Yes, its my turn to try to (poorly) justify my picks and cop the insults!
Pick 2. Tim Taranto (GWS)
This pick speaks for itself really. Best player in the draft in my opinion and feel that he would have gone Number 1 if it weren't for the Essendon factor (with McGrath). Already looks like an accomplished footballer and is as tough as nails. GWS will be a tough squade to get into, but i can see him slotting into a forward pocket come Round 1.
Pick 38. Braydon Preuss (North Melbourne)
Watched him in the JLT and Braydon is an imposing figure. Still learning the game (ex-Rugby) but he is a big unit who can take a grab and a good kick on him. Needed to fill a ruck, and with Braydon's dual-position (R,F) is an added bonus. Will slot in with the 3 other R,F i have in my squad (Vickery, Ryder and Campbell). Will play games this year and relief ruck for Goldstein.
Pick 56. #Zach Guthrie (Geelong)
Purely a peculative pick (as a rookie) and banking on him being upgraded early (potential LTI replacement for Gregson). Looks like a stick insect, but had a knack of getting his hands on the ball. Had a very good JLT, but did not make the final team in Geelong's win over us last weekend. Prepared to be patient with this Zach.
Pick 74. Dean Towers (Sydney)
Needed a solid forward who is good for a consistent 60-90 FF points and with a dual-position (C,F) is an added bonus. Glad to have him available at Pick 74 as he will be in the Swans best 22 this year. Towers joins fellow Swans Hannebery, Hewett and draftee Smith at the topdonkey's this season.
Pick 92. Ben Howlett (Essendon)
Another one of this solid picks that may be on the fringes at Essendon, but is a decent scoring back-up who also plays a dual-position (C,F). I will be hoping that Ben gets a start early in the year and can hold his spot. There will be players knocking down the door, so a couple of bad performances and he might struggle to get back in.
Pick 110. Aaron vandenBerg (Melbourne)
Another similar player to Howlett. As you can see, trying to address some lack of experience. My side was exposed last year with injury to senior players. Have heard that he may have stress fractures but this doesn't show on any injury list. vandenberg will be a good, solid contributor when fit.
Pick 126. Tom Campbell (Western Bulldogs)
Injured big man who is capable of scoring 100+. Will be a good back-up option (when fit), and at 25, is heading into his prime. May take some time to brak back into the Bulldogs side, but i am willing to wait.
Pick 144. Nick Smith (Sydney)
Defensive version of Dean Towers. A good, solid back who is currently in the Swan's best 22.
Pick 160. Nathan Krakouer (Port Adelaide)
See Krakouer as a small upgrade on Impey (who i delisted pre-draft). Another medium scoring back that will be used in a back-up capacity (as long as my squad remains fit). Still in Port's best 22, so will be called upon during the season (if only for 50 FF points).
Pick 174. Josh Hill (West Coast)
Thought Josh has a pretty good JLT series from what i saw. Looked lively and hope will play most games for West Coast. But with them looking so dangerous this season, there is no certainties.
LTI Replacement Round: Pick 182. Dean Gore (Adelaide)
Couldn't believe Gore was available at this pick. Played senior football last season in the SANFL and looks ready to play seniors. As a pure C, may struggle to break into the Crow's (and topdonkey's) midfield. But when he does, i think he'll be keeper by the end of the season. Wrapped with this one,
topdon's topdonkeys (Best 22):
B - J.Smith (74.9) Gibson (80.9) Murphy (78.3)
B - McDonald (76.7) Tarrant (72.5) Simpson (97.8)
C - Greenwood (81.9) Wines (100.6) Dunstan (72.0)
R - Sheed (72.0) Vickery (53.1) Taranto (68.7)
F - Towers (69.2) Fasolo (68.7) Garlett (60.6)
F - Ryder (77.0) Hannebery (109.4) S.Selwood (84.3)
E - Hewett C/F (57.0) Green F (59.9) N.Smith B (58.6) Francis B/F (56.5)
Moving to the USA in a couple of months, so its going to be interesting trying to keep on track with all te foot goss, but i have paid for Watch AFL and will watch as many shows as possible (an promise to wake the neighbours on match days!!)
Good luck everyone. Looking forward to the season,