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This sort of thing is something he’ll have to fix if he’s going to become a properly elite player!

Exposing Hawthorn’s one true weakness

100% agree. The other player Is almost put in this category would be Leigh Matthews! Although he was smaller, he dominated in one-on-one contests and kicked an insane amount of goals for the hawks.

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The issue is he fits the ‘Gunston/Sicily’ mould. He is about 187cm, so he will likely struggle to compete constantly against taller, stronger opponents. Hawthorn needs someone who is a dominant physical presence up forward, instead of a skilful smaller forward- a position that is already filled.

Exposing Hawthorn’s one true weakness

It’s been a while since Hawthorn has drafted a tall forward in the first round; I think that is a requirement for this year. O’Brien was the last tall forward Hawthorn drafted early, which was in 2012.
The delivery is not as good as it used to be, but I think the major problem is when the ball is bombed in… and no one contests the mark. This happened when Mitchell and Hodge were playing for the Hawks, but it was disguised by strong contests by Roughead and Buddy. Hawthorn need a tall to come in and make the midfielders look good.

Exposing Hawthorn’s one true weakness

Patton I think may potentially move, however, because the Hawks have been strongly linked to Coniglio I am uncertain if they can manage to get both.
I am also unsure if O’Brien can make it. He has a lot of work to do to become a solid forward. Each game he plays in he starts up forward then struggles and moves down back.
Roughead could be moved on, but I do not think he will call time on his career until he knows Hawthorn can compete without him.

Exposing Hawthorn’s one true weakness

I’d love to see Kozzie get a go over the likes of Mirra; I think Mirra is a solid player but currently, someone like Kozzie would provide far more upside (I also heard very good things about him during pre-season).
Sicily is the A grade marking defender now, the Hawks just need someone to do that at the other end of the ground now.

Exposing Hawthorn’s one true weakness