AFL talent and development expert Mick Ablett has revealed the players he believes will be first off the rank this evening having marginally missed out on selection during the opening night of the AFL draft.
With a record 29 players drafted in the first round on Monday, the second and subsequent rounds will now follow.
Ablett underlined Sandringham Dragons duo Ollie Murphy and Archie Roberts as well as WA products Clay Hall and Mitch Edwards as the players most likely to be taken by West Coast with the first pick of the night.
“There are still a couple of really good options on the board,” Ablett told SEN WA Breakfast.
“Ollie Murphy is a key defender at 200 centimetres out of the Sandringham Dragons. He’s got to be an option there.
“He was ranked as high as 13 in some phantom drafts.
“Archie Roberts is another one. He’s a bit of a rebounding defender that wins it in dangerous areas. He can play through the midfield and he’s another one out of the Sandy Dragons.
“Then you’ve got some local products like Clay Hall still on the board, who would really add some strength and depth to the midfield.
“There’s some genuine elite talent and plenty of options. Mitch Edwards is another one, he’s a big ruckman.
“There’s still plenty on the board.”
Ablett was most surprised to see Murphy miss out on a first-round selection and said he would be shocked if the youngster remained up for grabs beyond a smattering of picks.
“I think Ollie Murphy is the one for me. He’s a little bit like Caleb Marchbank and he reads it exceptionally well coming in,” he said.
“He’s got the potential of being an elite intercept defender.
“So, I was a little bit surprised he didn’t get an opportunity, I’m sure he won’t last too long.
“I’d be surprised if Ollie Murphy is still on the board after the first half a dozen or so picks.”
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