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Lyon re-ranks the 2018 AFL draft


Garry Lyon has re-ranked the 2018 AFL draft.

Lyon’s rankings are based on current form in what is one of the strongest drafts in recent memory.

The Melbourne great had Max and Ben King at one and two respectively with Izak Rankine at number three after his sensational Gold Coast debut.

Rankine was named the Round 6 Rising Star nominee after his electrifying three-goal performance against Melbourne.

Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith and Port Adelaide livewire Connor Rozee make up Lyon's top five.

“Izak Rankine is the asterisk as we’ve only got one game to go on,” Lyon told Fox Footy's On The Couch.

“(Connor) Rozee would be the one that would be hotly debated, I have Smith ahead of him.

“Bailey Smith you’ve got to say has had a better year than (Sam) Walsh.

Tim Watson believes Smith’s efforts as a second-year player for the Bulldogs have gone under the radar.

“Bailey Smith … I don’t think we talk about him enough. He is an outstanding player. Outstanding young player,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

Below is Lyon’s re-ranked 2018 draft order:

  1. Max King (St Kilda)
  2. Ben King (Gold Coast)
  3. Izak Rankine (Gold Coast)
  4. Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs)
  5. Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)
  6. Sam Walsh (Carlton)
  7. Nick Blakey (Sydney)
  8. Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne)
  9. Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast)
  10. Chayce Jones (Adelaide)

Below is the actual 2018 draft order:

  1. Sam Walsh (Carlton)
  2. Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast)
  3. Izak Rankine (Gold Coast)
  4. Max King (St Kilda)
  5. Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)
  6. Ben King (Gold Coast)
  7. Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs)
  8. Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne)
  9. Chayce Jones (Adelaide)
  10. Nick Blakey (Sydney)

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