I reckon they must've been spooked that another club was going to take him. 3rd or 4th round seems about where he should've gone, 2nd round if he didn't have the big question mark on his hammies.
That said, not many that went after him have done anything at all.
Selwood Mathieson at Brisbane, Marcus Adams (mature age Bulldogs KPD) and Darcy Tucker at Freo (who?) have played 10-15 games each; plus a few academy kids and F/S picks who we couldn't get - other than that, nobody else has done anything until Mitch Brown (WSPHU) at pick 50-odd
So a gamble, but not one that's really hurt us.