Leading into the 2017 season, we at Zero Hanger have decided to dive back into the history books and look at some of the drafts since the turn of the century.
Over the course of the next two weeks, we’ll be re-drafting the top 10 from these drafts, so feel free to let us know what you think of our selections, and even comment your own!
2009 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected:
- Tom Scully – Melbourne
- Jack Trengove – Melbourne
- Dustin Martin – Richmond
- Anthony Morabito – Fremantle
- Ben Cunnington – North Melbourne
- Gary Rohan – Sydney
- Brad Sheppard – West Coast
- John Butcher – Port Adelaide
- Andrew Moore – Port Adelaide
- Jake Melksham – Essendon
2009 AFL National Draft top 10 as re-drafted by Zero Hanger:
- Nathan Fyfe
The 2015 Brownlow Medal is now the Fremantle captain, and Nat Fyfe has established himself as one of the best in the game after being selected with the 20th pick in the draft. He’s a two-time Dockers B&F winner, and has also made the All-Australian side twice.
2. Dustin Martin
He was named to the All-Australian side in 2016 and was third in the Brownlow Medal last season, as Dustin Martin continues to prove his elite status as a duel position player in the AFL.
3. Max Gawn
Taken at pick 34, the All-Australian ruckman in 2016 has made a name for himself over the past couple of seasons, as Melbourne big man Max Gawn is now one of the best ruckman in the game.
Despite making only 41 appearances for Geelong in his career, Daniel Menzel’s talent alone sees him in fourth on this list, as we believe he would be selected fourth if this draft happened again today after being originally selected at 17.
5. Jack Gunston
The three-time premiership player made a highly scrutinised move to Hawthorn in 2012 after being taken by Adelaide at pick 29 but it certainly paid off for him, as Jack Gunston cemented himself in the Hawks’ forward line during their three-peat.
6. Tom Scully
7. Gary Rohan
Another man who’s been unlucky with injury, Gary Rohan is one of the most exciting players across the competition when fit, meaning he’s definitely worth the seventh spot in this list.
8. Mitch Duncan
A consistent player for the Cats since he was selected at pick 28, Mitch Duncan played in their premiership triumph in 2011 and continues to produce week in and week out for Geelong.
9. Daniel Talia
Taken at pick 13 in the draft and A two-time All-Australian and one of Adelaide’s key defenders, Daniel Taila doesn’t shy away from any contest and regularly shuts down the opposition’s best forward.
10. Ben Cunnington
He was North Melbourne’s B&F winner in 2014, and Ben Cunnington has been a very solid contributor for the Kangaroos since his arrival.
*Disclaimer: Despite players being selected in the rookie and pre-season drafts, we have chosen to select only players in this list who were drafted in the National Draft for the purpose of this series.