Mackenzie Dixon - TheCoventryEnd.com
Last year, the Demons took massive strides into getting out of the hole they’ve been in for the past decade.
With two picks inside the top ten and four inside the top 50, Melbourne’s list management team will be looking to do some shrewd recruiting.
Having pick number three is always interesting in any draft, and with the recent indiscretions of highly fancied top 2 draft pick Charlie Curnow out for the world to see, it’ll be interesting to see who Melbourne go with.
3, 7, 45, 49
Darcy Parish (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
Along with his teammate Curnow, Parish is touted to go extremely highly this year thanks to clubs using academy and father son bidding selections for some other great talent.
A talented young midfielder, Parish had a wonderful season for the Falcons which included a 27-disposal game against North Ballarat.
Parish is a quick thinking midfielder who can turn the run of play into his favour. Parish didn’t have much impact at the combine, however he’s a naturally born footballer ready for senior level in 2016.
Other Likely Picks
The Dees need to be looking towards their forward line to give a partner to 2015 Rising Star Jesse Hogan for the nest decade and a half for pick number 7, but there are a couple of options here.
They could go for South Australian forward Aaron Francis, whose ability to kick goals and read the ball is unfathomable, or they could go with Sam Weideman who is one of the biggest imposing key forwards in the draft, yet unlucky with injury and not being able to be a part of this years combine.
Charlie Curnow. After being touted as a possible top pick in this years draft, Curnow slipped down the list on Friday after allegedly refusing to give a breath test and being drunk in a public place. Whether Melbourne is ready to handle someone who already has legal proceedings hanging over their head is something only they can decide, but if they do choose Curnow, the tall forward will be one to look out for.
Where Does This Leave Them?
The thing Melbourne were looking for out of this draft mainly was a key forward and another young midfielder who can slot into the senior side at a drop of a hat. With picks three and seven in this draft, they should be able to fulfill those needs sufficiently, and then the club will be looking to 2016 with a glimmer of hope in the corner of their eye.