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The 2023 AFL Draft began on Monday, November 20 and concluded on Wednesday , November 22.
Night one saw the first round of draft picks selected, with night two featuring all other selections, while the final night will feature the pre-season and rookie drafts.
Victorian young gun Harley Reid, as expected, was taken by the West Coast Eagles with their prized pick 1.
Check out the full draft order here.
|1||West Coast||Harley Reid|
|2||North Melbourne||Colby McKercher|
|3||Gold Coast||Jed Walter|
|4||North Melbourne||Zane Duursma|
|6||Western Bulldogs||Ryley Sanders|
|9||Gold Coast||Ethan Read|
|14||Gold Coast||Jake Rogers|
|15||Western Bulldogs||Jordan Croft|
|18||St Kilda||Darcy Wilson|
|20||North Melbourne||Taylor Goad|
|22||North Melbourne||Wil Dawson|
|23||North Melbourne||Riley Hardeman|
|26||Gold Coast||Will Graham|
|28||St Kilda||Lance Collard|
|30||West Coast||Archer Reid|
|33||St Kilda||Angus Hastie|
|38||West Coast||Clay Hall|
|45||Western Bulldogs||Joel Freijah|
|47||Western Bulldogs||Lachlan Smith|
|48||Port Adelaide||Thomas Anastasopoulos|
|49||West Coast||Harvey Johnston|
|50||St Kilda||Hugo Garcia|
|52||Port Adelaide||Lachlan Charleson|
Round 4 onwards
|55||Western Bulldogs||Aiden O’Driscoll|
|57||Port Adelaide||Will Lorenz|
|62||St Kilda||Arie Schoenmaker|
|Adelaide||8, 21, 27|
|Brisbane||31, 42, 51, 64|
|Essendon||10, 39, 54|
|Fremantle||35, 41, 60|
|Geelong||11, 32, 36, 58, 61, 63|
|Gold Coast||3, 9, 14, 26|
|GWS||12, 17, 44, 59|
|Hawthorn||5, 19, 46, 56|
|North Melbourne||2, 4, 20, 22, 23|
|Port Adelaide||48, 52, 57|
|St Kilda||18, 28, 33, 50, 62|
|Sydney||16, 24, 53|
|West Coast||1, 30, 38, 49|
|Western Bulldogs||6, 15, 45, 47, 55|
|1||West Coast||Loch Rawlinson|
|2||North Melbourne||Finnbar Maley|
|4||Gold Coast||Sam Clohesy|
|10||Western Bulldogs||Lachie McNeil*|
|13||Port Adelaide||Xavier Walsh|
|18||Gold Coast||Will Rowlands|
|21||Western Bulldogs||Taylor Duryea*|
|24||Gold Coast||Jack Mahony|
* Delisted and re-drafted as a rookie
|2||Gold Coast||Sam Day*|
|3||St Kilda||Riley Bonner|
* Delisted and re-drafted
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, and was then shifted around the country during the COVID years.
The draft has returned to Melbourne for 2022 and 2023.
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 Lounder, for example, only ever played four games for his club, Richmond. But in recent times No.1 picks like Nick Riewoldt, Luke Hodge and Adam Cooney 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|
|1981||Alan Johnson||Melbourne||Perth (WAFL)|
|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 (Ballart League)|
|1989||Anthony Banik||Richmond||Won Wron Woodside (Alberton 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)|
|2006||Bryce Gibbs||Carlton||Glenelg (SANFL)|
|2007||Matthew Kreuzer||Carlton||Northern Knights (SANFL)|
|2008||Jack Watts||Melbourne||Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)|
|2009||Tom Scully||Melbourne||Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)|
|2010||David Swallow||Gold Coast Suns||East Fremantle (WAFL)|
|2011||Jonathon Patton||GWS Giants||Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)|
|2012||Lachie Whitfield||GWS Giants||Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)|
|2013||Tom Boyd||GWS Giants||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 Lions||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|2018||Sam Walsh||Carlton||Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)|
|2019||Matt Rowell||Gold Coast Suns||Oakleigh Chargers (NAB League)|
|2020||Jamarra Ugle-Hagan||Western Bulldogs||Oakleigh Chargers (NAB League)|
|2021||Jason Horne-Francis||North Melbourne||South Adelaide (SANFL)|
|2022||Aaron Cadman||GWS Giants||GWV Rebels (NAB League)|
|2023||Harley Reid||West Coast Eagles||Bendigo Pioneers (Talent League)|