It’s money time for the AFL’s recruiters. The people at each club who have lived and breathed under-age footy for the past 12 months are now saying their final prayers that they’re the person who plucks out the next James Hird at No.79, and not the bloke who picks Richard Tambling ahead of Buddy Franklin.
With each club’s future potentially resting on nailing those top selections – and with a relatively shallow draft pool this year – picking the right kids has never been more important.
Here’s how the top 10 picks are expected to play out.
PICK 1 – CARLTON
Weitering is a Melbourne supporter but the key defender has no chance of reaching the Demons at pick three, such is the hype surrounding him, plus the fact that only Carlton and Brisbane (pick two) bothered to interview him at the AFL Draft combine. Instead the 18-year-old will get the worst job in footy – trying to plug the competition’s leakiest defence, which was already a disaster before losing Lachie Henderson during the trade period.