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The 2019 AFL Draft is imminent, and there is speculation aplenty about which new talents will arrive at which clubs over the two nights of the draft.
Here you can find the latest and final version of our 2019 AFL Phantom Draft.
Pick 1 – Gold Coast Suns – Matt Rowell
180cm, 78kg, ranked No.1 by Champion Data
The obvious choice at pick one as the most accomplished player of the draft pool, an inside midfielder who rises to the occasion and dominates games.
Pick 2 – Gold Coast Suns – Noah Anderson
191cm, 87kg, ranked No.3 by Champion Data
The other top-tier talent in the draft and Gold Coast get both of them, Anderson could become a dominant midfielder or play more of a semi-forward role like Jordan De Goey.
Pick 3 – Melbourne Demons – Luke Jackson
199cm, 94kg, ranked No.4 by Champion Data
Melbourne appear certain to make a bold decision and draft Jackson, the best ruckman in the pool. The Dees reportedly see him being a key forward early in his career.
Pick 4 – GWS Giants – Lachie Ash
187cm, 83kg, ranked No.8 by Champion Data
Halfback known for his speed. GWS have reportedly settled on picking him over Hayden Young as their longterm successor to Heath Shaw.
Pick 5 – GWS Giants – Tom Green (matching bid from Sydney)
190cm, 89kg, ranked No.2 by Champion Data
The Swans have long been linked to placing a bid on Tom Green here, although it’s possible that he could slide until much later in the top ten.
Pick 6 – Sydney Swans – Sam Flanders
183cm, 82kg, ranked No.7 by Champion Data
Someone who can split time between the midfield and the forward line, Flanders has shown the ability to dominate games and has a great athletic profile.
Pick 7 – Adelaide Crows – Fisher McAsey
197cm, 91kg, ranked No.13 by Champion Data
Adelaide have reportedly settled on taking the key defender with their first pick, having traded down to this selection last week.
Pick 8 – Fremantle Dockers – Hayden Young
188cm, 83kg, ranked No.5 by Champion Data
A contender to be drafted as early as 3, Young appears to be an unlikely slider who will make it all the way to the Dockers. Intercept defender, best kick in the draft.
Pick 9 – Fremantle Dockers – Dylan Stephens
183cm, 84kg, ranked No.12 by Champion Data
The Dockers have their choice of a number of different midfielders here and it’s probably the first really unclear pick of the night. Stephens would be the best fit for them.
Pick 10 – Fremantle Dockers – Liam Henry (matching bid from Carlton)
180cm, 68kg, ranked No.11 by Champion Data
Like Green, there’s a chance that a Henry bid now slips much later than it otherwise might have, since the Dockers have traded above the point of needing to match it. This is probably the earliest we could see a bid.
Pick 11 – Carlton Blues – Caleb Serong
178cm, 83kg, ranked No.6 by Champion Data
Carlton would be pretty chuffed to get Serong here, given they traded down the order yet he is someone who could easily go much earlier on talent. Might be too undersized to play inside mid at AFL level but is dangerous as a forward.
Pick 12 – Melbourne Demons – Kysaiah Pickett
Without a doubt the big bolter of the draft, Pickett is now expected to go early in the piece to Melbourne after having been seen as a likely third-round pick just a month ago.
Pick 13 – Hawthorn Hawks – Brodie Kemp
192cm, 89kg, ranked No.21 by Champion Data
Kemp isn’t the most proven player, nor will he play early in 2020 following an ACL injury, but his great athletic profile – especially for a big-bodied player – suggests he could have a massive ceiling.
Pick 14 – Port Adelaide – Miles Bergman
Port could add another really dangerous and exciting user and mover of the ball to their mix here in Bergman, who has some ways to go as a footballer but is a special talent.
Pick 15 – Western Bulldogs – Cody Weightman
178cm, 75kg, ranked No.30 by Champion Data
The Dogs have been linked a lot to Weightman, a high-flying small forward who plays in the mould of Jamie Elliott. Would add another dimension to their attack.
Pick 16 – Geelong Cats – Deven Robertson
184cm, 81kg, ranked No.9 by Champion Data
Could go a early as Fremantle’s picks in the top 10, but it’s hard to see Robertson making it past the Cats if available here. A prolific inside mid who captained WA to the Under-18 title this year and won the Larke Medal.
Pick 17 – Gold Coast Suns – Will Day
189cm, 76kg, ranked No.29 by Champion Data
Day’s height, athleticism and great skills suggest he has a high ceiling as an AFL player, but he’ll need to add on some muscle before he can realise that potential. Related to current Sun Sam Day.
Pick 18 – Port Adelaide Power – Trent Bianco
178cm, 73kg, ranked No.27 by Champion Data
Port have been linked to Bianco, a prolific small midfielder or defender with one of the best kicks in the draft. Hasn’t won a lot of his own ball.
Pick 19 – Hawthorn Hawks – Finn Maginness (matching bid from Geelong)
189cm, 82kg, ranked No.15 by Champion Data
Geelong could have some sneaky fun here by bidding on a Hawks father-son prospect in Finn Maginness. Expect the Hawks to match if a bid comes at this point.
Pick 20 – Geelong Cats – Josh Worrell
195cm, 83kg, ranked No.22 by Champion Data
Geelong should have one eye on the future and getting in some key-position players now while they have a slew of picks is a smart move. They’re known to be targetting Fisher McAsey but could settle for Worrell.
Pick 21 – Port Adelaide Power – Harrison Jones
Port have been linked to an early move on Jones, the best key forward in this year’s draft pool. They need another player of that type coming through.
Pick 22 – Richmond Tigers – Cooper Stephens
188cm, 83kg, ranked No.16 by Champion Data
Stephens missed most of the year due to a broken leg but really showed his ability as an inside mid in his underage year, and proved he has an impressive athletic base at the combine.
Pick 23 – Gold Coast Suns – Trent Rivers
188cm, 83kg, ranked No.19 by Champion Data
Rivers offers a nice prospect to Gold Coast as someone who could make an early AFL debut, has good skills, and the flexibility to play in the midfield or in defence.
Pick 24 – Brisbane Lions – Jay Rantall
A hard-running inside midfielder, Rantall set a new 2km time trial record at the draft combine and has a proven ability to win the ball.
Pick 25 – Adelaide Crows – Harry Schoenberg
182cm, 83kg, ranked No.18 by Champion Data
A midfielder with a proven ability to rack up possessions, Schoenberg isn’t this year’s most outstanding prospect but a really solid acquisition, especially as a local boy for the Crows.
Pick 26 – Adelaide Crows – Will Gould
192cm, 106kg, ranked No.10 by Champion Data
Despite elite performances in the field, concerns over Gould’s athleticism seem set to see him slide into the 20s or even later at the draft. Will be a hit if he can make it at AFL level, though.
Pick 27 – Geelong Cats – Elijah Taylor
It’s a case of best talent available here and while Taylor’s stocks have slid since the mid part of the year, it would be hard for clubs to ignore his potent ability on the wing or in the forward line much longer.
Pick 28 – Sydney Swans – Sam De Koning
A good chance to go much earlier than this in the draft, but it’s hard to see De Koning making it any further than this if he does slide.
Pick 29 – North Melbourne Kangaroos – Jeremy Sharp
189cm, 81kg, ranked No.25 by Champion Data
North are badly in need of more players with the ability to move the ball, and Sharp is exactly that. He’s got the height to be a good marking target and a lovely long kick.
Pick 30 – North Melbourne Kangaroos – Dylan Williams
One of the highest-scope players in the draft, Williams was tortured by injury this year. North would love some players who aren’t Ben Brown to kick goals, Williams fits the bill.