I’m going to disagree with Boot (again) about how unready Draper is.
(I don’t talk to development coaches either - but they’re perfectionist buggars generally - everyone always has improvements to make)
He’s a natural tap to advantage ruck already.
His marking is better than Leuny and several other AFL rucks, and is steadily improving, both in packs & on the fast lead.
His second efforts at ground level are at Firsts intensity. This shouldn’t be underestimated - too many baby giraffes never get this.
Kicking is variable - can be good can be shocking.
The biggest knock is his positioning.
Here’s where I think a McKenna comparison is apt.
Conor spent much of his first two years looking equally at sea.
Now the ruck is trickier than running off the backline but another preseason, given the positive reports of his teachability, will work wonders.
I expect him to debut next year and perform creditably.
As I said in an earlier post, by 2020 look out.
Ps we stil need a third ruck for next year - Leuny or otherwise. Two ruck injuries are not uncommon, even if only for a couple of games.