2004 AFL National Re-Draft
Having spoken to a few people about this recently, I thought I’d have a go at re-ordering the 2004 AFL National Draft. This is Richmond’s infamous draft in which it took Richard Tambling at pick 4 ahead of Hawthorn taking Buddy Franklin next at pick 5.
Tambling was traded to Adelaide after the 2010 season. Richmond received Adelaide’s compensation pick for Nathan Bock going to the Gold Coast (a selection at the end of the first round in any draft between 2010 and 2014) plus selection 50 in the 2010 Draft. Richmond took Dean MacDonald with this pick, which eventuated as selection 51 due to North Melbourne using a compensation pick after the first round.
Richmond, Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs each had priority picks, giving them the first six selections of the Draft. See the full list of draft selections here.
(Note: My re-draft is based on a ‘best available’ strategy, without considering the positional needs of the draft team.)
2004 AFL National Re-Draft:
- Buddy Franklin (selected at pick 5)
- Travis Cloke (39 F/S)
- Brett Deledio (1)
- Jarryd Roughead (2)
- Ivan Maric (40)
- Mark LeCras (37)
- Ryan Griffen (3)
- Jordan Lewis (7)
- Nathan Van Berlo (24)
- Angus Monfries (14)
Next best: Tom Williams (6), Jordan Russell (9), Matt Rosa (29), Justin Sherman (45), Chris Knights (56), Matthew Egan (62), James Gwilt (63)
First round errors: John Meeson ADE (8), Chris Egan COL (10), Adam Thompson (11) and Ryan Willits (19) POR.
Noteworthy trades before this Draft:
- Richmond gave Brad Ottens to Geelong in return for picks 12 (Danny Meyer) and 16 (Adam Pattinson) – oops!
- Melbourne traded Darren Jolly to Sydney for pick 15 (Lynden Dunn).
- West Coast offloaded the 26 year old Chad Morrison to Collingwood, where he only managed another 21 games over the next two seasons, for pick 37 which they used to steal Mark LeCras. So far, LeCras has kicked 234 goals for the Eagles in his 100 games, including season highs of 63 (2010) and 58 (2009).