It is always easy to judge the drafting nous of recruiters through an exercise in revisionist history.
With the benefit of hindsight, it is no surprise that the exposed form of young potential AFL draftees can often exaggerate or undersell their potential.
The 2012 Under-18 All-Australian team features a Brownlow medallist, multiple All-Australians and a premiership player.
Although every player from this side was drafted onto an AFL list, their varying levels of success reflect the volatility of raw talent and the importance of exercising prudence when assessing aspiring draftees.
This defence is teeming with unrealised potential given that many of these players had their careers spoiled by injury and off-field issues.
That generalisation does not apply to Nick Vlastuin, however, who is just ten games shy of reaching the 200-game milestone and has celebrated the ultimate success with Richmond on three occasions; 2017, 2019 and 2020.
He has been an invaluable leader at the Tigers during a hugely successful period at Punt Road and was included in the All-Australian squad after a standout 2020 season.
It also does not apply to Luke McDonald, who has the next most appearances in this backline, having pulled on the blue and white 141 times for North Melbourne after being drafted at pick eight in the 2013 National Draft.
McDonald won their best and fairest in 2020 after a career-best season and currently serves as co-vice-captain.
Jesse Hogan, however, fits neatly into the aforementioned category, having won the 2015 Rising Star Award at Melbourne before struggling with injury and off-field issues.
Jimmy Toumpas was highly touted prior to being drafted with the fourth pick in the 2012 National Draft. However, he failed to deliver on those lofty expectations across stints at Melbourne and Port Adelaide and was delisted in 2018.
The midfield crop is comprised predominately of players who are still plying their trade at AFL level.
The player at the coalface in this side is also the one that last year earned the highest individual honour in AFL football.
James Aish had a very successful junior career, winning back-to-back SANFL premierships in 2012 and 2013.
Lachie Whitfield has been a prominent figure at GWS, becoming their first two-time best and fairest winner in 2020.
He is signed until 2027 and is expected to be a key part of GWS's rebuild after a year of change.
It is no surprise that Brodie Grundy was selected to be the ruckman of this side given that he has been no stranger to All-Australian selection for his position during his AFL career.
Grundy was selected in the All-Australian side in 2018 and 2019 and won the Collingwood best and fairest in both of those years.
The forwards have not fared well compared to the midfielders in terms of longevity on an AFL list, with just 50 per cent still playing at the level.
Daniher was selected as an All-Australian in 2017 after a career-best season and won his maiden best-and-fairest concurrently.
However, injury has often been an issue for Martin, and he hasn't played more than 20 games in a season since 2017.
Taylor Garner was one game shy of the 50-game milestone before his exit from North Melbourne last year, having struggled with injury and form throughout his career.
Ben Kennedy showed flashes of his talent during his time at Collingwood and subsequently Melbourne but was delisted after 40 games in 2017.
Matthew McDonough played 10 games for Richmond and was delisted at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
None of the players on this interchange bench remain on an AFL list.
Andrew Boston played just 16 games with Gold Coast during a three-year stint with the club, retiring due to a lack of desire to play the game at AFL level in 2015.
Jake Neade was an exciting player for Port Adelaide, playing 66 games before being delisted in 2018.
2012 Under-18 All-Australian Team
FB: Sam Colquhoun, Matt Scharenberg, Luke McDonald
HB: Jimmy Toumpas, Jesse Hogan, Nick Vlastuin
C: James Aish, Ollie Wines, Lachie Whitfield
HF: Jack Billings, Taylor Garner, Jack Martin
FF: Ben Kennedy, Joe Daniher, Matthew McDonough
FOLL: Brodie Grundy, Jonathan O'Rourke, Nathan Hrovat
INT: Andrew Boston, Dayle Garlett, Jake Neade, Jackson Thurlow