Notable players at the AFL draft

NOTABLE NAMES AHEAD OF THE AFL DRAFT

JACOB WEITERING

DOB: 23/11/97

Tall defender

Certain to go to Carlton with the No.1 pick. Massive wraps on Weitering, with AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan saying the backman’s running ability is equivalent to Chris Judd at the same age.

JOSH SCHACHE

DOB: 21/8/97

Key forward

The son of former Brisbane player Laurence Schache is set to go to the Lions with the No.2 selection. A strong mark and an accurate left-foot kick makes him an obvious prospect as Brisbane rebuilds.

CALLUM MILLS

DOB: 2/4/97

Midfielder

Likely to be the first player to come under the new live bidding system at the draft. Melbourne will probably nominate the Swans academy graduate at No.3 and Sydney will match that bid. A ready-made senior player.

DARCY PARISH

DOB: 25/7/97

Midfielder

If Parish is not the best-credentialled midfielder in this year’s draft, he’s among the top few. The Geelong Falcons young gun secured his second All-Australian selection at the under-18 nationals.

CHARLIE CURNOW

DOB: 3/2/97

Midfielder/key forward

In the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when he was arrested after allegedly refusing to take a breath test. A likely top-10 selection, but will the off-field drama affect what clubs think of him? The popular comment about the younger brother of Carlton’s Ed is “contested beast”.

SAM WEIDEMAN

DOB: 26/6/97

Key forward

The grandson of Collingwood great Murray Weideman is clearly a talent, but he has been sidelined for several months with an ankle stress fracture.

AARON FRANCIS

DOB: 10/8/97

Key position player

Faded towards the end of the season, but still impressed at the national under-18 championships and for local side West Adelaide. A very strong mark who can play in a variety of positions.

HARRY AND BEN MCKAY

DOB: 24/12/97

Key position players

The twins from Gippsland should go high in the draft. Ben has emerged as a bolter with strong form late in the season.

BAILEY RICE

DOB: 10/2/97

Utility (defender/midfielder)

Rice is eligible to go to Carlton and St Kilda under the revised father-son system because his dad Dean played 100 games for the two clubs. He has chosen the Saints.

First-round selection order (any live bids on the night will affect this)

1. Carlton

2. Brisbane

3. Melbourne

4. Essendon

5. Essendon

6. Gold Coast

7. Melbourne

8. Carlton

9. Adelaide

10. GWS

11. Carlton

12. Richmond

13. Adelaide

14. St Kilda

15. Hawthorn

16. Gold Coast

17. North Melbourne

18. Hawthorn

19: Carlton (on-traded compensation pick)

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