MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: Thomas Scully and Jack Trengove pose with Melbourne Demons AFL club president Jim Stynes (C) after a press conference to discuss the clubs draft picks for the 2010 season at Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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!

Let’s journey back to 2009 following out look back at the 2008 draft on Friday, as Melbourne undoubtedly made mistakes with their first two selections.

2009 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected:

  1. Tom Scully – Melbourne
  2. Jack Trengove – Melbourne
  3. Dustin MartinRichmond
  4. Anthony MorabitoFremantle
  5. Ben CunningtonNorth Melbourne
  6. Gary RohanSydney
  7. Brad SheppardWest Coast
  8. John Butcher – Port Adelaide
  9. Andrew MoorePort Adelaide
  10. Jake MelkshamEssendon
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – APRIL 09: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the round three AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

2009 AFL National Draft top 10 as re-drafted by Zero Hanger:

  1. 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.

4. Daniel Menzel

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

After being taken at pick one for Melbourne, Tom Scully moved to GWS soon after on a big contract, and has been a solid investment for the Giants, playing almost 100 games for the club.

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.

Notable absentees: Jake Carlisle (pick 24), Sam Reid (38), Ben Stratton (46), Taylor Duryea (69), Michael Barlow (rookie draft pick 8)

*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.