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2018 AFL Draft

The 2018 AFL Draft will be held across two days; Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

While the start time, draft order and other key information is yet to be confirmed – we’ll make sure this page is updated as soon as details are unveiled.

2017 AFL Draft

The 2017 AFL Draft was held on Friday November 24 in Sydney, with Cam Rayner going to the Brisbane Lions at pick No. 1.

2017 AFL Draft

Round Pick Club Player
1 1 Brisbane Lions Cam Rayner
1 2 Fremantle Dockers Andrew Brayshaw
1 3 Carlton Blues Paddy Dow
1 4 North Melbourne Kangaroos Luke Davies-Uniacke
1 5 Fremantle Dockers Adam Cerra
1 6 Collingwood Magpies Jaidyn Stephenson
1 7 St Kilda Saints Hunter Clark
1 8 St Kilda Saints Nick Coffield
1 9 Western Bulldogs Aaron Naughton
1 10 Carlton Blues Lochie O’Brien
1 11 GWS Giants Aiden Bonar
1 12 Adelaide Crows Darcy Fogarty
1 13 West Coast Eagles Jarrod Brander
1 14 Sydney Swans Matthew Ling
1 15 Brisbane Lions Zac Bailey
1 16 Western Bulldogs Ed Richards
1 17 Richmond Tigers Jack Higgins
1 18 Brisbane Lions Brandon Starcevic
1 19 Gold Coast Suns Wil Powell
2 20 Richmond Tigers Callum Coleman-Jones
2 21 West Coast Eagles Oscar Allen
2 22 Geelong Cats Lachlan Fogarty
2 23 North Melbourne Kangaroos Will Walker
2 24 Geelong Cats Tim Kelly
2 25 Richmond Tigers Noah Balta
2 26 West Coast Eagles Liam Ryan
2 27 GWS Giants Brent Daniels
2 28 GWS Giants Sam Taylor
2 29 Melbourne Demons Charlie Spargo
2 30 Carlton Blues Tom De Koning
2 31 Melbourne Demons Bayley Fritsch
2 32 West Coast Eagles Brayden Ainsworth
2 33 Sydney Swans Tom McCartin
2 34 Richmond Tigers Patrick Naish
2 35 St Kilda Saints Oscar Clavarino
2 36 Geelong Cats Charlie Constable
2 37 Melbourne Demons Harrison Petty
2 38 West Coast Eagles Jack Petrucelle
3 39 Collingwood Magpies Nathan Murphy
3 40 Adelaide Crows Andrew McPherson
3 41 Brisbane Lions Toby Wooller
3 42 Gold Coast Suns Charlie Ballard
3 43 Brisbane Lions Connor Ballenden
3 44 Fremantle Dockers Hugh Dixon
3 45 Hawthorn Hawks James Worpel
3 46 St Kilda Saints Ben Paton
3 47 Port Adelaide Power Sam Hayes
3 48 Melbourne Demons Oskar Baker
3 49 Essendon Bombers Jordan Houlahan
3 50 Collingwood Magpies Tyler Brown
3 51 Port Adelaide Power Kane Farrell
3 52 Gold Coast Suns Brayden Crossley
3 53 Sydney Swans Ryley Stoddart
3 54 Brisbane Lions Jack Payne
3 55 Gold Coast Suns Connor Nutting
4 56 GWS Giants Zac Langdon
4 57 Geelong Cats Gryan Miers
4 58 Port Adelaide Power Jake Patmore
4 59 Fremantle Dockers Mitchell Crowden
4 60 Port Adelaide Power Joel Garner
4 61 Port Adelaide Power Dom Barry
4 62 North Melbourne Kangaroos Kyron Hayden
4 63 Richmond Tigers Benjamin Miller
4 64 GWS Giants Nicholas Shipley
4 65 Fremantle Dockers Tom North
4 66 Essendon Bombers Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
4 67 Hawthorn Hawks Dylan Moore
4 68 West Coast Eagles Hamish Brayshaw
4 69 Fremantle Dockers Lloyd Meek
4 70 Carlton Blues Angus Schumacher
5 71 Hawthorn Hawks Jackson Ross
5 72 North Melbourne Kangaroos Tristan Xerri
5 73 Fremantle Dockers Sam Switkowski
5 74 Western Bulldogs Callum Porter
5 75 Fremantle Dockers Scott Jones
5 76 Essendon Bombers Matt Guelfi
5 77 North Melbourne Kangaroos Billy Hartung
6 78 Carlton Blues Jarrod Garlett
Cam Rayner

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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 most recently Sydney again in 2016.

It has not been held in Melbourne since 2009.

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
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 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
2006 Bryce Gibbs Carlton Glenelg SANFL
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