The 2017 AFL draft is soon among us. Later this week, all clubs will be looking to add a batch of talent to their list. There are plenty of mock drafts out there, and there will be more to see this week, predicting the draft’s outcome. While most AFL analysts are not watching any of the draft class play a game, it isn’t stopping them from voicing an opinion. We at Flack, however, will stick to what we know, and that is not seventeen-year-olds playing football in the TAC Cup. We present to you, using the most up-to-date draft order, the AFL mock draft: Superhero edition.
AFL Mock Draft: Superhero edition
Pick 1: Brisbane Lions – Superman (Utility)
The Brisbane Lions have a young core, and Chris Fagan has turned their fortunes around in quick succession. With their first pick, they take the consensus number one. Superman is a do-it-all athlete, and he can be used anywhere around the park. Despite being on the top of every mock draft, Superman is by far from the perfect prospect. He has a few glaring weaknesses his game, the majority of them being Kryptonite, and shitty-sequel related. Furthermore, unless a team from Krypton is a goal for league expansion, the go-home factor will be less of an issue for the man of steel.
Pick 2: Fremantle – Bane (Key Defender/Forward)
The Dockers will happily take on the best key position player in the draft to aid their rebuild. Character issues aside, the big fellow is the future of Freo. Seemingly searching for a key-forward for an eternity, the Dockers will be tempted to start Bane forward. However, he is a ready-made replacement at either end of the ground.
Pick 3: North Melbourne Kangaroos – Batman (Midfield)
Typical North Melbourne, always chasing big-name players. Batman is the most talked about prospect in the draft. A tireless worker, and calm under pressure, Batman will fit right into North’s engine room. While many thought the Kangaroos would look to add outside class, Batman is gritty and known for finding a way to win against the odds. Which, in all fairness, will be almost every game in 2018. Worth more than the entire AFL, expect a handy sponsorship deal with Wayne Enterprises to follow.
Pick 4: Carlton Blues – Captain Carlton (Midfield)
In the first shock of the draft, the Carlton Blues have taken an academy prospect to add to their senior list. Captian Carlton is known commodity around the club. He should be able to make an immediate impact on the field. Already a fan favourite, especially with the kids, Captian Carlton is another young player that can build with the Blues’ young core. There is also talk of the Blues taking Navy Nina in the AFLW offseason.
Pick 5: Fremantle – Iron Man (Defender)
Everything is coming up Fremantle. The Dockers will happily take the next best available prospect. A tactical genius, Tony Stark is usually the smartest man on the football field, Fremantle has a natural leader who can control the play. The rebounding defender is becoming one of the most critical roles in the league, and Iron Man is cut out for it.
Pick 6: Collingwood Magpies – Thor (Key Forward)
The Magpies lack a strong key forward, and the godly Thor is a hand and glove fit for them. With size, strength, endurance, and Brodie Grundy’s haircut, Thor is the do it all forward perfect for the modern game. A sharpshooter with a Mjölnir, his accuracy cannot be understated. However, we will see how that transfers in front of goal.
Pick 7: St Kilda – The Flash (Wing)
St Kilda has been half-throwing their hat in the ring of any decent midfielder of late. Looking for a critical ball-user, the Saints have struck gold if The Flash is still not picked up by pick seven. A stand-up guy, too, he can slot straight into the Swans starting lineup and is AFL-ready.
Pick 8: St Kilda Saints – Jack Jack (Very Small Forward)
Having back-to-back picks is ideal for the Saints. Along with fitting into the Saints’ recruiting policy of drafting players named Jack, the youngest Incredible is an excellent prospect for the future. While he may take some time at VFL, Jack Jack could find himself as a wildcard at senior level. He has a bag of tricks that not even he has full awareness of at the moment; A typical player who doesn’t know how good he is yet. If he can learn to control his ability to turn into a beast, then he will be a more-than-handy forward.
Pick 9: Western Bulldogs – Spider-Man (Midfield)
The Dogs will be thrilled that Spider-Man has fallen to pick eight. The elusive midfielder is almost impossible to tackle and is a smooth mover in traffic. A little light frame, he will need to build his body over a few pre-seasons to begin to stamp his authority in the league.
Pick 10: Carlton – The Hulk (Key defender)
With the Hulk, the Blues have gained that physical presence to help turn the reigning premiers’ season around. While there are potential issues with on-field anger problems, the fans will love the Hulk destroying everything in his path. The ability to also swing forward is valuable, and nobody can crash a pack as the Hulk can.
Pick 11: GWS Giants – Doomsday (Ruck)
With the eleventh pick, the Giants are taking a massive gamble on a player who could revolutionalise the ruck position in the AFL. The versatile and durable Doomsday can play all about the ground and should give the Giants a ruck option for a long time. He plays with ultimate aggression, sometimes to a fault. His anger issues may cause problems on the field. However, if they are reigned in, then GWS may find themselves with the steal of the draft. It is also they replace Shane Mumford with another ruckman who can kill someone with their bare hands.
Pick 12: Adelaide – Quicksilver (Wing/Half Forward)
Adelaide is so very close to reaching the pinnacle of the AFL. They just need the last effort to get them over the top in 2018.The Crows will benefit from a player like Quicksilver on the wing. He plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and will be loved in Adelaide. Ball-winners like Sloan and the Crouch brothers will make Quicksilver an instant force. Look to see Quicksilver spend some time in the forward line, taking Charlie Cameron’s place.
Pick 13: West Coast – Shazam (Half-Forward)
The mercurial Shazam fits West Coast to a tee. At times he can do the impossible. After all, he is the world’s mightiest mortal. However, due to all of his powers coming from magic, he can turn to the young and un-super Billy Batson without notice. The consistent inconsistency of Shazam will fit the West Coast Football Club like a hand into a glove, or Jack Darling to a forward line.
Pick 14: Sydney – Deadpool (Defender)
A medium-sized defender, Deadpool will add to the growing list players who are given a second chance at the Swans. Sydney has themselves a super-athletic lock-down defender who will frustrate opposition forwards all day. There are slight character concerns, however, with the early lock-out laws, he should be able to stay out of harm in the Harbour City.
Pick 15: Brisbane – Wolverine (Small Forward)
While never being the most significant player on the field, Wolverine is a force. Durable and an absolute workhorse, with the ability to shred through opponents and make slashing runs off half-back. Wolverine will be able to aid the Lion’s rebuild. There are rumours of off-field issues. However, Brisbane will trust their ability to turn that around. Expect Luke Hodge to take Wolverine under his wing next season.
Pick 16: Western Bulldogs – Robin (Midfielder)
The Western Bulldogs already have one of the best young midfield brigades in the league. With so many runners going through the middle, the Dogs’ will need a player with a complimentary skill set. Not many are better at supporting than Robin. Robin can help the Dogs’ midfield now and is young enough to be there for a long time.
Pick 17: Richmond – Daredevil (Medium Defender)
Despite being legally blind, Daredevil’s “radar” helps him sense a play seemingly before it happens. Daredevil can slot right into their starting lineup. He will be able to assist Alex Rance in intercepting any play that comes into the Tigers’ defensive fifty.