1996 AFL draft reorder: picks 11-20

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    Back in July, I reordered the top ten of the 1996 draft based off what we know of these players. Now I am reordering picks 11 to 20.

    Top ten
    Pick 1 – Warren Tredrea – West Coast (Originally Michael Gardiner)
    Pick 2 – Peter Burgoyne – Essendon (Originally Chris Heffernan)
    Pick 3 – Byron Pickett – Brisbane (Originally Rory Hilton)
    Pick 4 – James McDonald – Sydney (Originally Mark Kinnear)
    Pick 5 – Cameron Mooney – Essendon (Originally Daniel McAlister)
    Pick 6 – Brandon Lade – Port Adelaide (Originally John Rombotis)
    Pick 7 – Russell Robertson – Port Adelaide (Originally Bowen Lockwood)
    Pick 8 – Nathan Brown – Geelong (Originally Leigh Brockman)
    Pick 9 – Adam Kingsley – Port Adelaide (Originally Mark Harwood)
    Pick 10 – Tom Harley – Western Bulldogs (Originally Nathan Brown)

    Pick 11 – Brett Montgomery – Melbourne (Originally Brent Grgic)
    Montgomery was a great defender for the Power and the Dogs across his 11-year career. He was originally drafted with pick 47, playing 204 games – 78 for the Western Bulldogs and 126 for Port Adelaide – and kicking 119 goals – 68 for the Western Bulldogs and 51 for Port Adelaide.

    He is a one-time club best and fairest, one-time All-Australian, one-time premiership player, and one-time International Rules Representative for Australia.

    Pick 12 – Jason Johnson – Fremantle (Originally Heath Black)
    Johnson was a solid midfielder for the Bombers. He was originally taken with pick 28, playing 184 games and kicking 109 goals. He is a two-time club best and fairest, one-time premiership player, and one-time All-Australian.

    Pick 13 – Shane Woewodin – Adelaide (Originally Tom Gilligan)
    Woewodin played over 100 games from debut, and was a very inconsistent player across his career with many highs and lows.

    He was originally selected with pick 18 in the pre-season draft, playing 200 games – 138 for Melbourne and 62 for Collingwood – and kicking 94 goals – 63 for Melbourne and 31 for Collingwood. He is a one-time club best and fairest and one-time Brownlow Medallist.

    Pick 14 – Heath Black – Sydney (Originally Brett O’Farrell)
    Black was a magnificent wingman during his 12-year career. He was originally drafted with pick 12, playing 192 games – 138 for Fremantle and 54 for St Kilda – and kicking 80 goals – 61 for Fremantle and 19 for St Kilda.

    He is a second-place finisher for Fremantle in their best and fairest.

    Pick 15 – Michael Braun – St Kilda (Originally Max Hudghton)
    Braun was a solid midfielder for the Eagles. He was originally taken with pick 53, playing 228 games and kicking 66 goals across 12 seasons. He is a one-time premiership player and one-time Ross Glendinning Medallist.

    Pick 16 – Andrew Thompson – Richmond (Originally Pat Steinfort)
    Thompson, a late starter, having been drafted aged 24, was a nice contributor for the Saints over 11 years. He was originally selected with pick 62, playing 221 games and kicking 93 goals. He is a one-time club best and fairest.

    Pick 17 – Michael Gardiner – Sydney (Originally Rowan Warfe)
    Gardiner, another underwhelming first pick for the second consecutive year, was a fair player throughout his career.

    He played 181 games – 129 for West Coast and 52 for St Kilda – and kicked 110 goals – 87 for West Coast and 23 for St Kilda. He is a one-time All-Australian and one-time Ross Glendinning Medallist.

    Pick 18 – Mal Michael – Geelong (Originally Garrard Bennett)
    Michael was a solid defender, making his name at the mighty Lions of the early 2000’s.

    He was originally drafted with pick 6 in the rookie draft, playing 238 games – 61 for Collingwood, 140 for Brisbane, and 37 for Essendon – and kicking 33 goals – 23 for Collingwood, 5 for Brisbane, and 5 for Essendon. He is a three-time premiership player and one-time Harry Collier Trophy recipient.

    Pick 19 – Josh Francou – Collingwood (Originally Brent Tuckey)
    Francou was a fantastic midfielder for the Power. He was originally taken as a zone selection ahead of their first year, playing 156 games and kicking 72 goals.

    He is a one-time Margarey Medallist, three-time Showdown Medallist, one-time All-Australian, and two-time International Rules Representative for Australia.

    Pick 20 – Stuart Dew – Western Bulldogs (Originally Matthew Dent)
    Dew, the new Gold Coast coach, was a magnificent player back in his day. He was originally taken as a zone selection to the Power, playing 206 games – 180 for Port Adelaide and 26 for Hawthorn – and kicking 265 goals – 245 for Port Adelaide and 20 for Hawthorn.

    He is a two-time premiership player and one-time club leading goalkicker.

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