2013 AFL Draft revisited
Which draft smoky ended as the best player of the pool?
The order is only a personal opinion and is from what the player has achieved up to mid-season 2016 and somewhat what they have potentially showed.
10-Blake Acres – Collingwood (Nathan Freeman)
Acres taking out the round six rising star nomination sneaks him into the top ten selections of the draft. He has stepped up his game in 2016 after two average and inconsistent years in 2014 and 2015.
9-Cameron McCarthy – Melbourne (Christian Salem)
After only registering the solitary game in his first year McCarthy played 20 games in 2015 kicking 35 goals a fantastic effort.
8-Luke Dunstan – North Melbourne (Luke McDonald F/S)
Dunstan announced he could really compete at the top level in his very first game of football in round one of 2014 picking up the rising star nomination after collecting 21 disposals and 7 tackles.
7-Lewis Taylor – Brisbane Lions (James Aish)
Brisbane snatched a young jet at selection 28 in 2013 with Lewis Taylor being very capable at AFL level. Taylor played every game in his first year at the struggling Lions performing well enough to take out the rising star award.
6-Kade Kolodjashnij – Collingwood (Matthew Scharenberg)
Tasmanian Kade Kolodjashnij has made the smooth transition into AFL football at the Gold Coast Suns playing off half back. His silky skills and hard running have allowed him to play quality senior football early off in his career.
5-Jack Billings – Gold Coast Suns (Kade Kolodjashnij)
Jack Billings looks a quality pick early on in his career playing some exciting football in his first three seasons. He announced himself against the Bulldogs in 2015 kicking four second half goals and having 27 disposals to see the Saints record a comeback win from 56 points down.
4-Zach Merrett- Western Bulldogs (Marcus Bontempelli)
Essendon has got one of the steals of the 2013 draft with small midfielder Zach Merrett at pick 26. Merrett has improved greatly each year he has played but in 2016 he has taken his game to the next level playing midfield.
3-Josh Kelly – St Kilda (Jack Billings)
Josh Kelly has possibly the most upside of the 2013 draft with his fantastic mixed game to go with his brilliant kick. Some comparisons to Scott Pendlebury game and kick are valid.
2-Patrick Cripps – GWS Giants (Josh Kelly)
Patrick Cripps was a fantastic selection by Carlton at pick 13 with the midfielder announcing himself as a standout player winning a best and fairest in his second year.Leading the league for clearances in his third year shows his ability.
1- Marcus Bontempelli – GWS Giants (Thomas Boyd)
Marcus Bontempelli is to this stage the best player of the 2013 national draft. “The Bont”as many call him showed some unbelievable signs in his first year but took it to a new level in his second leading the young Bulldogs to their first finals appearance since 2010. Bontempelli was a late draft bolter and was only seen as a first round selection in the latter weeks before draft day.
Please share your opinions on who should have gone where?