While the third pick of the draft is the bronze medal selection, that doesn't mean that clubs aren't able to strike gold with the pick. While two clubs get to draft a player first, often a few hidden gems slip through this miniature crack.
Looking over the picks since 2000, there isn't the same depth as the first two selections. However, at the top end of the board, two of the greatest and most damaging players of all time find themselves selected at the 3rd pick.
In what was considered the hardest decision, the choice between Martin vs Judd went back and forth with little separating the two superstars.
Even further down the list, there are multiple club B&F winners, All-Australians and even a player with an (unofficial) award named after them.
Even though each of these names are highly talented players who could someday make their way onto this list, they currently don't have the sustained success to find themselves on this list.
Given a few other star players such as Trent Croad and Shannon Grant were both selected before 2000, this has rendered them ineligible for this list.
After plenty of thought and collaboration, we now take a look at the 10 best players selected with the 3rd selection of every draft since the 2000 draft.
9. Chris Masten (2007)
Drafted by: West Coast
Masten was taken by West Coast in 2007, becoming the 2nd best Chris selected by the club at this position. His durability and consistent play saw him amass 215-games for the Eagles. The tattooed midfielder was also a member of the 2018 premiership team.
He averaged 20.8 disposals throughout his career and had a top 10 finish in three consecutive club best and fairest awards between 2012 to 2014.
Masten was a reliable player who helped the club through the challenges of the mid to late 2000s. He maintained that same success as the club moved back into finals contention throughout the mid-2010s.