Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon says clubs need to think about giving up their stars just simply for solitary high draft picks.
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“We talk about earlier picks as if they’re the panacea to everyone’s problems,” Lyon said.
“I know this is a great draft and I know the talent is coming through, but when you’ve got an established player like Lachie Neale, who you know is a two-time Best and Fairest (winner), you know who plays at a high level, there’s no waiting for three years for them to grow into their body – this is a gun.
“He’s worth more than one pick.
“Jesse Hogan – five years in the system, 40-50 goals a year, you know what you’ve got, that’s worth more than one speculative pick in the draft.
“One first round draft pick is a hit and miss, given what we have seen, as opposed to a star like Lachie Neale – that’s not one pick.”