Stripped of their first two draft picks, the Crows were well prepared for the last month.Pick 23 was good reward for Bernie Vince, who was out of contract next year and may have been squeezed out of their side or left for nothing as a free agent by then. Two years was a lot to offer 32-year-old James Podsiadly, but that was what it took to get him across as the back-up forward they did largely without this year. They weren't planning to use the pick 64 they traded for the delisted Cat (the Crows will make two live picks and upgrade from the rookie list) so they landed Podsiadly cheaply in that sense. Eddie Betts was the Crows' No. 1 target; he fills an obvious spot in their forward line and should fit in nicely at Taylor Walker's feet.
In: Podsiadly (Geelong), Betts (Carlton), pick 23. Out: Vince (Melbourne), 64.
A very tough month for the Lions, who really got nowhere near appropriate value for their five young escapees but did their best in a bad situation. They've put a lot of wasted work into Longer, Docherty, Karnezis and Polec, with Yeo the biggest loss from their best 22. Six picks inside 35 is more than any club has had, minus the expansion teams, in almost 20 years and at least gives them the chance to start over, albeit in a not-so-great draft. There's a bit to work with in Jackson Paine, and Trent West is ready to play, which means they won't have to throw too many kids to the wolves next year. The Lions simply need to pick the best players they can, look at what they're doing to help them settle in, and make sure this sort of exodus never happens again.
In: Paine (Collingwood), West (Geelong), picks 22, 25, 28, 33, 34, 41, 48. Out: Docherty (Carlton), Polec (Port Adelaide), Yeo (West Coast), Karnezis (Collingwood), Longer (St Kilda), picks 29, 41, 45, 48.
The Blues' philosophy of striking while the Judd is still hot – or at least playing – has in large part guided their thinking in recent years. This year's trade period was an acknowledgement of the today and the tomorrow – they have picked up ready-made players who will improve them – Dale Thomas and Andrejs Everitt – and invested in the future: Sam Docherty. The only question on Thomas is his ankle. If he recovers his 2010-11 form he is a steal to get as a free agent. Everitt could be a buy of canny timing: he had his best season yet this year and could be now coming into his peak. He is not quite a key-position player but a good-sized flanker who runs well. Docherty is a good buy at pick 33.
In: Docherty (Brisbane Lions), Thomas (Collingwood), Everitt (Sydney), picks 32, 39. Out: Hampson (Richmond), Betts (Adelaide), picks 32, 33.
The Pies were again aggressive in the market. The glass half-full thinking of how they fared is they have picks at 6 and 10 and another first-rounder in Taylor Adams. Of course in a glass half-empty way the thinking is you should get good picks when you lose two A-grade players like Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw. That said to get down from 11 to 6 by trading out a second-round pick and still ending up with the players they wanted (Adams in as well as Jesse White) was impressive. White is big, quick and athletic and has come off his best year so his trajectory is up. Adams, 20, is a tough but not overly big inside mid. They will hope to make Patrick Karnezis into a big-bodied midfielder.
In: White (Sydney), Adams (GWS), Karnezis (Brisbane Lions), picks 6, 44. Out: D. Thomas (Carlton), Shaw (GWS), Paine (Brisbane Lions), picks 11, 31, 44, 49.
Being kicked out of rounds one and two of the draft made it hard for Essendon to get much done. But it didn't turn out too badly. Stewart Crameri was worth more than pick 26 but both clubs looked for ways to improve the trade, it didn't happen, he wanted to go and at least the Bombers got back into the draft. They couldn't ask for much more for Gumbleton, who was fit this year but couldn't find a place in the team. Shaun Edwards has talent, and was well worth a look at pick 48. Kurt Aylett was the steak knives in that deal, but has some pace.
In: Edwards (GWS), Aylett (GWS), Chapman (Geelong), picks 26, 55. Out: Crameri (Western Bulldogs), Gumbleton (Fremantle), picks 48, 84.
A quiet month but a good one for the Dockers. Sylvia has been all about "potential" for a decade but has never played in a team as good as this Fremantle side. As a free agent, he was an excellent get. They effectively traded Michie for Gumbleton, who becomes the tall forward they've been seeking for a while and, should he stay injury free, enjoy the expanses of Subiaco.The Dockers are better placed than they were one month ago.
In: Gumbleton (Essendon), Sylvia (Melbourne), pick 58. Out: Michie (Fremantle), pick 55.
After an active 2012 off-season the Cats were quieter this time. They helped their delisted premiership stars out by enabling them get to to their new homes a week earlier than they would have as delisted free agents by trading them for picks unlikely to be used. They got a pick from Brisbane, 41, that will be of next to no use. Geelong has unearthed some talented kids in the past couple of years, and with Corey, Chapman, Podsiadly and Hunt now gone, they have faith that they can keep the Cats in contention.
In: picks 41, 64, 75, 84. Out: Podsiadly (Adelaide), J. Hunt (GWS), Chapman (Essendon), West (Brisbane Lions).
The Suns did little, other than cleverly trade a third-round pick they weren't going to use for an extra (compensation) pick they can activate next year. After losing Tom Hickey and Josh Caddy (for a good return) this time last year the club re-signed all the players it wanted to and had none of its youngsters poached.
In: pick (yet to be activated). Out: 43.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
This was always going to be an interesting few weeks for the Giants. The new club has dominated the draft order and been able to improve its stocks using "free" things (their ability to trade for the rights to Jaeger O'Meara, Brad Crouch, Jack Martin and Jesse Hogan in particular). This year they had to give to get, and they've done well. Luring good, established senior players has been a challenge for the club, and Sydney's incredible offer meant they missed out on Buddy Franklin, but Heath Shaw and Shane Mumford will help them be more competitive, for more than the short term. The bonus for the Giants was that they lured these players while simultaneously improving their position in the draft. Picks 1 and 2 will get them Tom Boyd and Josh Kelly, and they were smart to get involved in the Jared Polec-to-Port-Adelaide deal, because pick 14 is a good one. Adams and Tyson are losses, but players they should be able to cover for now.
In: Mumford (Sydney), Shaw (Collingwood), J. Hunt (Geelong), picks 2, 14, 22, 29, 48, 76, 78. Out: Tyson (Melbourne), Edwards (Essendon), Aylett (Essendon), Adams (Collingwood), Bruce (St Kilda), Darley (W Bulldogs), picks 9, 21, 22, 39, 48, 57, 75.
Hawthorn doesn't seem to care about perceptions, or whether the club is seen to have "won" or "lost" trades. The Hawks care more about winning games, and are good at zeroing in on what they want, then going out and getting it. They needed a new ruckman and, after Shane Mumford signed with GWS, they got a very good one in Ben McEvoy, who will be of use to them up forward too. They won't play a big part in the draft, and clearly Franklin is a huge loss, though 24 is still a useful first-round pick and it became very clear in the way they've developed their forward line during the past few years that they'll be able to get by without Buddy.
In: McEvoy (St Kilda), picks 24, 59. Out: Franklin (Sydney), Savage (St Kilda), Ellis (West Coast), picks 18, 19.
Interesting approach by the Demons, with Paul Roos taking over a side that has excellent options in the forward line and defence but much less to work with around the middle (until their youngsters develop). Giving up pick 2 was a massive decision, because Josh Kelly (or Jack Billings, or James Aish) would have been such a great fit for them. Tyson is a very talented player who knows how to get his hands to the ball and is coming into his third season, though he comes with some risk: he's not quick, and is on his way back from a significant knee injury. Getting pick 9 back as part of that trade they will still get them a shot at a handful of good onballers, though handing pick 20 back to GWS diluted the swap somewhat. Vince basically replaces Sylvia in the midfield and forward line and Michie has had injury troubles, but had an excellent WAFL season and could prove a good get.
In: Michie (Fremantle), Tyson (GWS), Vince (Adelaide), picks 9, 57. Out: Sylvia (Fre), 2, 22, 23, 58, 76, 84.
North couldn't get involved in a huge amount, after devoting its first pick to Luke McDonald as a father-son draftee on day one. A busy, bustling player, he is well worth pick 8. Getting Dal Santo in, essentially for nothing, is just as big a plus. They've needed outside skill and while they've addressed that in recent drafts, Dal Santo will deliver it from day one.
In: Dal Santo (St Kilda), pick 77. Out: Delaney (St Kilda).
The Power rated Polec highly and put a lot of work into making sure they got him. A highly rated draftee, he did little in his time at Brisbane but could prove a good get provided he improves his work rate and makes the most of his second chance. Matt White was a free hit, is quick, and will add to their depth of runners after his best season at Richmond.
In: Polec (Brisbane Lions), White (Richmond), picks 21, 45. Out: picks 14, 34.
The Tigers paid plenty for Shaun Hampson, who couldn't cement a spot in seven years at Carlton. But the fact that the Tigers have recruited well in the last few years inspires confidence, as does the fact they identified Hampson, went after him and got the deal done quickly and easily. Time will tell whether he's the right man. Pick 12 means they'll be picking from the top group in the draft, a group largely com-prised
of mid-fielders, and they won't be back until the third round. They were hoping for a compensation pick for White, who had his best season and whose departure robs them of some pace and depth, but that wasn't forthcoming.
In: Hampson (Carlton). Out: White (Port Adelaide), pick 32.
The Saints hijacked trade week away from Lance Franklin's surprise move when they illustrated how bold and aggressive they were prepared to be by trading young ruck Ben McEvoy to Hawthorn for a shuffle that sees them end up with a couple of late first-round/early second-round draft picks and Shane Savage. The Saints lost Nick Dal Santo to North – they could have kept him but chose not to – and McEvoy. They are two big losses that made the statement they were prepared for short-term pain. The net effect is the Saints have lost McEvoy for a couple of top-20 draft picks and Savage, collected two key backs – one ready to go and one nearly ready in Luke Delaney and Josh Bruce – and a young ruck prospect in Billy Longer for a mid-20s pick. The Saints clearly figure they will not be much worse off on field next year than they would have been otherwise, but they will potentially now be better off in three to five years' time. It all now comes down to how well they use the picks they took. They will not die wondering.
In: Savage (Hawthorn), Delaney (North Melbourne), Longer (Brisbane Lions), Bruce (GWS), picks 18, 19, 48. Out: McEvoy (Hawthorn), Dal Santo (North Melbourne), picks 24, 25, 41, 48, 59, 77.
Buddy was a big, big get, if a risky one given the length and magnitude of his contract. It was always going to be interesting (and will be again next year) to see how many players the Swans had to shed to make room for him. They've certainly lost some of their depth. Jed Lamb, who'll go to GWS in the pre-season draft, is a talented player who should have been pushing for a permanent spot next year. Mumford will take some replacing, and the loss of Everitt, White and Tony Armstrong (to be delisted) will detract from their depth next year.
In: Franklin, picks 32, 39, 44. Out: Mumford (GWS), White (Collingwood), Everitt (Carlton), pick 39.
Kudos to the Eagles for taking a chance and turning their first-round pick into an extra second-round choice. They slid from 6 to 11 in the belief the player they want to draft will still be there, and used the extra second-rounder to secure Elliot Yeo, who should be a regular member of their senior team next year and whose pace and creativity should be a good fit on Subiaco. They'll go to the draft with four picks inside 50, having given up a third round compensation pick in next year's (highly anticipated) draft for Gold Coast's No. 43 this year, a pool that hasn't overly excited the clubs.
In: Yeo (Brisbane Lions), Ellis (Hawthorn), picks 11, 31, 43, 49. Out: picks 6, 28, 44, plus a pick to Gold Coast yet to be activated.
It took 18 days of the trade period but the Western Bulldogs finally got Stewart Crameri from Essendon for their second-round draft pick. He has a relationship with coach Brendan McCartney from their time together at the Dons and will undoubtedly make the Dogs better. He will probably struggle for the lack of other big-bodied forwards of Essendon's calibre around him but he will grow with the Dogs in that. There was a push from others for Jarrad Grant but the Dogs wisely re-signed the emerging talent who will also be better for Crameri's arrival (as will Liam Jones). The Dogs picked up Sam Darley from the Giants with the second-last trade of the exchange period for pick 78, which was basically a goodwill gesture to get Darley to a new home because the Giants are never going to use 78 .
In: Crameri (Essendon), Darley (GWS). Out: picks 26, 78.