Name: Nick Blakey
Club: Sydney Swans Academy/Allies
Draft Range: 5-10
Summary: Athletic key position player who can be moulded for any spot on the ground
- Goalscoring threat
- Mobility and leap
- Marking at highest point
- Clean in air and on ground
- Dangerous at stoppages
- Season marred by injury
- Has height but lacks size
Nick Blakey is still developing but has all the signs that he will emerge into a star player, drawing comparisons to Jarryd Roughead in that he has the potential to be a key position player who can also move through the midfield and win contested and clearance ball.
Blakey is the son of 359-game legend John Blakey and is thus eligible under father-son rules for North Melbourne and Brisbane, but has elected Sydney as his preferred destination for 2019.
His 2017 and 2018 campaigns have been cruelled by injury but he has shown enough to be a nearly definite first round pick, with his agility and versatility impressing recruiters who believe he could find a spot at any club.
Blakey has predominately played forward this season where he has demonstrated his ability to hit the scoreboard, but he has also moved through the midfield at times and shown his capacity to compete at ground level.
His aerial ability and athleticism could also place him in good stead as a key defender.