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Sports Today’s 2015 AFL Draft blog | 3AW

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1    Carlton – Jacob Weitering, Dandenong Stingrays

A defender who is able to play both ends of the ground, reads the play well and takes intercept marks. Likened to Harry Taylor and he will play in season 2016 for the Blues.

LISTEN: Jacob Weitering with Shane McInnes after being selected at number 1.


2    Brisbane Lions – Josh Schache, Murray Bushrangers

A massive 199cm key forward, who can also go through the ruck. A beautiful kick for goal who was awarded the Larke medal for the best player in the Under 18 championships, where he kicked 24-goals. 

LISTEN: Shane McInnes caught up with Josh Schache after he was selected by the Brisbane Lions.

LISTEN: Brisbane Coach Justin Leppitsch speaking about Schache on Sports Today.

3    Sydney – Callum Mills, Northshore

Highly rated inside midfielder, who could have easily gone at number 1.

4    Melbourne – Clayton Oliver, Murray Bushrangers

The 2015 Morrish Medalist who had injuries at the start of the year. A massive bolter in this year’s draft, as he was not even in the Vic Country side.

LISTEN: Shane McInnes with Clayton Oliver after being selected by Melbourne.

5    Essendon – Darcy Parish, Geelong Falcons

Small midfielder with pure football skills. His two seasons at under-18 level were really impressive.

LISTEN: Darcy Parish with Shane McInnes at the draft after being selected.

6    Essendon – Aaron Francis, West Adelaide

A tall defender who has played senior football in the SANFL. Reads the play ahead of him really well and can take a strong mark in defence.

7   GWS – Jacob Hopper, North Ballarat

Really lively both on and off the field. He is tough as nails and likes to run with the ball in his hands.

8   Gold Coast – Callum Ah Chee, Geelong Falcons

Brother of Brendon from Port Adelaide, Callum showed his tricks throughout the season, including a massive hanger at the MCG.

LISTEN: Callum Ah Chee joined Shane McInnes after he was selected by the Suns.

9    Melbourne – Sam Weidemen, Eastern Rangers

Melbourne were right in to him from the get go. He is a strong marking forward, standing at 196cm.

LISTEN: Sam Weidemen with Shane McInnes after Melbourne selected him at number 9.

10    Carlton – Harry McKay, Gippsland Power

LISTEN: Harry McKay with Shane McInnes after being selected by Carlton

11    Adelaide – Wayne Milera, Central District

Quick, classy and a good finisher.

12    Carlton – Charlie Curnow, Geelong Falcons

At one stage he was touted as a top-10 pick. Had an off-field incident last week which he will have to deal with, however he is said to have a good family and support around him. Will join his brother Ed at the Blues.

13    GWS – Matthew Kennedy, Collingullie GP

A country boy who already has plenty of meat on him (which he needs for the way he plays). Inside midfielder who can use it well.

14    Brisbane – Eric Hipwood, Aspley

15    Richmond – Daniel Rioli, St Mary’s NT

He was outstanding on Grand Final day at the MCG for the AFL curtain raiser. Followed that up with a brilliant combine, posting high results all across the board. Plus, his last name is Rioli!

16    GWS – Harrison Himmelberg, Eastlake

17    Adelaide – Tom Doedee, Geelong Falcons

A big surprise, with many thinking he would be selected late in the second round.

18    St Kilda – Jade Gresham, Northern Knights

19    Hawthorn – Ryan Burton, North Adelaide

LISTEN: Ryan Burton joins Shane McInnes after being selected by the Hawks.

20    Gold Coast – Brayden Fiorini, Northern Knights

21    North Melbourne – Ben McKay, Gippsland Power

22    Hawthorn – Kieran Lovell, Kingston Tigers

See highlights of Kieran Lovell below.

23    Carlton – David Cunningham, Oakleigh Chargers

24    Brisbane – Ben Keays, Brisbane Lions reserves 

Midfielder who continues to get his hands on the football every week.

25    Western Bulldogs – Josh Dunkley, Gippsland Power

Son of Andrew, who nominated Sydney last week for the father-son bidding system. Sydney opted not to match the Bulldogs pick, and the Bulldogs are said to be rapt with him joining the club.

26    Western Bulldogs – Kieran Collins, Dandenong Stingrays

Big-sized defender who is extremely driven prides himself on defensive pressure and keeping his opponent quiet.

27    Fremantle – Darcy Tucker, North Ballarat Rebels

28    West Coast – Luke Partington, Norwood

29    Essendon – Alex Morgan, Oakleigh Chargers

30    Essendon – Mason Redmen, Glenelg

31    North Melbourne – Ryan Clarke, Eastern Ranges

32    Collingwood – Brayden Sier, Northern Knights

33    North Melbourne – Mitchell Hibberd, Clarence

34    Brisbane – Joshua Schoenfeld, Peel Thunder

35    Western Bulldogs – Marcus Adams, West Perth

36    West Coast – Tom Cole, Bendigo Pioneers

37    Port Adelaide – Riley Bonner, West Adelaide

38    Fremantle – Harley Balic, Sandringham Dragons

39    Brisbane Lions – Rhys Mathieson, Geelong Falcons

40    St Kilda – Brandon White, Dandenong Stingrays

41    GWS – Matthew Flynn, Narrandera

42    Melbourne – Mitch King, Murray Bushrangers

43    North Melbourne – Corey Wagner, Aspley

44    Hawthorn – Blake Hardwick, Eatern Ranges

181cm forward Kicked 56-goals in the TAC Cup during season 2015. 

45    Port Adelaide – Aidyn Johnson, Bendigo Pioneers

A forward with a lot of tricks up his sleeve and knows where the goals are.

46    Melbourne – Liam Hullet, Dandenong Stingrays

A 193cm forward with strong hands.

47    Brisbane – Sam Skinner, Gippsland Power

The ruckman is said to be really likeable off the field by all of his team-mates.

48    Western Bulldogs – Bailey Williams, Glenelg

49    St Kilda – Bailey Rice, Dandenong Stingrays

Son of Dean. He chose St Kilda over the Blues. Plays in midfield and defence.

50    Richmond – Oleg Markov, North Adelaide

51    Sydney – Tyrone Leonardis, Northern Knights

52    Gold Coast – Mackenzie Willis, Kingborough

53    Carlton – Jack Silvagni, Oakleigh Chargers

54   Essendon – Mitch Brown, Sandringham Dragons

The former Cat played 15 games between 2011-2014, before being delisted. He spent season 2015 playing at Sandringham and had a brilliant overall season, including a dominant finals series.

55    Fremantle – Samuel Collins, Box Hill Hawks

56    Sydney – Jordan Dawson, Sturt

57    West Coast – Kurt Mutimer, Dandenong Stingrays

58    Collingwood – Tom Phillips, Oakleigh Chargers

A 19 year old who benefited from tha TAC rule allowing upper age players to be on a TAC Cup list.

59    Geelong – Ryan Gardner, Burnie Dockers

A late call up to play for Allies on Grand Final day, which excited some recruiters.

60    North Melbourne – Declan Mountford, Claremont

A midfielder who had a very impressive draft combine, mainly with endurance.

61    Fremantle – Shane Yarran, 

26-year-old mature age recruit who is ready made with some quality leg speed.

62    West Coast – Matthew Allen, Glenelg

A tall, solidly built tall forward. He has strong hands and is also a quality cricketer.

63    Collingwood – Rupert Wills, Collingwood VFL

64    Essendon – Yestin Eades, North Ballarat Rebels

65    Collingwood – Ben Crocker, Oakleigh Chargers

66    Geelong – Sam Menogola, Subiaco

67    Richmond – Nathan Broad, Swan Districts

68    Essendon – Michael Hartley, Coburg Tigers

He has spent time on Collingwood’s list and had a brilliant last couple of seasons with Coburg in the VFL.

69    Geelong – Wiley Buzza, Mt Gravatt

70    Geelong – Matthew Hayball, West Adelaide

LISTEN: Emma Quayle joins Dwayne Russell and Shane McInnes preview the NAB AFL Draft.

Essendon’s Head of Football Rob Kerr joined Dwayne Russell ahead of the draft tonight.

He discussed how Essendon has full access to the AFL Draft for the first time since 2012, due to the supplements scandal.

Essendon have four picks in the first two rounds and Kerr says their selections will be determined by what Melbourne do with a pick before them.

Kerr also said the club is unlikely to selection Charlie Curnow.