AFL ditches top-10 countdown in draft
Published: November 8 2012 - 12:01AM
The AFL has ditched its top-10 countdown for revealing clubs' choices in the national draft.
For the past three years, the first 10 draft picks in the league's biggest annual recruiting meeting have been conducted behind closed doors, then revealed in reverse order.
But for the November 22 draft on the Gold Coast, picks will be announced in their correct sequence.
The countdown method was designed to add a sense of drama to the event.
But there was little suspense last year, given AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney had eight of the first 10 picks, including the top five.
And the eventual No.1 pick, Jonathon Patton, had been widely forecast before the draft.
The Giants have the opening three picks in this year's draft, having been handed the top choice as wooden spooners this year. They traded recruiting concessions for the next two selections.
The Giants are expected to take Victorian midfielder Lachie Whitfield at No.1.
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