STRENGTHS: Kicking, contested ball winning, footy smarts, versatility
IMPROVEMENTS: Inside game, endurance, match fitness
SUMMARY: Aaron Darling is the hard luck story of the 2017 draft crop. A member of the AFL’s AIS Academy, he has missed out on a full 12 months of development after injuring his ACL at training last November. He was one of the best kicks in the draft, but finding him a position was more difficult. Did not set the world on fire on the inside despite having the right tools to impress, but is suited to a high-half forward role if a club takes a punt. Uninjured he could have been a mid-range pick, but with no form to go off in 2017, it is hard to see where he falls – perhaps in the rookie draft if at all.
Under 18s Championships