‘There’ll be surprises’ – AFL Draft Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan expects unique night


AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan believes fans and supporters should expect surprises on the first night of the draft.

Round one of the National Draft is set for a start time of 7pm on Monday night (November 28), with AFL prospects ready to realise their lifelong dreams of becoming professional footballers.

Undergoing extensive testing at various Combines and thorough examinations from the 18 clubs, the next crop of superstars at set to enter the league.

After a mega-trade involving GWS, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and West Coast during the trade period, the Giants currently hold the prestigious pick one in the 2022 AFL Draft.

Brisbane father-son nomination and midfielder Will Ashcroft is touted as the best talent in this year’s draft and is set to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Marcus.

However, his undeniable arrival at the Lions means GWS can either bid on Ashcroft or go in another direction, with Aaron Cadman the likely selection.

George Wardlaw, Harry Sheezel and Elijah Tsatas have also been flagged as potential choices.

The Kangaroos hold picks two and three, while Essendon and Gold Coast round out the top five.

Sheehan believes a lot can happen on draft night and the days leading up to it, with clubs having the ability to swap picks throughout the evening.

“Well, it’s decision time. There’ll be surprises,” Sheehan said on RSN.com.au.

“We love the element with the potential to trade on the night, so that comes into play.

“People might be prepared to give up, for instance, say Essendon has pick four, would they take two choices in the teens? Two for one?

“It will be happening right throughout the nights as clubs will be trying to position themselves to get the players they perceive to be the best.

“The draft can go lots of different ways and that is pretty exciting too.”

It’s been reported by AFL.com.au that the Bombers have received a lot of interest in their pick four, including Melbourne who offered two future-first round picks.

New Essendon coach Brad Scott spoke about the potential for his new club to give the selection.

“It would have to be an extraordinary offer for us to give that up,” Scott said.

“The honest answer is we don’t know yet. It’s the night before the draft and we’re still discussing it, mainly because there are a lot of clubs really interested in that pick.

“There’s been a lot of offers come our way… I can’t think of too many clubs that have been able to trade into the top five over a long period of time.

“They’re valuable for a reason, that’s where a lot of the superstars and great players come from.”

The Demons also asked the question of North Melbourne (picks two and three) and Gold Coast’s (pick five) first selection but without any luck.

Sydney are also up for trading out their picks 14 and 17 for a stronger hand in the 2023 AFL Draft, if the right deal can be struck.

Swans list strategist Kinnear Beatson spoke on the interest from rival clubs about their two first-round selections, according to Fox Sports.

“There’ve been a few clubs that have enquired about it,” Beatson said,

“We’re in no urgency to trade it, we’re really confident that the players are there, but if a deal’s put to us where we can get back in the second round and significantly improve our position in next year’s draft, we’d be mad not to look at it.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a really long night, because there’ll be a lot of phone calls made and received.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *