MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Matthew Smith of Collingwood and Benjamin Ronke of Coburg contest the ball during the round 18 VFL match between Collingwood and Coburg at The Holden Centre on August 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luke Hemer/AFL Media/Getty Images)

2016 AFL Draft prospects: Benjamin Ronke

Name: Benjamin Ronke
Position: Midfield
Height: 181cm
Weight: 75kg
Draft range: 40-50

Pub summary
Strong, contested ball winner with explosive acceleration.

Strengths

  • Contested footy
  • Acceleration
  • Can also move forward and kick goals

Weaknesses

  • Foot skills
  • Decision making under pressure

Overall

Ronke is an aggressive inside midfielder who enjoyed an impressive second half of the season in the TAC Cup, to burst into draft contention.

He demonstrated a great ability to win contested ball and has great acceleration out of stoppages.

Ronke featured in the best players for Calder Cannons in his last seven games of the season and played two VFL games late in the year.

He can however, rush his disposal and can be inconsistent by foot.

Essendon has committed to recruiting him as a rookie if he slips through to the rookie draft.

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