I guess we need to compare Mitchell and O'Meara to Hawks likely picks at the draft.
Pick 10 (2017 1st rnd pick, 23, 36) + Pick 14.
14 - Todd Marshall - Mitchell
10 - Jack Bowes - O'Meara
now you would say Hawks are winning on those trades early on.
If O'Meara does a knee or Marshall turns into elite forward things may change
Mitchell is a gun mid.
And will be a better player when he is not restricted midfield minutes due to so many other good mids in the team. He is a work horse. This will be his best fantasy year. As he is a contested ball winner, clubs wont tag him.
His knock at the swans was he is poor by foot (In comparison to Parker/Hanneberry/Kennedy). Well he is not Sam mitchell as far as can use any side and hit a target under pressure, think more Justin Murphy bombing the ball forward from a stoppage, Ok probably a bit better than his kicking.
I would have loved Mitchell at Essendon.