>Okay, all you would-be recruiting dudes out there, what *sort* of
>players do you think each club will covet most with their first pick
>in the upcoming draft?
>Here are my ill informed opinions (where I can think of something!)...
>Essendon - Ruckman or tall defender
Ruckman for sure, but then they've got a couple of young ones developing
already. They look OK for tallish defenders to me with Fletcher, Henneman
and Soloman expected to be around for quite a while.
>Melbourne - Tall defender
Melbourne drafted Chris Lamb in 1998's draft and with any luck he'll kick on
in 2001. It's hard to draft a big player in a National draft as a 17 or 18
year old and expect them to contribute consistently to senior football the
following season. Melbourne do need more classy talls, but with pick 16
that won't be easy to achieve so they'll probably just go for the best
available no matter what type.
>Carlton - Forward to complement Whitnall
I think some defenders are a bigger need. Silvagni, Sexton, O'Reilly,
McKay, Christou, Rice and co. are all past their best and some aren't even
getting into the team on form.
>Kangas - Pacy midfielder
Been saying that for years.
Some talls, but you can't really pick up someone this year and expect them
to contribute in 2001. More what they don't need is some more running
Some more versatility, not sure in what form though. Apart from Graham, who
might line up forward, you know how Geelong is going to line up every game.
Midfield class for sure, lots of triers but not much polish. Now they've
got rid of Collica and Taylor there's and even greater need.
No major needs, maybe some forwards to replace *** in a year.
>Adelaide - Ruckman (Rehn replacement)
Some midfield help for McLoed and Ricciuto
>Port Adelaide - Goalkicker
Defender. Wakelins aren't young and Mead and Paxman are even older.
>West Coast -
A bit of everything. Real changing of the guard there and it's hard to see
an area they don't need someone in, except maybe ruck with Gardiner.
Consolidate with complimentary types (flankers, pockets) as they seem to
have a pretty good nucleus. Perhaps another ruckman to develop as Michael
and Bandy are OK, but with Bandy often needed elsewhere I don't think
Michael is good enough to handle first ruck consistently.
Midfield for sure. Some guys playing too much on reputation and they need
some players who are more effective in the middle.
>St Kilda - M Allan???? :-)
Without the Wakelins defence might be a problem. Hudghton is very
undersized and if it's him and Blake as the key backmen, they will struggle.
Better midfielders (disposal wise) and another key defender. I guess they
need a forward too, but if Anthoyn Rocca can play at FF and Tarrant at CHF
with Davis crumbing, that should be reasonable.
Forward line focal point (already got with Fitzgerald?), someone to replace
Duknley and Schwass in a couple of years time.