‘Year of the power forwards’ in current crop
EVERY AFL draft over the decades has a defining factor and Far North recruiting guru Noel Judkins believes the 2018 crop will be remembered for its power forwards.
Many mock drafts leading into today's first round have tall forwards Jack Lukosius, and twin brothers Ben and Max King inside the top handful of names to be read out.
Judkins, speaking from his own personal opinion and not the views of the Essendon Football Club, where he works as a consultant, thinks the three big boys can be game changers.
"With the Kings and Lukosius, you will see these guys go early because of their quality and then you are unlikely to see many other big blokes until the 30s or the 40s," Judkins said.
"Clubs at this point are looking at if they should take the best player on offer or the need of their club.
"If you look at Carlton with pick one, maybe they would look at one of these guys with pick one but they already have Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay.
"The King boys and Lukosius are going to be very good players."
Judkins, who has spent 40 years in the business of recruiting the most talented youngsters from around Australia, says footy fans should watch out for the first ever live trading of draft picks, which will be will be introduced in the 2018 AFL Draft, and will enable clubs more flexibility on draft night by allowing them to shift picks as the draft happens.
"It will all depend on who ends up with what picks of course," he said.
"Carlton have pick one now as we speak but under the rules they may not have it by the time the draft happens."
The Kewarra Beach resident believes Cairns Saints junior Caleb Graham will find an AFL home across the two days of the draft.
"There were a few people that thought he was going to be an earlier pick, than what he will end up being," Judkins said.
"One area he needs to work on is his ground level stuff but besides that he is promising."