What sal said, basically.
Emma Q knows a lot and has all the best contacts, but her flaw (if you can call it that) is that she really gets to know all the kids, likes them, and wants them to succeed, which means she doesn't really dwell on their downsides at all.
Cal is pretty good and a bit more analytical, doesn't get the inside word from as many recruiters etc as Emma does, cos he hasn't been in the game as long and cos he's in the end an AFL guy which means clubs are less willing to trust him.
Sheahan, yeah, I'm with sal. Don't rate him that much. I suspect he really knows a lot about all of the kids but isn't really interested in putting any details out there. Just talks up anyone at any given time depending on what he's asked.
Knightmare on bigfooty is very knowledgable - i don't always agree with him but he's always worth reading. As for myself, my record is mixed (as is everyone's) but I've had a pretty average winter, been very unwell, and haven't seen many games unfortunately, so there's lots of blokes I can't really have an opinion on this year.
yeh - like reading Nightmare's overview and don't mind Snoopdog either (as distinct from Fogdog!). NM's overview of Essendon's draft as it stands FWIW:
"I always feel forgetting needs and going best available is the way to go through the draft, and if/where possible look to fill list holes through free agency/trade.
If Essendon end up with that collection of selections I would likely be looking at:
4. Aaron Francis
5. Clayton Oliver (a reach or would be considered to be by most, but I like him and for Essendon's list love the fit he offers as a possible Watson successor)
23. Kieran Collins
25. Ryan Clarke
41. Brandon White
59. Mason Redman
77. Michael Hartley
RD4: Daniel Capiron
RD22: Nicholas Coughlan
RD40: *any one of: Tom Phillips/Kade Answerth/David Cuningham/Darcy Cameron
Regarding your list needs it would certainly not get you your key forward. But I'm finding many of the key forwards to be relatively overrated this year - such as Weideman and the McKay boys. So as a result while it's a pressing list need. I'd outside the draft look certainly for a key forward and likely a ruckman also look beyond the draft.
Lycett as a ruck I like. Maybe Casboult as a key forward if he is availableish given those others on the market are well overpriced. Jack Watts is the other while unpopular still a cheap but in my view while not a genuine key forward still an undervalued tall forward that comes to mind.
So that's a rough feel as to what I'd be looking at/hoping for in Essendon's situation if the picks work out that way."