You need to give credit to Bomber Thompson and the development Coaches at Geelong.
If it hadn't been for Thompson (let's say he got the sack prior to the premierships) The blokes Geelong took, might have turned out to be like many of the other players drafted that year. They may have done nothing more than carved ok careers. Johnson could have easily fallen by the waste side as a kid that had plenty of potential, but was more dedicated to drinking.
Ablett could have easily turned out to be nothing more than a lazy Half forward flankers who just lived on his Dad former glories.
When it comes to drafting, I don't think anyone puts enough attention on the development programs for players reaching their potential, or in contrast destroying the players careers.
Our drafting was sh*t during that period, with insufficient resources supplied to the recruitment team.
But our development programs post-2000 was pathetic and couldn't atleast turn a couple of those players into nothing more than just good-average AFL players.