Pick 4 Bailey Smith - best rookie mid in the draft after Walsh I suspect though needs some time to adjust to the pace.
Pick 18 Tom Papley - seriously considered cousins here but wasn’t confident Papley would make it to pick 22 and my forward line desperately needed a senior regular who can be relied on (though the same could be said of the midfield). Added to that, he looks set to spend time in the midfield and he is young and talented. Would he have made it to 22?
Pick 22 Bailey Scott - was after another young mid and after cousins went he looked to best available mid of the rookies.
Pick 34 Francis Watson - lightly framed but has some reach and his sole jlt appearance was impressive. Suspect he is too speculative though and I would have been better of going for Carlton’s Cuningham who I think looks set to get regular game time on a list thinly populated by talent
Pick 40 Ryan Bastinac - an attempt to secure some midfield cover with some upside, though I had him pegged a bit younger than he his. If he plays for the lions he’ll likely see plenty of time starting for me though. Seriously considered Willie Rioli here but thought I really needed the mid having already picked papley. Also considered David Myers.
Pick 112 Lincoln McCarthy - luckless middle-aged forward who scored well in the jlt. There is a bit of spring air hovering around the lions ATM and just maybe things will click for him.
Pick 118 Ed Vickers-Willis - a youngish defensive option that might see some game time as an in between defender with North having some injury issues down back. Never going to be the distributor style backline player we’re all looking for though but if nothing else hopefully provides a bit of cover.
Pick 130 Maverick Weller - has shown he can score ok at times but I’m not sure he’ll figure in Richmond’s best side. they gave him an opportunity in the jlt though and he contributed solidly. A mature player who hopefully will have some short term job security while a bunch of my youngsters do not. Likely Not a long term proposition
Pick 137 Scott Thompson - a guaranteed no donut player, nothing more. I have a couple of C/b’s earmarked to play down back but I have a young thin midfield so having a guaranteed starter here hopefully frees up Midfield cover too just.
Pick 148 Nathan Broad - basically the same as above but a little bit of certainty gets sacrificed for a little bit of upside.
Dawson and Cunico also got added as youngsters on the verge during the trade period. Ultimately if 4 to 5 of these guys guys became keepers I’d be pretty ■■■■■■ pleased.