Twitter’s top five at the 2017 AFL Draft

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    Draft day is here! No doubt you’ve read plenty of phantoms and mocks – but what about the opinion of the crowd? Below, we’ve got the top five players of the 2017 AFL Draft, as according to who has been mentioned most on Twitter.

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    5. Patrick Naish
    It’s no surprise to see Naish crack into the top five most mentioned – while he’s not going to be a top five pick on draft night, he is set to join Richmond as a father-son pick, and no doubt there’s been plenty of social media discussion from Tigers fans looking forward to his arrival and wondering who from and when a bid will come for him on him in the draft.

    4. Paddy Dow
    Dow is right at the pointy end of the draft as one of the best midfield prospects available, and would no doubt have been involved in plenty of talk about just how the draft will play out. Nothing is certain, but most are expecting he’ll join Carlton at the No.3 pick overall.

    3. Andrew Brayshaw
    Brayshaw has come very close to being one of the biggest bolters of all time with lots of talk going around that Brisbane narrowed the race for the No.1 pick down to him and Cam Rayner, before reportedly settling on a plan to draft with the first selection. He will likely still be taken in the top five.

    2. Joel Garner
    This one’s a bit of a head-scratcher! Garner isn’t considered to be in the mix as a top pick, in fact, it’s unlikely we’ll see his name called out until the 20s or 30s, and it may be even later than that. He is a quality user of the ball out of the back half though, and will surely find a home at some point during the draft. Maybe people have him confused with the West Indian fast bowler of the 70s and 80s?

    1. Jack Higgins
    A surprise leader as the most mentioned draft prospect on Twitter, but it’s worth noting that Higgins also came in as No.1 in Champion Data’s statistical rankings. He’s arguably put together the best under-18 season of any player in the mix, but it is questions over how much his height (he’s 178cm) will limit him having the same kind of impact at AFL level that sees him more likely to be drafted in the teens.

    (Twitter)