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It is only a matter of hours before the National Draft unveils their next generation of talent at Marvel Stadium. Join The Roar for a live blog of Day 1, starting from 6:30pm AEDT.
On Wednesday, teams will commence with their first round selections ranging from 1-19.
The following day we move into Round 2 and onward where the remainder of the selections will be made.
Gold Coast (1, 2, 15), Fremantle (7, 8) and Melbourne (3, 10) sit prettiest inside the top ten with two picks each and the Suns snaring the first two selections after being granted priority, while Fremantle and Melbourne profit off their trades and pick swaps in the lead up.
Along with the Suns, Port Adelaide (12, 16, 18) sit with three selections inside Round 1 after unloading Dougal Howard and Paddy Ryder in a deal with St Kilda and GWS.
GWS have also made a substantial move to perhaps prove the biggest winner of the Liam Stocker selection trade in 2018.
The Crows elected to slide back two positions in order to secure a future first-round pick, with GWS likely to use their new pick to secure Academy prospect, Tom Green.
Oakleigh Chargers teammates, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, look set to be taken at one and two.
Rowell’s consistency and inside grit carried him through a dominant two-years, collecting club Best and Fairest, Vic Metro Best and Fairest and consecutive best on grounds in his NAB League Grand Finals.
Anderson’s dual versatility and high ceiling have him looking the ultimate prospect.
Like Rowell, Anderson has shown promise as an inside midfielder but presents comfortably resting forward with elite speed, strength and agility.
Despite their obvious talent, drafting teammates and childhood friends could also limit the ‘go home’ factor that has plagued Gold Coast since their establishment.
With the recent re-signings of Izak Rankine, Ben King and Jack Lukosius, the Suns will no doubt vaunt an impressive young core by the beginning of 2020.
Gippsland prospects, Caleb Serong and Sam Flanders, are also projected top-ten picks.
Young could be the top defensive prospect from this draft crop, having demonstrated clean use, decision making and read.
While at times criticised for his four quarter consistency, Flanders has shown a clear ability in tight not matched by many others, and of the crop, might possess the highest ceiling.
Outside of the NAB League, Norwood product Dylan Stephens and East Fremantle’s Luke Jackson look likely to go early.
Stephens could fill an outside role for Sydney, Fremantle, Carlton or Hawthorn, while Jackson may go as high as pick 3 with Melbourne desperate for forward potential.
Geelong look to return to the opening round for the first time since taking Nakia Cockatoo at pick 10 in 2014.
The Cats hold two picks (14, 17) the former received from their Tim Kelly trade and which could be used to bolster their backline and midfield with some of their key talent approaching the twilight of their careers.
With the inclusions of Connor Rozee (5) Zak Butters (12) and Xavier Duursma (18) in Round 1 of 2018’s Draft, it’s no wonder Port have also returned.
Power sit in desperate need for a pressure forward, so should look to Kysaiah Pickett or Cody Weightman to help fulfil that role.
Given Richmond’s midfield top-up in 2018, we might see a shift toward key position players.
Dandenong back, Sam De Koning, fits well for Geelong and Richmond’s needs, so could slide to Round 1 despite pegged for an early second round selection.
There will be a lot to keep up with, so join The Roar for all the action, with live updates and a blog of the event starting at 6:30pm (AEDT).
Where: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
When: November 27, Wednesday, 6:30PM (AEDT)
Watch: Fox Footy, Kayo Sports