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Salem was a first year player give him another pre season learning the defensive side of the game and he'll be ready to play two way footy. . He appears to be a natural footballer. Dont forget we added Mitchie and Riley last year as well - both of whom need another pre season under their belts coming off of pretty low bases due to injuries. All of those three are great sizes for the mid (183-185cm 80-85kgs) lets see them develop. JKH looks like a great little live-wire and with a bit of luck Jeff Garlett can show him the ropes and help fast track his development. We might just have an Eddie Betts type on our hands? Lets see the boys develop over the next few seasons before judging if we wasted opportunites at the draft table or not.

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This interview alone will bring in an extra 5k members

http://www.melbournefc.com.au/video/2014-11-27/petracca-and-brayshaw-bolster-dees-midfield

Feel the love

That's f()%%g brilliant.

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(a) We didn't turn the list over enough so we didn't bring enough young talent into the club. We could easily have delisted the likes of Strauss and Tapscott last year, and have been no worse off, other than a few $$ down the drain.

(b) I'm not 100% sold on Salem becoming a genuine AFL midfielder, and both JKH and Hunt are both utility types, rather than meeting our number 1 need of getting our hands on the footy more. Hunt seems a long way off being an AFL player and I'm not sure how he fits in to Roos view of an ideal fit for AFL football.

Yet you are looking at the draft in isolation.

We didn't "draft" Tyson or Cross but that also addressed our need for getting our hands on the ball ( with the likes of Vince and Michie).

Our need last season was not to get just ball winners - but ball winners who can have an immediate impact - hence we picked up Vince, Tyson, Cross and to a less extent Michie. Our problem was and to an extent remains that we are bereft of middle and upper age talent. Salem and JKH were both midfielders for their respective TAC clubs but to expect them to have an impact in the midfield year one ?

Further - we certainly achieved a big coup by getting in Tyson but it sent our 1st pick to number 9 - there were probably two midfielders who had some sort of impact last year from the draft being Dunstan (STKilda) and Merrett from Essendon ( played more forward).

I would suggest that we didn't miss any opportunities last draft.

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I still can't believe we nabbed Brayshaw AND Petracca - big bodied mids that can win there own ball at the stoppage. No more stick insects!

Interestingly, we also landed the to highest ranking 'pure mids' from SA in Stretch and ANB.

Over the next few years these guys (with Jones, Tyson, Viney) will allow Salem, Toump and JKH to play on the flanks as 'finishes'.

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I may be a typical cynical Dees supporter like most on here but "by gee, by jingo, by crikey", am I 'Super' excited or what with the recruitment team and draftees over the last two drafts. (I just had to get Roosy's favorite word 'Super' in there).

It's been a very calculated and strategic approach which we have been screaming out for and just gives MFC (Roos and Goodwin) every chance for sustainable success.

'Super' happy :blink:

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I still can't believe we nabbed Brayshaw AND Petracca - big bodied mids that can win there own ball at the stoppage. No more stick insects!

Interestingly, we also landed the to highest ranking 'pure mids' from SA in Stretch and ANB.

Over the next few years these guys (with Jones, Tyson, Viney) will allow Salem, Toump and JKH to play on the flanks as 'finishes'.

I suspect someone said exactly the same thing after we drafted Sylvia and McLean.

Let's hope we get a better result this time.

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One thing I have loved about last night draft was that there were no pick where we all stood up and said whos that???? No smokeys!

No skinny project talls that will take 5 years to debut. And I dont class Oscar in this because I see him as a natural footballer who could sneak in a game or two next year just like his brother did.

Bravo Jason Taylor

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What were Carlton thinking taking taking Boekhorst with their first pick and letting Laverde go thru!!! Unfortunately to Essendon. Surely Boekhorst would have been there at their next pick of around 23 or even the next. Look a bit foolish. Glad we don't have their recruiters.

Support an earlier post that our team did an 'Oscar' winning performance!

Yeah, was shocked at that. Felt that they got it back on track with Viojo-Rainbow and Smith with their next selections though. Think they were very happy to get Jayden Foster too, so for now they'll be pretty happy that they got two they targeted specifically (Boekhorst, Foster) and a bargain in Smith.

Whether the Jaksch trade was a winner, only time will tell.

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I always wonder where people get the idea that Salem is an outside player, maybe it's because he looks a bit like Toumpas in appearance.

Probably based on his roles and game style in junior footy. Was essentially a winger or flanker, not for lack of inside game, but for the team to best utilise his kicking ability.

Think he has the body and ability to win his own ball and can work his way inside at AFL level, he's certainly already shown flashes.

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Probably based on his roles and game style in junior footy. Was essentially a winger or flanker, not for lack of inside game, but for the team to best utilise his kicking ability.

Think he has the body and ability to win his own ball and can work his way inside at AFL level, he's certainly already shown flashes.

Often the term outside player is related to that good old term 'receiver'...Salem is much more than that as you are indicating.

Those who don't think he will go and get his own ball are way off the mark, he is as tough as any of the kids on the list probably bar Viney who is in his own league.

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Often the term outside player is related to that good old term 'receiver'...Salem is much more than that as you are indicating.

Those who don't think he will go and get his own ball are way off the mark, he is as tough as any of the kids on the list probably bar Viney who is in his own league.

That he is thought of as outside, to me it due to players being defined as either "outside" or "inside" while in truth most players, as Salem is, are combination of both.

But If you had to define him as one of those, with this kicking and run and carry skills, you'd define him as outside though he certainly is tough and has a inside game.

Being classed as Outside really shouldn't be defined as negative, If you had to define Luke Hodge (who Salem was compared to when Drafted) as Inside or Outside, he'd be "Outside" because that's were he does his most damage, but he certainly can win his own ball inside, and is as tough and hard at the contest as anyone in the league .

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Really happy with our drafting this year. We got our very own Martin with Petracca and our very own Wines with Brayshaw.

We also got Neal-Bullan and McDonald who draft experts thought would be picked in the 20's got to be happy with that.

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Some on the BF Dogs board are scratching the heads at overlooking McDonald (or "McOz" - so much love for that nickname).

I felt like reminding them they overlooked Neal-Bullen as well, meaning they overlooked picks 21 and 22 in Knightmare's phantom draft, but didn't want to rub it in too much.

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two lads who 'll go out there and give their all for each other...and the team... its going to be infectious I'm convinced :)

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