The 2023 AFL Draft is near, and with the draft order locked in until night one of the count, recruiters and scouts are beginning to settle on their plans for this year's intake.

The opening night will see the entire set of first-round selections taken, with the current 22 picks potentially ballooning out to 28 selections following Academy and father-son bids.

North Melbourne have five selections for the first round, while West Coast are in line to open the draft with Pick 1 and are assumed to have Bendigo's Harley Reid in their sights.

So how will the entire first round play out at the 2023 AFL Draft?

Here is Zero Hanger's second edition Mock Draft, which covers the first round of the draft - totalling 28 selections.

For the purpose of this exercise, we have decided not to predict live trades for the draft, with the order remaining as it currently reads with the addition of matched Academy and father-son bids. 

This exercise follows our first edition Mock Draft from October, with our second edition set to look at possible alternative selections for a range of clubs and showcase the ripple effect of those changes. 


1. Pick 1 - West Coast: Harley Reid

Reid's 1st Mock Draft Selection: Pick 1 (West Coast)
West Coast's 1st Mock Draft Selection: Harley Reid

Position: Midfielder
Weight: 85kg
State: Victoria
Club: Tongala

Just like our first edition, Reid heads west to the Eagles given his reign as the top-rated talent and potentially generation-changing potential.

The Eagles couldn't possibly look elsewhere with Pick 1 and will back in their stong history of retaining interstate talent for the long haul as Reid prepares to headline West Coast's rebuild.

A physical and explosive presence in midfield, Reid is ready to leave an instant impact on the competition as early as next year.


Vic Country talent Harley Reid at 2023 National Championships (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos)


  1. Well, I certainly hope this is NOT the case….

    Goad rather than Green. – he has much more room for improvement and is better athletically – and he is not shy of attempting goals.

    I’d not think it wise to pick a Tasmanian who will very possibly end up in the new club there, and it’s always better for the crows to pick locals rather than Victorians.

    This draft is by a Victorian who thinks that the Crows are based in Melbourne.

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