2017 AFL Rookie Draft results: Every player picked and where they went

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    Four AFL players have moved to new clubs via the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft, with Lindsay Thomas, Stewart Crameri, Matt Shaw and Dylan Buckley all finding new homes.

    Shaw joined Carlton at pick 3, Thomas was drafted to Port Adelaide with Pick 12, Buckley to the GWS Giants with pick 15, and Crameri to the Geelong Cats with pick 16.

    Another former AFL player also saw their career revived on Monday, as Cam O’Shea – a Port Adelaide defender delisted at the end of 2016 – was signed to Carlton via the pre-season draft.

    The result means Carlton and Port Adelaide have brought in seven players each with experience at other AFL clubs this offseason.

    Carlton in addition to Shaw and O’Shea have acquired Matthew Kennedy, Darcy Lang, Jarrod Garlett, Aaron Mullett and Matthew Lobbe.

    The Power, in addition to Thomas, have picked up Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop, Jack Watts, Trent McKenzie, Jack Trengove and Dom Barry this offseason.

    The rookie draft also saw Claye Beams (Brisbane), Lewis Pierce (St Kilda), Roarke Smith (Western Bulldogs), Sam J Reid (GWS), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Adelaide), Mackenzie Willis (Gold Coast), Adam Oxley (Collingwood), Dallas Willsmore (Hawthorn) and Alex Johnson (Sydney) retained by their current clubs, albeit on the rookie list, after being delisted from the senior list.

    Jackson Edwards, son of Tyson, joined the Adelaide Crows as a father-son rookie with the last pick of the draft.

    2017 AFL Rookie Draft

    Round Pick Club Player
    1 1 Brisbane Lions Claye Beams
    1 2 Gold Coast Suns Josh Jaska
    1 3 Carlton Blues Matt Shaw
    1 4 North Melbourne Kangaroos Thomas Murphy
    1 5 Fremantle Dockers Bailey Banfield
    1 6 Collingwood Magpies Flynn Appleby
    1 7 Hawthorn Hawks Harrison Jones
    1 8 St Kilda Saints Doulton Langlands
    1 9 Western Bulldogs Billy Gowers
    1 10 Melbourne Demons PASS
    1 11 Essendon Bombers Trent Mynott
    1 12 Port Adelaide Power Lindsay Thomas
    1 13 West Coast Eagles Ryan Burrows
    1 14 Sydney Swans Angus Styles
    1 15 GWS Giants Dylan Buckley
    1 16 Geelong Cats Stewart Crameri
    1 17 Adelaide Crows Patrick Wilson
    1 18 Richmond Tigers Liam Baker
    2 19 Gold Coast Suns Nicholas Holman
    2 21 North Melbourne Kangaroos Gordon Narrier
    2 22 Fremantle Dockers Stefan Giro
    2 23 Collingwood Magpies Brodie Mihocek
    2 24 Hawthorn Hawks David Mirra
    2 25 St Kilda Saints Lewis Pierce
    2 26 Western Bulldogs Roarke Smith
    2 27 Essendon Bombers PASS
    2 28 West Coast Eagles Tony Olango
    2 29 Sydney Swans Joel Amartey
    2 30 GWS Giants Sam Reid
    2 31 Geelong Cats Matthew Hayball
    2 32 Adelaide Crows Cam Ellis-Yolmen
    3 33 Gold Coast Suns Mackenzie Willis
    3 34 Collingwood Magpies Adam Oxley
    3 35 Hawthorn Hawks Dallas Willsmore
    3 36 West Coast Eagles Callan England
    3 37 Sydney Swans Alex Johnson
    3 38 GWS Giants PASS
    3 39 Adelaide Crows Lachlan Murphy
    4 40 Gold Coast Suns PASS
    4 41 GWS Giants PASS
    4 42 Adelaide Crows Jackson Edwards
    5 43 GWS Giants PASS
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    • November 27th 2017 @ 5:56pm
      Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

      Last time we got a former soccer players he turned into 06 premiership legend Sam Butler do here hopes tony olongo develops beautifully.

    • November 27th 2017 @ 6:27pm
      Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

      Both wa clubs have nailed the draft/rookie draft it looks like.

      • Roar Guru

        November 27th 2017 @ 7:01pm
        Cat said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

        Not every one agrees (to the surprise of no one).

        Drafted eight new players and a lot of them project as depth. The standouts are Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw who are a solid combination early, though the decision to pass on Luke Davies-Uniacke with pick two may be one Fremantle rue for years to come.
        Grade: D+

        • November 27th 2017 @ 7:10pm
          Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

          Where was that from cat?

          • Roar Guru

            November 27th 2017 @ 7:16pm
            AdelaideDocker said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

            Whoever it was based their (extremely harsh) grade on who we didn’t get, rather than who we got. I don’t want to appear bias, but that seems to be a rubbish way of scoring our draft.

          • Roar Guru

            November 27th 2017 @ 7:24pm
            Cat said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

            Sorry about that, actually meant to include the source.

            Source: http://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/id/21543047/knightmare-2017-afl-draft-winners-losers

            • November 27th 2017 @ 7:37pm
              Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:37pm | ! Report

              Cheers cat.
              AD- when I look at freo list you have a lot of speed and classy ball using mids but lack those grunt players to shovel it out to fyfe, Neale, the hills and by all reports your mob is happy with its kpp stocks so I’d consider the blokes taken at the pick numbers they were really fill needs in the dockers.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 2:14am
                dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | November 28th 2017 @ 2:14am | ! Report

                Neale IS the grunt player!

                Fyfe, Mundy and Blakely are also pretty handy inside. Sure Mundy is in his twilight years, but Neale has been our number 1 inside mid for three years. He’s a big reason behind Barlow’s “form slump” (i.e. he got pushed out of his best position into a half-forward role). And by the sounds of it pick 65 Tom North is a strong inside mid.

                Clean disposal, good decision making and all round class is what Freo need more of. I’m actually pretty happy with Freo’s decisions having had a bit of time to reflect.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 9:21am
                Mattician6x6 said | November 28th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

                Neale with his breakaway speed isn’t the bloke you want at the bottom of packs with quick hands? I agree fyfe played a very inside game this season but again it’s preferable he receives the quick hands than being on bottom of pack.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 12:14pm
                dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | November 28th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

                Are you sure we’re talking about the same player? Are you maybe talking about St.Hill (who, as it happens, was putting in career best performances playing more inside late 2016 and early 2017, but who is more regularly recognised as having breakaway speed)?

                Neale is a true inside midfielder — “hardest working true inside midfielder in that team. And just maybe, in the league”, according to Brereton, writing in Arpil 2015, the year before Neale went on to rack up most possessions and second most contested possessions (I think; top 3 at any rate) in the H&A season.

                At the bottom of a pack is precisely where you’ll find him, winning the ball and dishing it out like no other.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 1:22pm
                Mattician6x6 said | November 28th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

                Same Neale whose speed helped him collect the loose ball and deliver it lace out to Mindy v rich at MCG in 2017. Imo he has a greater skill set to become a breakaway mid more so than a bottom of pack clearance player.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 7:22pm
                Don Freo said | November 28th 2017 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

                S Hill is at his best as an inside mid. Breakaway speed is not as much Neale’s forte as grunt…although he is by no means slow.

                Fyfe, Mundy, Neale, Blakely, Hill, Bennell, Sunny should have them winning every inside contest. Add the kids to that.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 10:38pm
                Mattician6x6 said | November 28th 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

                Don freo are building a bloody scary midfield. I admit to having this want to see Neale freed up a bit because he’s one of my favourite players in the comp and extremely underrated by the non wa media.will end up being freos second brownlow winner within next five years imo.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 1:41pm
                dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | November 28th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

                Oh, sure. Thought you were implying that inside is not his strength!

                Agreed. He’s got a lot of strings in his bow. I’ve been just about his No.1 fan since before his debut. Given how tough he is at the contest, I wouldn’t be moving him out of that role in a hurry. But — absolutely — he can be damaging in other roles too. He’s much more than just an accumulator. Was absolutely robbed of an AA spot in 2016.

            • Roar Guru

              November 27th 2017 @ 7:38pm
              AdelaideDocker said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

              Chers for that! Interesting article, to say the least.

              Carlton and Freo getting a D+ each!

              • Roar Guru

                November 27th 2017 @ 8:25pm
                Col from Brissie said | November 27th 2017 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

                I wouldn’t be too worried about this guys ratings AD. In his October phantom draft he described Dow as the complete midfielder and O’Brien as arguably the best kick and most damaging outside midfielder in the draft who if not for a couple of niggles that limited his output could have been a top 5 prospect.

                Carlton took them both, yet he gave them a D+ rating. Is he downgrading them for who they took at pick 31 and a couple of picks in the seventies?

              • November 27th 2017 @ 8:25pm
                Slane said | November 27th 2017 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

                Really wish you hadn’t mention Carlton. I’m sure somebody will be here to correct the article momentarily.

              • November 27th 2017 @ 8:37pm
                Crowbot said | November 27th 2017 @ 8:37pm | ! Report

                In Knightmares pre-draft rankings Brayshaw came in at 8 and even there he was reluctant to put him that high. I think he really rated Rayner and LDU as the two outstanding prospects in the draft and as such felt not picking LDU as a bit dumb. If your going to mark a team down for doing one completely stupid thing then Carlton taking a project ruckman at 30 has to get them a D. Why did they do that ? Constable, Murphy, Ballard etc still on the board and they take a guy who,s probably still there at 70, even if he’s not, big deal. Also I think there’s a lot of people that thought that they couldn’t let Fogarty get past 10,maybe that was a secret part of the Gibbs deal (Trigg would have reneged).

              • November 27th 2017 @ 10:37pm
                Macca said | November 27th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

                Crowbot – it is pretty clear why the blues didn’t take Fogarty, he has question marks over his running ability (something the blues are prioritising) and the blues have Cripps, Curnow, Kennedy and Dow to play the clearance midfielder who can go forward and be dangerous – they want outside mids.

                As for De Koning, in the past 3 drafts the blues have taken Weitering, McKay, Curnow, Cuningham, Silvagni, SPS, Fisher, MacReadie, Polson, Williamson, Dow, O’Brien, Schumacher, Garlett and De Koning – it isn’t hard to figure out why they prioritised a ruckman over the likes of Murphy, Ballard or Constable.

                Col – I agree on the review, he loved Dow at 3, O’Brien went in his “draft range”, didn’t mention Schumacher (our first 70’s pick) and thought Garlett was “developable” which is high praise for a former pick 15 with17 AFL games under his belt – the only thing he was negative about was De Koning but that is enough for a D apparently.

              • November 27th 2017 @ 10:44pm
                Macca said | November 27th 2017 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

                This is from the AFL site pre draft – There are few players in the pool with the same class and endurance combination as O’Brien, which gives him a couple of genuine weapons. You could easily picture O’Brien running down the wing in an AFL game, burning off an opponent and delivering a lace-out pass.

              • Roar Guru

                November 27th 2017 @ 11:33pm
                Col from Brissie said | November 27th 2017 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

                Macca, the added bonus of taking Dow and O’Brien is that they have been playing footy together for a couple of years already.

              • November 28th 2017 @ 9:11am
                Macca said | November 28th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

                Good point Col – they were team mates at both Bendigo and Geelong Grammar won’t they?

                I thought you might like this article as well;


            • November 28th 2017 @ 10:56am
              johno said | November 28th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

              when did anon start writing for ESPN?

            • Roar Guru

              November 28th 2017 @ 12:20pm
              Dalgety Carrington said | November 28th 2017 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

              Other than rating the merits of a draft haul (sans in-depth look of a teams list and strategy) in the days after being a fairly ludicrous exercise, albeit required to meet a demand, the Knightmare review is even more paper-thin with the dismissive attitude to the later picks.

              Of course the draftees from the third round and beyond will seem like “depth players” because the ready-mades are taken higher, but with their recent strike-rate of unearthing gems in the lower reaches of the draft, the Freo recruiters probably have a bit more credibility in this sphere than Christopher Doerre.

            • November 28th 2017 @ 6:12pm
              Kt said | November 28th 2017 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

              Knightmare has based his scores on his own power rankings. So if a players lower than what he expected them to go, the team gets a higher ranking. Eg Worpel at 47(?) For Hawthorn is part of the reason they get an A+.

              Conversely if a player goes earlier, then the team gets penalised. Eg de Koning at 30 for Carlton.

              The problem with this is that Knightmare’s rankings are rare accurate. He doesnt have access to the data or interviews that team recruiters have.

              Another problem is that this method doesnt take into consideration the needs of the team in both the long and short term, nor does it take into consideration where the teams next pick is.

              Using de Koning as an example, Carlton pickes him at 30 while he was projected somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round, which meant that KM marked Carlton down. The thing is, Carlton’s next pick was 73 and they took the player they had targeted with the pick they had. He may not have been there at 73. For Carlton this is a win but they get marked down by KM. I dont think SOS will lose any sleep over it.

        • November 27th 2017 @ 7:39pm
          13th Man said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

          geez that’s a bit harsh, I wonder if the 17 clubs who overlooked Nat Fyfe in 2008 all got a D?
          Freo have got some very good players, who knows which one of LDU and Brayshaw will be better? In a few years we can be better judges.

          • November 28th 2017 @ 11:13am
            johno said | November 28th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

            Yeah – a D+ for going Brayshaw over LDU is harsh, especially as Norths only got a B for getting him at #4

            Reads like he couldn’t be bothered reviewing who Freo selected

    • November 27th 2017 @ 6:40pm
      Aligee said | November 27th 2017 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

      Gee Alex Johnson back to the Swans

      5 (?) knee reconstructions

      • Roar Guru

        November 28th 2017 @ 9:58am
        JamesH said | November 28th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        Yeah but he recovered from his last one and played out the season in the NEAFL. He’s actually fit going into a pre-season, for once.

        • November 28th 2017 @ 6:36pm
          Aligee said | November 28th 2017 @ 6:36pm | ! Report

          great sense of loyalty from the Swans, hope he goes well.

    • November 27th 2017 @ 6:51pm
      Aligee said | November 27th 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

      Adam Sambono from NT in the NEAFL unlucky.

      Absolute highlights machine, would bring them from near and far when on song.

      • November 27th 2017 @ 7:18pm
        Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

        Callan England getting a spot is great, definite project but if sumich assessment is correct and he is similar to gaff the upside could be enormous.

      • Roar Guru

        November 28th 2017 @ 12:53pm
        Paul D said | November 28th 2017 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

        Just had a read of him and saw some clips, he looks to be a freakish talent. 188cm and 65 kgs though, I think they’d be worried he’s a bit on the small side. Only 20 years old but, give him time. Shades of Buddy in the way he goes about it.

        • November 28th 2017 @ 6:44pm
          Aligee said | November 28th 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

          Go Go gadget arms.

          Kicks plenty of goals

        • November 29th 2017 @ 10:25am
          Harsh Truth Harry said | November 29th 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          shades of Buddy alright except Buddy is about 40 kilos heavier!

          • Roar Guru

            November 29th 2017 @ 11:29am
            Paul D said | November 29th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

            “shades of” is a phrase used to imply reminiscence through comparison.

            It is not intended to mean that someone is a clone or carbon copy of the indicated comparison

            I know you like your football debate to be monosyllables, grunts and easily connected, aggressive one liners, but not all of us feel the need to approach sporting debates like the Batley Townswoman’s guild approaches dramatic re-enactments

      • November 29th 2017 @ 2:42pm
        Mattyb said | November 29th 2017 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

        Sambono certainly has some talent but my understanding is he really struggled to adjust to Darwin which obviously has clubs worried about bigger cities.
        Completely disappeared on two occasions so he may need a few seasons in the NEAFL to decide if footballs really for him.

    • November 27th 2017 @ 7:42pm
      13th Man said | November 27th 2017 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

      Surprised Schloithe didn’t get a gig, won the Sandover this season. Would’ve thought he would have suited West Coast’s needs perfectly considering they missed out on his partner in crime Kelly.

      • November 27th 2017 @ 9:43pm
        Mattician6x6 said | November 27th 2017 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

        Possibly the recruitment of ah chee swayed the decision, I was surprised a gold coast or blues didn’t rookie him as a mature body wouldn’t go astray in there midfield.

        • November 27th 2017 @ 11:55pm
          13th Man said | November 27th 2017 @ 11:55pm | ! Report

          Haven’t seen too much of Ah Chee but thought he was an outside midfielder so would’ve thought he was a different type of player to Schloithe.
          I have liked West Coast’s recruiting so far this off season but if there is one criticism it’s that they lack some inside grunt.

      • November 28th 2017 @ 8:43am
        Hungry Jack said | November 28th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

        No surprise. Clearly not up to it! Over to you, Don.

        • November 29th 2017 @ 11:06am
          Don Freo said | November 29th 2017 @ 11:06am | ! Report

          I have not been advocating for Schloithe. He had his chance and didn’t take it.

          You say some really random things intended only for conflict. Then you wonder why your thoughts aren’t valued

          • November 29th 2017 @ 1:39pm
            Jon boy said | November 29th 2017 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

            In regard to Schloithe you did advocate for him you plugged for him recently you said that you thought he would be a good pick up for Eagles which i agree. You said then he had his chance and did not take it ! Rookie listed, was not given a game at AFL level despite excellent WAFL form. Unfortunately we will probably never Know.

            • November 29th 2017 @ 1:51pm
              Don Freo said | November 29th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

              Nup. Wrong bloke. Why do you bother? You get everything wrong.

              I can’t imagine anyone but the other “Mr Negative”, HTH, ever finding something to agree with you on.

    • Roar Guru

      November 27th 2017 @ 9:44pm
      mds1970 said | November 27th 2017 @ 9:44pm | ! Report

      Your chances of being rookie listed by GWS Giants is Buckleys…….

      Interestingly, both Buckleys that the Giants listed today are the sons of AFL players.
      Dylan Buckley’s father Jim was a premiership player for Carlton.
      Jack Buckley’s father Ben played for North Melbourne and is now the Kangaroos’ Chairman. He is also a former soccer FFA CEO.