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Ed Allan isn't just the best choice for us at pick 13, I'm starting to think he's the best player in the entire draft. I didn't really want to start a thread because Hawthorn or Geelong will probably take him with picks 6 or 7, if not, the Eagles will pounce at 8 or worst case 12 - hence their trade down. But maybe, just maybe, clubs will be worried about the small sample size, lack of representative or highly level footy and injury and he'll slide to 13. Here's the case: 1. Size: He's a 195cm - that's Bont, Cripps, Goodes kind of stuff. At 82kg's he'll fill out well too. 2. Athleticism: He just ran a seriously quick 2.81 20m sprint, one of the quickest times ever recorded and has very good endurance too. 3. Production Off an interrupted preseason with stress fractures in his back he averaged 25 disposals from 5 games in the WAFL colts 4. Pedigree Son of Hawthorn B+F winner and Freo captain Ben Allan. 5. This video. I just can't stop watching it: a. Lovely right foot set shot b. Weighted left foot kick on his non preferred c. Quick hands under pressure, gets the ball well clear of tackler, receiving player makes it look worse d. Weaves on to his left and puts it right on his tall forward e. Hits up a forward, or 2 forwards really, who can't seem to get the ball f. quick play on through the corridor g. makes his decision on the run for a lovely diagonal kick h. plays on, lowers eyes for the hit up i. regulation handball, whatever j. I love this one, pulls a handball once, then fires it again on his left to hit the runner in stride I watched the full WA v SA state game that he played in, as well as the WAFL Colts grand final last year. Both games he played on a wing and was fine. He's not a natural wingman IMO. He holds position well but is fairly passive in waiting for the ball to come to him (think James Jordon) rather than looking for those Langdon type moments to really insert himself in to play. He's also not a great mark for his size. Gets a bit flummoxed in loose ball situations too. But look at this, Claremont stuffed up their rotations at one stage and he ended up in the ruck, look at the vision and execution of this handball on his non preferred at 1:28:57 He'll need some time to fill out and round out his marking and contested work but those things can be taught by good coaches. It's much harder to teach high level decision making and skills. And you can't just create gun athletes either. Want to replace Luke Jackson with a big bodied midfielder (not ruck) who can do special things - this is the guy.