The potential top three 2019 draft picks.
The potential top three 2019 draft picks.

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?

South Australian prospect Izak Rankine.
South Australian prospect Izak Rankine.

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.

Lions rising stars Cam Raynor, Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry. Picture: Annette Dew
Lions rising stars Cam Raynor, Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry. Picture: Annette Dew

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.