All we have to do is get them fit and firing at the same time - then watch out other sides! If we had a bit more luck with injury and a bit more effort and enthusiasm at the start of the season…Oh well, can always dream!
It’s interesting that we have traded in a few players that are first round picks. Goddard, Smith, Brown, Leuenberger, Stringer.
The interesting part is the amount of elite players we have picked up outside the first round and late in the draft.
Most clubs focus their late draft picks on ‘role players’. Ie. someone that can do a specific job.
Just on the theme of draft picks, I have recently been wondering about pre-draft combine skill testing and whether there’s been a large enough collection of data to identify any leanings as to which tests (if any) trend a positive conclusion?
eg) Player X tested elite in skill category Y, was drafted first round and became
a 200 game star?
Or, Player Z tested mediocre in skill category Y, was drafted third round and was
delisted after 3 years?
Are there any such findings? If so, are these findings made available to the public?
This discussion really needs the context of how many the other teams have. Not sure where to find this without working it out manually, but at a guess I’d say we have less than gws, suns, bloos, melb, pies, tigers, lions and doggies at a minimum, so we’re mid table at my guess.
Carlton for example have 14 - 10 of their own & 4 from GWS, Richmond have 13 (9&4), Melb surprisingly only have 7 of their own with Jones the only 1 pre 2012 plus 4 traded in. You can possibly add Bugg who was a pre-draft concession. Collingwood have 9 they have drafted & 7 poached.