NAB AFL Draft: By the numbers
This Thursday night the opportunity to play AFL football will be granted to over 70 players from around Australia, as selections are revealed on the Gold Coast at the NAB AFL Draft.
Of the 87 draft selections, there will be just over 60 live picks made on draft night once Academy selections and father son picks are taken into account. Rookie upgrades that had previously been part of draft night will no longer be read out on the night.
AFL Victoria’s TAC Cup has the best record of any competition around Australia, regularly producing over 40% of the selections at the National Draft.
In the lead up to the Draft this Thursday night, we look back at some of the major stats since the start of the competition in 1992:
Number of players recruited from TAC Cup via National Draft: 750
Most games by a TAC Cup recruit: 393 – Dustin Fletcher, Western Jets – Essendon 1992 (Father/Son)
Number 1 picks from TAC Cup: 13.
Dandenong leads the way with four players selected at number 1 – Jeff White (1994), Travis Johnstone (1997), Tom Scully (2009) and Lachie Whitfield (2012). Next in line is Eastern Ranges (Jonathon Patton – 2011 / Tom Boyd – 2013) and Murray Bushrangers (Josh Fraser – 1999 / Brett Deledio – 2004) with two each, followed by five clubs with one selection (Geelong Falcons: Luke Hodge – 2001, Gippsland Power: Brendan Goddard – 2003, Northern Knights: Matthew Kruezer – 2007, Oakleigh Chargers: Marc Murphy – 2005).
Not only has Victoria and the TAC Cup competition produced the number 1 draft pick the last three years, but it has also seen four of the top five over those years also from the TAC Cup meaning 80% of the top 15 players selected over the last three years have been Victorian.
Top 10 selections since 1992: 117 of 220.
1994 produced the most top 10 selections from the TAC Cup with nine, with 1998 the last year fewer than four TAC Cup players have been selected in the top 10.
National Draft Year by year breakdown:
|Draft Year||Players Drafted||Top 10 Selections||At Least 1 AFL Game|