The amount of taps he’s getting at VFL level is not a direct sign he is ready for AFL at all IMO
Draper is 203cm & 105kg
Final 1. Pies.
Draper had 63 hitouts.
His opponents were on that day based on hit out stats
Thomas Jok - 193cm! /80kgs - 23 hit outs.
Noted as a winger on VFL bio.
Sam McClarty - 197cm / 95kgs - 7 hit outs (pinch hitter only as of 2018 season, plays fwd or back usually)
Tom Lynch - 200cm/ 95kgs - 2 hit outs. Soccer background & generally NFI
I won’t need to go through the rest of the finals or games in general but I would expect it’s a common trait he’s continually coming up against players shorter/lighter and not even remotely close to the skillset of an AFL standard ruck he would if made the step up.
Beating up on hacks at VFL level means nothing. The true tests would be at training vs Belly and Leuey and only the coaching / recruiting staff would know if he is ready. And given we offered Leuey a contract / are looking to get another ruck it’s clear to me they don’t quite yet.