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2019 AFL Phantom Draft

Matt Rowell will be pick No.1 (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The 2019 AFL Trade Period has come to an end, and the 2019 AFL Draft is now the biggest upcoming event on the calendar.

There has been plenty of interest during the year about the potential draftees and where they might wind up, and that will only intensify over the next month.

Here you can find the latest version of our 2019 AFL Phantom Draft, which we will update regularly as the draft draws closer.

Our most recent update, seen below, takes into account some of the recent draft rumours and expands out to cover the first 40 selections of the draft.

Pick 1 – Gold Coast Suns – Matt Rowell
180cm, 78kg

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

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 – Hayden Young
188cm, 83kg

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The best kick in the draft, Young, is a perfect fit for Melbourne given how desperately they lack good users of the ball. Nice size for a half back, could play on the wing.

Hayden Young

(Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Pick 4 – Adelaide Crows – Dylan Stephens
183cm, 74kg

A bit earlier than expected maybe but Stephens ticks a lot of boxes for the Crows – good user of the ball, great athletic profile, fills a need, and as a local boy has no go-home factor.

Pick 5 – GWS Giants – Tom Green (matching bid from Sydney)
190cm, 89kg

Sydney should make a bid on Green if no one before them does, but expect GWS to match for the bullish inside midfielder no matter the cost.

Pick 6 – Sydney Swans – Caleb Serong
178cm, 83kg

Although not the size of a Tom Green, Serong does have a great ability to win the ball as well as being a dangerous option when played up forward.

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Pick 7 – Fremantle Dockers – Deven Robertson
184cm, 81kg

Fremantle could pick the club’s next captain here in Robertson, a local product, tough inside midfielder who led WA to the under-18 title this year. Not a great kick, though.

Pick 8 – Melbourne Demons – Lachie Ash
187cm, 82kg

They’ve got a beautiful kicking half-back with their first selection, now Melbourne could pair him with a speedy and dynamic one in Lachie Ash. These two have proven they’re a great combo onfield already and could continue that at the Dees.

Pick 9 – Carlton Blues – Sam Flanders
183cm, 82kg

If he slips this late then Flanders is simply a bargain, possessing one of the best athletic profiles in the draft and also having shown some real dynamic ability on the field.

Pick 10 – Fremantle Dockers – Luke Jackson
199cm, 94kg

Freo can snap up another local boy here and potential long term star in Luke Jackson, the best ruckman in the pool and someone who has been compared to Brodie Grundy.

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Pick 11 – Hawthorn Hawks – Cody Weightman
178cm, 75kg

The Hawks are keen to win games now and should draft with an eye to players who can help them do that. Cody Weightman’s aerial ability could see him fit into the Hawks’ forward line early.

Pick 12 – Port Adelaide – Brodie Kemp
192cm, 89kg

Simply a case of best available and Port potentially have a major bargain on their hands if Kemp slides here. A tall utility who can play anywhere, he’ll miss a lot of next year with an ACL but has massive potential.

Pick 13 – Fremantle Dockers – Liam Henry (matching bid from Bulldogs)
180cm, 68kg

The Dogs would enjoy a small forward and should place a bid on Fremantle’s NGA prospect here if no one has already. Expect the Dockers to match no matter what it costs them, though.

Liam Henry

(Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Pick 14 – Western Bulldogs – Miles Bergman
189cm, 83kg

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The Dogs have been linked to Bergman a lot lately as a half-forward who has shown a lot of X-factor without quite putting it all together just yet. Could be a star if he does.

Pick 15 – Geelong Cats – Fisher McAsey
197cm, 91kg

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. McAsey is the best tall in the draft.

Pick 16 – Gold Coast Suns – Will Gould
192cm, 106kg

A future cult figure, Gould would be a great fit at the Suns as someone who can make and impact early, cause havoc in their backline and produce plenty of eye-catching moments.

Pick 17 – Brisbane Lions – Josh Worrell
195cm, 83kg

The Lions could use another tall to add to their depth and Worrell, who can play at both ends, makes sense towards that aim. More likely to be a key defender.

Pick 18 – Hawthorn Hawks – Finn Maginness (matching bid from Geelong)
189cm, 82kg

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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 19 – Geelong Cats – Trent Rivers
188cm, 83kg

If they miss out on a tall mid in Maginness, the Cats could just as easily grab another in Trent Rivers. He’s a good size for a future midfielder and good user of the ball. Can also play in defence.

Pick 20 – Port Adelaide Power – Dylan Williams
186cm, 81kg

Port need potential A-graders more than they need specific positions, and Williams is exactly that. Although his 2019 season was injury interrupted, he has shown the ability to kick bags of goals.

Pick 21 – Richmond Tigers – Will Day
189cm, 76kg

The Tigers can afford to pick someone who needs a bit of development, and Will Day is exactly that. A great user of the ball, he’s tall but very skinny. Could be elite if he builds up his size.

Pick 22 – Gold Coast Suns – Cameron Taheny
185cm, 80kg

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If I’m the Suns I’m looking for players I can get in the team as soon as possible, and Taheny has proven he can play against mature bodies in the SANFL. Plenty of talent too.

Pick 23 – Brisbane Lions – Trent Bianco
178cm, 73kg

The Lions are known to have targetted a half back this year and while they brought in Callum Ah Chee, they could also draft a small defender with a great kick in Bianco.

Pick 24 – Adelaide Crows – Sam De Koning
201cm, 86kg

Adelaide would have their eye on the future a bit in this draft, and snapping up a long term key defender prospect in Sam De Koning isn’t a bad move.

Pick 25 – Geelong Cats – Cooper Stephens
188cm, 82kg

There’s good value to be had in a big inside midfielder in Stephens here, who could’ve been a much higher pick if he hadn’t missed the season with a broken leg.

Pick 26 – Sydney Swans – Jay Rantall
185cm, 83kg

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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 27 – North Melbourne Kangaroos – Jeremy Sharp
189cm, 81kg

Sharp has some deficiencies but is a two-time under-18 All-Australian with a big kick and the ability to move the ball out of defence or on a wing.

Pick 28 – North Melbourne Kangaroos – Elijah Taylor
188cm, 77kg

While Taylor’s stocks have fallen a bit since the middle of the year, he’s still a really exciting prospect who has a bit of x-factor up forward or on the wing.

Pick 29 – Port Adelaide Power – Jackson Mead (matching bid from Adelaide)
183cm, 83kg

Port would love a bid for Mead to come just a few picks later than this, but he’s probably best available at this point and Adelaide might decide to be a thorn in their side.

Pick 30 – Adelaide Crows – Harrison Jones
196cm, 78kg

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In keeping with the idea of picking up long term key position prospects, Adelaide could take the next best name off the board in Harrison Jones here.

Pick 31 – Essendon Bombers – Darcy Chirgwin
191cm, 80kg

It’s well known Essendon lack a big bullish inside mid, and while Chirgwin isn’t one of this year’s top prospects, he has the frame they’re looking for.

Pick 32 – Sydney Swans – Sam Philp
186cm, 79kg

The Swans can keep building midfield depth here with Philp, an inside midfielder who has shown that he has a bit of speed to work with.

Pick 33 – Essendon Bombers – Jake Riccardi
194cm, 96kg

The Bombers will be keen to add more key forwards to their depth and Riccardi, a mature player who had a great year in the VFL, is their best chance of finding one who could have instant impact.

Pick 34 – Brisbane Lions – Hugo Ralphsmith
188cm, 75kg

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The Lions would love to add another midfielder who could potentially play on the wing, and Ralphsmith, an outside mid with a bit of pace, is exactly that.

Pick 35 – Collingwood Magpies – Cooper Sharman
192cm, 79kg

The Magpies desperately need to get some key position players onto their list and Sharman, while not in the frame to have an early impact, probably has the highest ceiling of anyone left.

Pick 36 – Geelong Cats – Charlie Comben
199cm, 84kg

The Cats could add another future key position player here in Comben, who could wind up playing in the ruck, or as a forward, or splitting time between both.

Pick 37 – Adelaide Crows – Harry Schoenberg
182cm, 83kg

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 38 – Richmond Tigers – Brock Smith
189cm, 82kg

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An impressive defender who can keep an opponent quiet but also provide good rebound out of defense, Smith would be a perfect understudy to 2019 All Australian Dylan Grimes.

Pick 39 – Richmond Tigers – Mitch O’Neill
176cm, 72kg

O’Neill has talent enough to be picked much earlier than this, but is a bit undersized for the modern game. Richmond can afford to roll the dice on him.

Pick 40 – GWS Giants – Kysaiah Pickett
171cm, 71kg

The Giants added a dynamic small forward in Ian Hill in last year’s draft, and could find him the perfect partner in crime here with Kysaiah Pickett, who has freakish skills and creates chaos.