You can’t seriously believe that
Hocking and Howlett would have been purely depth and should their type be needed younger players on our list like Mutch or Begley would be preferred to be played and give equal or probably now better output. So the two H’s are not even required depth, just list clogging.
Our gameplan is headed towards one based on pace & pressure. Depth on our list in that regard however is very limited though (Colyer got a gold pass this year as a result).
Hence Jerrett and Long for that matter have survived for now. They are required depth as players with pace we have not much of, and experienced with knowledge of our game plan also. More valuable to team success than some 18yr old pick 100 with a bit of toe.