Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson has again re-drafted his top 10, this time for the 2014 draft.
The 2014 draft wasn’t labelled as one of the strongest drafts, but one team got it right and are now reaping the rewards as a result.
Collingwood selected Jordan De Goey (pick 5), Darcy Moore (pick 9) and Brayden Maynard (pick 30) in 2014, which are three players that make up Collingwood’s current spine and are in Johnson’s top 10, including De Goey in the number one spot.
“De Goey is an outright star, who strikes fear into the opposition. And I don’t think we’ve yet seen the best of him, which is scary.” Johnson said for Fox Sports.
“He was sorely missed during the Magpies’ finals campaign this year.
“For me, Moore is the fourth-best player from the class of 2014, with Maynard rounding out my top-10.
“Moore has the class, while Maynard has the grunt. Together with De Goey, they form part of a nucleus of young players that have stuck together to lift the Magpies up to relevance.”
Brisbane defender Harris Andrews comes in at number two, who’s rise to where he is now has been nothing short of spectacular.
“Drafted at Pick 61, Harris’ ability to halve a contest, change angles and intercept is remarkable. I also rate his closing speed.”
Rounding out Johnson’s top 3 is Sydney gun Isaac Heeney, who’s rise to stardom for the Swans has Johnson believing he could become the best forward of centre player in the league.
“Given time, he could mature into the best forward of centre player in the AFL.”
“He has Dustin Martin-like qualities that I just love.”
Melbourne also did well with their drafting in 2014 according to Johnson, with young guns Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw being selected at picks 2 and 3 respectively, while also picking up Jake Lever, who was originally selected by Adelaide but is now at the Demons, putting three Melbourne players in Johnson’s top 10.
“Christian Petracca’s 2019 was underrated, while Angus Brayshaw showed what he’s capable of the year prior. Add in Jake Lever, who arrived at the club via Adelaide, and the Demons have three players in my top-10.”
Touk Miller from the Gold Coast Suns and Caleb Daniel are also included in Johnson’s top 10 after developing nicely.
Only 4 players selected in the original top 10 made Johnson’s reformed top 10.
2014 DRAFT ORDER
1. Paddy McCartin (St Kilda)
2. Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
3. Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
4. Jarrod Pickett (GWS)
5. Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)
6. Caleb Marchbank (GWS)
7. Paul Ahern (GWS)
8. Peter Wright (Gold Coast)
9. Darcy Moore (Collingwood)
10. Nakia Cockatoo (Geelong)
BRAD JOHNSON’S 2019 RE-DRAFTED TOP 10
1. Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)
2. Harris Andrews (Brisbane)
3. Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
4. Darcy Moore (Collingwood)
5. Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
6. Touk Miller (Gold Coast)
7. Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
8. Jake Lever (Melbourne via Adelaide)
9. Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
10. Brayden Maynard (Collingwood)