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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Cam Twomey mentioned that Allen hasn't been invited to the first draft night, meaning he's unlikely to go in the top 10. He may well be available at our pick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Cam Twomey mentioned that Allen hasn't been invited to the first draft night, meaning he's unlikely to go in the top 10. He may well be available at our pick
    That would really shake things around. I wonder if he makes it to our pick if Ginbey goes before West Coasts first pick?

    Allan, Busslinger and Hollands are right in the mix and is there any chance someone like Jhye Clark or Cam MacKenzie slides?
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    ESPN have released their mock draft

    They have us getting Jedd Busslinger, Olli Hotton and Blake Drury with our 3 picks
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    ESPN have released their mock draft

    They have us getting Jedd Busslinger, Olli Hotton and Blake Drury with our 3 picks
    Seems a very balanced outcome.

    In that mock, GWS are pumping out Konstanty for the best offer. A Future First, or F2 on a slight downgrade. Is he good enough to make any club trade up to him? (Not just us, but including us)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    Seems a very balanced outcome.

    In that mock, GWS are pumping out Konstanty for the best offer. A Future First, or F2 on a slight downgrade. Is he good enough to make any club trade up to him? (Not just us, but including us)
    Clubs love his defensive pressure.
    Maybe I'm alone on this, but for a small forward he does seem to take a fraction of a second longer than other smalls in getting his boot to the ball. I do wonder in the sped up AFL environment he's purely a defensive small forward or he can adapt and be a scoring threat too.

    If not, a late first/early second is a huge price for a purely defensive forward.

    Again, others who have seen more vision may disagree
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    Seems a very balanced outcome.

    In that mock, GWS are pumping out Konstanty for the best offer. A Future First, or F2 on a slight downgrade. Is he good enough to make any club trade up to him? (Not just us, but including us)
    I don't mind him as a player but I just think we could do better. I wouldn't trade up to get him but I also wouldn't be concerned if we selected him.
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Listen now to recruiting manager

    https://www.afl.com.au/news/868305
    Full replay from Club site - with Dom Milesi discussing our strategies

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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    It would be a hard decision between Weddle and George if they were both available.
    Ive been big on getting Allan so I hope that is the case but my gut tells me if Weddle is available for our 2 nd pick that is the player we should grab and have a discreet giggle to ourselves that we have done exceptionally well.

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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Worth a read

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    WITH season proper and trade period done and dusted, AFL fans and staff alike now turn their attention towards the draft (November 28-30). The chaos has settled on player and pick swaps, and budding prospects have completed their combines, leaving a nervous wait until they learn their fate.

    In the next of our club by club previews, we take a look at the Western Bulldogs’ draft hand and offer insight into how they may utilise the picks at their possession. Boasting a selection in each round and a strong hand heading into next year, anything is possible.

    2022 FINISH: 8th

    CURRENT PICKS: 11, 21, 39, 67, 75

    FUTURE PICKS: WB R1, BL R1, BL R2, WB R4, MEL R4, GEE R4

    ACADEMY/FATHER-SON NOMINEES: Nil.

    FIRST PICK OPTIONS:

    Much of what the Bulldogs can do hinges on what goes down within the top 10, but there is plenty of value to be had across an even first round. Not targeting one particular area of the ground, the Bulldogs will pick the best available talent.

    In terms of targets, Oliver Hollands would be a handy fit should he slip past Carlton, after the Dogs lost Josh Dunkley and Lachie Hunter from their midfield rotation. In a similar vein, Mattaes Phillipou looms as a prospect in high demand, but looks to be right in the Bulldogs’ wheelhouse. He has likened himself to skipper Marcus Bontempelli, and would be another versatile addition.

    Elsewhere, West Australian bolter Edward Allan is another with interest from the likes of West Coast early on, but could be available for the Dogs to swoop on. Despite offering a small sample size through injury, he tore up the draft combine and can play just about anywhere with his all-round athletic profile.

    Fellow West Aussie Jedd Busslinger may also be in the mix should the Bulldogs seek long-term key defensive cover, and Lewis Hayes is another tall back in the same range who could feature. Bids on father-son talents may also be in the Bulldogs’ plans, particularly with Jaspa Fletcher around the mark.

    REMAINING CROP:

    Having prized an early second rounder off Brisbane, the Bulldogs could again go down the bidding route with Alwyn Davey Jr. Should they go their own way, another midfielder-forward in Olli Hotton, or genuine small forward in Jacob Konstanty could be shrewd selections.

    The latter is said to be within first round contention, particularly with GWS lurking, and a similar thing can be said for the likes of Lachlan Cowan and Jakob Ryan. Otherwise, the Bulldogs may pounce on Henry Hustwaite, a 195cm midfielder-defender with plenty of suitors in the second round.

    The Bulldogs are expected to use three picks, with 39 opening up the third round. The crop tends to drop off after that mark, though there remains some less-proven, high-upside types who the Bulldogs might consider. Unlike other years, they won’t have to worry about incorporating plans for father-son or Next Generation Academy bids.

    KEY QUESTIONS:

    – Will the Bulldogs stick to their guns on selecting the best available talent?
    – Which top 10 slider will get to the Bulldogs’ first pick?
    – Will the Bulldogs utilise their position at the start of rounds two and three to enter live trading?
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    "and can play just about anywhere with his all-round athletic profile" Allan sounds like a Bevo wet dream

    If there has been murmurs around taking Busslinger vs Hollands/Allan I can't see Bevo being on the Buss's bandwagon he just doesn't look like he has that competitive edge that he likes in a tall.

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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    I wonder if Dom Milesi flagged our draft intentions where he talked about how Bevo valued versatility in players?
    Does it strengthen an Ed Allan or Oliver Hollands selection?
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    I wonder if Dom Milesi flagged our draft intentions where he talked about how Bevo valued versatility in players?
    Does it strengthen an Ed Allan or Oliver Hollands selection?
    Dare I say it - Jefferson?
    Hotton can play forward or wing too.

    Weddle can play tall, medium or short as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Dare I say it - Jefferson?
    Hotton can play forward or wing too.

    Weddle can play tall, medium or short as well.
    Agreed

    Jefferson could very well be a defender if needed. There is a bit of work to get him fitter and stronger in the short term but a terrific prospect.

    Hotton could be a force in a couple of positions and Weddle might be limited to being a defender but his ability to play on a variety of opponents as you highlight would be appealing to a number of clubs.
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    How two-year, 20kg transformation helped son-of-a-gun’s AFL draft surge


    There’s coming with a late rush and then there’s Ed Allan.

    Relegated to the sidelines for the first half of the year courtesy of a stress fracture in his back, Allan has stormed into top-15 draft calculations after a barnstorming back stretch of 2022.

    He may’ve only managed six games between WAFL Colts and state level, but the West Australian certainly made an impact.

    “I knew I only had about a month-and-a-half to come back and play so I knew I had to play well,” Allan told foxfooty.com.au.

    “That was definitely one of my goals to come back and impact straight away. I was pretty happy with how I went in terms of how consistent I was when I came back.”

    Key to that consistency are Allan’s natural attributes - standing at 194 centimetres while boasting phenomenal athleticism - and his commitment to improving even while sidelined for much of the year.

    “I got the fracture in late February so I knew straight away it was going to be a two to three month injury,” he said.

    “I kind of just had to break it down week by week into small goals. I had a good support network,

    “I was with mates a lot and then I was able to be in the gym pretty much the whole time as well which helped me take my mind off things and I was also doing Uni.

    “I wasn’t allowed to put much weight on my spinal cord … I was doing upper body stuff in the gym, I was also doing pilates during the week with a specialist. I definitely think without doing the pilates and intensive training I wouldn’t have come back as consistently.”

    Allan turned heads at the national draft combine when he recorded a 20-metre sprint time of 2.184 seconds, which was just .06 seconds off the best-ever recorded time in 2010.

    Just at noticeable as his rise up the draft order was his development physically.

    “My older brother did the same thing, we both had a pretty similar growth spurt,” he said.

    “Over the last two-and-a-half years we’ve probably grown about 15 to 20 centimetres and put on about 15 to 20 kilos.

    “I’ll thank Mum’s genes for that I think!”

    His father, too, certainly hasn’t hindered his football aspirations, with Ben Allan having played senior football for both Hawthorn and Fremantle, captaining the latter in 1995 and 1996.

    Allan’s capabilities are impressive and his versatility as a result is a big appeal to many club recruiters.

    While his favourite position is as an inside midfielder, his least favourite position came in the early months of 2022, when he was relegated to the couch while recovering.

    “There was (a bit of doubt). When you sit out for that long and watch everyone play you kind of think everyone has gone ahead of you a bit,” he said.

    “I guess in that sense there was a bit of doubt. In saying that, I was also pretty confident in myself.”

    While Allan notes he’s been “pretty lucky with a good family and support network”, he’s one of several Hemisphere Management players taking part in Movember this year in a bid to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health.

    There’s been a notable rise in transparency with regard to mental health, to the point where some players are open about the fact they would prefer to stay in their home state and be close to family.

    While the return of Luke Jackson to West Australia was a reminder of the risks interstate clubs take in drafting such players, Allan instead has grown accustomed to the likelihood he’ll be packing his bags once draft night is done.

    “Being from WA, you kind of know if you’re going to get picked up you’ll probably have to move interstate. You kind of come to terms with it,” he said.

    “I’m obviously happy to go anywhere if anyone gave me the opportunity.”
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    Re: 2022 Draft Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    I wonder if Dom Milesi flagged our draft intentions where he talked about how Bevo valued versatility in players?
    Does it strengthen an Ed Allan or Oliver Hollands selection?
    See, this is one I don't get.

    I understand the outside runner part (and I like that for us) but he butchers the footy by footy for a top 15 pick...I can see the attraction - he's an excellent runner/reader of the game but hitting targets??? Not so much!!
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