AFL 2011 Power Rankings – Round 17 – Switcheroo!

What would happen if the AFL, in a once-off “Equalisation Draft”, allowed each club to acquire the services of another player in the competition?  In a mouth-watering (yet cruel) exercise, this week I’ve taken the liberty of drafting a player to every AFL club – from a rival team – to help bolster their stocks.  Who would you choose for your club? To ensure the AFL competition remains a healthy one, I have put in place the following draft stipulations: – Top 8 ranked sides are required to draft a player from another side in the Top 8 teams (avoid raiding of the cellar-dwellers); – Picks are performed by Power Ranking position, in reverse order (Port Adelaide 1st pick, Collingwood 17th, etc); – No more than 2 players per club can be selected/raided; – Clubs that lose a player can swap 1st & 2nd round National Draft picks with the raiding club, if it is advantageous to do so. And remember, this exercise is about the medium-to-long term future of your club and more importantly for all of us, the long-term viability of the AFL – not only 2011. Let’s begin!

(Note: An early version of the article had Sydney getting Hibberd when it should have read Hurley. This has been corrected now)

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Port Adelaide 17 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #1: Lance Franklin (Hawthorn). What better way to re-invigorate a footy club, than by drafting the most exciting player in the game, Lance Franklin? The Hawks would be furious, but "Buddy" would instantaneously make the Power relevant again.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Brisbane 16 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #2: Marc Murphy (Carlton). Amongst the very best midfielders in the game, at only 24 years of age, Murphy would add class and depth to the Lions midfield. Was nearly signed as a father/son selection at Brisbane – so this selection has extra meaning to the club.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Adelaide 15 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #3: Joel Selwood (Geelong). With midfield stalwart Scott Thompson nearing the end, Selwood would be a superb immediate replacement, providing much needed toughness as well as bringing an uncanny ball-winning ability to the Crows midfield.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Richmond 14 DOWN 1

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Pick #4: Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood). Adding the class of Pendlebury to the midfield group of Cotchin, Martin, Jackson & Foley, would give the Tigers an A-Grade midfield for the future. They have needs in many areas, but you can't go past Pendlebury at this selection.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Gold Coast 13 UP 1

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Pick #5: Luke Hodge (Hawthorn). The Gold Coast list is brimming with talent in every department. So why not add Luke Hodge – a brilliant player, tough as anyone going around, but also one of the best leaders in the AFL – required attributes for a young club.

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Players lost to other clubs: G.Ablett (to ESS)

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Melbourne 12 DOWN 3

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Pick #6: Chris Judd (Carlton). The Dees may be inconsistent, but they are not far away from a charge towards September. And adding 2-time Brownlow Medalist Chris Judd to the mix, would only add icing to the cake. After all, Judd was a Demons supporter as a junior.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Bulldogs 11 UP 1

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Pick #7: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle). The Dogs need a ruckman – with Hudson and Minson either not up to it, or on the way out. Big "211", Aaron Sandilands, would be their man. He may be 28, but he would give first touch to their midfielders for the next 5 years.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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Essendon 10 UP 1

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Pick #8: Gary Ablett (Gold Coast). When you think of Essendon, you think of a lack of depth and class in the midfield. "The Little Master", Gary Ablett would be an immediate boon for the club and its supporters, giving a chop-out to Watson, Hocking & co. at the same time.

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Players lost to other clubs: M.Hurley (to SYD)

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Sydney 9 DOWN 3

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Pick #9: Michael Hurley (ESS). The Swans lack identity in both attack and defense. Sam Reid may yet be a star one day, but adding a dual-position player in Hurley (at the age of 21) would give Sydney a tremendous key position building block to work with.

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Players lost to other clubs: none

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St Kilda 8 UP 2

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Pick #10: Travis Cloke (Collingwood). With Nick Riewoldt already showing signs of slowing down, the Saints would jump at the chance to secure arguably the best power forward in football, Travis Cloke. It would be a great way to begin a much needed rebuild at Moorabbin.

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Players lost to other clubs: B.Goddard (to FRE), B.McEvoy (to GEE)

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North Melbourne 7 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #11: Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle). Whilst they are yet to get a big scalp, the Roos are building nicely. Brent Harvey can't play forever, but Nathan Fyfe (at just 19 years of age) will be a star and a ready-made replacement for Harvey in their line-up.

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Players lost to other clubs: D.Wells (to WCE)

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Fremantle 6 UP 2

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Pick #12: Brendan Goddard (St Kilda). The Dockers have their list well positioned, even with Sandilands and Fyfe being taken in this (hypothetical) draft. Brendan Goddard would be an ideal addition, can play anywhere on the field, and may enjoy the change of scenery.

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Players lost to other clubs: A.Sandilands (to WBD), N.Fyfe (to KAN)

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West Coast 5 DOWN 2

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Pick #13: Daniel Wells (Kangaroos). Having stormed into premiership contention this season, the Eagles would welcome Daniel Wells back home to Western Australia, especially given he is enjoying his best season in the AFL with the Kangaroos.

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Players lost to other clubs: J.Kennedy (to CAR), N.Naitanui (to HAW)

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Carlton 4 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #14: Josh Kennedy (West Coast). Having already lost Murphy & Judd to opposition clubs (I know Blues fans, it hurts) – the Blues would be mad not to take back key forward Josh Kennedy from West Coast (part of the 2007 Chris Judd deal) at this selection.

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Players lost to other clubs: M.Murphy (to BRI), C.Judd (to MEL)

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Hawthorn 3 UP 2 BYE

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Pick #15: Nic Naitanui (West Coast). Bailey and Renouf, in my opinion, aren't good enough to get the Hawks to another Premiership in the immediate future. Enter 'Nic Nat' – the most exciting ruck prospect in the AFL and possibly a once-in-a-generation type player.

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Players lost to other clubs: L.Franklin (to PRT), L.Hodge (to GCS)

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Geelong 2 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #16: Ben McEvoy (St Kilda). The Cats are in need of a ruckman, with Ottens nearing the end and Blake not good enough. St Kilda's Ben McEvoy has enjoyed a standout 2011 season, and at only 22 years of age, he can be a 10-year player at the Cattery.

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Players lost to other clubs: J.Selwood (to ADE), N.Vardy (to COL)

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Collingwood 1 <NO CHANGE>

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Pick #17: Nathan Vardy (GEE). With Dawes to cover the loss of Cloke, and a plethora of midfield options to cover Pendles, the Pies could do worse than cherry picking the Cats' up-and-comer Nathan Vardy. A handy option in the ruck and down forward, plus he's just 20.

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Players lost to other clubs: S.Pendlebury (to RIC), T.Cloke (to STK)



Comments

  1. Interesting exercise and as was commented to me on my Google Plus sharing of this, you could ask 100 people and 100 different answers. A couple of differences I would consider:
    Tigers: I would be looking for a key back not another midfielder if I had choice of anyone. Harry Taylor or Ben Reid type. Scarlett bit old for the medium/Long term needs.
    Suns: As much as you would love Hodge and versitility, need a big forward. Cloke, Daws or maybe Roughead be a better mix in my Opinion
    Demons: Again, have midfielders out the ears. See Suns for Tall Forward option. Grillor types that can gang and crash and allow Watts and co to do the pretty stuff.
    Sydney: Again agree with commenter on G+. Hibberd aiming a bit low! Key Forward or CHF would be handy. Maybe Kennedy or Darling
    Hawks: Assuming everyone on the park, I think great need then ruck or Backman is small forward. With the want (if his body is right) to play Cyril in the guts, need a quick, hardworking small forward. Maybe Lewis Jetta of the Swans (assuming 2 Blues were already taken and couldn’t get Garlett). Would even be tempted to trade back Josh Kennedy of the Swans! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the comment Molly. You’re right – I could run this exercise myself 10 times and finish up with 10 different results! But, I’m happy with the outcome of feel that most picks make sense (at least in my little world).  On your points:

    Tigers: Harry Taylor was a very good call by you here – I keep forgetting he is not very old at all. But, it’s hard to go past the midfield silk of Scott Pendlebury at the selection. Agree that Scarlett is far too old for consideration in this process.
    Suns: I considered a “big” player, but they have Dixon and Lynch (and Gorringe?) down there who are developing quite well. Hence the pick of an established star, in Hodge.
    Demons: If Travis Cloke was on the board here, I’d agree with you – he may have been a better selection.
    Sydney: I’m not the biggest fan of Hurley, but I would admit he is going to be a player. I’m happy with his going to Sydney – valuable player.
    Hawks: Hmm, I think ruck is a weakness down there at Hawthorn, but I don’t see Renouf or Bailey close up like you do. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t want to see Nic Nat put the ball down Sam Mitchell’s throat week in, week out!

    Cheers mate, and thanks again for the feedback :)

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