What Essendon said: “We wanted to address a few needs … we’re really happy with the selection and we think it fits our playing list,” footy manager Josh Mahoney told the AFL website. He said D’Ambrosio performed well against the Bombers’ VFL side earlier this season and his kicking could make an impact for the team this year. “He had a great game that day, I think mid-20 possessions and kicked the ball really well. It’s just an important part of our game. It’s something that we’ve been missing at different stages this year.” Mahoney said D’Ambrosio’s shoulder injury, picked up just days ago, would keep him out for the next few weeks.
4. Adelaide (via Rory Sloane injury)
Mature-aged Glenelg midfielder who kicked four goals and had 38 touches against Adelaide’s SANFL side earlier this year. Strong around stoppages but is versatile and can play elsewhere.
What the Crows said: “His early season form has been outstanding and clearly above SANFL level, he deserves an opportunity, he has done a lot of extra work and presented his body and conditioning in outstanding shape,” recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie said. “As a player he offers a point of difference for our midfield in he has good speed and lateral movement and can go left and right foot out of stoppage.”
5. GWS (via Josh Fahey injury)
What the Giants said: “Wade is an exciting tall prospect who has shone for Peel in the WAFL this year after limited football in the last two years. He has an attractive athletic profile and enormous upside given his lack of exposure. He has developed in the forward-line this year but has also shown glimpses he can play behind the ball as well,” recruiting manager Adrian Caruso said. “Wade has shown a great desire to further his footy as evidenced by his move to the VFL in 2020 and WAFL in 2022 and it’s great that has paid off for him.”
6. Hawthorn (via open list spot)
What the Hawks said: “He’ll put size on,” Hawks recruiting manager Mark McKenzie told AFL.com.au, adding that Ramsden wouldn’t be limited to a ruck role. He said Hawthorn considered both talent and the Hawks’ needs for the second-half of the season in making their selections. “I think with the pick that we had at pick six, we probably steered toward that talent side,” he said.
What Ramsden said: “It’s a pretty ideal situation. Two of my school mates are there and I go for the Hawks,” he told the AFL broadcast. He said he would model his game after young Melbourne ruckman Luke Jackson.
7. Gold Coast (via Ben King injury)
What the Suns said: “Oskar is a player of high quality, has a thirst for development and has demonstrated consistent form at all levels including the NAB League, Young Guns and VFL competition in the front half of this season,” recruiting manager Kall Burns said. “He will hopefully play for the club this weekend in the VFL against Collingwood, before relocating to the Gold Coast and continuing his progression as a midfielder throughout this season.”
8. Port Adelaide (via Jake Pasini injury)
Twenty-two-year-old ruckman averaging 15 touches a game in the WAFL for East Fremantle. He can also play forward and his ruck work is developing. He will help a Port Adelaide side without ruckman Scott Lycett for at least another six weeks.
What Port Adelaide said: “He hunts the ball well at ground level and he can go forward, mark and kick a goal. We’re excited about what he can bring to our club, and look forward to welcoming him to Adelaide soon,” recruiting manager Geoff Parker said.
9. Collingwood (via Nathan Kreuger injury)
What the Pies said: “We’re really excited about what he can do and how he can develop into our midfield mix,” recruiting manager Derek Hine said.
What Carmichael said: “It’s been a hectic few weeks even, now I can finally relax and it’s starting to sort of sink in,” Carmichael said, calling into the AFL website coverage from the pub where he works. Carmichael said he played country football in the Sunraysia Football League in north-western Victoria last year, with a stint in Darwin before moving to West Adelaide in the SANFL, where he had his first full pre-season this year. “I was always sort of a bit of a cricketer growing up,” he said. He had not expected to slide to Collingwood, but was glad to be picked up by the Pies.
10. Richmond (via Josh Caddy retirement)
What the Tigers said: “His strong aerial ability combined with ability to cover ground make him a difficult match-up. We believe that Jacob has considerable potential given his rapid rise this year. He has a terrific attitude and will greatly benefit from working with our coaches and experienced forward group.”
11. Sydney (via open list spot)
What the Swans said: “He has had to overcome some injuries through his journey so this has been his first real attempt this year. He’s done really well, and it shows that he has some really nice talent,” recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple said. “He’s very athletic and he has some speed and power. He’s mainly played as a forward, but also has some versatility to play higher up the ground, which he has displayed in the last few weeks for the Sandringham Dragons.”
12. Geelong (via open list spot)
A small forward from Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL who has kicked 15 goals this season. He has averaged just over 11 touches this year.
What the Cats said: “He’s been at Woodville-West Torrens for a long time, coming right through their junior programs, has been a captain and good player all the way through,” list manager Stephen Wells said. He said Williams’ senior opportunities came after his former SANFL teammate Tyson Stengle joined the Cats late last season. “He’s earned his senior opportunities over there after Tyson came to us and filled his spot really well. He’s played every game this year in the seniors and has been able to kick goals consistently, and was rewarded with state selection against the WAFL a couple of weeks ago.” He said the Cats were excited for Williams’ future, not just the short-term.
13. Carlton (via open list spot)
What Carlton said: “His performances for Glenelg in the past 18 months have been really strong, as shown by his selection in the South Australian state side earlier this season which he unfortunately missed due to illness,” head of list management Nick Austin said. “He backs himself in the air, he’s a calming influence in defence and he makes the right decision coming out of the back half. He has barely missed a game since going back to South Australia and he’s performed to a really high standard in a quality competition.”
What Durdin said: “I’m very fortunate to have a second crack at it – not many guys do,” Durdin told the AFL.com.au broadcast, saying he had developed since his time at North. He said he wasn’t sure of his draft chances until it was confirmed he would be picked up by Carlton this week, with key defender Jacob Weitering injured on the weekend. “I’m ready to go and I’m looking forward to working hard and getting an opportunity.”
14. St Kilda (via Nick Coffield injury)
15. Fremantle (via open list spot)
Twenty-one-year-old tall forward from East Perth of Sudanese background who has kicked 16 goals so far this year.
What the Dockers said: He possesses an impressive vertical leap, superb ground-level game for his size and is very quick on the lead. Kuek combines these athletic traits with composure and impressive decision-making with the ball and has a lot of growth potential.
16. West Coast (via Luke Edwards injury)
17. North Melbourne (via Tom Lynch retirement)
18. Essendon (via Nik Cox injury)
The 19-year-old Tasmanian has been playing for South Adelaide this year in the SANFL where he got off to a bright start in front of goal. A small forward, he has good aerobic capacity.
What Essendon said: “What we love is just his pressure – he’s a tackling machine. He loves to pressure and he’s got great goal-sense,” football manager Mahoney told AFL.com.au. “Again that’s another need that we’ve got on our list, probably even highlighted by Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s retirement.”
19. Adelaide (via Paul Seedsman injury)
20. Hawthorn (via Tyler Brockman injury)
The 21-year-old key defender is from Hawthorn’s VFL affiliate Box Hill. He was among those to receive an AFL exemption to be a part of this draft. Blanck is developing at a rapid rate and was under the noses for the Hawks’ recruiters in their reserves side.
What the Hawks said: “It’s great when you see those Box Hill guys come through,” list manager McKenzie told AFL.com.au. Could Blanck play for the senior side in the second half of the year? McKenzie said that was a question for coach Sam Mitchell.
21. Collingwood (via Jordan Roughead retirement)
22. Carlton (via Oscar McDonald injury)
The son of racehorse trainer David Hayes, Hayes is a former Bulldog and has been playing for the Blues at VFL level this year. The 26-year-old midfielder played 11 games for the Dogs across three seasons.
What the Blues said: “A number of people inside the four walls of Ikon Park have been really impressed with the way Will has applied himself and also taken some of the team’s younger players at VFL level,” said list management boss Austin, describing it as “a real reward for effort”. “He’s a smart footballer and he knows how to find the Sherrin, as we’ve seen for the Carlton reserves this season. He can play a number of roles and he has been one of our best at the level.