Tom Mitchell’s 2018 Brownlow Medal triumph was predicted by the majority of the AFL world.
The Hawthorn midfielder won comfortably, four votes ahead of second placed Steele Sidebottom.
What many didn’t expect from that night was the third-placed finish of Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw, who wasn’t even invited to attend the event.
Following Mitchell’s leg injury, the door is wide open for someone to sneak in and claim the Brownlow in the 2019 season.
Here are five players who won’t be favoured to win the medal, but could just sneak in and get enough votes.
5. Jack Macrae
Macrae was on track for a historic season in 2018 before a hamstring injury suffered in round 13 ended his hot streak. Despite this he still managed to average nearly 33 disposals a game.
The Bulldogs midfielder polled 14 votes in 2018 including three straight games with maximum votes and if he can recapture the form he had then the only thing that could realistically stop him is the form of the Bulldogs as a team.