The 2015 AFL National Draft was held on Tuesday night, with 70 young players finding a new home ahead of the 2016 AFL Premiership Season.
The Footy Prophet team has dissected each club’s selections, analysing who were the draft’s bolters and sleepers, and rating each team’s overall performance on the night.
From football analysis to fantasy implications, catch the entire breakdown here.
Summary by: Sam Kimber
Pick 11 (Wayne Milera, small forward/midfielder)
Pick 17 (Tom Doedee, defender)
Overall rating: B-
Adelaide were the first team to complete their draft selections thanks to their two first round picks of 9 and 13, which became 11 and 17 after the Academy bids. As widely expected, Adelaide locked down Central District speedster Wayne Milera. Continuing their off season focus on the need for speed, Milera showed plenty of promise in his 11 SANFL league games for Centrals and has the potential to join Adelaide’s already potent small forward line of Eddie Betts, the developing Charlie Cameron and Troy Menzel. Milera has the ability to join the midfield rotation in future seasons once he builds more of a tank. Adelaide’s second pick of 16 became 17 after an unsuccessful bid on GWS Academy talent Harrison Himmelberg. Tipped to go with the local talented forward Ryan Burton, Adelaide pulled the surprise of the draft and took Geelong Falcons prodigy Tom Doedee with their final selection. Doedee can play as a third defender and is a competitive beast in one on one contests. While it seems Adelaide chose Doedee based on needs rather than best available, he certainly has the potential to assist and provide depth to the developing Adelaide back line as players such as Andy Otten and Matthew Jaensch make their way back from long term injuries. Overall, Adelaide made the best out of a bad situation of losing Dangerfield by addressing their speed deficiencies, while also providing much needed depth at both ends of the ground.
At this stage it doesn’t look like Adelaide’s two draftees will have much fantasy relevancy – look no further than Charlie Cameron and Eddie Betts for Milera’s likely scoring range once he consolidates himself in the side. Similarly, Doedee looks to be more of a one on one defender rather than the ball winning rebounding defender type. In AFL Fantasy, you’d do well to avoid both due to their likely premium rookie prices, but keep an eye on them for Super Coach or Dream Team if they look likely to play early in the season as they could provide dependable bench cover. For draft leagues, you will find better options with a late pick, however Milera may have some potential for a keeper league.