In his second game for the Cats’ VFL side, GWV Rebels midfielder George Stevens finished with a team-high 29 disposals, five inside 50s, five marks, four clearances and four rebound 50s in a loss to Collingwood.
It comes after Stevens’ hot run at Coates Talent League level, racking up 44, 236 and 33 disposals from his past three matches.
Despite his form and obvious traits, Stevens looms as one of this year’s most polarising draft prospects.
Stevens is a powerfully-built 189cm prospect who plays with great presence and is hard to push over in the contest. But what recruiters like about him is his post-clearance work, with his cleanliness, decision-making skills and natural ball-winning ability.
At the same time, there are question marks on Stevens’ athletic profile and whether he has AFL-level speed and agility.
One scout told foxfooty.com.au Stevens is an early to middle second-round prospect, while another would be hesitant to take him in the national draft.
all well and good to say the drafts rubbish.
but still might find players who can fill gaps for us (foot soldiers).
George Stevens size is appealing to complement our midgets.
maybe someone slides on draft night like Hobbsy. or someone goes on a bender crashes their car like Curnow and falls to us.
B graders in via trade/fee agency period vs hoping to find a needle in the haystack in the draft.
Trading into next year likely difficult too. And premium on top[ end of this draft, as seen by what dogs are offering for pick 4. Plus added incentive in that they will get Croft anyway likely 10-20 prospect.
I’m not sure about that to be honest. Cal might have a different list to myself. Yes there are beefy guys like Smillie and Lalor, but there are also a lot of smaller, nippy types at the top end like Jagga Smith, Sid Draper, Finn O’Sullivan, Levi Ashcroft, Leo Lombard etc.
No not all them were big bodied competitors theres a mix of course and the competitor and big bodied wasn’t always the same player but there was at least players that imo fill what we need, not so sure there are many this year that do that but i don’t watch them live so maybe off the mark.
Its certainly true that if you want an elite midfielder then you want to get into the top end of next seasons draft. This year is relatively light on for midfield stocks at all stages of the draft. Next season the first round will be packed full of midfield talent.