Port Adelaide moved up in the first round of the 2021 AFL Draft, and will welcome another Burgoyne to the club.
After consecutive preliminary-final losses, the Power will go to the draft with one live selection at Pick 12. They moved up to Sydney’s selection in the first round through the trade of Peter Ladhams, which allows them more opportunity to find a player that can contribute immediately in an AFL system.
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Towards the end of the draft, the Power will scoop up Jase Burgoyne, son of premiership star Trent. Jase is a pure line-breaker from the back-half with a nice side-step and some genuine flare with ball in hand.
Burgoyne will be a development piece for the premiership-contending Power, but projects to become an exciting outside runner in the future.
The club has also committed to Trent Dumont, but it’s not yet set if he will join through the national draft, rookie draft, or as a delisted free agent.
Dumont will add best-22 competition as a wingman with his sound ball use and elite running capacity. Injury derailed his 2021 season but he was one of North’s most consistent players in previous years and could wind up being a very handy pick up for Port.Embed from Getty Images
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The best South Australian option at this stage would be Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera, though he may be gone by the time Port is on the clock.
The nephew of Port Adelaide great Gavin, Nasiah oozes class with each disposal and was the best player for SA in the State Championships. He’s lightly framed but has shown off a dazzling first step and elite evasiveness to always keep out of trouble.
Wanganeen-Milera is the best kick in the draft pool, and the player you want delivering the ball inside 50 from his preferred wing position. He may not be a player that can feature at AFL level in 2021, but with a big pre-season under his belt he will be a prospect that will enter the scene and turn heads with his exceptional talent.Embed from Getty Images
The board could be wide open for Port Adelaide at Pick 12 (14), and it looks set to go interstate if Wanganeen-Milera isn’t on the board. If available, Josh Sinn looks like the selection here. The premier running defender in the draft, Sinn has been a consistent top-5 fancy over the years but injury and lockdowns stopped him from putting his best foot forward in 2021.
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At his best, there are shades of Jack Crisp with the way he runs straight lines with his power and speed, and delivers the ball on his penetrating left foot deep inside forward 50. He can also push up onto a wing, and was earmarked for a move into the engine room this season where his break-away pace and clean skills can come to the fore.
If South Adelaide star Arlo Draper slides into the second round, Port should eagerly be looking to trade back into the draft. Draper offers an X-factor presence in the forward half with future plans of moving into the midfield.
There’s some Connor Rozee there with his speed and agility, and they would form a potent half-forward duo for the Power.
If Port Adelaide doesn’t trade back into the 2021 AFL Draft, it could be set to take the one prospect in the first round before picking up mature-ager Trent Dumont and father-son Jase Burgoyne in the later stages.
If it decides to take another selection, there will be SA prospects available. Alastair Lord and Lewis Rayson are two running types who have shown great promise in 2021, while Cooper Murley has shown sky-high potential and Matty Roberts is a prospect who has fallen down draft boards but still possesses fantastic contested traits.
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