Who your club will pick in the AFL mid-season draft
With less than 24 hours until the new AFL mid-season rookie draft, plenty of questions remain.
Unlike the national draft, where clubs have two months knowing the draft order, the final order of the draft was decided at 8pm on Sunday night at the conclusion of the Fremantle and Brisbane game.
Carlton was locked into the No.1 pick after the Roos pulled off a shock win over the Western Bulldogs, which resulted in a big shake-up of the top five. North Melbourne fell from Pick 2 to Pick 5 via that victory.
In the words of many industry sources who spoke to foxfooty.com.au in the lead-up to the draft, there isn't 'a Tim Kelly' lying around the state leagues that clubs will be able to grab.
Some clubs have a theory to select a young overlooked draftee from the most recent crop, with the plan of developing them for 18 months on their list to try and find a prospect that could play senior football down the track.
It is unlikely the players called out on Monday have a long AFL career - but there have been plenty of players who have proven recruiters wrong in the past.
Could the Blues pull off a shock with Pick 1? And how many clubs will actually make a selection?
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PICK 1 - Carlton - Josh Deluca
The Blues had been linked early to Coburg forward Sam Lowson, who suffered an injury scare on the eve of the mid-season draft.
But the consensus among the club recruiters watching on at Ikon Park on Sunday was Western Australia mature-aged prospect Josh Deluca is the man likely to be called out by the Blues with the first mid-season rookie draft pick since 1993.
Kyle Dunkley was another player considered to be in the mix for the selection, but there have been suggestions the Blues hadn't even interviewed the 18-year-old.
The 23-year-old former Docker didn't play at WAFL level on the weekend following a hamstring niggle. He has averaged 25.7 disposals this season playing for Subiaco.
PICK 2 - Gold Coast Suns - Kyle Dunkley
Dunkley appears to be the best 'overage' prospect out of all the overlooked youngsters in the 2018 draft.
The brother of Western Bulldogs player Josh, Kyle returned to the NAB League competition with Gippsland Power, averaging 18.5 disposals. His inside work has been strong in the elite underage competition, while he has also played VFL football for Footscray - booting three goals on the MCG against Box Hill.
The Suns are also believed to be interested in Coburg medium defender Lochie Dickson, while Mitch Riordan is someone they have tracked over the last 12 months.
PICK 3 - Melbourne - Sam Lowson
The 23-year-old forward has booted 16 goals in the VFL this season, with clubs impressed by his tackling and pressure work inside 50 for Coburg.
Lowson kicked two goals on Saturday, before an injury scare meant he spent the remainder of the game on the bench.
It's believed Lowson hasn't suffered a long term injury, with the decision to leave him off the ground being a precaution and due to the score situation.
Melbourne has also been linked with Cody Hirst.
PICK 4 - Sydney Swans - Cody Hirst
Josh Deluca was among the players believed to have been considered by the Swans. But Carlton are tipped to swoop in at the top of the order, which could see Sydney opt for overlooked midfielder Hirst.
He was rested from the Vic Metro trial match against the Allies on Sunday and has averaged 23.8 disposals this season in the midfield for Eastern Ranges, but is more likely to start as a flanker at the next level.
There has been whispers that the Swans have done work on a number of West Australian prospects, so they could pull a surprise which might include former Docker Brady Grey.
They may also considering passing if a player who takes their fancy doesn't slide through. It's unlikely the Swans take more than one selection.
PICK 5 - North Melbourne - Lochie Dickson
It has been a big weekend at the North Melbourne Football Club. A win in Brad Scott's farewell game resulted in the Roos jumping up the ladder, moving from Pick 2 to Pick 5 after their win over the Western Bulldogs.
Could Coburg medium defender Lochie Dickson be considered at their new spot in the order? The 190cm prospect reads the play well behind the ball and can intercept if needed.
The Roos have also been linked with Adam Tipungwuti, the cousin of Essendon's Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti. The small forward could suit the Kangaroos' needs.
PICK 6 - Western Bulldogs - Ryan Gardner
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge spoke of the desire to bring a key forward into the club following their loss to North Melbourne. And they might just be able to do that in the form of delisted Geelong player Ryan Gardner.
Arriving at Footscray in the off-season, Gardner has booted more than a goal a game in the VFL this season, impressing with his aerial marking.
It would follow the Bulldogs' recent drafting of players from their own VFL-aligned side, following Billy Gowers (2017) and Will Hayes (2018).
PICK 7 - Essendon - Michael Knoll
There have long been suggestions Essendon would pick a ruckman in the mid-season rookie draft.
And while it would be totally in recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro's mantra to go against the thoughts of many, he might be the best player available at their selection. Joe Daniher's injury adds weight to thoughts they need to bring in another tall.
The Bombers had first looked at young ruckman Riley Bowman, who played in their VFL team on the weekend, showing decent signs as he booted a goal from 14 touches. But Knoll, a South Australian, looks the likely pick now.
The Bombers were long linked to Marlion Pickett, but the WAFL gun broke his finger on Saturday and is expected to miss two months of football.
It remains to be seen how many picks the Bombers will use, given they have three available.
PICK 8 - St Kilda - Frank Anderson
The Saints are expected to take the best player available, with Anderson set to be among the names they consider. The Northern Blues midfielder has shown decent signs since stepping out of the Eastern Football League.
Reports emerged late on Sunday night they had met with South Australian Lachie Hosie. The medium forward has booted 21 goals in the SANFL this season.
PICK 9 - Port Adelaide - Pass
The Power have a spot open after Jake Patmore ruptured his ACL, but could be the first club to pass on draft night.
Expect the Power to make a play if a player takes their fancy and is still on the board by their selection - but they won't be pushed into using the selection.
If they do, expect them to consider a young overlooked teenager who could stay on their list for at least 18 months.
PICK 10 - Hawthorn - Mitch Riordan
Riordan was one of the unlucky players in November 2018 after having a number of injury setbacks in his draft year.
But the midfielder has gone back to the underage competition and performed strongly throughout this season, putting his hand up for Vic Country selection once again.
The hard running midfielder has shown his burst at the stoppages and is averaging 17.5 disposals with a 50 per cent contested possession rate in the NAB League.
PICK 11 - Fremantle - Jarvis Pina
The Dockers weren't originally expected to have a mid-season rookie draft pick, but a long-term injury to Matt Taberner should mean Fremantle use a selection.
They are expected to go local, with Jarvis Pina a candidate if they are to pick a West Australian. Pina was overlooked in the draft last year, with the 176cm prospect having played three WAFL Colts games this season.
Pina had 32 disposals and eight marks in Peel Thunder's opening game of the season, while being added into the Western Australia squad for the Under 18 Championships.
The Dockers have also been linked to overlooked tall Dillon O'Reilly.
PICK 12 - Adelaide - Pass
Like their fellow South Australian side, the Crows may elect to pass their selection. The Crows are on record saying they won't just make a pick for the sake of it.
PICK 13 - Richmond - Pass
Two names that continue to come up in discussions about Richmond's pick are Frank Anderson and Marlion Pickett.
But it's understood the Tigers would be comfortable not selecting in the mid-season draft if a player didn't catch their eye, given the success of Sydney Stack this year. Do they have a draft smoky up their sleeve?
PICK 14 - GWS - Pass
The Giants have a number of stars running around in the NEAFL who could slot into a number of clubs' best 22s - so would they bother taking a pick?
NEAFL pair Mitch Maguire and Angus Baker are two names that might be considered, given their ability to play in multiple positions.
PICK 15 - Collingwood - Pass
All is well at Collingwood with Nathan Buckley's men once again pushing for a top four spot.
The Pies are understood to have spoken to a number of interstate candidates, but the whispers suggest they won't be picking.
All remaining selections by clubs are likely to be passed.