Phoenix Gothard smiles while surrounded by friends at the AFL draft.

How did your club fare at the AFL draft? Every team’s haul analysed

The AFL draft has been completed, with all 18 clubs adding to their lists with players they hope will be stars of the future.

Here’s who your club selected and what it means for your team.


Daniel Curtin (pick eight), Charlie Edwards (pick 21), Oscar Ryan (pick 27)

The Crows did some night-one wheeling and dealing to secure West Australian defender Dan Curtin, and will believe he is their long-term centre-half-back. Best case scenario, he moves into midfield and becomes a Jordan Dawson clone.

They rounded the draft off with slick midfielder Charlie Edwards before taking a punt on speedy back-flanker Oscar Ryan. Edwards is a shrewd selection, and Ryan is a risk the club is in a position to take.

The Crows made a move to make sure they could snatch up Dan Curtin.(Getty Images: Daniel Pockett)


Logan Morris (pick 31), Luke Lloyd (pick 42), Zane Zakostelsky (pick 51), Reece Torrent (pick 64)

The Lions picked up two similar mid-sized forwards in Morris and Lloyd, players who will more likely fill the Jack Gunston void than compete with Joe Daniher and Eric Hipwood.

Zakostelsky is a shrewd selection as a Harris Andrews understudy, while midfielder Torrent was a worthwhile gamble with the last pick in the draft.


Ashton Moir (pick 29), Billy Wilson (pick 34)

The Blues were set on Moir from early on, believing his disappointing 2023 was an aberration and the immense promise he showed in his underage year was more representative of the player he will become.

Wilson could find a home as a speedy back-flanker or as an agile midfielder.


Harry DeMattia (pick 25), Tew Jiath (pick 37)

Two players that you could easily see bursting down an MCG wing or out of defence for the Pies, DeMattia and Jiath both have pace to burn.

Collingwood have selected two players there that will fit their style perfectly.


Nate Caddy (pick 10), Luamon Lual (pick 39), Archie Roberts (pick 54)

Caddy will get the headlines as the Bombers new forward line hope, but two rebounding defenders in Lual and Roberts could be hits too.

Roberts especially is a steal at that late stage. Essendon couldn’t believe their luck.


Cooper Simpson (pick 35), Ollie Murphy (pick 41), Jack Delean (pick 60)

With a limited hand, the Dockers have played this draft brilliantly.

Simpson could be the sleeper midfield hit of this class, while Murphy is far more talented as an intercept defender than pick 41 suggests and Delean fits a need as a creative smaller forward.


Phoenix Gothard smiles while surrounded by friends at the AFL draft.

Phoenix Gothard and his friends and family were up and about when he was taken 12th by GWS.(Getty Images: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

Phoenix Gothard (pick 12), James Leake (pick 17), Joe Fonti (pick 44), Harvey Thomas (pick 59)

The Gothard selection stunned everyone, but ending up with he and Leake on the first night was not so unexpected in retrospect.

Those are two strong selections, bolstered by more speculative looks at defender Fonti and diminutive academy player Thomas.


Connor O’Sullivan (pick 11), Mitch Edwards (pick 32), Shaun Mannagh (pick 36), George Stevens (pick 58), Oliver Wiltshire (pick 61), Lawson Humphries (pick 63)

A very Geelong draft. O’Sullivan future-proofs the defence, Edwards could develop into a top AFL ruck and Stevens has the body to play AFL even as a teenager.

Then there is the suite of mature-age players, each bringing something different and a sense of the unknown to the Cats. The club is eyeing instant improvement in 2024.

Gold Coast

Jed Walter (pick three), Ethan Read (pick nine), Jake Rogers (pick 14), Will Graham (pick 26)

The Suns knew what they were going to be leaving with and they will be no less delighted for it.

A gun forward in Walter. A gun ruck in Read. A gun midfielder in Rogers. A gun defender in Graham. The academy is working.

Nick Watson and Michael Tuck stand together on stage and hold a Hawthorn jersey

Nick Watson is one of the most exciting players in the draft.(Getty Images: Michael Willson)


Nick Watson (pick five), Will McCabe (pick 19), Bodie Ryan (pick 46), Calsher Dear (pick 56)

Watson will be a treat to watch in the brown and gold for years to come, while the father-son pick ups of key pillars McCabe and Dear were no-brainers.

Ryan offers some dash out of half-back, and was preferred by the Hawks over some more highly-fancied but similar types.


Caleb Windsor (pick seven), Koltyn Tholstrup (pick 13)

The Demons floated their picks around to try to trade up further, but will be delighted with their top-end result.

Windsor is an exciting midfielder with the athletic profile to be a real top player, while Tholstrup is a willing worker and as tough as they come in midfield or the forward line.

North Melbourne

Colby McKercher (pick two), Zane Duursma (pick four), Taylor Goad (pick 20), Wil Dawson (pick 22), Riley Hardeman (pick 23)

It’s hard to go too far wrong with five first round picks, and North have found an excellent balance here.

A midfielder in McKercher, a forward in Duursma, a ruck in Goad, a key defender in Dawson and a rebounding half-back in Hardeman. Every box ticked.

Zane Duursma and Colby McKercher stand together in North Melbourne jerseys

Zane Duursma and Colby McKercher are two highly-rated new Kangaroos.(Getty Images: Daniel Pockett)

Port Adelaide

Thomas Anastasopoulos (pick 48), Lachlan Charleson (pick 52), Will Lorenz (pick 57)

Port had targeted small forwards in this draft and landed two in Anastasopoulos and Charleson.

Classy midfielder Lorenz could be a bargain pick up late in the draft.


Kane McAuliffe (pick 40), Liam Fawcett (pick 43)

The Tigers have picked up a real brute of a midfielder in McAuliffe, all-action and hard hitting around the stoppages.

Fawcett is a developing tall forward, an area of priority for Richmond.

St Kilda

Darcy Wilson (pick 18), Lance Collard (pick 28), Angus Hastie (pick 33), Hugo Garcia (pick 50), Arie Schoenmaker (pick 62)

A really strong draft from the Saints. Wilson is one of the premier running midfielders in the draft and Collard an excitement machine with limitless potential.

Hastie is an underrated gem coming out of defence, Garcia has pace to burn in midfield and superboot Schoenmaker was too good to pass up late in the draft.


Will Green (pick 16), Caiden Cleary (pick 24), Patrick Snell (pick 53)

The Swans wanted a ruckman, and took one of the best in the draft in Green.

Cleary is as tough as they come in midfield and should play a lot of games for the Swans, while Snell is one for the future in the back line.

Harley Reid wearing a West Coast jumper holding a football

Harley Reid will don the blue and gold of West Coast.(Getty Images)

West Coast

Harley Reid (pick one), Archer Reid (pick 30), Clay Hall (pick 38), Harvey Johnston (pick 49)

The Eagles drafted Harley Reid. That’s all that really matters.

Archer Reid is an interesting choice as a key forward with lots of upside but plenty of developing to do. Hall is a good pick for midfield grunt, and Johnston is a versatile mid-forward.

Western Bulldogs

Ryley Sanders (pick six), Jordan Croft (pick 15), Joel Freijah (pick 45), Lachlan Smith (pick 47), Aiden O’Driscoll (pick 55)

Sanders has a bright future ahead of him in the AFL, one of the best pure mids in this draft. Father-son Croft has a high ceiling as a tall at either end of the ground.

Midfield needs are addressed with combative ruck Smith, hard-running winger Freijah and speedy outside player O’Driscoll.



Author: Russell White