2017 AFL Draft prospects: Aaron Naughton

Name: Aaron Naughton
Position: Key defender
Club: Peel Thunder/Western Australia
DOB: 30-11-1999
Height: 194cm
Weight: 84kg
Draft range: 10-20

Summary: Tall defender with exceptional intercept marking capabilities and a good reader of the play.

Strengths:

  • Agility
  • Intercept marking
  • Footy smarts
  • Contested marking

Weaknesses:

  • Kicking

Overview

After an impressive Under-18s carnival, Naughton was thrust into the WAFL seniors for Peel Thunder where he continued his good form. Against mature bodies, he looked comfortable and pressed his case for an AFL spot.

Naughton is fairly agile for a big man and coupled with his impressive reading of play, can easily find his way through heavy traffic. His kicking has been criticised at times for being loopy but can generally hit his targets.

But without a doubt, Naughton’s best asset is his marking. He can read the play well which allows him to get into prime position to collect uncontested intercept marks. He is also strong overhead, giving him a strong advantage in contested marking situations too.

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