The pick of the crop at the AFL draft

The pick of the crop at the AFL draft

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Taking a closer look at the best young players who are certain to be selected at the 2012 AFL draft.


Joe Daniher is regarded as a top selection but will go to Essendon as a father-son selection.Photo: Sebastian Costanzo and Joe Armao


Emma Quayle says Lachie Whitfield 'always knows what he's going to do next, he has every athletic quality needed to make it at AFL level'.Photo: Sebastian Costanzo and Joe Armao


Troy Menzel is highly rated on pure talent. But he comes at a risk, given his history of knee injuries.Photo: Penny Stephens and Emma Quayle


South Australia's Jimmy Toumpas is all energy, a quick and clever wingman who likes to kick goals.Photo: Sebastian Costanzo



Jonathan O'Rourke playing for Vic Metro. O'Rourke is another classy onballer who makes life much easier for his forwards.Photo: Michael Copp / The Weekly


Lachie Plowman from the Calder Cannons is regarded as the best key defender in the draft.Photo: Ken Irwin


Emma Quayle: Jack Viney plays football like a dog that's been locked in a room all day, then gets out and goes nuts.Photo: Sebastian Costanzo and Getty Images


All the talk is that Ollie Wines will become a Demon at No. 4. The club needs consistent, competitive, hard-working players like him.Photo: Joe Armao


Jake Stringer is top-end talent. As a tall midfielder he will crash, bash, tackle and fight for the ball. He broke his leg in the incident above.Photo: Getty Images and supplied


Brodie Grundy is the best ruckman around by a long way and may become a Port Adelaide player at pick seven.Photo: Joe Armao and supplied


Jackson Macrae brings the pizzazz to this year's draft. The furthest he should get is pick 11, which would make him a Blue.Photo: Joe Armao and supplied


Ben Kennedy was pegged as a small forward before this year, when he played in the middle for South Australia. He could go anywhere in the teens through to the early 20s.Photo: Supplied


Josh Simpson had some injury problems this year, but he is an exciting player who is hungry to get involved, and to get other players involved.Photo: Joe Armao and supplied


As a half-forward who could move up onto a wing, Sam Mayes is nimble and clever. He is in the mix for Port Adelaide's pick seven.Photo: Supplied



Nick Vlastuin is a soldier: he puts his head down and doesn't worry about anything but what's in front of him. The word is that Richmond will pick him.Photo: Justin McManus and supplied


Taylor Garner is a brave, stretchy player who can do unexpected things from awkward spots. He's been linked to Collingwood and is a strong chance to make it there.Photo: Joe Armao and supplied


Mason Wood has a nice streak of confidence, which you need as a key forward, and quite a few clubs are interested in him.Photo: Supplied


Kristian Jaksch hasn't done much wrong this year. He'll become either a key forward or a tall backman.Photo: Ken Irwin and supplied


Nathan Wright is a hectic dasher off half-back who grabs the ball cleanly and takes off with it. He might appealt o Collingwood, and has been linked with the Saints and the Hawks as well.Photo: Joe Armao and supplied


Jesse Lonergan's season started late because of injury but he came back really well. He's a chance for Carlton or the Suns.Photo: Sebastian Costanzo