Kevin Sheehan has named his all-time greatest draft picks - and it's got a few controversial calls in there. Did he get it right?
Best No 1 - Luke Hodge (Hawthorn 2001/Brisbane)
Hodge gets the nod as the best Number 1 selection from another champion of the game, Nick Riewoldt. He finished his career with 346 games, two Norm Smith Medals and four premierships and was named a Virgin Australia AFL All Australian on three occasions including captain in 2010. Hodge also won the Jim Stynes Medal playing in the International Rules Series in 2014.
Riewoldt finished his career with 336 games, a five-time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian, won his club’s best and fairest on six occasions, however premiership success alluded him. Was also crowned the NAB AFL Rising Star in 2002.
Best No 2 - Trent Cotchin (Richmond 2007)
Now a two-time premiership captain and a Brownlow Medallist, Cotchin has played 234 games and has been a major contributor in establishing Richmond as a powerhouse Club with his leadership and unique talent. Has beaten an excellent field including Coleman Medallist and two-time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian, Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn 2004) and a four-time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian and triple premiership star, Nigel Lappin (Brisbane 1993).
Best No 3 - Chris Judd (West Coast Eagles 2001/Carlton)
Judd changed the game with his breathtaking acceleration from the centre and was extremely difficult to defend when he first burst onto the scene for the West Coast Eagles in 2002. Played 279 games, won two Brownlow Medals, was six times a Virgin Australia AFL All Australian and won five club best and fairest awards and was a premiership captain. But he certainly now has a challenger emerging with Dustin Martin already on 224 games, two premierships, two Norm Smith Medals and a Brownlow as well as a three-time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian putting him in the super star category.
Best No 4 - Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle 1999)
A record 353 games (700 goals) with the Fremantle Dockers and six-time club best and fairest as well as six-time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian guarantees him the nod. A true champion of the game. Hot on his heels was another superstar from the West, in Norm Smith Medallist Peter Matera, whose 253 games were electric for the West Coast Eagles with him being awarded Virgin Australia AFL All Australian honours on five occasions.
Best No 5 - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn 2004/Sydney)
Approaching 1000 goals in the AFL, Franklin is one of the greatest players of the modern era, being chosen as a Virgin Australia AFL All Australian on eight occasions including as captain in 2018. A four-time Coleman Medallist, he reached his 300th AFL game for Hawthorn and Sydney in the final round on this season. He eclipses an unlucky Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood 2005) who is also one of the super stars of the modern game also passing his 300th game late this year and being a six time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian, winning a Norm Smith Medal as well taking out Collingwood’s Copeland Trophy on five occasions.