Saturday , January 23 2021

Start time, updates, forecasts, how the AFL project works

The draft 2018 AFL starts tonight with new innovations that will be presented for the first time. That's all you need to know about it.


The project is expected to start tonight around 7pm AEDT and take place over two days at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. The first round takes place on Thursday, while the recruit and subsequent rounds unfold from 12 pm on Friday.


Real-time trading was introduced for the first time, which means that clubs can trade where they are in draft. This gives clubs the opportunity to trade in future elections at night, as well as move up and down the project.

For example, the first choice of Port Adelaide is at No. 5, but now they have the opportunity to trade with other clubs to advance an order.

“There will be some kind of trade for two days — the first night I don’t know,” said AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan.

“The beauty of this is that clubs can have most of the same 60 or 70 players on their boards, but the order will be so different.

“When they see someone there, they rate (high) … it would be very nice for them to jump in and get this guy.

"They will be stunned, he is still there … they will give him a couple of options, they may even refuse the second round (choice) next year if they really appreciate this player."


It seems everyone agrees that this is the best group of players proposed by the project from the famous harvest of 2001.

Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Chris Judd led the 2001 project, which also included Jimmy Bartel, Nick Dal Santo, James Kelly, Steve Johnson, Sam Mitchell, Lee Montagna, Gary Ablet and Dine Swan.

This year, Sam Walsh, Jack Lukosius, Izak Renkin and Max King will be among the top five choices.


Competing clubs can bid for players-sons or talents who will force the clubs to comply with the requests of other teams, if they want to keep the players they have developed themselves, or hope to acquire through the rule of the father-son.

This means that the talent of the strongest academy in Sydney, Nick Blakey, is likely to go to the Swans in the top 10, because Adelaide or Port Adelaide will probably force Sydney’s hand. If Crows or Power will bet on Blakey, Sydney will need to comply with the application, refusing the choice of draft to keep it in red and white.

Blakey is the son of two-time North Melbourne Prime Minister John Blakey, now a trainer in Sydney.


Walsh is widely regarded as a castle to go to Carlton with the number one choice. A gifted, hard-working midfielder from Geelong Falcons was described as a “once a year” talent that the club can create around the team.

He was named captain this year by the entire Australian team under 18 and impressed everyone. Cat stars Patrick Dangerfield compared Joel Selwood, 18, and said he could play AFL this year.

"He will be a very special player for a very long period of time," said Dangerfield.

AFL project expert Kevin Shihan told Triple M this week: “He’s an airplane, absolutely.”


Sam Walsh is expected to go first, but there are still many talents. Here are the most promising prospects outside Walsh.

Jack Lukosiy (Woodville West Torrens)

– Position: Key forward, height: 194 cm, weight: 85 kg.

– an outstanding athlete with speed and endurance, which was beneficial compared to the legend of St. Kilda Nick Ryoldt. Net overhead and an elite punch, Lukosius is able to push the wing, and was also used down.

Izak Rankin (West Adelaide)

– Position: Semi-forward / Midfielder, Height: 180 cm, Weight: 76 kg.

– Considered by some as the most exciting prospect in the project pool this year, Rankin has a bag of tricks that will quickly make him a fan favorite. A class of freaks, has a pace to burn and has a nose for a goal.

Max king (Sandringham Dragons)

– Position: Key forward / protector, height: 202 cm, weight: 86 kg

– Was in conversation to go No. 1 before he underwent knee reconstruction in April. But a high-recovery recovery goes well, and its combination of strength and agility will ensure that it does not slide too far down the hierarchical order.

Connor Rosie (North Adelaide)

– Position: Semi-forward / Midfielder, Height: 180 cm, Weight: 76 kg.

– A versatile young man with light mental abilities, fast paces and strong overhead skills has drawn himself into the top 10 calculations with an outstanding rear half of the season. Impressed through the midfielder towards Prime Minister Roosters SANFL.

Ben king (Sandringham Dragons)

– Position: Key forward / protector, height: 202 cm, weight: 85 kg.

– Like his twin brother Max, Ben King is an impressive high forward, whose strength over his head is complemented by a knack that keeps him in competition after the ball hit the ground.

Bailey smith (Sandringham Dragons)

– Position: Midfielder, height: 185 cm, weight: 82 kg.

– The heavy midfielder has elite endurance and pace to go with his noted ability to win the ball. He was slowed by the trauma of Achilles at the end of this year, but showed more than early enough to earn his place in this elite group.

Nick Blakey (Academy of Sydney Swans)

– Position: High forward / midfielder, height: 195 cm, weight: 80 kg.

– The son of the senseless great John Blakey had the right to go to North Melbourne or Brisbane under the guidance of the father-son, but decided to stick to Sydney – where John is the coaching director who brought up his undeniable talent.


Adelaide: 8, 13, 16, 21, 73, 83

Brisbane Lions: 18, 30, 35, 56, 78

Carlton: 1, 69, 71, 77

Collingwood: 41, 44, 57, 59, 60, 93

Essendon: 34, 66, 84

Freemantle: 14, 31, 43, 65, 81

Geelong Cats: 12, 50, 51, 87

Gold Coast of the Sun: 2, 3, 6, 24, 29, 80

GWS Giants: 9, 11, 19, 25, 52, 89

Hawthorn: 53, 90, 108

Melbourne: 23, 28, 54, 62, 91

North Melbourne: 42, 47, 48, 49, 55, 58, 86

Port Adelaide: 5, 10, 15, 85

Richmond: 17, 37, 64, 68, 75, 92

St. Kilda: 4, 36, 46, 67, 79

Sydney Swans: 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 70, 88

West Coast Eagles: 20, 22, 61, 72, 76, 94

Western Bulldogs: 7, 27, 32, 45, 63, 75, 82

With AAP

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