Pretty damn hard for young players to come in immediately and do well especially in a garbage side.
Of the last 4 drafts early picks…
Curnow has done so pretty quickly. McKay for a 200cm beanpole naturally took time but has progressed now nicely.
SPS showed great signs in his first year, was named in bests a few times IIRC. Fisher has been terrific. They also bid on Setterfield in that draft, if can get on park clear talent with him.
Dow was very scratchy early on but got better as year went on. OBrien I think was injured early but looked good later in season.
Walsh is just going to be a certainty to be a good player. Best to come out of Geelong Falcons program so says their main man down there. And Stocker seems a likely type which they clearly rated highly so see how he goes.
If Weitering gets his confidence back that’s a solid group of young players to have coming through together. Especially adding Cripps to them as the captain leading the way whose only 22yrs old IIRC
This is really where their improvement will come from, when all these guys are capable of consistently performing at AFL level which they aren’t yet & shouldn’t be expected to be.