Leading up to the AFL National Draft, we will look at the top 10 picks from then – going back 30 years, 25 years, 20 years, 15 years, 10 years and five years.
In the final of our series, we go back five years to the 2014 National Draft
Five years ago the National Draft was held on the Gold Coast and had turned into the prime-time television event it is today.
The 2014 draft and trading period consisted of free agency, a father-son and academy players bidding process, the trade period, the national draft, the pre-season draft and the rookie draft.
Compensation picks were a major factor in this draft with the AFL allocating picks to clubs that had lost uncontracted players to the new expansion clubs – GWS and Gold Coast and clubs had the option to trade picks in return for other players or selections in the draft.
The draft also started to become more complex and compromised with the likes of academy players and local zoning selections available to the four clubs from New South Wales and Queensland and the days of clubs getting father-son picks at bargain-basement rates were long gone.
All Academy and father-son picks were now subject to a bidding process, which the clubs with the family or academy connection had to match any bid placed by a rival club with their next available selection.
With this draft only being five years ago, the majority of the player’s careers are in full-swing but, like all drafts, it makes for a fascinating list as to how they all progressed.
2014 AFL NATIONAL DRAFT TOP 10
PICK 1 (St.Kida): Paddy McCartin
FROM: Geelong Falcons
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 35
Taken at number one in the national draft of 2014, the Saints had and still have high hopes for Paddy McCartin.
His career has been ravaged by injury with serious concussion issues preventing him from playing.
In the pre-season of 2019, McCartin suffered his eighth concussion and hasn’t played a game of Football at any level since.
Back in October, St.Kilda announced they had delisted McCartin in what was a mutual decision to allow the 23-year-old to recover.
For Paddy, we can only hope he has a full recovery and can find himself doing what he loves – playing footy in the near future.
PICK 2 (Melbourne) : Christian Petracca
FROM: Eastern Rangers
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 85* (*As of Round 23, 2019)
Five seasons into his career and Christian Petracca has proven to be a genuine star for Melbourne.
Petracca was a shining light in what was a very disappointing season for the Dees and he will be key to their chances of a bounce back in 2020.
In season 2019, spent most of his time up forward at the Dees and was their leading goal-scorer with 22 goals for the season.
He also found himself moving up to the midfield later in the season, with a career-high 25 disposals in the Demons five-point loss to North in Hobart in Round 23.
High expectations are on Petracca and Melbourne going into the 2020 season where provided he’s injury-free he will play his 100th game as early as Round 14.
PICK 3 (Melbourne – Free agency compensation pick ) – Angus Brayshaw
FROM: Sandringham Dragons
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 80* (*As of Round 23, 2019)
In his five years at the Demons, Angus Brayshaw has had a mixed bag of highs and lows since being taken at pick 3.
In his first year, Brayshaw impressed the Red and Blue faithful and even gained a Rising Star nomination for his efforts in the Dees 25 point loss to Collingwood on the Queens Birthday of that season.
Brayshaw’s 2017 season was disrupted by concussion issues but in 2018 was fighting fit the following year and found himself finishing third in the Brownlow.
Not many people expected Brayshaw to poll significantly that season, so much so – the AFL didn’t invite him to the count.
Much like his club, Melbourne there was a lot of expectation on Brayshaw heading into season 2019.
He found himself playing a number of different roles during the year but couldn’t take his game to the next level.
There’s no doubt like all footballer’s this time of the year that Angus Brayshaw and Melbourne are “training the house down” and “having the best pre-season ever” but hopefully he’ll be well placed for season 2020.
If he manages to avoid injury or being dropped, Brayshaw will play his 100th game in Round 20 of the 2020 season.
PICK 4 (GWS): Jarrod Pickett
FROM: South Fremantle
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 0
Pickett was taken at pick 4 with GWS first selection in the 2014 draft. He failed to play a game for the Giants and was traded to Carlton during the trade period of 2016.
He managed to make his debut in Round 1, 2017 for the Blues and managed 17 games in his career but spent time on the sidelines due to injury in late 2018.
Midway through the 2019 season, Pickett parted ways with Carlton in a mutual agreement due to injury and homesickness.
PICK 5 (Collingwood) – Jordan De Goey
FROM: Oakleigh Chargers
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 88* (*As of Preliminary Final, 2019)
From ratbag to superstar, that’s the story of Jordan De Goey’s career so far at Collingwood.
DeGoey’s first couple of seasons at the Pies was affected by Do Goey’s off-field misdemeanours including telling the club at the start of 2017, he broke his hand as his dog bit him, when in fact he got in a fight at a St.Kilda bar.
Collingwood suspended him for six weeks.
The following off-season, De Goey was caught drink driving blowing two-times the legal limit in a random breath test.
DeGoey relegated himself to the VFL team before returning in round 4 of that season and let his football do the talking.
The new look, professional De Goey found himself leading the Pies goalkicking in the 2018 season and was nominated in the All Australian squad.
De Goey is now considered one of the superstars of the competition and knocked back big offers from rival clubs to stay at Collingwood until 2020 and no doubt he’ll be a major talking point next season.
PICK 6 (GWS): Caleb Marchbank
FROM: Murray Bushrangers
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 7
In what seemed to be the continuation of GWS becoming Carlton’s junior feeder club, Caleb Marchbank was taken by the Giants with pick six in the draft of 2014.
Marchbank played seven games for the Giants and requested a trade from GWS at the end of 2016 nominating Carlton.
He played 13 games in 2019 but suffered a neck injury in the Blues Round 16 game against the Dees that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
PICK 7 (GWS): Paul Ahern
FROM: Calder Cannons
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 0
Paul Ahern spent his entire time at GWS playing for their NEAFL side and was bordering on making his debut but a knee injury got the better of him.
Ahern missed six months of the 2016 season and failed to play a senior match with the Giants and was traded to North Melbourne.
He has played seven games for North and found himself in/out of the VFL team.
PICK 8 (Gold Coast) – Peter Wright
FROM: Calder Cannons
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 66* (*as of Round 23, 2019)
At a whopping 203 centimetres (6ft 8 in the old-school), “Two-Meter Peter” has been a solid player for the Gold Coast Suns since making his debut back in 2015.
So far in his career, Wright is best remembered for kicking the winning goal against West Coast in Round 11, 2017 – in what would be the clubs first-ever win over the Eagles.
PICK 9 (Collingwood – Father/Son): Darcy Moore
FROM: Oakleigh Chargers
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 71* (*as of Preliminary Final, 2019)
The son of Collingwood (and Melbourne) great, two-time Brownlow Medalist Peter Moore, the Pies took Darcy under the father-son rule.
Collingwood used their first-round selection to get Moore at the Pies as the Western Bulldogs made a bid for his services and Collingwood was allowed to match it.
Moore has established himself as one of Collingwood’s best and is known as a very smart, well-read individual currently in the final year of his commerce degree at Melbourne University.
Injury had the better of Moore in the 2018 season, missing out on Collingwood’s finals campaign and much speculation surrounded if he would move to Sydney.
He played the majority of the 2019 season – including the finals and was consistently amongst the Pies best.
PICK 10 (Geelong): Nakia Cockatoo
FROM: NT Thunder
GAMES PLAYED FOR CLUB: 34* (*As of Preliminary Final 2019)
Nakia Cockatoo has not played a game for Geelong since Round 3, 2018 and ruptured his PCL playing for the Cats VFL team in July of that season which sidelined him for 12 months.
He returned to training with the Cats main group back in July and found himself back playing VFL later in the 2019 season.
Known as a flashy and explosive midfielder who can blow games apart, there’s no doubting the Cats will hope a fit and firing Cockatoo will be a big part of their 2020 campaign.