You have to say he's done pretty well with the picks we've gotten from trading out players.
Langford for Ryder, Zerrett for Crameri, Fantasia for Gumby, Francis for Carlisle.
And in a way Monfries allowed us to pick up Gleeson, which I'm calling a win too.
Cooney perhaps the only mis-step.
I think his drafting has generally been pretty good. But I don't think it is appropriate to consider who you draft with a pick when considering if a trade was good or bad. That would mean if we'd traded pick #2
in 2006 and another club had taken Gumby, they'd have lost the trade even if on paper the trade was ridiculous. Or what would happen if we hadn't taken them.
I remember in 2003 people were saying we would take Ricky Dyson with our later first round pick (#13). People were reasonably happy with that. We didn't - we got him with our third round pick.
So there is no guarantee that if we'd taken Lobb with #26 over Zerrett, that we might have got Zerrett with Fantasia's pick. In which case if Lobb didn't make it, would the trade value be different? No. Because you shouldn't consider who was drafted.
What you can consider, is the group of players available. So when Hawthorn traded for pick #1, they have every right when saying how valuable that pick was to evaluate the trade to say how good Hodge/Ball/Judd were, and that they new they'd get that quality level.