AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan today named his Top 40 prospects ahead of this month's 2019 AFL Draft
196cm 78kg 25/02/2001
Tall forward who is very lightly built, so has massive upside physically. He has a safe set of hands overhead and he presents well as a marking target up forward. He is an accurate set shot for goal and showed this skill with four goals in a Vic Metro trial game in April. He then played all four games for Vic Metro in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 9.2 disposals, 3.2 marks and a goal a match. He has been a highly promising player all year, playing school football at Essendon Grammar and in the NAB League with the Calder Cannons.
Competitive Advantage: Repeat speed and overhead marking.
Combine Results: Speed - 2.96sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 32sec 2km, Yo-yo - level 21.4.
Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca/Geelong Grammar
192cm 89kg 01/05/2001
Tall defender/forward who excelled down back in the early rounds of the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships before going forward and providing a dangerous marking target in the last two matches. He reads the play exceptionally well in either role with his overhead marking elite. He had an outstanding 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 20 disposals and 6.5 marks. His precision kicking was also a feature in him winning 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours. He ruptured his ACL in a school game after the championships but is on the road to a full recovery.
Competitive Advantage: Versatility and aerial ability.
Combine Results (State testing): Speed – 2.98sec 20m sprint, Agility – 8.08sec, Yo-yo – level 21.4.
Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton/Scotch College
189cm 82kg 23/02/2001
Medium midfielder who is an aggressive and consistent ball winner in the midfield and can push forward and hit the scoreboard. He is strong overhead and in stoppage situations, has good vision and is very creative by hand and foot. Overcoming the disappointment of missing Vic Metro’s initial squad, he became a consistent performer for them in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 18.2 disposals (50 per cent contested) and 7.5 tackles. He starred for Scotch College all year and was a prominent performer for the Sandringham Dragons, averaging 20.8 disposals and 5.4 tackles in nine matches. Son of Hawthorn dual Premiership player Scott Maginness and eligible for Father/Son rule for Hawthorn.
Competitive Advantage: Game sense and work rate.
Combine Results: Speed - 2.96sec 20m sprint (ranked sixth overall),
Endurance - 5min 51sec 2km, Yo-yo - level 21.4 (ranked seventh overall).
Sandringham Dragons/St Kevin’s College
178cm 75kg 12/11/2001
Small forward/midfielder who uses his decision-making and footy smarts to set up opportunities for his team around the goals. Excels at stoppages and provides strong on-field leadership. A very consistent performer for Vic Metro, he averaged 18 disposals at 72 per cent efficiency, 2.8 clearances and 3.5 tackles across the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Mixed his football between St Kevin’s College and the Sandringham Dragons but due to injury only played three NAB League matches averaging 18 disposals.
Competitive Advantage: Game sense and clean hands.
Combine Results: Agility - 8.32sec, Endurance - 6min 24sec 2km.
Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton/Caulfield Grammar
197cm 91kg 08/03/2001
Tall defender whose intercept marking was a feature of his 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, playing for Vic Metro. He also showed precise decision-making on when to spoil and mark and controlled his position throughout the Championships, winning 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours. A one-touch player, he averaged 14.5 disposals and 6.5 marks to win Vic Metro's MVP. He also showed ability at school and NAB League level to go forward and be a dangerous marking target.
Competitive Advantage: Overhead marking and versatility.
Combine Results (State testing): Speed - 3.21 sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.69 sec, Yo-yo - level 20.1.