Goes in hard at the ball, can’t see him being anything less than a 200 game AFL footballer. Real professional, could step into an AFL team in Round One next season. Kicking has improved from earlier in the season.

  1. Patrick Kerr
    Key Position Forward (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
    31/07/1998 | 194cm | 93kg

Scouting notes: Strong overhead mark, who has worked on his mobility at ground level but it was still one of the worst at the Combine. Speed over first 10 metres is one of the best out of all the key forwards and gets distance between himself and defenders. Speaks exceptionally well and will interview well. When he’s on, he’s hard to stop.

  1. Brodie Romensky 
    Medium utility (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
    06/07/1998 | 189cm | 88kg

Scouting notes: Was one of the Jets’ best player throughout the season. Can play on the inside through the midfielder and across half back. More than half his possessions were contested in the TAC Cup – but often elects to handball rather than kick when he collects the ball.

Recruiter: Peter Williams

  1. Jordan Ridley 
    General Defender (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
    20/10/1998 | 192cm | 79kg

Scouting notes: Rebounding defender who is composed with the ball in hand. Can push up further onto a wing and is capable overhead. Build strongly below his waist, but should be able to build that physic in his upper body with a few preseasons under his belt.

  1. Callum Brown 
    Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
    27/04/1998 | 177cm | 69kg

Scouting notes: Father/son of Gavin, just a pure hard nut who gives his all. An inside midfielder/small forward who needs to work on his ball use, but his pressure around the contest is top notch.

  1. Josh Daicos 
    Small Forward/Outside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
    26/11/1998 | 178cm | 69kg

Scouting notes: Talented performer who has a huge ceiling, but is still raw at this stage. A touch of class playing as a half forward and has the goal nous of his father. Kicking style similar to Dads off about three steps.

  1. Mitchell McCarthy 
    Key Position Utility (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
    10/10/1997 | 196cm | 87kg

Scouting notes: Key position player with a big vertical leap who can play ruck if required. Has played down back more than forward but could be a key forward option to team will with Darcy Moore going forward.

  1. Josh Williams 
    Outside Midfielder (Surfers Paradise/Queensland)
    12/06/1997 | 189cm | 69kg

Scouting notes: Lightning quick outside midfielder who really adds a different dimension to the Pies midfield. Potential Gold Coast player, do not be surprised if he ends up at another club because of the way picks have fallen and the other academy players the Suns are bringing in.

  1. Jack Henry 
    Tall utility (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
    29/08/1998 | 191cm | 83kg

Scouting notes: A prototype tall midfielder forward who genuinely could be anything if he puts it all together. Long kick who has the potential to kick a bag as a high half-forward, and so strong in the contest getting his arms free to feed off the handball.


Recruiter: Matt Balmer

  1. Andrew McGrath 
    Small Defender/Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    02/06/1998 | 179cm | 74kg

Scouting notes: Exciting rebounder from defence. Agile runner with an elite athletics background. Not afraid to take the game on- with that comes his kicking which can be shaky at stages when he tries to break the game open. Can win his own ball on the inside too. Depth of kicking over 50m a question mark, but McGrath gives you 10m in run and a 40m kick to your advantage. Excellent leadership skills. Can play last line of defence and shut down an opponent as indicated by blanketing Ben Ainsworth & Jaidyn Stephenson.

  1. Jy Simpkin 
    Small Forward (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
    05/03/1998 | 182cm | 72kg

Scouting notes: Crafty small forward who burst onto the scene with seven goals in six Under 18 championship games in 2015. Knows where the goals are- but does he become a full time mid? Broke his leg at school football earlier in the season.

  1. Willem Drew 
    Inside Midfielder (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
    01/10/1998 | 188cm | 78kg

Scouting notes: Strong contested ball winner that seems destined to be picked in the second or third round. Is a touch slow, so can’t burst from the stoppages and Drew will also hack the ball out of stoppages at times. His strong contested ball winning efforts are outstanding where he averaged 14 contested possessions, seven tackles and seven clearances per game.

  1. Myles Poholke 
    Inside Midfielder (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
    10/07/1998 | 184cm | 84kg

Scouting notes: Solid midfielder who wins the ball and is able to hit the scoreboard up forward. Averaged over four marks in the TAC Cup and his hands overhead are great. Not a huge ball winner but took the ball inside 50 on more than three occasions per game.

Recruiter: Matthew Grundy

  1. Sam Petrevski-Seton 
    Balanced Midfielder (Claremont/Western Australia)
    19/02/1998 | 181cm | 76kg

Scouting notes: Exciting midfielder who has the ability to use either side of his body. Looked a touch underdone in the championships returning from hamstring issues. Not a noted huge disposal winner, but does have x-factor about him. Isn’t a midfielder that hits the scoreboard with just one goal for Claremont this season.

  1. Jack Maibaum
    Key Position Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
    27/03/1998 | 193cm | 90kg

Scouting notes: Defender who has pinched hit up forward at stages for Eastern Ranges & Melbourne Grammar. Was a rock in defence for Vic Metro, winning All Australian honours. Is strong in one-on-one contests.

  1. Mitchell Hinge 
    Medium utility (Glenelg/South Australia)
    28/06/1998 | 187cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: Hinge has played solid football at all levels in 2016. Looks most suited to playing across half back, but has floated through the inside into the midfield. Uses the ball well off his left foot, but isn’t a big ball winner.

Recruiter: Josh Poulter

  1. Josh Battle 
    General Forward (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
    01/09/1998 | 192cm | 90kg

Scouting notes: Superb footy IQ and a great endurance base helps him get up the ground. Has the ability to change a game quickly with bursts of goals. Set shot routine is great and he’ll kick the ball through whether he’s 20m or 50m out. Solid mark overhead, but unlikely to play as the number one tall at AFL level. Year 11 boy too, so will need to complete school next year.

  1. Patrick Lipinski 
    General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
    17/07/1998 | 188cm | 79kg

Scouting notes: Lipinski’s basketball background helps him working through traffic in the midfield. Begun the season up forward and provided plenty of options on goal. At stages through the midfield, he will wait for the ball to be dished out to him rather than going to get it.

  1. Sam Walker 
    Medium defender (Glenelg/South Australia)
    16/03/1998 | 187cm | 80kg

Scouting notes: Left footed Walker is composed in traffic coming out of defence. A very efficient kick coming out of defence, he is someone you want the ball in his hands. May have the ability to push up the ground and play on a wing.

  1. Taylin Duman 
    General utility (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
    18/04/1998 | 193cm | 75kg

Scouting notes: Primary a half back, Duman can push up forward or play as a tall outside midfielder. A strong Footy IQ and kick of the footy, his decision making when rebounding the ball is superb. Needs some work on contested work.

  1. Brandan Parfitt 
    Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (North Adelaide/Northern Territory)
    27/04/1998 | 172cm | 68kg

Scouting notes: Lightening quick and exciting when on song. Played more of a midfield role than forward role for North Adelaide in 2016. His consistency and disposal are two areas where improvement is needed.

  1. Oliver Hanrahan 
    Balanced Midfielder (St Kevin’s College/Vic Metro)
    27/08/1998 | 183cm | 74kg

Scouting notes: Light framed Hanrahan looks best suited to playing across half forward. His snippets in the Young Guns game was strong, whilst performed extremely well in the same APS school team as Tim Taranto. Has been some interest late with AFL clubs.
72. Max Lynch
Ruckman (Murray Bushrangers/NSW/ACT)
12/09/1998 | 200cm | 90kg

Scouting notes: Ruckman who improved as the season went on. Soccer background who uses his leap well in the centre bounce. Still learning the game, but doesn’t offer a lot around the ground.

Recruiter: Peter Williams

  1. Jack Bowes 
    Balanced Midfielder (Cairns/Queensland)
    26/01/1998 | 187cm | 78kg

Scouting notes: Silky smooth midfielder who doesn’t waste too many of his disposals. Moves well through traffic, willing to pump the ball long inside 50. Was a slow starter for the Allies but got better with each game in division one. Gold Coast Academy member. Did not look out of place playing in the NEAFL.

  1. Tim Taranto
    Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    28/01/1998 | 186cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: Athletic forward that can play through the midfield. Very good in traffic, helped by his basketball background. Willing to give the ball off to teammates in better positions. Strong overhead mark means he has the ability to play deeper inside 50, where he has plenty of smarts and can hit the scoreboard. Has plenty of shots on goal.

  1. Griffin Logue 
    Key Position Defender (Swan Districts/Western Australia)
    13/04/1998 | 193cm | 92kg

Scouting notes: Strong lockdown defender who doesn’t lose too many one-on-ones. Rowing background at school has helped his physic, with a strong upper body enabling to outmuscle his opponents. Pinch hit in the ruck in the final match for WA and kicks the ball well off his left foot.

  1. Ollie Florent
    Outside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    22/07/1998 | 183cm | 74kg

Scouting notes: Exciting half forward/outside midfielder. In his usual eye catching orange boots, Florent has playing of X-Factor around the ball inside 50. Liked his work last year for Sandringham and has continued that into this season. Outside midfielder who is a capable overhead mark. A good kick around the ground, but does have the ability to shank the odd kick on the run. Looks likely to start his AFL career as a half forward and push onto a wing.

  1. Brad Scheer 
    Inside Midfielder (Palm Beach/Queensland)
    31/08/1998 | 184cm | 83kg

Scouting notes: Tough inside midfielder who just gets the job done with plenty of clearances. His strong contested work is his strength and he won the Allies the match with a snap deep in the pocket (Video can be found here). Good runner around the ground, probably a late first round or second round bid for the Gold Coast academy member.

Recruiter: Matt Balmer

  1. Hugh McCluggage 
    Balanced Midfielder (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
    03/03/1998 | 185cm | 75kg

Scouting notes: Appears like Scott Pendlebury in traffic, making everything appear in slow motion. Clears the ball with ease via quick hands or off his preferred right boot. A few people questioning his contested ball winning abilities, but averaged 20 disposals in the Under 18 Championships (43 per cent contested). McCluggage’s contested numbers are similar at TAC Cup level and has been able to deal with the extra attention from opponents.

  1. Will Setterfield 
    Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/NSW-ACT)
    05/02/1998 | 190cm | 79kg

Scouting notes: Tall midfielder who is still finding his feet as to where he best plays his football. Was down on form in the championships, carrying a foot niggle. Can play in multiple positions, but looks best forward of centre. Needs some consistency as can float in and out of games. GWS academy member.

  1. Harry Perryman 
    Outside Midfielder (Collingullie-GP/NSW-ACT)
    19/12/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Scouting notes: Good decision maker, reads the play well. Didn’t look out of place off the half back flank throughout the championships. Kicks on both feet, ideally will transition into the midfield. Lacks speed that some of the other midfielders have. GWS Academy member.

  1. Harrison Macreadie
    Key Position Defender (Henty/NSW-ACT)
    11/04/1998 | 196cm | 89kg

Scouting notes: Tall Defender that has the ability to push further up the ground. Strong rebounder, intercept marking was his strength in 2015 – but have been scarce in 2016. His form in NEAFL has still be solid and I would be very very surprised if GWS academy member Macreadie was not at the Giants, after they had a part in him moving schools.

  1. Isaac Cumming 
    Medium Defender (Broken Hill/NSW-ACT)
    11/08/1998 | 183cm | 72kg

Scouting notes: Rebounding defender who had some strong moments in the NAB AFL All Stars contest. A good ball user who is usually composed taking the ball forward.

  1. Ryan Garthwaite 
    Key Position Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
    30/06/1998 | 192cm | 84kg

Scouting notes: One of the better one-on-one defenders in the draft pool, Garthwaite has been good in 2016. Despite an awkward kicking style with a double handed ball drop, the ball does get to where it needs to go more often than not.

Recruiter: Duncan Robertson

  1. Liam Ryan
    Small Forward (Subiaco/Western Australia)
    02/06/1996 | 184cm | 76kg

Scouting notes: Has a good highlights tape with his exciting work inside 50. Booted 40 goals in the WAFL League this year and took some eye catching marks. His vertical leap results at the state combine were very good.

  1. Louis Pinnuck 
    Outside Midfielder (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
    24/09/1998 | 185cm | 75kg

Scouting notes: Wingman who kicks the ball well. Can find targets short or long on the run. Averaged just 16 disposals this season with a third of them being contested.

  1. Harrison Burt 
    Outside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    16/09/1998 | 183cm | 74kg

Scouting notes: Arguably was best on ground in the first half of the TAC Cup Grand Final. His composure in traffic is very good and hits targets despite being under pressure. One of the more consistent players and few under the radar in a team of elite talent.

Recruiter: Matt Balmer

  1. Corey Lyons 
    Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    31/05/1998 | 182cm | 78kg

Scouting notes: Strong inside midfielder who could’ve done much more to be drafted with a stellar season. His kicking does need some work, as he can just often hack the ball forward- but his work in close at the clearances and laying tackles is great.
67. Kym Lebois 
Small Forward (North Adelaide/South Australia)
31/05/1998 | 182cm | 78kg

Scouting notes: Played injured throughout the Under 18 carnival for South Australia. Is a spark inside 50 and is evasive enough to get around opposition. He can burn opponents off running towards goal, kicking off his left boot.
82. Oscar McInerney 
Ruckman (Casey/VFL)
10/07/1994 | 203cm | 100kg

Scouting notes: Ruckman who begun in the VFL Development  League and finished playing in the VFL Grand Final. Is clean below ground level and competes well in the ruck.

Recruiter: Josh Poulter

  1. Daniel Venables 
    General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
    19/11/1998 | 185cm | 76kg

Scouting notes: Aggressive midfielder who can break through opposition tackles. Powerful burst from a stoppage and can hit the scoreboard. Yet to see a full complete game from him, as he’ll flash in and out of games.

  1. Dylan Clarke 
    Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
    06/09/1998 | 187cm | 85kg

Scouting notes: Strong inside midfielder who crashed in hard and wins the clearances. Kicking technique needs some work and it has seen him kick at under 50 per cent in the TAC Cup this season.

  1. Brennan Cox 
    Key Position Defender/Forward (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)
    13/08/1998 | 194cm | 90kg

Scouting notes: Won All Australian honours playing in defence for South Australia. Tested well for speed, but can look slow lumbering around the ground at stages throughout games. Played both forward and back through 2016, but likely to begin in the backline.

  1. Tony Olango 
    Ruckman (St Mary’s/Northern Territory)
    02/09/1998 | 201cm | 80kg

Scouting notes: An eye-catching leap in the ruck contests after being a soccer player growing up, trialing with multiple clubs internationally. His competitiveness and flashes in the NAB AFL Under 18 All Stars contest was outstanding and has possibly pushed him into National Draft honours.

  1. Robbie Fox 
    Inside Midfielder (Coburg/VFL)
    16/04/1993 | 187cm | 87kg

Scouting notes: Transitioned into the midfield and played on the inside for Coburg. Fox tackles in hard, but his disposal by foot is shaky.

Recruiter: Pat Ghellar

  1. Todd Marshall 
    Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
    08/10/1998 | 198cm | 87kg

Scouting notes: Athletic tall that has a strong pair of dukes. Still a bit raw after only returning to AFL after two winters in the UK playing cricket. Set shot goalkicking routine needs some work to stop him hooking the ball across his leg. Has only shown patches so far in 2016.

  1. Alex Villis 
    Outside Midfielder (Norwood/South Australia)
    20/08/1998 | 182cm | 70kg

Scouting notes: Clean kick on either sides of his body. Smart footballer who knows when to pull the kick short or go long. Decision making is elite and has held his own at SANFL senior level. A lot of his possessions are uncontested.

  1. Jonty Scharenberg
    Inside Midfielder (Glenelg/South Australia)
    28/08/1998 | 185cm | 78kg

Scouting notes: Inside midfielder who is the brother of Collingwood’s Matt. Scharenberg works hard at the stoppages, with his best asset his ability to free his arms when tackled to dish the ball off to a teammate. Champion Data rate Scharenberg as an elite clearance and tackling midfielder. Doesn’t have a great deal of speed, but often elects to pass the ball off to a teammate rather than trying to burst away from the stoppage. Kicking efficiency of 49% through the Under 18 championships. Endurance needs work after an average score at the National Combine.

  1. Shai Bolton 
    Outside midfielder (South Fremantle/Western Australia)
    8/12/1998 | 177cm | 67kg

Scouting notes: Electric speed and an elite side step, the Flashy West Australian will end up with one of the best highlight packages in this years draft crop. Consistency is his biggest issue and with flash in and out of a contest. At times can just bang the ball on his boot without looking.

Recruiter: Josh Poulter

  1. Will Hayward 
    Medium forward (North Adelaide/South Australia)
    26/10/1998 | 186cm | 76kg

Scouting notes: Medium forward who plays tall. His marking is outstanding and good in one-on-one contests for his size. Booted nine in the SANFL Under 18s in the finals. Not a big ball winner, but leads well and marks the ball well overhead or down below his knees. Kicked eight goals in the Under 18 championships, but didn’t earn a lot of credit for his craft.

  1. Nick Larkey 
    Tall Utility  (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
    06/06/1998 | 197cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: Tall utility that has played in all roles throughout 2016. Kicked goals up forward for Vic Metro in the Under 18 championships, whilst played at both ends for the Oakleigh Chargers. Will need time before AFL games, with a skinny frame.

  1. Kayle Kirby 
    Small Forward (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
    31/08/1998 | 181cm | 86kg

Scouting notes: Powerful forward who has outstanding speed. Played in the Richmond VFL side and booted bags of goals. His work inside 50 is very good, but body shape might dictate where he is drafted. Will need to trim down in an AFL environment, with combine measurements not flattering.

Recruiter: Duncan Robertson

  1. Sam Powell-Pepper 
    Inside Midfielder (East Perth/Western Australia)
    08/01/1998 | 188cm | 83kg

Scouting notes: Powerful midfielder who wins the clearances and tackles in hard. His decision making and kicking can be questionable at times and can just bang the ball onto his boot. Looks likely to play across half forward and through the centre- rather than playing off half back.

  1. Josh Begley 
    Inside Midfielder/General Forward (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
    03/07/1998 | 187cm | 94kg

Scouting notes: Drafted into the Eastern Ranges squad after strong performances in local footy. Booted a bag on debut for Eastern and moved into the midfield after beginning deep forward. Coming off no preseason, his testing results at the combine were gutsy. Possible second rounder.

  1. Quinton Narkle
    Balanced Midfielder (Perth/Western Australia)
    03/12/1997 | 181cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: Averaged 27 disposals in the WAFL Colts and stood out with his blonde ‘afro’ in the Under 18 championships playing on the ball for Western Australia. A good kick and decision maker will the ball in hand.

Recruiter: Matthew Grundy

  1. Jack Scrimshaw
    Medium Defender (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
    04/09/1998 | 193cm, 77kg

Scouting notes: Hybrid defender that is better playing small than tall. Nice long left boot, where he looks best at home across the half back flank. At stages has pushed onto a wing, which might be his finishing position thanks to a strong disposal efficiency. Has had multiple injuries in the last 18 months so will need to stay fit for the rest of the season to show clubs he’s over them. His ability to weave through traffic coming out of half back is elite.

  1. Luke Ryan 
    General Defender (Coburg/VFL)
    06/02/1996 | 185cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: General defender who is a big chance to be drafted in the first round. Appears skinny when watching but is built enough in defence. Mostly collects his possessions uncontested but can intercept and mark the ball.

  1. Kobe Mutch
    Balanced Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/NSW-ACT)
    18/03/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Scouting notes: A balanced midfielder who has improved his contested possession work this season. Mutch has gone from an outside midfielder, to one that has spent a lot more time on the inside. By the numbers his season has been superb, but he needs to work on his hurt factor with disposal. Kicks well on both feet. GWS Academy member

  1. Jack Graham 
    Inside Midfielder (North Adelaide/South Australia)
    25/02/1998 | 183cm | 83kg

Scouting notes: Inside midfielder who is built like a ‘man-child.’ Disposal is shaky by foot, but wins the contested ball and tackles hard.

  1. Liam Baker
    Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (West Perth/Western Australia
    27/01/1998 | 174cm | 67kg

Scouting notes: Small midfielder with a bag of tricks. Dominated in the WAFL Colts and wins the clearances. Provides plenty energy and zip in the contest for his size.

  1. Liam Mackie 
    Outside Midfielder (Glenelg/South Australia)
    24/08/1998 | 186cm | 73kg

Scouting notes: Cousin of Geelong star Andrew. Was outstanding for Sacred Heart in the SA Schoolboys Grand Final. Is a smart footballer and uses it well.

  1. Brayden Kirk 
    Outside Midfielder (North Adelaide/South Australia)
    25/02/1998 | 182cm | 70kg

Scouting notes: Outside Midfielder who uses the ball well off both feet. Was strong in the finals for North Adelaide playing in the back half of the ground.

Recruiter: Pat Gheller

  1. Josh Rotham 
    Medium Defender (West Perth/Western Australia)
    25/02/1998 | 192cm | 79kg

Scouting notes: Hybrid defender who has played both tall and small this season. Against VFL opposition was undersized playing key back, but looked best in the championships further up the ground, wonder if he becomes a midfielder in the future? Strong mark who got better as the championships went on and is one of the top handful of kicks in this draft pool.

  1. Zac Fisher 
    Inside Midfielder (Perth/Western Australia)
    15/06/1998 | 175cm | 61kg

Scouting notes: Quick left footed inside midfielder who hasn’t been talked about a lot. Wins the contested ball despite his light frame and his quick hands allow him to run and spread once he gets rid of the ball.

  1. Jake Waterman 
    General Forward (Claremont/Western Australia)
    12/03/1998 | 191cm | 82kg

Scouting notes: General forward who booted five goals on League debut for Claremont. Looks slow and lethargic at stages but get the ball in his hands and the ball goes through the goes more often than not when shooting for goal. Won the Mel Whinnen medal for best afield in the WAFL Colts Grand Final after gathering 20 disposals, eight marks and four goals working his way up the ground.

Recruiter: Pat Gheller

  1. Zachary Sproule 
    Key Position Forward/Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
    12/05/1998 | 197cm | 87kg

Scouting notes: Key Position Forward who can get up the ground on long leads thanks to a good endurance base. Agile inside 50, but more of your true leading centre half forward. Takes most of his marks outside 50, but kicked 13 goals in the Division One & Two carnivals combined. When playing back has looked ok one-on-one despite his light frame.

  1. Jordan Gallucci 
    Outside Midfielder/Medium Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
    04/05/1998 | 182cm | 73kg

Scouting notes: Explosive midfielder whose kicking can be hot and cold. Has plenty of zip at the contest, but just where does he play his best football? Is willing to use either foot to take the ball inside 50. Strong leadership skills as indicated by being selected as co-captain of the Vic Metro side.

  1. Joe Atley 
    Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
    04/08/1998 | 186cm | 84kg

Scouting notes: Big Bodied inside midfielder who has an innate ability to win clearances at will. Dipped into the VFL for Geelong this season. A fierce tackler, he wills to get the ball back. Most of his disposals are handballs out of contested situations.

Keep an eye out closer to November when we reveal our final Phantom in the lead up to the AFL Draft.

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