AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan today named his Top 40 prospects ahead of this month's 2019 AFL Draft
Woodville-West Torrens/Henley HS
183cm 83kg 30/09/2001
Medium midfielder/forward who is fierce in the contest and courageous in his attack on the ball. He is good overhead for his size and is an excellent decision-maker with the ball in hand. He won the Alan Stewart Medal for best on ground as a bottom aged player in the 2018 Under-18 Grand Final in South Australia. This led to strong performances for his state in this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships where he averaged 21.2 disposals, three clearances and five tackles earning 2019 NAB AFL All-Australian honours. Eligible under Father/Son rules for Port Adelaide where his father, Darren was the club’s inaugural best and fairest winner.
Competitive Advantage: Contested ball winning.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.07sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 16sec 2km.
Tasmania Devils/North Hobart JFC
176cm 72kg 21/02/2001
Small midfielder who is a prolific ball winner with the ability to step through traffic with his elite agility. He is courageous and clean overhead with a long, penetrating kick. He averaged 22.2 disposals (74 per cent efficiency) and 5.5 marks playing for the Allies in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships to win 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours for the second time. A consistent performer for the Tasmania Devils in the NAB League earlier in the year, he averaged 20.2 disposals including his season high of 37 disposals against the Northern Territory. A knee injury curtailed his year post the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships but is expecting a full recovery.
Competitive Advantage: Clean hands and agility.
Combine Results (State testing): Speed - 3.05sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.35sec, Yo-yo - level 21.3.
Northern Knights/St Mary’s FC
186cm 79kg 04/08/2001
Medium midfielder whose attack on the ball, reading off hands and work rate have been real features of his game at the Northern Knights for the last two years. A one-touch player who wins contested ball and tackles strongly, he averaged 19.4 disposals with the Northern Knights, winning their Best and Fairest this year. Somewhat a Draft bolter, he wasn’t selected for Vic Metro in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships but is a resilient type who starred at the NAB AFL Draft Combine with his time for the 20 metre sprint the best of all participants.
Competitive Advantage: One-touch player and contested ball.
Combine Results: Speed - 2.87sec 20m sprint (ranked first overall), Endurance - 6min 32sec 2km, Yo-yo - level 21.5.
Woodville-West Torrens/Prince Alfred College
171cm 71kg 02/06/2001
Strong, aggressive and powerful small forward/midfielder with exciting speed and natural goal sense. Special in the air, particularly one-on-one, and provides good forward pressure inside 50. Already debuted at senior level in the SANFL and represented South Australia in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 13.7 disposals, three marks and 2.7 tackles. Nephew of former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide star Byron Pickett.
Competitive Advantage: Speed and power.
Combine Results: Agility - 8.32sec, Endurance - 6min 24sec 2km.
Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton/Haileybury College
188cm 75kg 09/11/2001
Medium midfielder/forward who is a gifted all-round athlete with speed, agility and an impressive natural leap. His run and carry, overhead marking and goal sense make him a dangerous player with three goals, eight marks and 19 disposals in the elimination final against the Calder Cannons one of his most impressive performances for the season. He represented Vic Metro in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and has been impressive with Haileybury College throughout the year. He is the son of former Hawthorn and St Kilda player, Sean Ralphsmith.
Competitive Advantage: Athletic ability and goal sense.
Combine Results: Speed - 2.97sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 12sec 2km,
R.V.J - 86cm (ranked sixth overall).