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!
We looked at the 2010 draft on Tuesday, and now we move along to 2011, and it was GWS’ time to dominate the top order picks, but did they get them right?
2011 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected:
- Jonathon Patton – GWS
- Stephen Coniglio – GWS
- Dom Tyson – GWS
- WIll Hoskin-Elliott – GWS
- Matt Buntine – GWS
- Chad Wingard – Port Adelaide
- Nick Haynes – GWS
- Billy Longer – Brisbane
- Adam Tomlinson – GWS
- Liam Sumner – GWS
2011 AFL National Draft top 10 as selected by Zero Hanger:
The 23-year-old is one of the slickest and most talented young players in the competition, and Chad Wingard’s two All-Australian guernseys get him across the line at the top of this list.
2. Lachie Neale
The Fremantle midfielder was taken at pick 58 in the draft and is a ball-magnet in every sense of the word, as his 33.5 disposals a game in 2016 led the entire competition. Lachie Neale won the Dockers’ B&F in 2016, such is the quality of the youngster.
He was taken at pick 11 and was an All-Australian in 2016 after spending more time in the forward line, as Toby Greene bagged 44 goals for the season and was one of GWS’ best in their run to the preliminary final.
4. Tom Mitchell
Drafted at pick 21, the new Hawthorn recruit made a name for himself in Sydney as a strong component of their midfield, and is more than capable of filling the void left by Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis at the Hawks.
The number two draft pick had his best year to date in Giants colours in 2016, playing 23 games throughout the season and averaging 28 disposals per contest.
6. Taylor Adams
Since moving to Collingwood, Taylor Adams has cemented himself in their best 22 when fit, averaging over 27 disposals a game for the past two seasons, all after being selected with the 13th pick.
7. Dom Tyson
The former GWS midfielder moved to Melbourne in 2014 in a bid to rejuvenate his career and it certainly worked for Dom Tyson, having cemented himself in the midfield while averaging 23.3 dispoals over his Demons career.
8. Brad Hill
Brother of Fremantle’s Stephen Hill, Brad slotted straight into Hawthorn’s side after he was taken at pick 33 in 2011, and helped the club achieve three consecutive premiership trophies.
9. Nick Haynes
The GWS defender has quickly become one of the best help defenders in the competition, ranking sixth in the league for intercept marks across the home and away season, and number one during the finals series.
10. Tory Dickson
Taken at pick 57, the 2016 premiership player booted three goals in the grand final against Sydney last season, bagging 40 across the year while playing an important role for the side.
*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.