AFL draft guru Callum Twomey has listed who he believes are the top five best value draft picks of all-time.
From the best picks of the rookie draft to those who slipped through the cracks, here’s Twomey’s top five.
5. Matt Priddis
Selection: Pick 31, 2006 Rookie Draft
Résumé: Brownlow, All-Australian, Eagles captain – 240 games
“He is the rookie draft king. Won the Brownlow from off the rookie list,” Twomey told SEN Breakfast.
4. Dean Cox
Selection: Pick 28, 2001 Rookie Draft
Résumé: Six-time All-Australian, club best and fairest – 290 games
“Another rookie, he came out of the 2001 rookie draft.”
3. Simon Black
Selection: Pick 31, 1997 National Draft
Résumé: Brownlow, three-time All-Australian, Lions captain, Norm Smith – 322 games
“Getting Simon Black at pick 31 … that’s a good pick!”
2. Adam Goodes
Selection: Pick 43, 1997 National Draft
Résumé: Two-time Brownlow winner, four-time All-Australian, three-time club leading goal kicker, three-time best and fairest – 372 games
“There was a different rule back then, I think you could draft one 17-year-old per club and he was one of those.”
1. James Hird
Selection: Pick 79, 1990 National Draft
Résumé: Brownlow, five-time All-Australian, Norm Smith, Essendon captain
“You can’t get better than Hird at pick 79.”
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