Definitely not putting him in the top echelon of players or anything. But compared to a pick 30-40 odd in the draft, hell yes. He’s got better disposal than most players in the league (in fact, he’s arguably one of the best kicks into the F50 in the league), a great engine, and has days where he’s a great contested mark (and some where he’s not…). Has had historical issues with body contact and consistency, but much better on the second issue this year. I thought he had a really good year this year until the injury, and his performances up forward and filling in the ruck were critical for Melbourne.
My preferences was to put him on the wing instead of Colyer. Use that engine, ball skill and only has to out-mark guys 10cm shorter than him. Swap speed for aerial ability and beautiful delivery. Put him in a team where he’s 12th fiddle, and I think he’ll be better than most team’s 10-15th players, he was cheap, and Melbourne was picking up part of his salary. And if we did get an injury to Hooker/Stewart, we can plug and play Watts as backup.