The draft stocks of three Tasmanian young guns have been given a further boost with AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan revealing his top 40 prospects ahead of the 2018 NAB AFL Draft to be held in Melbourne across two days, Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23.
North Launceston product Tarryn Thomas, Launceston on-baller Chayce Jones and Clarence running machine Fraser Turner have all featured, with the trio expected to find homes at AFL clubs at next week’s draft.
Sheehan has likened the potential talent in this year’s Draft to that of the 2001 ‘Super Draft’ which produced many long-term stars for the AFL.
“Those in the business of watching and analysing AFL Draft prospects over the last two years have been very bullish about the elite potential throughout the Draft class of 2018,” said Sheehan.
“It has led to comparisons with what is generally referred to in the AFL industry as the Super Draft of 2001. The year produced an extraordinary number of AFL champions and stars who became household names in our game even today when only two of those draftees, Number One selection Luke Hodge and selection 40 Gary Ablett Jnr are still playing from the 65 players drafted that year.
“Brownlow Medallists Chris Judd (selection three), Jimmy Bartel (selection eight), Sam Mitchell (selection 36), Gary Ablett Jnr (selection 40), and Dane Swan (selection 58) all became champions of the game and amongst the 24 players who player over 150 matches.
“Seventeen played over 200 games with the likes of Geelong quartet James Kelly (313 games), Steve Johnson (293 games), Ablett (302 games,) and Bartel (305 games) having a profound effect on Geelong’s success in the last two decades.
“Similarly, Hawthorn can also claim a period of sustained success with Hodge (305 games), Mitchell (379 games), and Campbell Brown (205 games) multiple premiership players.
“The 2001 NAB AFL Draft remains the benchmark in measuring success in terms of converting Draft selections into stars. Eight of the top 20 played more than 200 games as did a further eight selected after selection 30, including Dane Swan (258 games) at selection 58 and Norm Smith Medallist Brian Lake (251 games) at selection 71.”
Tasmanians in Kevin Sheehan’s Top 40:
180cm 77kg 14/1/2000
“Small midfielder/forward who is strong in his attack on the ball and the opposition. Strong overhead for his height and extremely versatile, having played extremely well earlier in the year for the NAB AFL Academy against North Melbourne’s VFL side at half-back. Won NAB AFL
Under-18 All-Australian honours after captaining Tasmania to victory, then starring for the Allies in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 21.5 disposals and 6.8 tackles.
Competitive Advantage: Vertical leap, versatility, leadership
Draft Combine: Running vertical jump 91cm, 20m Sprint 2.97sec, 2km 6m05sec – ranked 2
188cm 82kg 25/3/2000
“Indigenous medium forward who can also play through the midfield or in defence. Strong overhead, quick and a good contested ball winner with natural goal-sense. Won the Harrison Medal for his outstanding form for Tasmania
in the AFL Academy series earlier this year. Member of the NAB AFL Academy as well as North Melbourne’s Next Generation Academy.
Competitive Advantage: Versatility, strong overhead
Draft Combine: 20m Sprint 3.10sec, Agility 8.10sec, YoYo 20.8
186cm 77kg 26/12/2000
“Medium midfielder whose run up and down the ground on the wing was a feature for the Allies and Tasmania this year. Durable and competitive player with elite running capacity which allowed him to link up, carry the
ball and hit the scoreboard. Huge improver this year, winning 23.8 disposals in four matches for the Allies in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Competitive Advantage: Repeat running, game sense
Draft Combine: Yo Yo 21.4 – ranked 7
2018 NAB AFL Draft Details:
In 2018 the NAB AFL Draft will take place over two days. The first round will be confirmed in the evening of Thursday, November 22 while the remaining rounds will take place from midday Friday, November 23.
First Round: 7pm AEDT Thursday November 22 – Victory Room, Marvel Stadium
Remaining rounds: 12pm AEDT Friday November 23 – Live Wire, Marvel Stadium
The 2018 NAB AFL Draft will be broadcast live nationally on FOX FOOTY.
Fans across Australia can follow the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and their club’s latest recruits live on FOX FOOTY (Channel 504) from 6.30pm AEDT nationally. Fans can follow every selection live, hear expert commentary and in-depth analysis. The FOX FOOTY broadcast will also be available live to all AFL LIVE PASS subscribers thanks to Telstra.
The following will supply radio coverage: 1116 SEN, 3AW, and CrocMedia.
You can follow all the action on AFL.com.au , the AFL Live Official App or on Twitter: @AFLDraft