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The 2018 AFL Draft will be held across two days; Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.
The first round will be drawn from 7pm on the Thursday, while the rest of the draft will take place from midday on the Friday – including the pre-season draft and the rookie draft.
|1||2||Gold Coast Suns|
|1||3||Gold Coast Suns|
|1||6||Gold Coast Suns|
|1||20||West Coast Eagles|
|2||22||West Coast Eagles|
|2||24||Gold Coast Suns|
|2||29||Gold Coast Suns|
|4||61||West Coast Eagles|
|4||72||West Coast Eagles|
|4||76||West Coast Eagles|
|5||80||Gold Coast Suns|
|5||94||West Coast Eagles|
Back in its VFL days, the national draft was introduced in 1981, allowing the Victorian teams to acquire interstate players depending on where they finished on the ladder.
It has since been expanded to include players from all locations, and is now the primary source of new talent for every AFL club.
The draft order is determined each year by awarding the clubs their draft picks in reverse finishing order – the club that finished last receives the first pick, and so on.
However these picks can then change hands during the trade period and the final draft order is often quite different to the original one released after the end of the season.
After originally being held in 1981 and 1982, the draft was then not held again until 1986, but has been held in some form every year since.
For much of its early history it was held in Victoria each year, but in recent times it has regularly been held interstate.
The draft was brought to the Gold Coast for the 2010 event, then to Sydney for 2011, and then returned to Gold Coast for several years, before being moved to Adelaide in 2015 and to Sydney again in 2016.
The draft has returned to Melbourne for 2018, however.
The No.1 draft pick is always a prized possession, though clubs have gotten smarter about using it in modern times than they were in the past.
1987 No.1 pick Richard Loudner for example only ever played four games for his club, Richmond. But in recent times No.1 picks like Nick Riewoldt, Luke Hodge, Adam Cooney and Tom Boyd have won premierships, Brownlows, and become legends of the game.
In the table below is every No.1 draft pick in VFL/AFL history, from 1981 onwards.
|Draft||Player||Selected by||Recruited from||League recruited from|
|1982||Andrew Purser||Footscray||East Fremantle||WAFL|
|1986||Martin Leslie||Brisbane Bears||Port Adelaide Magpies||SANFL|
|1987||Richard Lounder||Richmond||Central District||SANFL|
|1988||Alex McDonald||Hawthorn||Ballarat YCW||Ballarat Football League|
|1989||Anthony Banik||Richmond||Won Wron Woodside||Alberton Football League|
|1990||Stephen Hooper||Geelong||East Perth||WAFL|
|1991||John Hutton||Brisbane Bears||Claremont||WAFL|
|1992||Drew Banfield||West Coast Eagles||Subiaco||WAFL|
|1993||Darren Gaspar||Sydney||South Fremantle||WAFL|
|1994||Jeff White||Fremantle||Dandenong Stingrays||TAC Cup|
|1995||Clive Waterhouse||Fremantle||Port Adelaide Magpies||SANFL|
|1996||Michael Gardiner||West Coast Eagles||Claremont||WAFL|
|1997||Travis Johnstone||Melbourne||Dandenong Stingrays||TAC Cup|
|1998||Des Headland||Brisbane Lions||Subiaco||WAFL|
|1999||Josh Fraser||Collingwood||Murray Bushrangers||TAC Cup|
|2000||Nick Riewoldt||St Kilda||Southport Sharks||QAFL|
|2001||Luke Hodge||Hawthorn||Geelong Falcons||TAC Cup|
|2002||Brendon Goddard||St Kilda||Gippsland Power||TAC Cup|
|2003||Adam Cooney||Western Bulldogs||West Adelaide||SANFL|
|2004||Brett Deledio||Richmond||Murray Bushrangers||TAC Cup|
|2005||Marc Murphy||Carlton||Oakleigh Chargers||TAC Cup|
|2007||Matthew Kreuzer||Carlton||Northern Knights||TAC Cup|
|2008||Jack Watts||Melbourne||Sandringham Dragons||TAC Cup|
|2009||Tom Scully||Melbourne||Dandenong Stingrays||TAC Cup|
|2010||David Swallow||Gold Coast||East Fremantle Football Club||WAFL|
|2011||Jonathon Patton||Greater Western Sydney||Eastern Ranges||TAC Cup|
|2012||Lachie Whitfield||Greater Western Sydney||Dandenong Stingrays||TAC Cup|
|2013||Tom Boyd||Greater Western Sydney||Eastern Ranges||TAC Cup|
|2014||Paddy McCartin||St Kilda||Geelong Falcons||TAC Cup|
|2015||Jacob Weitering||Carlton||Dandenong Stingrays||TAC Cup|
|2016||Andrew McGrath||Essendon||Sandringham Dragons||TAC Cup|
|2017||Cam Rayner||Brisbane||Western Jets||TAC Cup|