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2020 Phantom Draft

Here’s how Ben sees the first round of the 2020 NAB AFL Draft playing out.

My obsession with this year’s draft can be attributed to lockdown and the Swannies having pick three, but here’s how I think the first round will play out on Wednesday night. It’s anyone’s guess where bids on academy kids will come though, and I won’t be surprised if Essendon trades its third pick to Collingwood so the Pies can jump ahead of a bid on McInnes.

I’ll leave the fantasy analysis to experts like Jeppa and Fry, but keep note of who the rebuilding clubs pick because their rookies are most likely to have solid job security next season. It also could be the year of key forwards with my top three picks joining the underpriced Lance Franklin, Jeremy Cameron and Jesse Hogan as options.

  1. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan to Western Bulldogs (matched)
  2. Logan McDonald to Adelaide
  3. Elijah Hollands to North
  4. Denver Grainger-Barras to Sydney
  5. Braeden Campbell to Sydney (matched)
  6. Will Phillips to Hawthorn
  7. Riley Thilthorpe to Gold Coast
  8. Archie Perkins to Essendon
  9. Zac Reid to Essendon
  10. Nik Cox to Essendon
  11. Reef McInnes to Collingwood (matched)
  12. Tanner Bruhn to Adelaide
  13. Lachie Jones to Port (matched)
  14. Heath Chapman to GWS
  15. Finlay Macrae to North
  16. Brayden Cook to Freo
  17. Oliver Henry to GWS
  18. Tom Powell to Collingwood
  19. Bailey Laurie to GWS
  20. Errol Gulden to Sydney (matched)
  21. Conor Stone to Essendon
  22. Max Holmes to Richmond
  23. Jack Carroll to Melbourne
  24. Luke Pedlar to Melbourne
  25. Connor Downie to Hawthorn (matched)
  26. Caleb Poulter to GWS
  27. Nathan O’Driscoll to St Kilda

Benjy is a Swannies supporter whose love of fantasy footy far exceeds his skill. Is a sixth year breakout on the cards? Follow on Twitter: @benjylat

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