The first round is complete, 12 clubs have already made selections and 21 players have begun writing their career story.
This year, the National Draft is separated over two different nights to space out the first round with the remaining rounds. Round two of the draft is set to commence Thursday evening, and there are still plenty of quality prospects waiting for their lives to change.
With Port Adelaide’s 22nd selection up next, here is our mock draft of the next 10 potential selections* and why they might best fit the playing roster.
*draft selections are subject to change, clubs have an opportunity to trade live draft picks, with a mini-trade period happening from 4-6pm.
Next 10 to go
Port Adelaide #22 – Josh Worrell
Worrell is a left-footed tall, who many have claimed is the best intercept defender in the pool. A versatile, 195cm talent with great aerial strength and an ability to read the game.
Port could be set on Worrell after losing key talls Paddy Ryder, Dougal Howard and Billy Frampton during the trade period. They’ll have their eyes set on midfielders Deven Robertson, Finn Maginness and Trent Bianco to fill a need, but Worrell looms as the best chance to join the Power.
Brisbane #23 – Deven Robertson
The nephew of former Eagles captain Darren Glass, this kid has already been the draft’s biggest slider as he was expected to go as early as pick three. Robertson is a smooth, creative mid with elite consistency, shown when he nabbed the Larke Medal for the best player at the U-18 Carnival. He broke Sam Walsh’s record for most disposals in a carnival, averaging 30 possessions.
The Lions will be over the moon if Robertson slips one more, and despite them looking for speed and run – the West Aussie teen will enjoy the chance to learn under rampant ball-winner Lachie Neale and slot nicely into Brisbane’s establishing midfield mix.
Adelaide #24 – Will Gould
A general defender from Glenelg, the Crows will be pleased to secure a local favourite who has a body ready for the top level. He was seriously impressive this season at state level, Gould also averaged 20 touches and 5 marks playing senior football at Glenelg.
It’s really best available for Adelaide here, and Gould is a solid pick who looks set to impact at any club from the very start with elite kicking and marking. In the mould of Shannon Hurn.
Adelaide #25 – Harrison Jones
Coming from the Calder Cannons footy factory, Jones is probably the one standout when it comes to key forwards. This draft lacks genuine talls, but Jones has great goal sense and marking skills to push him into early second round consideration.
Adelaide will enjoy selecting key players at either end with their back to back picks, Jones fits the bill following Josh Jenkins’ departure and Taylor Walker’s potential position change. Others in conversation will be Harry Schoenberg and Trent Bianco.
Hawthorn #26 – Finn Maginness (MATCHING BID)
The Hawks should match a bid which is expected to come by Geelong’s selection, cashing in on father-son prospect Maginness. After a stellar 2019, Maginness shot up into conversation with superb skills both inside and out.
A late first/early second prospect, Hawks will be happy to make their selection for Maginness around this mark, securing a talented midfielder who averaged 7.5 tackles at the U18 champs.
Geelong #27 – Trent Bianco
If the Cats remain in the search for midfield depth after selecting a midfielder and then a tall in the first round, then they won’t look past Bianco. The Oakleigh Chargers premiership captain is a natural accumulator but his decision making and efficiency is what makes him an early second prospect.
With their third pick, Geelong will be adding one of the best users in the talent pool.
Sydney #28 – Elijah Taylor
The crafty forward stepped up his game late in the season, and should be one of the biggest movers in the draft. He knows where the goals are, and continued to flash highlight plays for WA all season. Has been linked to Sydney previously.
The Swans could bring Taylor in to allow him to learn off the likes of Franklin, Blakely and co. and it would be a successful draft period following the Dylan Stephens pick at five.
North Melbourne #29 – Jeremy Sharp
This outside jet really excelled at state-level playing two full championships with WA, was an All-Aus as a bottom-age player last year. Sharp is a daring prospect who can contribute on the wing or half-back, possessing a drilling kick and astute decision making.
North Melbourne #30 – Jay Rantall
Rantall is a strong midfielder with clean skills and a willing work rate. In his 12 NAB league performances, the teen averaged 25 touches and also enjoy a successful state-level carnival. North are always looking to boost midfield stocks, and this Warrnambool product delivers in spades.
Melbourne #31 – Harry Schoenberg
The winner of South Australia’s MVP at the championships this year, Schoenberg is a prolific ball-winner with clean hands and a decent engine. After Melbourne selected ruckman Luke Jackson with their first pick, followed by mercurial prospect Kysaiah Pickett – selecting a genuine midfielder with their next is a must.