NAB 2010 AFL National Draft – Round 1

Pick Team Player Height Weight Pos Comment
1 Gold Coast Suns David Swallow 186 83 Mid Brother of North Melbourne’s Andrew Swallow who is likely to be the number one pick in the 2010 NAB AFL Draft. Has exceptional endurance, skills and ball-winning ability. Played for Gold Coast in the VFL in 2010 and finished fourth In the competition’s be
2 Gold Coast Suns Harley Bennell 185 74 Mid Immensely fast and with an almost precognitive ability to get his hands on the ball, as well as having strong hands in the air. Won the Larke Medal and All-Australian honours in the 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, where he kicked 13 goals in five mat
3 Gold Coast Suns Sam Day 196 96 Fwd Impressive kick, fantastic leg speed and endurance and a very strong mark. He can kick well on both sides, and won All-Australian honours playing for SA in the Under-18s Championship. He took 23 marks and kicked 6 goals over 5 games of the Championship.
4 West Coast Eagles Andrew Gaff 182 78 Mid Strong, nuggety midfielder who can get into the pack and emerge with the footy. A left-footer who averaged 27 disposals at 79 per cent efficiency in the 2010 NAB Under-18 Championships, earning himself All-Australian honours.
5 Brisbance Lions Jared Polec 189 80 Mid Strong and skilled midfielder with blistering pace and accurate by hand or foot. Impressed at the 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, winning All Australian honours. Averaged 20 disposals and a goal a game.
6 Richmond Tigers Reece Conca 185 79 Mid Impressively skilled player from WA, with a strong body and a great ability to win the contested ball. His ability to run and carry and his football smarts were prominent in representing WA at the Under-18 Championships this year. Averaged 18 disposals at
7 Gold Coast Suns Josh Caddy 186 82 Mid Extremely skilled, with a strong ability to mark, and silky handballing skills. All-Australian team member in the 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, where he averaged 24 possessions (11 contested) and seven clearances, as well as three goals.
8 Essendon Bombers Dyson Heppell 189 80 Def Impressively strong player with smooth disposal skills and all-round ability. Was outstanding for Vic Country in the NAB AFL U18 Championships, winning MVP and All-Australian honours. Averaged 20 disposals at 75 per cent efficiency and four tackles.
9 Gold Coast Suns Dion Prestia 174 82 Fwd Injury cut the season of this small forwards NAB AFL Under-18 Championship short, but he returned later in the year to the Cannons to great effect. An unbelieveably quick midfielder with impressive agility and ball-winning skills.
10 Gold Coast Suns Daniel Gorringe 200 88 Ruck Gorringe was a standout at both the NAB AFL Combine and the 2010 NAB AFL U18 Championships. At the Combine he showed a remarkable ability to run, kick, mark and handpass. During the championships he managed an unbelievable 105 hitouts, as well as 10 dispo
11 Gold Coast Suns Thomas Lynch 199 91 Fwd Hard-working tall forward with terrific disposal by hand or foot. Impressive endurance keeps him running, and he shows good ability at ground level. He was impressive for Vic Country in the 2010 NAB AFL U18 Championships, where he averaged 13 disposals an
12 Melbourne Demons Lucas Cook 196 81 Fwd Tall forward with the knack for getting his hands on the ball, and the skills to offload it accurately. Very quick on his feet for a man of his size and with the endurance to use it. He received Under-18 All Australian honours in 2010 and averaged 14 disp
13 Gold Coast Suns Sebastian Tape 191 81 Def Tape is an athletic and agile tall defender who captained SA in the NAB AFL U18 Championships where he averaged almost 12 disposals a game. He shows excelent ball-handing skills both above his head and at ground level.
14 Adelaide Crows Brodie Smith 189 78 Def Skilled and powerful midfielder who can win himself plenty of the footy and run it into the attacking 50. Starred in the NAB AFL U18 Championships with All Australian honours, and averaged 22 disposals, five clearances and six inside 50s. Also managed 4 s
15 Geelong Cats Billie Smedts 189 76 Def Spectacular mark and a good user of the footy. Fully capable of getting his hands on the ball with his impressive speed and agility. Was a Vic Country NAB AFL U18 representative in 2010, playing three matches after returning from injury, averaging 11 disp
16 Port Adelaide Power Ben Jacobs 186 82 Def An excellent grab with great core strength, the ability to run all day and good skills by hand. Can really find the ball and was outstanding at the 2010 NAB AFL U18 Championships, winning All-Australian honours and averaging 29 disposals at 69 per cent ef
17 North Melbourne Kangaroos Shaun Atley 189 81 Mid Atley is an amazing kick, and he uses that ability well. Twice runner-up in State level hurdles, which highlights his athletic ability. All-Australian team member in the 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, where he averaged 19 disposals and six tackles.
18 Carlton Blues Matthew Watson 195 102 Def Left-footed tall defender with impressive marking ability and a tremendous ability to win the ball. Amazing endurance keeps him going for the entire match. Played well in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, earning All-Australian honours and averaging 19
19 Hawthorn Hawks Isaac Smith 187 75 Fwd Medium forward who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent months. Began the 2010 season playing with Redan in the Ballarat league in central Victoria. Was part of the Victorian team that won the national bush footy championships and was then invited to play
20 Fremantle Dockers Jayden Pitt 189 79 Fwd Uncanny ability to win the ball with blistering speed and precise handballing skills. Can react to the play like a veteran. All Australian at the NAB AFL U18s in 2010, averaging 18 disposals and kicking eight goals in the championships.
21 Sydney Swans Jed Lamb 181 79.2 Fwd Strong and quick, Lamb has an uncanny ability to find the ball and rarely disappoints with the shot at goal. Super-smart goalkicker in all situations; kicked 34 goals this year for Power and Vic Country at the NAB AFL U18 Championships.
22 Western Bulldogs Mitchell Wallis 185 80 Mid Son of Bulldogs great Steve Wallis, Mitchell posesses amazing pace and agility as well as dextrous hand-passing skills and a decent kick. Captained Vic Metro in the 2010 NAB AFL Un18 Championships, where he averaged 28 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency
23 Geelong Cats Cameron Gutheris 186 78.55 Def Starred at the Combine, showing spectacular marking and kicking skills as well as a good turn of speed. Versatile medium defender who can play a lock down role and win contested ball. Also a Vic Metro under-18 representative in 2010 where he averaged 13 d
24 St Kida Saints Jamie Cripps 183 75 Def Silky skills by hand or foot, a strong mark, and truly impressive legspeed. Not afraid to take the game on as a defender. Was an under-18 representative for WA, averaging 14 disposals at 69 per cent efficiency.
25 Brisbane Lions Patrick Karnezis 191 80 Fwd Tall forward who can win his own ball. Averaged eight kicks a game and bagged five goals at the 2010 NAB AFL U18 Championships. Strong hands and sets up scoring opportunities for his teammates as well as creating his own.


  1. I am really happy with Carltons selection in round 1 (#18 overall) – Matthew Watson.

    Love his height at 195cm, the fifth tallest player selected in the first round of 25 players (including ruckman). It may take a number of years before we know how good he will be, however the Blues need key defenders and Watson fits the bill perfectly.

    Good job with the draft recap Molly!

    This is a great video if you haven’t seen it –

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