MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Patrick Cripps of the Blues and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs line up on each other in the centre of the ground during the round 13 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 2013 National Draft saw the Giants hold the opening selections of the count for the third-straight season, with Tom Boyd headlining the crop of prospects after joining the league's youngest side.

While Boyd only played the one season in the orange and charcoal, the Giants' draft class was bolstered by selections later on the board, with their Pick 2 selection in Josh Kelly looking to be as fruitful as any.

While they'll be happy to still have Kelly calling the Harbour City home, an extensive list of eventual AFL superstars were also on offer.

We take a look at that draft eight years on and re-select what we feel is the top 10 from 2013. 

Original top 10 of the 2013 National Draft:

  1. Tom Boyd (GWS)
  2. Josh Kelly (GWS)
  3. Jack Billings (St Kilda)
  4. Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
  5. Kade Kolodjashnij (Gold Coast Suns)
  6. Matthew Scharenberg (Collingwood)
  7. James Aish (Brisbane Lions)
  8. Luke McDonald (North Melbourne)
  9. Christian Salem (Melbourne)
  10. Nathan Freeman (Collingwood)

 

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10. Christian Salem (Originally: Pick 9, Melbourne)

Salem, down one spot in our 2013 re-draft, excelled across half-back throughout Melbourne’s premiership year in 2021, showcasing his typical efficient disposal and silky style of play. 

The 26-year-old was damaging when left in space, averaging 25.3 disposals and six marks (both career-highs) per game in 2021, as well as ranking 10th in the AFL in total uncontested possessions. 

Only just entering his prime, Salem has the opportunity to be among the best half-backs in the league for years to come as he continues to be a pillar in the Dees’ defence.

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