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Thought we’d go more ready made since were in our window, but can’t complain as he looks a talent. He’ll need a few years in the gym, but if he can clunk marks like that at AFL level he’ll be a player.

Welcome to the Dees Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Ford!

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29 minutes ago, Monbon said:

Unlike some recent Demon Forwards - I emphasize 'some', I am referring to a recent defector who I saw kick a swag against Box Hill,  who marked 3 in 20 after that - this lad can hold a mark. A commodity not to be sneezed at.

I note the face palm from Lord Nev: don't get me wrong, it's not a put down, I know someone who knows him, he's a great lad, but he didn't manage to hold on to his marking opportunities. That's an unfortunate fact which would be difficult to argue with. I wish him all the best, but I can't see that aspect of his game improving.

Then again, and this is something I'm not privy to, Sam was possibly pulling down the same one-grabbers when he was at Jefferson's stage and I'm aware that because of the sheer pressure AFL games applied in AFL football, Jefferson's marking capacity will be tested. Peace, brother.

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Ultimately pairing another young key forward with JVR was too good an opportunity to pass up

Clubs can go a decade being a key forward short (we'd know) 

They'll compliment each other well

Also a bit ironic we took a key-forward with what was originally a Freo draft pick

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4 minutes ago, Lord Travis said:

Thought we’d go more ready made since were in our window, but can’t complain as he looks a talent. He’ll need a few years in the gym, but if he can clunk marks like that at AFL level he’ll be a player.

Welcome to the Dees Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Ford!

I wonder if we secretly had more interest in Hewett and tried to keep it quiet. He might’ve been the great result JT was talking up. That or Allan going earlier and Hollands or Buss sliding. 

The guys who went in the rest of the first round weren’t really ready to go prospects either, at least in positions of need anyway. 

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1 minute ago, DeeSpencer said:

I wonder if we secretly had more interest in Hewett and tried to keep it quiet. He might’ve been the great result JT was talking up. That or Allan going earlier and Hollands or Buss sliding. 

The guys who went in the rest of the first round weren’t really ready to go prospects either, at least in positions of need anyway. 

We played JVR in the reserves the entire year, I don't think we have a large emphasis on selecting ready to go players

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A young raw key position forward.  Jefferson takes some good marks and has a simple kicking technique.  He drops a few as well and looked awkward in his second efforts.  Like a young Max King is how I’d describe Jefferson.  We need to be patient.  He needs lots of protein shakes, gym work for 3 years and a determination to succeed.  
Drafting young key forwards is a risky choice.  From Cook to Weideman to Hulett, we’ve not been successful.  Yet with BBB on one leg and Tmcd on the other side of 33, the outlook for a future of a JVR and Jefferson combo is the opportunity that ultimately looked the deciding motivation for JT.  

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Looks a good prospect that css as b take a mark which we desperately need

who knows from here how his career will go but it is great to his family and friends be so rapt for him to go the demons

work hard young man. Follow T Mac around for 12 months 

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Looks agile and has a leap. 
 

A few less centimetres shorter than the King twins but he’s hardly a shortarse. 
 

Best wishes young fella. 

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Happy with the pick. We have 2 key forwards we can look forward to in the future in van Rooyen and Jefferson.

 

Seniors

B: Lever, May, Hibberd

HB: Brayshaw, Petty, Salem

C: Langdon, Petracca, Hunter

HF: Neal-Bullen, McDonald, Pickett

F: Fritsch, B.Brown, Gawn

FOLL: Grundy, Oliver, Viney

IC: Harmes, Sparrow, Bowey, Spargo

SUB: Melksham

EMERG: Rivers, Jordon, van Rooyen

 

Casey

B: D.Smith, Turner, J.Smith

HB: Rivers, Tomlinson, McVee

C: Howes, Dunstan, Woewodin

HF: Chandler, van Rooyen, Laurie

F: Moniz-Wakefield, Schache, Jefferson

FOLL: Farris-White, Jordon, N\A

IC: N\A, N\A, N\A, White

EMERG: Munro, Ellison, Buntine 

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17 minutes ago, chook fowler said:

I shall call him Thomas.

Perhaps he could help in the rewriting of our constitution?

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He plays like Charlie Curnow to me. Has the leap, strong hands, is a few centimetres taller than Curnow. If he turns out half as exciting, he'll be another JT special. Just needs to add 15-20kgs.

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I'm ok with this pick.  He looks like he has good hands, which is what the Weed always lacked.  I'm not seeing him double-grabbing marks he should hold easily.  He's agile and can work at ground level and he kicks straight.  He looks to have all the tools to succeed.  We also have plenty of time to build his body before he needs to be slotted into the senior side.  Looks like a good pick.  

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Somewhat disappointed as I think he's a very 'un JT/Melbourne' player in terms of competitiveness and physicality. JTs KPF drafting has been his weak spot and all else being equal, this is a very similar pick to Weideman albeit without the spectre of the McKay or Curnow misses. 

Like with Weideman, my concern is you can't teach physicality. It's innate in some, lacking in others. Jesse had it from day dot, JVR has it. Weid looked a million bucks with a run and jump (which if you recall, was his touted draft strength) but at AFL level you just rarely get the opportunity to attack an aerial ball unbuffeted. Hopefully Jefferson has a few more strings to his bow. 

I really do hate to be critical of an 18 year old kid who hasn't played a game and presents well. But it feels like a story we've watched to the end before. 

Having said all of that - I'll be right behind him, hope I'm so far wrong and he's Josh Kennedy reincarnated.

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46 minutes ago, Monbon said:

I note the face palm from Lord Nev: don't get me wrong, it's not a put down, I know someone who knows him, he's a great lad, but he didn't manage to hold on to his marking opportunities. That's an unfortunate fact which would be difficult to argue with. I wish him all the best, but I can't see that aspect of his game improving.

Then again, and this is something I'm not privy to, Sam was possibly pulling down the same one-grabbers when he was at Jefferson's stage and I'm aware that because of the sheer pressure AFL games applied in AFL football, Jefferson's marking capacity will be tested. Peace, brother.

I'd more be face plaming that you referred to him as a defector.  Yeah Weid left the MFC, but I think it was a move that all parties were comfortable with based on him getting a fresh start and likewise for us and Schache, with the Bulldogs.  Weid was going nowhere at the MFC for the past 2 seasons.  Hardly a defection.

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