Drafting Nick Daicos: Why the Pies paid a future price for their son of a gun

Nick Daicos
Collingwood will do everything it can during the trade period to secure enough points to match a bid on Nick Daicos and avoid going into draft deficit next year. Photo: Collingwood FC

The first two days of the 2021 AFL trade period are already looking different for Collingwood compared to last year’s, with the Pies’ primary focus placed on drafting Nick Daicos.

The Magpies are doing everything they can to make sure drafting Daicos – the youngest son of former great Peter – goes as smoothly as possible.

On the first day of the trade period, Collingwood received picks 22, 46, 58, and 79 in this year’s draft along with a future fourth-round pick from the Gold Coast Suns, in exchange for a future second, third and fourth-round pick.

The boost in picks was much needed for the Pies, after they gave up their first-round draft pick in this year’s draft to GWS, eventuating to pick 2 after their dismal 2021 season.

In short – it was the deal the Pies had to make.

On day two of the trade period, Collingwood secured Geelong’s Nathan Kreuger and pick 55 for its pick 41 that Collingwood received from Adelaide in 2020. With this trade complete, Collingwood currently has enough to match a bid for Daicos on draft night.

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Daicos is set to be a top-three pick in this year’s draft, with either North Melbourne, GWS or Gold Coast attempting to secure the father-son prospect.

This means Collingwood needs to be prepared to match the points value of either 2400, 2014 or 1787.

With the successful trade from the Suns and the Cats, Collingwood now holds 2735 points with the picks in hand.

PickValue
22845
36502
43378
46331
48302
55207
58170
78 + 790
Collingwood’s pick heading into the 2021 AFL draft and its values. Correct from Tuesday, October 5.

The Pies would have been in a much less-costly position should they still have held pick 2. either its value of 2517 points would have easily matched North Melbourne if Daicos went at pick 1, or they could have used pick 2 themselves to select him if he was still available.

To complicate Collingwood’s trade season a little bit more, there’s Patrick Lipinski, who has expressed his desire to be traded to Collingwood.

This is where it gets tricky for the Pies.

Is Collingwood going to offer a player for Lipinski? No talks of that yet. What looks more likely is a deal similar in that to secure Kreuger and that the Pies will offer a pick or two, in exchange for Lipinski and a higher draft pick.

Currently, the Western Bulldogs hold picks 17, 75, and 93 but are facing its own issues in securing enough draft picks to match a bid for father-son prospect Sam Darcy, who is also a top contender of being this year’s number one draftee.

If Collingwood gives up a pick for Lipinski, it risks not having enough points for Daicos if he is selected with the Kangaroo’s first selection. The Bulldogs though will be after at least one of Collingwood’s picks to start accumulating enough points for Darcy, as currently, pick 17 is their only pick worth any value (788 points).

With all things considered, Collingwood needs to anticipate that a bid for Daicos will come at pick one and plan accordingly around the prospect.

Although who could be a valuable contributor to the Pies, bringing in Lipinski shouldn’t be a priority in the risk of going into a draft deficit next year.

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