Throughout 2020, ESPN.com.au AFL draft expert Chris Doerre has cast his eye over the country's best junior footballers to give readers an early insight into the next generation of AFL stars.
While attending live games has been a challenge in a COVID-affected year, Doerre has pored through match vision from this and last year, analysed the stats and talked to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful draft analysis.
This is his final phantom draft of 2020, looking at every pick, bid and selection.
1. Western Bulldogs - Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs Next-Generation Academy - matching Adelaide's bid)
Height, Weight: 195cm, 90kg
Profile: Ugle-Hagan is unstoppable when launching at the football aerially, timing his jumps to perfection, leaping high and protecting the ball drop in the air so he can't be spoiled. Ugle-Hagan is the most unstoppable inside-50 threat that we've seen for his age and has the most diverse number of ways of taking advantage of opposition defenders.
2. Adelaide - Riley Thilthorpe
Height, Weight: 201cm, 100kg
Profile: Featuring in the bests in five of nine matches in the SANFL, Thilthorpe has the performances on the board against senior SANFL opposition. Thilthorpe combines a strong overhead mark with ground level craft and incredible acceleration and athleticism for someone his height and size.
3. North Melbourne - Elijah Hollands
Height, Weight: 189cm, 85kg
Profile: A talented forward and midfielder, Hollands is arguably the highest impact per possession player in the pool. His penetrating kick, aggressive run and carry, evasion and how influential he can be when used forward of centre as either a marking target or with his ground level craft make him a weapon.
4. Sydney - Denver Grainger-Barras
Height, Weight: 195cm, 78kg
Profile: This year's top key defender, Grainger-Barras is athletic and impressive both as a stopper and intercept mark. His game in the WAFL against Perth key forward Logan McDonald solidified his standing as one of the best in this draft pool, moving onto McDonald in the third quarter he either won each one-on-one contest, spoiled or took the intercept mark when they were matched up.
5. Hawthorn - Logan McDonald
Height, Weight: 196cm, 86kg
Profile: Leading the goalkicking for much of the year in the WAFL, McDonald secured a position in the WAFL Team of the Year. Combine his performances on the board with his meteoric rate of improvement and McDonald has the scope to become one of the premier key forwards in the competition.
6. Gold Coast - Will Phillips
Height, Weight: 180cm, 80kg
Profile: Phillips is the premier inside midfielder in this draft pool with his performances during the 2019 NAB League Finals rivalling the top midfielders in last year's draft. He combines contested ball winning with aggressive tackling, effective distribution by hand and explosive run to impact games.
7. Essendon - Finlay Macrae
Height, Weight: 186cm, 78kg
Profile: Younger brother of Western Bulldogs star Jack Macrae, Finlay plays stylistically a near identical game with the main difference being that he's not as tall. A classy midfielder, Finlay displays rare evasion and composure with ball in hand while possessing the capacity to play either inside or outside.
8. Essendon - Zach Reid
Height, Weight: 202cm, 83kg
Profile: A versatile tall who with his leap and excellent endurance can play through the ruck but has to date played his best football in defence. Reid is one of the best kicks we've seen over two metres and has shown glimpses to suggest that he may develop one-on-one and as an interceptor.
9. Sydney - Braeden Campbell (Sydney Academy - matching Essendon's bid)
Height, Weight: 181cm, 75kg
Profile: The best kick in the pool, Campbell combines this run and carry with ball in hand, contested ball winning capabilities and aggressive tackles. Campbell who is one of the most advanced prospects in the pool, possesses the versatility to play midfield, back or forward and was awarded player of the match during the Under-17 All-Star match in 2019.
10. Essendon - Oliver Henry
Height, Weight: 188cm, 77kg
Profile: Younger brother of Geelong's Jack Henry, Oliver Henry is a medium marking type with the capabilities to play either forward or in defence. Oliver is impressive aerially and is effective both behind the ball as an intercept mark or up forward with his work on the lead
11. Adelaide - Reef McInnes (Collingwood Next-Generation Academy - bid unmatched)
Height, Weight: 193cm, 86kg
Profile: Despite playing predominantly in defence in 2019, Reef is an intriguing prospect as a tall midfielder who can also impact games forward of centre. With a December birthday and limited midfield opportunity in 2019 for a loaded Oakleigh side, Reef possesses substantial scope to improve, possessing a desirable mix of speed, agility, ball winning and overhead marking.
12. GWS - Nik Cox
Height, Weight: 200cm, 87kg
Profile: Athletic and versatile enough to play key forward, key defence or on a wing, Cox is unique tall with high upside. Cox is an elite endurance runner with impressive skills and decision making, a strong overhead mark and good ground level craft.
13. North Melbourne - Tom Powell
Height, Weight: 183cm, 74kg
Profile: A prolific ball winning midfielder, Powell won the McCallum Tomkins Medal as the best player in the SANFL Under-18s. Powell is one of this draft's most productive and elite stoppage players with his contested ball winning and distribution by hand his standout features.
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14. Fremantle - Brayden Cook
Height, Weight: 190cm, 82kg
Profile: A draft bolter who has broken out this year after growing 7cm over the past 12 months, Cook possesses the versatility to play forward, back or on a wing. Averaging two goals per game in the SANFL Under-18s, Cook is an effective finisher around goal and an athletic forward who is a strong overhead mark and does his best work aerially.
15. GWS - Heath Chapman
Height, Weight: 193cm, 81kg
Profile: Tall intercepting defender with impressive rebounding capabilities. Chapman is a precise kick, strong intercept mark and an excellent athlete for someone his height with his endurance, mobility and leap all features.
16. Collingwood - Archie Perkins
Height, Weight: 188cm, 79kg
Profile: Damaging utility who plays a high impact per possession game. Perkins generates meaningful drive with ball in hand, taking on the game with his run and carry, he lowers his eyes and hits inside 50m targets and provides a potent marking target inside 50m.
17. Port Adelaide - Lachlan Jones (Port Adelaide Next-Generation Academy - matching GWS' bid)
Height, Weight: 186cm, 89kg
Profile: Powerful, explosive, long kicking defender who showed he can shut down opposition defenders in the SANFL at league level. Jones is a round one ready defender and can in the future develop into a ball winning midfielder with his power and contested ball winning capabilities suggesting he could play through there and become among this draft's most influential.
18. GWS - Tanner Bruhn
Height, Weight: 183cm, 74kg
Profile: Missing most of the 2019 season due to injury, Bruhn was the Under-16 Vic Country MVP in 2018 and has a strong history of junior performance. Bruhn is a goal kicking, smart midfielder who uses the ball effectively by hand and foot and wins a high percentage of ball contested.
19. Collingwood - Conor Stone
Height, Weight: 189cm, 83kg
Profile: Stone is a medium forward who kicked five goals on debut last year for Oakleigh. He does his best work on the lead inside-50m, has some tricks around goal and enjoys taking on opponents with his run and carry.
20. Richmond - Nathan O'Driscoll
Height, Weight: 189cm, 78kg
Profile: Playing WAFL League football this year for Perth, O'Driscoll has shown the capacity to play inside, outside or on a back flank. O'Driscoll attacks the ball aggressively, tackles to hurt, demonstrates a high work rate, provides outside run and carry and has a penetrating kick.
21. Sydney - Errol Gulden (Sydney Academy - matching Melbourne's bid)
Height, Weight: 175cm, 75kg
Profile: A small outside midfielder and forward, Gulden is one of the better performed in this pool. A precise kick by foot, Gulden's kicks inside 50m out in front of targets stand out, along with his one-touch pickups, speed, agility, crumbing and scoreboard impact.
22. Melbourne - Jack Carroll
Height, Weight: 188cm, 79kg
Profile: One of the youngest in this draft pool, Carroll is a classy midfielder who has transitioned from more of an outside midfielder or back flanker previously into a genuine inside midfielder. Carroll has improved rapidly this year, developing a potent contested side to his game, and winning a high percentage of ball in contested situations, and mixing that with agility, evasion and effective ball use.
23. Melbourne - Max Holmes
Height, Weight: 189cm, 74kg
Profile: The son of Commonwealth Gold Medallist and Olympic Bronze Medallist Lee Naylor, Holmes is an impressive all-around athlete with particularly impressive speed. He is raw having played just the one game for Sandringham last year in the NAB League but the belief within the industry is had the season gone ahead he would have improved significantly.
24. GWS - Bailey Laurie
Height, Weight: 179cm, 78kg
Profile: With impressive speed, agility and evasion, Bailey Laurie impacts games as a small forward who can push through the midfield for periods. While his movement stands out, he lowers his eyes and finds inside 50m targets by foot, is an excellent front-and-centre crumber and provides second and third tackle efforts.
25. St Kilda - Zane Trew
Height, Weight: 188cm, 80kg
Profile: Ball winning midfielder who does his best work inside. Trew is a strong midfielder who wins the contested ball, demonstrates composure in traffic, dishes out effectively by hand and is a strong tackler.
26. Adelaide - Luke Pedlar
Height, Weight: 183cm, 80kg
Profile: Aggressive and forward and midfielder who exerts his influence on games with his physicality and throws his body around. Possessing a powerful contested side to his game, Pedlar also bursts away from stoppages, tackles with aggression and hits the scoreboard in bunches.
27. Adelaide - Caleb Poulter
Height, Weight: 192cm, 79kg
Profile: Poulter is a rapidly developing tall midfielder who plays a high impact per possession game and is highly productive. His long kick, explosive speed and strong overhead marking are features of his game and while the hope is he will develop into a tall midfielder, he can also impact games forward of centre.
28. Hawthorn - Zavier Maher
Height, Weight: 185cm, 83kg
Profile: Maher is a damaging midfielder who plays a high impact per possession game. While he doesn't find as much of the ball as many predicted to go before him, he can win his own ball and displays a high work rate, bursts away at speed with ball in hand and lowers his eyes and hits inside-50m targets by foot.
29. Hawthorn - Connor Downie (Hawthorn Next-Generation Academy - matching Brisbane's bid)
Height, Weight: 185cm, 83kg
Profile: Doing his best work on the outside, Downie is one of the most damaging footballers in this draft. Downie is a damaging 55m kick and combines that with a desirable mix of agility, evasion and line-breaking speed.
30. Brisbane - Tom Highmore
Height, Weight: 192cm, 89kg
Profile: Impressing in the NEAFL for a few years with his rebound from defence, Highmore joined South Adelaide in the SANFL to show against a higher level of competition his play can translate. A mature age prospect, Highmore is an excellent intercept mark who generates drive both by foot and with his run from defence.
31. GWS - Matt Allison
Height, Weight: 194cm, 81kg
Profile: Allison is a strong marking tall forward who reads the ball well in flight and possesses excellent endurance. Matt is the son of Coburg VFA Team of the Century player, Brian Allison.
32. Brisbane - Blake Coleman (Brisbane Academy - matching Geelong's bid)
Height, Weight: 181cm, 79kg
Profile: The younger brother of Brisbane's Keidean Coleman, Blake displays similar potential as a speedy, pressure forward, though is arguable more advanced at the same age. Blake plays a lively style of game and exerts his influence with his forward pressure and tackling but combines this with classy, one-touch pickups off the deck and impressive skills by hand and foot.
33. Geelong - Kaine Baldwin
Height, Weight: 193cm, 92kg
Profile: Suffering a second season ending ACL, Baldwin is one of the most exciting players in this year's draft and if not for the second ACL may have been in the top-10 draft mix. Dominating in the Under-16s, Baldwin has proven he is a strong marking force and damaging close to goal.
34. Fremantle - Fremantle - Brandon Walker (Fremantle Next-Generation Academy - matching Melbourne's bid)
Height, Weight: 184cm, 75kg
Profile: Damaging with ball in hand, Brandon Walker plays with an explosive power to his game and generates meaningful drive off half-back. Walker routinely takes on the game bursting away and providing meaningful run and carry, sidestepping, evading and fending-off opponents, he also possesses a penetrating kick and often takes high flying intercept marks.
35. Essendon - Cody Brand (Essendon Next-Generation Academy - matching Melbourne's bid)
Height, Weight: 196cm, 87kg
Profile: Brand is a shutdown key defender who blends a mix of one-on-one strength with good athleticism. Possessing versatility, Brand in one game last year played forward and kicked three goals.
36. Melbourne - Jake Bowey
Height, Weight: 175cm, 67kg
Profile: Jake, the son of former Saint Brett Bowey, is a small with the versatility to play midfield, forward or back. He shows composure with ball in hand, provides run and carry, sidesteps opponents with ease and has impressive speed, agility, evasion and ground ball winning capabilities.
37. North Melbourne - Ryan Angwin
Height, Weight: 184cm, 74kg
Profile: One of the younger prospects in this year's draft pool, Angwin while light bodied is rapidly developing, gaining a reported 10kg this year. Angwin is an elite endurance athlete and is a very competitive utility who won a high percentage of the ball in 2019 in contested situations.
38. Carlton - James Rowe
Height, Weight: 173cm, 73kg
Profile: Kicking 47 goals in 17 SANFL League games, Rowe didn't drop below 3 goals in any of the first five rounds. Ideally suited as a crumbing forward and doing his damage at ground level, Rowe is quick, evasive and daring with ball in hand.
39. Richmond - Liam McMahon
Height, Weight: 196cm, 84kg
Profile: McMahon is a key forward who attacks the ball aerially and takes marks at the highest point. While still quiet raw, McMahon is an good athlete with his leap and speed in particular impressive.
40. Carlton - Jacob Wehr
Height, Weight: 184cm, 71kg
Profile: Mature age defender who is one of the best kicks from defence in this draft and is someone you want the ball in the hands of. Coming from a long way back, having played SANFL Reserves football in 2019, Wehr is a late bloomer who still possesses further scope to develop.
41. North Melbourne - Sam Berry
Height, Weight: 181cm, 83kg
Profile: Winning a high proportion of the ball in contested situations, Berry plays with aggression and tackles strongly. He balances the aggression with acceleration out of stoppages, reliable distribution by hand, composure with ball in hand and precise kick placement out in front of leading inside 50m targets.
42. Adelaide - Liam Kolar
Height, Weight: 195cm, 82kg
Profile: A soccer convert who was late to turn his focus to football. Kolar is an elite speed and endurance athlete with the scope to develop either into a key position player or tall wing.
43. Hawthorn - Max Heath
Height, Weight: 203cm, 94kg
Profile: A project ruckman who spent most of 2019 playing APS Football for Xavier College has just one NAB League game behind. He has risen up draft boards this year on the back of rapid preseason improvement, so much so that despite the NAB League not going ahead, many recruiters believe that Heath may be this year's best ruck prospect.
44. Geelong - Isiah Winder
Height, Weight: 180cm, 79kg
Profile: An athletic utility, Winder tested strongly at the WA draft combine across the board. While super athletic with his speed and leap in particular exceptional, Winder combines this with strong hands overhead, one-touch ground level skills and excellent composure and placement of kicks out in front of inside 50m targets to lead onto.
45. Fremantle - Harry Sharp
Height, Weight: 184cm, 70kg
Profile: A former junior Australian steeplechase champion, Sharp smashed the AFL Draft Combine 2km time trial record with a 5 minute, 28 second time. With a December birthday, Sharp is an endurance beast who is hoping to develop on a wing and has earned praise for his work ethic and professionalism.
46. Fremantle - Fraser Rosman
Height, Weight: 194cm, 84kg
Profile: A freak athlete at his height, Rosman is an elite speed/endurance athlete achieving 5:52 minutes in the 2km time trial, two seconds off Jay Rantall's draft combine record set last year, while also placing in the top-10 in the 20m sprint. Rosman gives recruiters the option either to develop him as a tall wing or key forward.
47. Fremantle - Joel Western (Fremantle Next-Generation Academy - matching Port Adelaide's bid)
Height, Weight: 172cm, 68kg
Profile: A small midfielder with impressive acceleration and burst out of stoppages, Western is one of the best athletes in this year's pool. Western is highly productive and his play has a distinctively clean, silky and instinctive feel.
48. Essendon - Josh Eyre (Essendon Next-Generation Academy - matching Port Adelaide's bid)
Height, Weight: 198cm, 89kg
Profile: Struggling with injuries in recent years, Eyre has enjoyed a late growth spurt in recent years suggesting substantial untapped. Eyre is an impressive athlete, with excellent speed, endurance and is a high leaper with strong overhead marking capabilities.
49. Port Adelaide - Eddie Ford
Height, Weight: 189cm, 83kg
Profile: An athletic utility, Ford has the scope to play forward, midfield or in defence. Possessing an impressive vertical leap, Ford is an aerial marking threat and combines this with agility, evasion, class and composure with ball in hand.
50. Brisbane - Mitch Duval
Height, Weight: 187cm, 81kg
Profile: Mature age defender who has come onto the draft radar this year in the SANFL after playing amateur football previously. Duval's strengths are his intercepting capabilities and ball use by foot.
51. Adelaide - Tariek Newchurch (Adelaide Next-Generation Academy - matching Richmond's bid)
Height, Weight: 182cm, 77kg
Profile: Newchurch is a crumbing forward with speed, agility and x-factor. Newchurch does his best work at ground level as a one-touch forward and is a damaging ball user both hitting targets but also finishing around goal.
52. Richmond - Maurice Rioli Jnr (Richmond Father-Son)
Height, Weight: 173cm, 75kg
Profile: Son of Indigenous Team of the Century midfielder, Maurice Rioli, Rioli Jnr is arguably the premier pressure forward in this draft with the second and third tackle efforts he applies. Rioli Jnr possesses excellent speed, agility, ground level craft and is an instinctive finisher around goal with an impressive mind to body connection.
53. West Coast - Tyler Brockman
Height, Weight: 181cm, 75kg
Profile: Speedy forward who brings the forward pressure and has the tools to be a good forward. Playing a high impact per possession game, Brockman has the capacity to make things happen with ball in hand.
54. St Kilda - Oliver Davis
Height, Weight: 182cm, 75kg
Profile: High production midfielder who dominated in the NAB League in 2019 and played a strong brand of football in the TSL this season. Davis led the TSL in tackles and featured inside the top-10 for disposals and contested possessions.
55. Collingwood - Jackson Callow
Height, Weight: 194cm, 101kg
Profile: A key forward with a deceptively hard to defend game, with strength and one-on-one marking blending in nicely with his agility, work at ground level and capability to turn opponents inside out. This year he has received the opportunity to play key defence and has adapted nicely to give clubs a strong marking option at either end of the field.
56. Collingwood - Corey Durdin
Height, Weight: 173cm, 74kg
Profile: Speedy, small goalkicking forward with SANFL League performances behind him. Durdin's forward pressure, ground level craft, run and dare taking on the game and ball use make him one of the readiest prospects in the pool.
57. Collingwood - Jack Ginnivan
Height, Weight: 183cm, 77kg
Profile: One of this year's premier ball users, Ginnivan places kicks precisely out in front of targets to lead onto and with ball in hand makes things happen. Ginnivan draws high free kicks at will, displays football smarts and is dangerous around goal.
58. Western Bulldogs - Phoenix Spicer
Height, Weight: 173cm, 64kg
Profile: Arguably this year's fastest, Spicer takes on the game with ball in hand like no other in this draft, possessing elite speed and agility. With his athletic attributes and how instinctive his play is and one-touch he is at ground level, he possesses intriguing scope to develop as a crumbing forward.
59. Collingwood - Jack Avery
Height, Weight: 189cm, 82kg
Profile: Intercept marking defender who can also limit the influence of his direct opponent. One of the best performers in the WAFL Colts in defence this year and finished the season strongly with 33 disposals and seven marks in the Grand Final.
60. West Coast - Shannon Neale
Height, Weight: 202cm, 91kg
Profile: Athletic ruckman who has shifted his focus from athletics to football this season. With an excellent leap, endurance and good skills for someone his height, while Neale is still early stages in his development, he has developed rapidly which suggests significant upside for the future.
Gold Coast pre-draft selections:
Alex Davies (Gold Coast - Academy)
Height, Weight: 192cm, 85kg
Profile: Davies is a tall ball winning midfielder who represented Queensland as a basketballer at under-16 level and if not for Gold Coast's opportunity to add talent straight from their Academy as pre-draft selections may have been a first round choice. With strong contested ball winning capabilities, Davies is a strong tackler, possesses impressive evading capabilities and is effective with his distribution by hand.
Joel Jeffrey (Gold Coast - Northern Territory Zone)
Height, Weight: 192cm, 80kg
Profile: Jeffrey is another player who qualifies to be pre-drafted by the Suns, with Gold Coast having first access to Northern Territory talent this year. Jeffrey who was in the top-15 mix, is an aerial marking threat with his high leap, strong mark and is an influential player at either end of the field who creates separation with ease as a forward and in defence dances around opponents evasively and generates meaningful drive.