If you want to list me all the names that could and sometimes do go midfield, I'm sure we could list 30 players. I'm talking about players that were pure midfielders, drafted with the sole intention of playing midfield. Not flankers, pockets or any other combination that we HOPE can one day can play midfield. I'm not counting players who occasionally get game time in the middle, I'm talking their predominant position. I'm happy to concede McGrath who although I still think did his best work down back (and has played all back so far) can become a good mid, playing him there at least a few games might help.
My point is I want us to draft PURE midfielders, not guys who are good utilities who could go midfield and spends a little time there, or people showing me examples of how draftee x played 3 games there in the pre-draft year. Full time mids. Give me that. Most of these guys are utilities who have shown bursts in the middle but realistically won't be full time midfielders. I understand some do spend time in the middle as most AFL players do now at some stage, that's not what I'm saying. Redman? Umm I don't possibly see how he'll become a top flight midfielder, and he's rarely played any VFL time there bar occasionally running through the wings. Drafted as a forward, now used as a back to get him into the game. Begley, yes, spent time in the middle, but he was a good forward pre-draft year, kicking 31 goals from memory, realistically he'll be a forward for at least 3 years. VFL time suggests forward for now, and again he's not a pure mid, just someone we hope can spend time there. He played forward in the pre-season games too. I'm not saying he won't be a good mid one day maybe, I'm just saying evidence suggests we intend on him being a forward/high forward. Fantasia, again, can be good for 10 minutes in a burst, full time mid? No. Tippa, good for 10 minutes, full time mid? I can't see it in the immediate future. Langford? Again, drafted as a forward flanker (he said himself that's his best position pre draft) who can play on the wings sometime. I understand we're trying to work him into a mid, but he's shown his best football imo up forward. LAV? again we're planting up forward and I can't actually recall much mid time in his career at Essendon so far (obviously some random bursts occasionally aside). McKenna was a forward for us, now back. Yes he does run through the middle and spend time there every so often but he was a international pickup so it was very optimistic to think he was going to be our midfield savior.
Again like I said outside of Mutch and Clarke who we got late 40's/50's just last year, we're failing to outright address the midfield. If people are happy drafting more flankers who can become mids one day but spend the first 3-4 years in their predominant position first, then so be it. Just don't be shocked when we have a huge chasm when the older plonkers retire, which will be soon. I just don't see any young mids coming through outside of Mutch and giving me flankers/pockets who have barely spent time there doesn't impress me either.