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"Stars on every line": Ross Lyon defends Carlton's drafting calls


Former Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has defended Carlton and their recent decisions at the draft.

The Blues underwent a full rebuild in 2015 under the direction of Stephen Silvagni, using 10 first round picks between 2015 and 2019.

They have come under criticism this year for the development of the likes of Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, Liam Stocker and Sam Petrevski-Seton in particular, with the quartet not yet reaching the lofty expectations out of their draft years.

However, Lyon believes Carlton has done a good job overall at the draft table.

“They’re saying (Carlton’s recruiting) is not successful. Jacob Weitering, Harry McKay and Sam Walsh. Stars on every line,” Lyon told Footy Classified.

“Tom De Koning is a young star, offered a first round pick last year I think by Geelong (for him).

“David Cuningham, real spread and kick, I know clubs are looking at him.

“Sam Philp played Round 1 last year, he’s been injured since then.

“Lochie O’Brien played 19 games in a row and then they go and get Jack Newnes and he gets pushed out of the team. There’s some criticism around Newnes. He does some nice things, but I’m not sure he’s at the level. O’Brien’s got growth and run.

“I think the question is on Sam Petrevski-Seton and Paddy Dow, but Liam Stocker had four (best on grounds) in the twos, went to half-back and then they put him on Charlie Cameron in the biggest game.

“They gave him a challenge which I liked and he stood up.

“Then there’s Will Setterfield who’s now on a wing who can go inside.”

Lyon believes it’s time the Blues moved beyond veterans Eddie Betts and Marc Murphy and got more exposure into these youngsters.

“I love Eddie Betts … but I think it’s time,” he said.

“Marc Murphy, there’s enough vision. They’re not getting the results.

“If they’re sitting 4-2 on the ladder, you go no problem, but mate you’re not.

“If you go back the last 20 games the win-loss isn’t strong enough.

“And where are they weak? In the midfield. Start developing.”

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