The 2023 AFL draft blasts off on November 20 and 21 with once-in-a-generation midfielder Harley Reid certain to be taken with the No.1 pick.
While there was some speculation West Coast might trade away their first selection and leave the teen sensation for someone else, that plan is now dead in the water. Reid will be an Eagle.
Check out your club picks below, and find out what they are saying about all the big names ahead of Monday’s draft.
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The draft’s big names
Harley Reid (midfielder/forward)
State: Victoria CountryState League Club: Bendigo PioneersCommunity Club: TongalaDate of Birth: 17/04/05Height: 187cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: An exciting prospect who opened the National Championships with three goals in the first five minutes of Victoria Country’s clash against South Australia, which continued to build his reputation. This year confirmed his ability to impact the game whether forward, midfield or down back. Starred throughout the Championships playing in the midfield and changing forward, with his ability to win the contested ball at ground level or overhead among his many weapons. An excellent decision-maker and ball user. Further added to his very impressive record by earning selection in the All-Australian team for the second year in a row. Handled the step up to playing senior football with three impressive games in the VFL and was the best player for the Australia under 18s team in its match against Port Adelaide’s SANFL team which showed he is ready for AFL.
Who takes him? West Coast
Plays like: Dustin Martin (Richmond)
Jed Walter (key forward)
State: QueenslandState League Club: Gold Coast Suns AcademyCommunity Club: Palm Beach CurrumbinDate of Birth: 08/06/05Height: 194cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A strong and powerful tall forward who has taken all before him in the past two years starring for the Gold Coast Suns Academy and the Allies and is a back-to-back All Australian at under-18 level. Has a real physical presence up forward with his appetite for the contest, along with his second efforts and tackling pressure. Was a threatening target up forward for the Allies during the National Championships averaging 13 disposals and seven marks as well as kicking 11 goals in four matches to be a vital cog in the title-winning team. Overall, he kicked 29 goals in eight matches this year to round off a splendid underage career which will result in a bid from a rival club very early on draft night which the Suns will gladly match.
Plays like: Charlie Curnow (Carlton)
Who takes him? Gold Coast but Hawthorn or North Melbourne may bid for him.
Zane Duursma (midfielder/forward)
State: Victoria CountryState League Club: Gippsland PowerCommunity Club: FosterDate of Birth: 28/08/05Height: 189cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A mercurial forward or midfielder who reads the play exceptionally well, is strong overhead and deadly accurate around the goals. Was an outstanding player for Victoria Country at the National Championships to earn All Australian honours, which included a match-winning performance against Victoria Metro in the final game he amassed 22 disposals, 10 marks and four goals. Was also dominant for the Gippsland Power to win their best and fairest and selection in the Coates Talent League Team of the Year. Finished the year with 42 goals across 20 matches. His natural leap was highlighted at the national Draft Combine with his running vertical jump of 97cm ranked second overall. Hails from a talented football family, with his brother Xavier now at Essendon and sister Yasmine playing for Port Adelaide.
Plays like: Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans)
Who takes him? Strong link to North Melbourne.
Colby McKercher (midfielder)
State: TasmaniaState League Club: Tasmania DevilsCommunity Club: LauncestonDate of Birth: 12/04/05Height: 180cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: Had an outstanding year in the AFL’s Talent Pathway including winning the Coates Talent League’s Morrish Medal and finishing runner-up in the Larke Medal at the National Championships. Uses his dazzling speed to break the lines and kicks the ball with pinpoint accuracy on his preferred left foot. Averaged 32.8 disposals and 5.8 clearances across four matches for the Allies at the National Championships to earn All Australian honours. Was equally dominant for the Tasmania Devils having more than 30 disposals in seven of his nine matches and also kicked 12 goals. Showed he could match it against more experienced opponents by having 20 disposals and three clearances in Australia’s win over the Carlton VFL team. Did not test at the national Draft Combine.
Plays like: Zac Merrett (Essendon)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to North Melbourne.
Nick Watson (forward)
State: Victoria MetroState League Club: Eastern RangesCommunity Club: MontroseDate of Birth: 24/02/05Height: 170cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A small forward who is quick, agile and crafty and has a real appetite for the contest. Gave a glimpse of his potential last year when he booted 23 goals in 10 matches in the talent pathway. Was impossible to contain in the National Championships this year, booting 14 goals in four matches for Victoria Metro to top the goal kicking. He also averaged 12.2 disposals and was rewarded with All Australian selection. He further expanded his game by spending more in the midfield and across half back for the Eastern Ranges and averaged 20 disposals while kicking 11 goals in nine matches in the Coates Talent League. Was in a moon boot with a minor foot injury at the national Draft Combine and was unable to test.
Plays like: Shai Bolton (Richmond)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to Hawthorn.
Daniel Curtin (key defender/forward)State: Western AustraliaState League Club: ClaremontCommunity Club: West CoastDate of Birth: 08/03/05Height: 197cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A left-footed defender who experienced a frustrating run with injury during the 2022 season before getting back to play in the AFL Futures game at the MCG on AFL Grand Final day. He excelled for Team Houli with 22 disposals and nine marks to claim best on the ground honours. Continued that form into this season and was outstanding for Western Australia at the National Championships winning his team’s MVP award and All-Australian honours after averaging 23.5 disposals and 6.5 marks playing as a defender and midfielder. Played a handful of senior games at club level and ended the season being one of his team’s best in a premiership win at under 18s level. His agility, speed for his size and precise kicking are all features of his game.
Plays like: Steven May (Melbourne)
Who takes him? West Coast are plotting a huge move to jag Curtin (possibly handing over next year’s first pick) but North Melbourne and Geelong are in the mix.
Ryley Sanders (midfielder)
State: TasmaniaState League Club: Sandringham DragonsCommunity Club: North LauncestonDate of Birth: 21/01/05Height: 185cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: Strong-bodied midfielder who is both powerful and courageous in his attack on the ball and with the pressure he exerts on the opposition in contests. His strong two-way running is another feature of his game and was on display as dominated for the Allies at the National Championships, averaging 35 disposals at 80 percent efficiency, with 14.5 contested possessions, five clearances and four tackles to win the Larke Medal as the best and fairest player. Was also named captain of the All Australian team after leading the Allies to the title. Caught the eye with a strong performance for the Australia under-18 team in its representative match against Port Adelaide’s SANFL side and backed it up in the second match against Carlton’s VFL side where he collected 24 disposals to be one of the side’s best in victory. Finished the year as a back-to-back Coates Talent League premiership player with the Sandringham Dragons where he averaged 31 disposals across nine matches.
Plays like: Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to the Western Bulldogs.
Nate Caddy (key forward)
State: Victoria MetroState League Club: Northern KnightsCommunity Club: YarrambatDate of Birth:14/07/05Height: 193cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A pack marking forward with a vice-like grip overhead who has a real physical presence with his impact inside 50. Has also shown he can provide a lift for his team with his ability to win the contested ball as a midfielder when the occasion arises. Had an outstanding year with the Northern Knights averaging 16.3 disposals and 6.2 marks across nine matches to earn selection in the Coates Talent League Team of the Year. Kicked 39 goals across all matches in the talent pathway this year, which included games for Victoria Metro and the Australia under 18 team. Tested extremely well at the national Draft Combine with results of 3.02 seconds on the 20m sprint along with 6:35 for the 2km time trial indications of his athletic prowess. Is the nephew of two-time Richmond premiership star Josh Caddy.
Plays like: Taylor Walker (Adelaide Crows)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to Essendon.
Ethan Read (ruck)
State: QueenslandState League Club: Gold Coast Suns AcademyCommunity Club: Palm Beach CurrumbinDate of Birth 07/07/05Height: 202cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: Mobile and highly skilled ruckman whose work rate and ball use are outstanding features of his game, along with his aggressive work at stoppages. A member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, he was a dominant force for the Allies at the National Championships and earned All Australian honours. Had a massive impact on all four games, averaging 21.5 disposals at 76 percent efficiency, 7.5 marks and 13 hitouts to play important role in the Allies’ title win. His time of 5:56 seconds for the 2km time trial at the national Draft Combine was sensational for any player much more so for one of his height. Won the Hunter Harrison Medal for his performances with the Gold Coast Suns Academy, with the medal presented to the best performed player from the non-Victorian Academy teams who compete in a selection of matches in the Coates Talent League.
Plays like: Mark Blicavs (Geelong Cats)
Who takes him? Gold Coast
Connor O’Sullivan (key defender)State: NSW/ACTState League Club: Murray BushrangersCommunity Club: AlburyDate of Birth: 19/05/05Height: 198cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: Athletic tall defender who was outstanding for the title-winning Allies at the National Championships winning their MVP award and All Australian honours. O’Sullivan averaged 17.8 disposals at 86 percent efficiency as well as averaging 8.2 marks and providing great rebound to lead an almost impassible Allies defence. He has an exciting natural leap, good speed and elite endurance highlighted with a top 10 placing in the 2km time trial at the AFL Draft Combine, where he recorded a time of 6:11. Also showed he can go forward and have an impact during his time with the Murray Bushrangers.
Plays like: Sam Taylor (GWS Giants)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to Adelaide.
Jordan Croft (key forward)
State: Victoria MetroState League Club: Calder CannonsCommunity Club: Maribyrnong ParkDate of Birth: 12/05/05Height: 200cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A tall forward who is lightly built but extremely athletic. He uses his mobility and height to create opportunities as a marking forward, with his speed and precise kicking key features of his game. He only fully focused on a potential AFL career last year after pursuing volleyball. Starred with the Calder Cannons and Victoria Metro this year kicking 33 goals in the talent pathway. His 2km time of 6:05 at the national Draft Combine was a strong indicator of his elite endurance but also his competitiveness for a player of his size. He is eligible to join the Western Bulldogs under father-son rules as the son of former Bulldogs utility Matthew Croft who played 186 games for the club.
Plays like: Max King (St Kilda)
Who takes him? The Western Bulldogs but the Swans could bid.
State: Victoria MetroState League Club: Eastern RangesCommunity Club: LysterfieldDate of Birth: 09/06/05Height: 184cm
AFL’s draft guru Kevin Sheehan says: A wingman with pace to burn. His preparedness to take the game on is a real weapon along with his decision-making and ball use. Played all four games for Victoria Metro at the National Championships and was his team’s best player in the loss to the Allies, while also shining with 22 disposals in the win over Western Australia. Across his 16 matches with the Eastern Ranges in the Coates Talent League he averaged 19.4 disposals to be one of their most consistent players during their run to the grand final. Recorded a slick time of 2.92 seconds on the 20m sprint during the national Draft Combine highlighting his dazzling acceleration and backed it up by recording 6:28 for the 2km time trial which demonstrated a combination of elite speed and endurance which are essential to play on the wing.
Plays like: Nick Martin (Essendon)
Who takes him? Strongly linked to Melbourne.
Picks 10, 14, 20, 89
Picks 30, 39, 51, 54, 67, 97
Picks 22, 28, 70, 78, 96
Picks 19, 33, 80, 98
9, 31, 35, 61, 88
Picks 34, 46, 60, 64, 85
Picks 8, 25, 76, 87, 94
Gold Coast Suns
Picks 24, 26, 27, 32, 36, 38, 66, 71, 74, 84
Picks 7, 16, 43, 59, 77, 79, 95
Picks 4, 44, 47, 49, 62, 63, 83
Picks 6, 11, 42, 93
Picks 2, 3, 15, 17, 18, 57, 82
Picks 29, 41, 65, 68, 86
Picks 13, 21, 40, 92
Picks 12, 45, 55, 91
West Coast Eagles
Picks 1, 23, 37, 58, 81
Picks 5, 48, 50, 52, 53, 56, 69, 72, 75, 90
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