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The 2019 NAB AFL Draft - Top 21 picks


The first 21 selections of the 2019 NAB AFL Draft have been made.

Find out which clubs picked up which talented young players below.

1. Gold Coast

Matt Rowell

From: Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
Position: Inside Midfielder
Plays like: Lachie Neale and Patrick Cripps

There’s really been no other player in the discussion to go number one. Matt Rowell has been preparing for this for a long time and he’s ready to hit the ground running. The midfielder has performed consistently for two years for the Oakleigh Chargers and Carey Grammar, and is basically a lock for Gold Coast's Round 1 team, barring injury.

What Rowell said: "It's a massive honour. It's pure joy and excitement for me.

"They (the Suns) have been really positive throughout the year. They've got a great group of players and good people and it will be a really great spot to live and play footy."

matt rowell, oakleigh chargers

2. Gold Coast

Noah Anderson

From: Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
Position: Midfielder/Forward
Plays like: Stephen Coniglio

Taller than his long-time mate Rowell, Noah Anderson perfectly fits the prototype of a modern midfielder. Anderson loves to run and loves to impact the scoreboard, something the Suns obviously have a glaring need for.

What Anderson said: "I'm so excited. It's been a long time coming so to finally get my name read out is awesome.

"Just to have a focus on winning. It sounds cliche but to always play a role for the team."

Noah Anderson

3. Melbourne

Luke Jackson

From: East Fremantle/Western Australia
Position: Ruckman
Plays like: Brodie Grundy

Not often do ruckman go in the top 10 of the draft (2011 was the last time) which highlights the talent that this West Australian has. Jackson has been compared with Brodie Grundy and was an underage basketball star. An undersized ruckman at 199cm, Jackson has a strong vertical leap and will likely start his career forward.

What Jackson said: "I played predominantly ruck this year. I was able to play forward a bit too and loved it.

Who has he been watching? "Definitely Nic Nat (Naitanui). I was always at Eagles games. I loved Brodie Grundy as well."

Luke Jackson

4. GWS Giants

Lachlan Ash

From: Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country
Position: Defender
Plays like: Lachie Whitfield

A dashing half-back with a booming and accurate right boot, Ash loves taking the game on. A co-captain of Vic Country this year who is ready to play senior football immediately.

What Ash said: "It hasn't quite sunk in but I'm obviously stoked with the opportunity and a dream come true.

Who has he been watching? "Lachie Whitfield. I wanted to watch him play and sat up on the third level to see where he runs."

Lachlan Ash

5. Sydney

Dylan Stephens

From: Norwood/South Australia
Position: Midfielder
Plays like: Andrew Gaff

The first South Australian selected, Stephens is a running machine who has been compared to Andrew Gaff. Despite a light frame, he broke into Norwood’s senior team courtesy of his work rate and pinpoint kicking. Made the All-Australian team after an impressive U18 National Championships.

What Stephens said: "If you told me two years I was going pick 5 to the Sydney Swans, I'd be there in a heart beat.

"This year (playing senior footy for Norwood) was a great experience for me."

Dylan Stephens

6. Adelaide

Fischer McAsey

From: Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
Position: Key Defender
Plays like: Aaron Naughton

Fischer McAsey is the best key position talent in the draft pool. When he debuts, McAsey will be the first ‘Fischer’ to play AFL. Primarily a key defender with strong intercept ability, McAsey can also capably play as a forward.

What McAsey said: "I wasn't confident the Crows would take me but I always knew there was a strong chance."

Who has he been watching? "Aaron Naughton. I like to model myself on him. He's a player I want to play like."

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7. Fremantle

Hayden Young

From: Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
Position: Defender
Plays like: Grant Birchall, Nick Haynes

Brother of Western Bulldogs rookie Lachie, Hayden Young possesses one of the most damaging kicks in the draft with the ability to find teammates anywhere. The left-footer can set up off half-back and is strong in the air, reading the play well with his intercept ability.

What Young said: "It's really exciting. I'm really excited to go to Fremantle.

"Hopefully (I'll get) a few kicks. I'm just looking forward to getting there, putting the head down, getting to work and earning the respect of my teammates."

Hayden Young Dandenong Stingrays

8. Fremantle

Caleb Serong

From: Gippsland Power/Vic Country
Position: Inside Midfielder/Small Forward
Plays like: Dion Prestia and Robbie Gray

A player who plays above his height, Serong is likely to start his career on a half-forward flank before moving into the midfield. Strong around the contest and overhead, Serong is a born leader who puts his body on the line for his team.

What Serong said: "I just love the physicality of football.

"I think anuy move will bring new challenges but I'm pretty prepared to move across to Fremantle and getting stuck into it."

Robbie Gray comparsions: "That's not too bad. He's a good player and if I can be half the player he is, I'll be pretty happy."

caleb serong, afl draft

9. Fremantle

Matched Carlton's bid

Liam Henry

From: Claremont/Western Australia
Position: Forward/Wing
Plays like: Michael Walters

Fremantle were never letting Henry slip through. The Next Generation Academy product oozes skill and opponents struggle to shut him down, making him a player people will tune in to watch in the future. Has plenty of X-factor and outside run and could be a steal, even at pick 9.

What Henry said: "It was pretty emotional and confusing at the time (the pick swap) but I'm happy to be at Freo. I've built a good connection with them over the year.

"It means a lot coming from a small town to a big city. My parents have driven me to be the best."

Liam Henry

10. GWS Giants

Matched Carlton's bid

Tom Green

From: GWS Giants Academy/Allies

Position: Inside Midfielder
Plays like: Patrick Cripps

There’s no chance the Giants let Tom Green slip through to another club after trading up. A modern, tall, big-bodied midfielder in the mould of Patrick Cripps or Clayton Oliver, Green has elite clearance work and loves a tackle. Already familiar with the Giants surrounds, it won’t take long for Green to break into the line-up.

What Green said: "Like a lot of boys, it's a dream come true. I'm absolutely stoke and just cannot wait to get to the club.

"I've been a Richmond supporter but I've had a lot to do with GWS over the past couple of years so I would have loved to see them win (the premiership), so it was bittersweet."

Tom Green Allies

11. Gold Coast

Matched Carlton's bid

Sam Flanders

From: Gippsland Power/Vic Country
Position: Midfield/Forward
Plays like: Christian Petracca

Sam Flanders can win the ball on his own with his power as an inside mid, or take strong contested marks as a dangerous forward option. A genuine match-winner, Flanders has a high ceiling and will continue to improve as he develops his consistency.

What Flanders said: "I'm just rapt. It will be tough to move away from the family but I'm excited and stoked."

sam flanders

12. Melbourne

Kysaiah Pickett

From: Woodville West Torrens/South Australia
Position: Forward

The nephew of Norm Smith Medallist Byron, Kysaiah Pickett is a pure small forward with potential X-factor. While still very light, Pickett loves hitting bodies and hunting the contested ball with his superb speed. 'Kozzie' is a draft bolter, only receiving an invite to tonight's draft last week.

What Pickett said: "If pre-season goes well and I get the hard work in, I might be able to do it (play immediately).

"To my family it means a lot. They've inspired me on and off the field and have supported me the whole way."

Kysaiah Pickett

13. Hawthorn

Will Day

From: West Adelaide/South Australia
Position: Defender
Plays like: Jarryn Geary

The cousin of Gold Coast’s Sam and grandson of 1971 Hawthorn premiership player Robert, Will Day has high football IQ. A composed kick of the footy with strong rebounding ability, Day is still light but has huge upside with a summer in the gym. Has been compared to Andrew Mackie due to his rebound ability and is tough like Saints skipper Jarryn Geary..

Will Day

14. Port Adelaide

Miles Bergman

From: Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
Position: Midfielder/Forward

Bergman played most of 2019 with shin splints but has still managed to be a favourite of recruiters thanks to his athleticism and flair. Versatile with the ability to play forward or midfield, Bergman is a skilful player who manages to impact with ball in hand.

What Bergman said: "I didn't have high expectations (when injured 12 months ago).

"(Getting a medical degree) It's always been a goal but playing footy is what I'd prefer to do."

Miles Bergman

15. Western Bulldogs

Cody Weightman

From: Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
Position: Forward
Plays like: Jamie Elliott

Another small forward, Weightman is equally as good at leaping for a mark as he is at crumbing the pack, similar to Jamie Elliott. Vic Country’s leading goalkicker at the Under 18s Championships, Weightman is a classy player who can play taller than his 178cm stature.

What Weightman said: "I went away and did some training, meditation, yoga and surfing (in Bali).

"The mental side of our game is the most important and if I can get an edge on my opponents then that's a bonus."

Cody Weightman Vic Country

16. Geelong

Cooper Stephens

From: Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
Position: Inside Midfielder
Plays like: Nat Fyfe

188cm midfielder with elite endurance. Is a hard nut that loves the contested footy. The Cats snapped up the Colac boy who was co-captain of the Falcons in 2019. Has overcome a broken leg that restricted him in 2019 and could have gone higher if he played all season.

17. Carlton

Brodie Kemp

From: Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country
Position: Utility
Plays like: Marcus Bontempelli

Kemp ruptured his ACL in July and is unlikely to play until well into the 2020 AFL season, but his Under 18 Championships cemented his spot as a first round selection as he kicked the winning goal against SA. At 192cm he can also play down back or in the midfield. A steal at 17.

What Kemp said: "Midfield is where I see myself achieving the best footy I can play.

"I'll try and get back by June/July next year. I'm excited to get into rehab and get started."

18. Port Adelaide

Mitch Georgiades

From: Subiaco/Western Australia
Position: Key forward
Plays like: Justin Westhoff

Has had struggles with a corkie that calcified. Could have been one of Western Australia's best players if he had played all season. Powerful forward with a big tank who is dangerous inside 50. Son of former Footscray forward John.

19. Geelong

Sam De Koning

From: Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
Position: Defender
Plays like: Darcy Moore

Like his brother Tom, Sam De Koning will need to spend much of his summer in the gym adding to his frame, but the Padua College product is one of the most promising key position prospects in the draft. Named full back in the All-Australian side, De Koning is a strong mark who can also play in the ruck or up forward.

Sam De Koning

20. Carlton

Sam Philp

From: Northern Knights
Position: Midfielder

A draft bolter. Inside mid with elite leg speed and plenty of aggression and averaged 23 disposals over the 2019 season, so can find the footy. Was projected to go in the middle of the second round but the Blues have snapped him up at 20 after he impressed late in the NAB League season. Possessed the fastest 20-metre sprint at the Draft Combine.

21. Richmond

Thomson Dow

From: Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country
Position: Midfielder/Forward
Plays like: Marcus Bontempelli

Brother of Carlton's Paddy. An agile midfielder who can move forward and operate as a tall. Clever user of the ball with his hands when in heavy traffic. Impressed for Vic Country at the U18 Championships with his agility and outside run.

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