First trades shake up draft order


Brisbane has strengthened its hand after Tom Rockliff’s defection to Port Adelaide delivered it pick No.19 as compensation.

In snaring Rockliff the Power lost pick No.30, which is gained after Jackson Trengove moved to the Western Bulldogs.


Meanwhile, Melbourne and Essendon has traded their first-round picks in deals for Jake Lever and Devon Smith respectively.

The Demons gave up pick No.10 and its 2018 first-round pick and fourth-round pick for the intercepting defender, getting pick No.35 and a future third-round pick in return.

The Crows now have two first-round picks.

Jake Lever celebrates a goal with Taylor Walker. Picture: Tom Huntley

Jake Lever celebrates a goal with Taylor Walker. Picture: Tom HuntleySource:News Corp Australia

The Bombers gave up pick No.11 and a future third-round selection for Smith with the Giants also handing over pick N.24 and a 2018 second-round pick.

The deal moves Greater Western Sydney back into the first round of the draft after the club was stripped of its pick as part of sanctions in the Lachie Whitfield drugs ban.

The Giants were penalised 1000 draft points, seeing their top pick drop to No.63.

After Rockliff departure in free agency Brisbane now has picks No.1, 12, 18, 19 and 42.


1. Brisbane Lions

2. Gold Coast Suns

3. Carlton

4. North Melbourne

5. Fremantle

6. Collingwood

7. St Kilda (from Hawthorn)

8. St Kilda

9. Western Bulldogs

10. Adelaide (from Melbourne)

11. GWS Giants (from Essendon)

12. Brisbane Lions (from Port Adelaide, via Gold Coast)

13. West Coast

14. Sydney Swans

15. Richmond (from Geelong, via Carlton and GWS)

16. Adelaide

17. Richmond

** GWSGiants have been penalised 1000 draft points over the Lachie Whitfield drugs suspension and their first-round draft pick becomes pick No.63.


18. Brisbane Lions

19. Brisbane Lions (free agency compensation, Tom Rockliff)

20. Gold Coast

21. Geelong (from Carlton)

22. North Melbourne

23. Gold Coast (from Fremantle)

24. Essendon (from GWS, via Collingwood)

25. Gold Coast (from Hawthorn)

26. GWS Giants (from St Kilda)

27. Western Bulldogs

28. Melbourne

29. Essendon

30. Port Adelaide

31. West Coast

32. Sydney Swans

33. Port Adelaide (from Hawthorn, via GWS and Carlton)

34. Geelong

35. Melbourne (from Adelaide)

36. Gold Coast (from Richmond)

Devon Smith is now a Bomber. Picture: Michael Klein

Devon Smith is now a Bomber. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia


37. Collingwood (from Brisbane Lions)

38. Gold Coast

39. Carlton

40. Western Bulldogs (from North Melbourne)

41. Fremantle

42. Brisbane Lions (from Collingwood)

43. Hawthorn

44. St Kilda

45. North Melbourne (from Western Bulldogs)

46. Melbourne

47. Essendon

48. Port Adelaide

49. West Coast

50. Sydney

51. Richmond (received from GWS)

52. Geelong

53. Adelaide

54. Richmond


55. Collingwood (from Brisbane Lions)

56. Fremantle (from Gold Coast)

57. Carlton

58. St Kilda (from North Melbourne, via Western Bulldogs)

59. Fremantle

60. Collingwood

61. Port Adelaide (from Hawthorn)

62. St Kilda

63. North Melbourne (from Western Bulldogs)

64. GWS Giants (** originally pick No.15)

65. Melbourne

66. Essendon

67. Hawthorn (from Port Adelaide)

68. West Coast

69. Sydney

70. GWS Giants

71. Geelong

72. Adelaide

73. Richmond


ADAM CERRA (Vic Metro, Eastern Ranges)

Despite a shoulder surgery bringing his season to an early end, the midfielder is predicted to be an early pick. Similar to GWS star Josh Kelly, Cerra is polished by foot but doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty on the inside with clearances and hard tackling. A strong mark over head for his size.

Cameron Rayner in action for the Western Jets.

Cameron Rayner in action for the Western Jets.Source:Getty Images

Paddy Dow in action for Vic Country.

Paddy Dow in action for Vic Country.Source:Supplied

CAMERON RAYNER (Vic Metro, Western Jets)

Comparisons to Dustin Martin can’t help but boost his draft value. At 187cm he’s the same height as Dusty, plays the same role as the Tigers superstar and has the haircut to match as well. Rayner kicked off his under-18 carnival for Vic Metro with 23 disposals against WA and destroyed SA with 16 possessions, seven marks and five goals.

LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE (Vic Country, Dandenong Stingrays)

Seen as the outstanding midfielder in the 2017 draft class, the 187cm inside midfielder also has similar traits to Martin or Christian Petracca. While injuries have been an issue in the past, his draft season has been excellent with his stoppage work a highlight.

PADDY DOW (Vic Country, Bendigo Pioneers)

Midfielder with great character who cuts angles, kicks goals, can win clearances and marks overhead. Seven of the eight Victorians the Lions have drafted over the past two years have been country boys. Bagged two goals from 35 disposals on Sunday.

JARROD BRANDER (NSW/ACT, Bendigo Pioneers)

After losing his GWS Academy eligibility, Brander has been in the sights of every team. However, don’t expect him to last long on draft night as the top key forward prospect. At 195cm, the NSW product has the size but also the athleticism to make a mark in the AFL.

DARCY FOGARTY (South Australia, Glenelg)

Fogarty’s under-18 championships campaign was ruined by a knee injury and surgery in July brought his draft season is an early end. However, the South Australian started the year as a No. 1 contender due to his versatility. At 192cm, Fogarty can play forward, across half-back and in the midfield.

JAIDYN STEPHENSON (Vic Metro, Eastern Ranges)

The X-factor option in the 2017 draft, Stephenson has developed into a midfielder with Eastern Ranges this season. His 39-disposal performance against Sandringham certainly caught the eye. At 189cm, the youngster has plenty of upside and could be a surprise selection depending on the club.



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