Suns in mix to swap AFL trade picks
If you believe the rumours, Gold Coast is attempting to add another top five draft pick to its arsenal.
The Suns are eyeing off Carlton's No.1 pick or St Kilda's pick No.4 in what would be the biggest draft pick trade since Hawthorn secured Fremantle's No.1 in 2001.
To secure the Blues' top pick - and you would assume Sam Walsh - the Suns would have to give up picks No.2 and 6.
While pick No.6 would also be involved in any trade with the Saints.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back at past drafts, the Blues could be tempted to secure two young guns but history tells us potential is fraught with danger.
Taking last year's draft as an example, would you be happy to give up Cam Rayner, knowing you'd secure Andrew Brayshaw and Jaidyn Stephenson?
Carlton fans might be disappointed to miss out on Walsh but the addition of Izak Rankine and Bailey Smith, or perhaps Ben or Max King, would certainly ease the pain.
Gold Coast's pursuit of St Kilda's No.4 draft pick looks a little harder to accomplish.
However, the pay-off for the Suns would be immense given they would then own picks No.2, 3 and 4.
Pick No.1 v 2 & 6
|Year||Pick No.1||Picks No.3 & 6|
|2017||Cam Rayner||Andrew Brayshaw & Jaidyn Stephenson|
|2016||Andrew McGrath||Tim Taranto & Sam Petrevski-Seton|
|2015||Jacob Weitering||Josh Schache & Aaron Francis|
|2014||Paddy McCartin||Christian Petracca & Caleb Marchbank|
|2013||Tom Boyd||Josh Kelly & Matthew Scharenberg|
|2012||Lachie Whitfield||Jono O'Rourke & Jack Macrae|
|2011||Jon Patton||Stephen Coniglio & Chad Wingard|
|2010||David Swallow||Harley Bennell & Reece Conca|
|2009||Tom Scully||Jack Trengove & Gary Rohan|
|2008||Jack Watts||Nic Naitanui & Chris Yarran|
|2007||Matthew Kreuzer||Trent Cotchin & David Myers|
|2006||Bryce Gibbs||Scott Gumbleton & Mitch Thorp|
|2005||Marc Murphy||Dale Thomas & Beau Dowler|
|2004||Brett Deledio||Jarryd Roughead & Tom Williams|
|2003||Adam Cooney||Andrew Walker & Kepler Bradley|
|2002||Brendon Goddard||Daniel Wells & Steven Salopek|
|2001||Luke Hodge||Luke Ball & Ashley Sampi|
|2000||Nick Riewoldt||Justin Koschitzke & Dylan Smith|
Hypothetically, the Suns could then draft South Australian trio Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine and Connor Rozee
The three are all childhood friends and moving to Queensland together would certainly help reduce the go-home risk with Port Adelaide already announcing its plans to poach them in the coming years.
Brisbane had a similar draft strategy when it drafted Hugh McCluggage, Jarrod Berry and Cedric Cox from TAC Cup side Ballarat Rebels.
McCluggage and Berry have become key parts of the Lions' promising rebuild.
St Kilda would demand a treasure chest of picks in return with pick No.6 and possibly the Suns' 2019 pick, the likely No.1 selection given the Suns rock-bottom rebuild.