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.
Continuing on from last week’s efforts, 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!
After finishing off the 2000s with our 2009 draft recap, we now move into 2010, a year in which the Suns dominated draft picks, but how did they all work out for the club?
2010 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected:
- David Swallow – Gold Coast
- Harley Bennell – Gold Coast
- Sam Day – Gold Coast
- Andrew Gaff – West Coast
- Jared Polec – Brisbane
- Reece Conca – Richmond
- Josh Caddy – Gold Coast
- Dyson Heppell – Essendon
- Dion Prestia – Gold Coast
- Daniel Gorringe – Gold Coast
2010 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected by Zero Hanger:
- Luke Parker
A premiership player in 2012 and an All-Australian in 2016, Swans midfielder Luke Parker was selected at number 40 in the draft and has since established himself as an elite ball-winner in the competition, and was rewarded early in his Swans career with a B&F win in 2014.
2. Dyson Heppell
The new Essendon captain will return from a season-long suspension in 2017, although a year out of the game won’t slow down the talented Dyson Heppell, who at just 24 years of age already has a B&F trophy and an All-Australian jumper to his name.
3. Thomas Lynch
Taken at pick 11 for the Suns and now their co-captain for 2017, Tom Lynch has made a name for himself across the competition as one of the most damaging young forwards in the game, as his 51 goals in 2016 saw him earn All-Australian honours.
4. Andrew Gaff
The midfielder has really come into his own over the past two seasons, as Andrew Gaff won himself All-Australian honours in 2015 as well as taking home the Eagles’ B&F that same season.
A 2016 premiership player with the Bulldogs, Tom Liberatore was taken at pick 41 and had a massive impact throughout their premiership-winning season, and also has a Dogs B&F to his name from 2014.
6. Isaac Smith
A three-time premiership player at the Hawks, Isaac Smith is an integral part of Hawthorn’s make-up, as the the 19th pick in the draft links defence to attack quite well for his side.
7. Tom McDonald
Taken at pick 53, the Melbourne defender has emerged as one of the league’s best backman over the past two seasons, as Tom McDonald continues to be a very strong component of the Demons’ backline.
8. Paul Puopolo
A three-time premiership player just like Smith, Paul Puopolo was surprisingly taken at pick 66 and has since made a name for himself in the league as one of the most dangerous and damaging small forwards in the game, and had a career-high 34 goals in 2016.
9. Dion Prestia
The new Richmond midfielder began his career at the Gold Coast, and Dion Prestia was the Suns’ vice-captain between 2014-2016, and averaged 23.6 disposals over his six-year career.
10. Jack Darling
After being taken with pick 26 in the draft, Jack Darling has cemented his spot in the West Coast forward line over the past few seasons, and had his second best season in 2016, booting 44 goals to help the Eagles gain a finals berth.
*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.