Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs celebrates the win on the podium during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Zero Hanger’s Best 22: Rookie Draft selections

After Matthew Boyd announced his retirement on Tuesday, he went into the record books as the player to have played the most games by a rookie drafted player.

Boyd’s 291-game career surpassed Dean Cox’s record of 290 matches, and it got us thinking about the best current players to have been selected in the rookie draft.

Given the success of Boyd’s career, he has been selected in our best 22, alongside 21 other players who have become stars of the competition from the rookie draft.

For clarification, the following 22-man squad has been selected from only current players, and takes their entire career into account.

The hardest position in the team to select by far was the ruck position, with Aaron Sandilands, Sam Jacobs and Shane Mumford all eligible for the starting spot in the ruck.

Based on their career achievements to date we managed to choose Sandilands as the number one ruckman, but had to find a position for Mumford in the side.

All up we’ve selected 13 premiership players and one Brownlow Medallist, so have a look at our side below!

Zero Hanger’s best 22 of rookie draft selections

B: Dale Morris, Jeremy McGovern, Heath Grundy
HB: Jarryn Geary, Josh Gibson, Dane Rampe
C: Matthew Boyd, Matthew Priddis, Jason Johannisen
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Stewart Crameri, Liam Picken
F: Luke Breust, Josh Jenkins, Jeff Gartlett
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Kieren Jack, Michael Barlow
Int: Zach Tuohy, Nick Smith, Shane Mumford, Matthew Suckling

Notables: Zac Williams, Rory Laird, Mark Blicavs, Jack Redpath, Ed Curnow, Ricky Henderson, Pearce Hanley, Sam Jacobs, Jarrod Harbrow, Charlie Cameron

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