The AFL Draft is edging closer on Wednesday November 27 so SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK has cast his eyes over where the top-rated South Australians might land once the annual roll call begins in Melbourne.
Continues to firm as the first SANFL player to be selected in the 2019 AFL Draft. Much speculation surrounds Adelaide moving down the draft order to select Stephens at pick No.6 as he surges into top 10 calculations.
Along with Stephens, Pickett is the other Torrens University SA U18 player invited to attend the AFL Draft in Melbourne which is a strong indication he will be picked in the first round on Wednesday night. Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs have been linked to the classy small forward.
The readymade prospect may not be chosen as high as initially thought but it won’t stop him from having an instant impact next year. Physically mature, the rebounding defender proved himself against men as a crucial defensive cog in Glenelg’s drought-breaking League premiership campaign.
The cousin of Gold Coast’s Sam Day has consistently worked his way up the AFL Draft pecking order as 2019 has progressed, finishing with a handful of impressive displays in the Bloods’ Reserves, one of which is in the clip below. Likened to Geelong premiership defender Andrew Mackie, Day is expected to be in the top four Croweaters selected.
The father-son prospect appears destined to land at Alberton after Port Adelaide’s pick swap with Brisbane handed it an extra selection to use in the front half of the AFL Draft. The son of inaugural John Cahill Medallist Darren Mead is a smooth-mover who disposes of the ball neatly by hand and foot.
The sharp-shooting left-foot forward is expected to fall around the mid section of the AFL Draft, having proved he’s ready to mix it with men after booting 15 goals from his seven Statewide Super League matches this year.
A solid selection looming for a club in need of bolstering its midfield depth, Schoenberg had an outstanding AFL National Championships en route to being awarded SA’s MVP Award. Could potentially push for AFL selection next year.
A tower of strength for the Torrens SA U18 team on the last line of defence, Finlay is ready to go in terms of his physicality and ability to read the play. A sure bet for a team in need of a long-term key defender.
In a similar ilk to fellow Rooster Finlay with his ability to hold down a key defensive post but Hilder can also be swung forward when the need arises. Showed great aerobic capacity for a big man at the AFL Combine.
Deceptively tall (188cm) midfielder who has great speed and ball delivery on his left foot. Could be taken by a club prepared to see Park develop into a wingman offering outside speed and versatility.
Hard-running wingman who enjoyed a consistent AFL National Championships before averaging in excess of 20 disposals with Sturt’s Reserves for the rest of the season. Knows how to hit up his forwards on the lead with a neat drop punt.