MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Tom Phillips of the Magpies in action during the 2018 AFL round 02 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 31, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hindsight, in all it’s gloriousness, is 20/20.

In seasons gone by, hits, steals and misses on AFL draft night has oft been a topic of discussion. While the early first round picks get all the fame and glory, others slide under the radar and are forced to wait idly by to hear their name read out on draft night.

Let’s look into players league-wide who were chosen with later draft picks, who have turned out to be bargain pickups.



Aliir Aliir (Sydney) pick 44

The Kenyan-born Aliir has broken into the Swans’ best 22 this season as one of their most impactful players.

Aliir not only stops his man, he is capable of taking impressive contested marks under pressure and rebounds with lightning pace. Extremely poised and underrated disposal too.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 21: Aliir Aliir of the Swans handpasses during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Ben Brown (North Melbourne) – pick 47

North Melbourne’s Coleman medal leading forward was unbelievably overlooked for three seperate drafts before arriving at an AFL club. Prior to being drafted in 2013, Brown represented home state Tasmania in the 2010 Under 18 National Championships.

His journey to the draft took a horrific turn when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament which resulted in the key forward being passed up as a potential draftee. It was a long road to recovery, plagued with groin injuries, but Brown returned to Glenorchy in 2012.

Shifting back into the limelight, Brown moved to Melbourne in 2013 where he played for Werribee in the VFL. Catching the eye of a handful of clubs later in the year, North Melbourne selected him with their pick 47 in the National Draft.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 22: Ben Brown of the Kangaroos lines up for a goal during the round five AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

James Sicily (Hawthorn) – pick 56

The 2016 rising star nominee saw good form with club Western Jets, so the question still remains as to why he slid so far down the pecking order. The colourful Sicily plays his game on a razor’s edge, but a slide down the draft order suited the Hawthorn Hawks to a tee.

To date, the defender-turn-forward-turn-defender again has slotted seamlessly into the Hawks side and has found his calling as a core member of their defense. Highly touted for his smart reading of play, and even smarter decision making, the 2013 pick 56 is a fast emerging competition star whose name always surfaces among the tabloids.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 16: James Sicily of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 13 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)