While I agree, I think it was even a bit different to that. It’s acknowledging that if you’re not picking early you’re going to be limited in the skills available to you. (So in AFL you probably won’t get a look at the quick inside-outside mids). So knowing that your opposition has those you have to proactively pursue a game plan to shut that down, and recruit the skill sets required to implement those in a way that will allow you access to the required players.
(Is that what you said? )
I don’t reckon small forwards are that though (and they’re the fashion now anyway). They are trying to find the undervalued player, but there not defining a new game plan… Unless it’s shutting down running back flankers.
If you had to go through Sydney in Sydney to win a flag and didn’t have access to the elite one touch inside mids required? Massive tackling machines that shut down all midfield contests? Concede midfield and try and dominate off half back? Massive ruckman who smashes the ball 20m clear of the contest every time? Flooding with runners who can score on the break? Etc etc
It’s tougher to do in AFL due to the less structured nature, and given that you can’t change the game plan based on getting one or two elite players in specific positions. And lists are too short to allow you to tailor the game plan on a week by week basis too much.
But really interesting, and some extra things to consider when working the list shape over the off season.