LIVE: AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft 2021

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Pick 27 – St Kilda

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Pick 26 – St Kilda

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Pick 25 – Carlton

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Pick 24 – Melbourne

Daniel Turner: Turner adds more depth to the Demons back-line as they charge towards finals. He’s projecting to become an effective third-tall defender.

Pick 23 – West Coast

Connor West: A premier midfielder in the WAFL with West Perth, West has had 27 touches a game and will add depth to a midfield that has struggled with injuries in recent weeks. 

Pick 22 – Essendon

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Pick 21 – St Kilda

Cooper Sharman: Sharman has worked his way through the SANFL after a flag with Oakleigh in the NAB League. He is a hard-working forward who leads at the leg, and takes his chances well. Could play footy early for the Saints.

Pick 20 – Carlton

Jordan Boyd: From Footscray, Boyd is a pressure forward who can hit the scoreboard regularly. He beat out Tyson Stengle and Ben Crocker for a spot with the Blues.

Pick 19 – Gold Coast 

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Pick 18 – Collingwood

Aiden Begg: Begg won’t play this year as he recovers from a shoulder injury, but has been a really effective forward option for Eastern Ranges. The Pies will take their time with him but he will be a promising forward-ruck prospect for the future.

Pick 17 – Hawthorn

Jackson Callow: Callow is a contested marking beast who has been turning heads with Norwood in the SANFL, after making the move from Tasmania this season. The 195cm and 96kg key forward leads the SANFL in contested marks, despite just turning 19. He captured everyone’s attention after he finished with 24 disposals, seven contested marks and 3.7 goals against Adelaide’s SANFL side a few weeks ago. While there are questions on his speed and athleticism, Callow’s body of work in the TSL, NAB League and SANFL suggests that he could make an immediate and long-term impact at Hawthorn.

Pick 16 – North Melbourne

Charlie Ham: Brother of Brayden, Ham is an outside type with the Geelong Falcons who is classy and runs all day. He needs to add to his frame but has the capacity to be an effective wingman.

Pick 15 – Melbourne

Kye Declase: A 195cm defender, the Demons will utilise him as a third-defender, and he could challenge for a spot in the backline with Marty Hore and Adam Tomlinson going down.

Pick 14 – Brisbane

Kailin Lane: The 204cm prospect is again a project player, but from the WAFL with the Claremont Reserves. Brisbane has added to their ruck stocks with Oscar McInerney and Archie Smith leading that division.

Pick 13 – Port Adelaide 

Jed McEntee: The Sturt junior has performed through the midfield so far this year for the Double Blues and will add extra grunt for Port Adelaide. Standing at 176cm tall, the 19-year-old has averaged 19.1 disposals across his eight games in 2021.   

Pick 12 – Sydney

Lachlan McAndrew: The 209cm prospect from the VFL will be a long-term proposition for the Swans. He’s a brilliant tap ruckman who projects as an athletic type. A Swans Academy prospect, he will learn from Tom Hickey and Dean Cox.

Pick 11 – West Coast

Will Collins: Splitting his time between the Swan Districts League and Reserve sides, Collins has natural growth in his game as a 19-year-old but projects to be a lockdown defender. His ball use out of the backline is steadily improving, and will possibly be joining the likes of Alex Witherden and Jackson Nelson as the new breed of Eagle defenders.

Pick 10 – Richmond

Matthew Parker: The former St Kilda forward threat, Parker has been superb for South Fremantle this year and controls the airways with aerial exploits regularly. Parker had 26 disposals and kicked four goals on the weekend, showcasing his ability at the lower level. The Tigers are looking for their next Marlion Pickett with the South Fremantle Bulldog.

Pick 9 – Essendon

Sam Durham: Durham received late interest from clubs, but has been a really good player the whole season for Richmond in the VFL. The Dons will utilise him in the future as an outside player and possibly a general defender.

Pick 8 – Greater Western Sydney

James Peatling: A versatile defender at 185cm, Peatling is growing as a defender in the GWS academy. GWS will add him to its list with the likes of Isaac Cumming and Lachie Ash. 

Pick 7 – St Kilda

Max Heath: Heath has played three games in the NAB League for the Sandringham Dragons, forming a dangerous duo with Jacob Edwards in the ruck. He has averaged 24 hit-outs per contest for the Dragons, and worked hard on his ground-level game which has led to him recording 11 tackles over his past two matches. The 204cm ruckman is already developing into a talented ruckman and will learn behind Paddy Ryder at the Saints.

Pick 6 – Carlton

Alex Mirkov: The 210cm volleyball-convert has bolted into the mid-season draft after just two games at VFL level for Carlton. Mirkov projects to be a brilliant tap ruckman, but is a very raw prospect so won’t feature at AFL level in 2021 for the Blues.

Pick 5 – Gold Coast

Ned Moyle: One of the top prospects in this year’s Mid-Season Draft, the Oakleigh Chargers product has been dominating in the ruck. The 205cm 19-year-old has impressed with his tap work, ability to cover the ground and follow-up efforts. He was among the AFL Academy’s best in its 130-point thumping to Geelong’s VFL side in April. In his handful of games for Collingwood’s VFL side, Moyle looked comfortable against AFL-listed ruckmen like new teammate Zac Smith, Sam Naismith and Callum Sinclair. He could play at some point this season given the Suns’ injuries in the ruck.

Pick 4 – Adelaide:

Patrick Parnell: He’s only 178cm, but Parnell has dominated the NAB League off half-back for the Murray Bushrangers in 2021. In the mould of a Caleb Daniel, he’s been able to cut opposition sides apart with pin-point passes, and has shown some toe dashing off through the middle of the park to kick a goal in round five. The 19-year-old projects to become a damaging small defender for the Crows when he adds some size to his frame.

Pick 3 – Collingwood:

Ash Johnson: After following his brother and current Adelaide Crow Shane McAdam from the Adelaide Footy League, the 23-year-old has impressed in his time at Sturt in the SANFL. He’s a high-flyer and a strong marker, with a goal sense that has seen him average 2.2 goals a game across his 12 SANFL league matches. He’s the cousin of Gold Coast’s Jy Farrar, hails from Halls Creek in remote Western Australia and perfectly fits the archetype of a third tall-forward target option for Collingwood.

Pick 2 – Hawthorn:

Jai Newcombe: Newcombe has been a dominant midfielder in the VFL for Box Hill, winning his own footy at will but also damaging opponents on the outside. He’s a 180cm midfield bull that bodylines the ball and the man, and won’t take a backwards step. He’s averaging 23 disposals and has kicked three goals this year – he could potentially come straight into the Hawks best 22 for the remainder of the season.

Pick 1 – North Melbourne:

Jacob Edwards: The Sandringham Dragons 203cm ruck-forward has starred this season, and shot into mid-season draft contention early this season. With brilliant hands in traffic and a ground-level game defying his size, it’s no wonder he’s been considered a potential first-round draft pick in the 2021 national draft. Edwards is averaging 12 touches and has kicked five goals in his three NAB League games, but is still finishing year 12 so won’t play AFL this year. North Melbourne will support him through his studies this year, before a big pre-season coming into the 2022 season.

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About Hamish Spence 41 Articles
Hamish writes about Aussie Rules, cricket, basketball and all things Tasmanian sport for The Inner Sanctum. His experience includes working for organisations like 10 News First, AFL Tasmania, The Mercury, the TSL, the Hobart Hurricanes and Draft Central. He recently finished a media degree at The University of Tasmania.

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