AFL Draft preview: Collingwood

WITH draft season approaching all hands are on deck to secure the young up and coming stars of the future and if all things go to plan Collingwood could land themselves two very handy players that would provide plenty of run and carry off the back half.

List needs:

  • Key position defender
  • General defender
  • Key position forward

Draft selections: 41, 44, 57, 59, 60, 93.

In a clever trade with Geelong the Magpies secured more draft points to boost their chances of claiming their intended targets. Collingwood have a host of later round picks given their acquisition of gun midfielder Dayne Beams who has made his much awaited return to the black and white. Given the Pies fire power in the midfield the club will be looking to stock up their defensive end and inject some more speed into the line-up and who better than likely prospects, Isaac Quaynor and Will Kelly.

Quaynor has had an impressive year with the Oakleigh Chargers with his athletic ability proving to be a focal point of his game. His leap and ability to get hands to ball impressed throughout the season and would be a great acquisition for the Pies in the back half.  The rebounding defender is a real force to be reckoned with, as he can punish the opposition with his offensive ability and tackling strength. Collingwood are in need of some help in defence to help bolster their stocks and provide some dash out of the backline. However, if Collingwood want to get the 182cm defender they must match whatever offer he receives from other clubs.

On the other hand, possible father son recruit Kelly, will be a great get for the Pies as he offers good defensive pressure. A real feature of Kelly’s game is his ability to read the play and get into the right spot at the right time. With his strong hands and timing Kelly could play a key role down back for the Pies. He has also been known to float forward on occasions which could be a real asset for the Pies who often rotate small forwards and midfielders through their attacking half.

As a late pick or even a rookie Atu Bosenavulagi could be a valuable addition to the black and white. Bosenavulagi has shown his ability to hit the scoreboard while also applying plenty of defensive pressure to trap the ball. If Collingwood end up with another selection, they will likely upgrade a rookie, or potentially pick up a developing tall, perhaps a Hudson Garoni or Dillon O’Reilly.

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