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Christopher Doerre, ESPN AFL Draft Expert 21d

Knightmare's AFL list needs: Who should your club draft?

AFL, Aussie Rules Football

With the football season and AFL trade period over, clubs now know what picks they'll be taking to the national draft in Sydney on November 24.

But which players -- and which types of players -- does every club need?

ESPN.com.au AFL draft expert Christopher Doerre - aka Knightmare - may have the answers.

As well as attending live games during the season, Doerre pores through match vision, analyses the stats and talks to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful analysis.

Adelaide
List needs
1. Pressure forward to replace Charlie Cameron.
2. Key defender to replace Jake Lever.
3. Successor for Sam Jacobs through ruck.
Draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109
Who should they draft? Jack Higgins at pick 12 would be a dream choice as a small forward with a ready-to-go game. South Australian key defender Harrison Petty at 39 would be ideal as a developing key defender with a strong all-around game. Jordan Sweet at 77 as an overage ruckman has the scope to succeed Jacobs after an excellent season in the SANFL Reserves and two strong SANFL League matches.

Brisbane
List needs

1. Midfield star power
2. General defenders
3. Outside pace and skill
Draft picks: 1, 15, 18, 40, 44, 52, 93
Who should they draft? Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow and Cameron Rayner are all in the mix for the first selection and all have the capacity to add star power for Brisbane with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Charlie Constable with pick 15 has the scope either to develop as a midfielder or backman. For outside pace and skill, Lochie O'Brien would be an ideal list fit at No. 18.

Carlton
List needs

1. Further star power through midfield
2. Successor to Matthew Kreuzer through ruck
3. Crumbing forward
Draft picks: 3, 10, 30, 73
Who should they draft? With selection No. 3, Carlton will see at least one of Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow or Cameron Rayner slide, with each of the three projecting as future star midfielders. Jack Higgins at pick 10 may be the crumbing forward solution. Callum Coleman-Jones at No. 30 could succeed Kreuzer as the club's ruckman of the future as a strong marking but mobile big man.

Collingwood
List needs

1. Key forwards
2. Key defenders
3. Outside pace and skill
Draft picks: 6, 38, 56, 61, 70, 80, 98
Who should they draft? Darcy Fogarty is arguably Collingwood's best key forward choice with pick six while possessing the scope to play other positions. With No. 38, Sam Taylor is one key defender who may be in the mix for selection. For outside pace and skill, Kane Farrell can address that need at No. 56 as an outside line-breaker with a long kick.

Essendon
List needs

1. Dominant contested ball-winning midfielder
2. Elite outside midfielder
3. Young ruckman who can succeed Matthew Leuenberger and Tom Bellchambers
Draft picks: 48, 67, 85, 103
Who should they draft? James Worpel at 48 makes sense as a ready-to-go, big bodied midfielder. As an outside midfielder, Oskar Baker with selection 67 can add significant outside drive with the fearless way he takes on the game. Lloyd Meek at 85 is a strong bodied overage ruckman who has shown glimpses in his four VFL games that he may be able to develop into the club's long-term ruckman.

Fremantle
List needs

1. Key forward
2. Inside midfielders
3. General defenders
Draft picks: 2, 5, 42, 60, 66, 71, 79, 83, 97
Who should they draft? With the second overall pick, Fremantle will have the choice between two of Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow and Cameron Rayner with the view to develop one of them into a star midfielder. Darcy Fogarty with pick No. 5 may be considered as a key forward. As a general defender, Andrew McPherson at pick 42 may be an option as a composed ball user coming out of defence.

Geelong
List needs

1. Key forward
2. General defenders
3. Pressure forward
Draft picks: 22, 24, 35, 58, 72, 90
Who should they draft? With pick 22, Matthew Ling, as a half-back flanker, can generate meaningful drive with his run and clean skills. As a pressure forward who always gets to the right spots, Gryan Miers would be an ideal fit with the 24th choice. Toby Wooller as an undersized but well performed key forward with pick 35 can either play as a genuine key forward, third tall or push up through the midfield.

Gold Coast
List needs

1. Veteran leadership
2. Star midfielders
3. General defenders
Draft picks: 19, 41, 50, 54, 76, 94
Who should they draft? As a delisted free agent, ex-Demon Jack Trengove appears an ideal list fit to fill Gold Coast's need for veteran leadership as either a midfielder or half-back flanker to help fast-track the development of the club's youth. With pick 19, Jack Petruccelle is a midfielder to consider with the scope to develop into a star with his impact per possession, contested style of play and freakish athleticism. Andrew McPherson with selection 41 would be a suitable fit as a composed half-back flanker.

Greater Western Sydney
List needs

1. Pressure small forward specialist to replace Devon Smith
2. Number one ruckman to replace Shane Mumford
3. Rebounding half-back flanker to succeed Heath Shaw
Draft picks: 11, 27, 28, 57, 65, 89, 107
Who should they draft? Jack Higgins at 11 makes the most sense for GWS to fill their small forward need as a ready-to-go replacement for Smith. Callum Coleman-Jones with pick 27 while not year one ready, is an advanced ruckman who may be able to succeed the retired Mumford and allow Rory Lobb to remain the relieving ruckman sooner rather than later. Ryley Stoddart at No. 28 as a rebounding half-back flanker may be possible suitable successor to Shaw.

Hawthorn
List needs

1. Key forwards
2. Key defenders
3. Star midfielders
Draft picks: 43, 68, 75, 81, 99
Who should they draft? Oscar Clavarino at pick 43 would fit as a key defender. Hayden McLean with selection 68 as a big-bodied key forward may be one of the key talls available later in the draft. With pick 75, WAFL star and former Fremantle rookie Haiden Schloithe would be a suitable get to give Hawthorn's midfield an immediate boost as arguably the best all-around midfielder outside the AFL system, with his capacity to play forward a bonus.

Melbourne
List needs

1. Key forward
2. Outside run and skill
3. General forward
Draft picks: 29, 31, 36, 47, 84, 102
Who should they draft? Jordan Houlahan if available at 29 would be an exciting addition as an athletic, high marking forward. Toby Wooller with pick 31 provides flexibility as a key forward who can push through the midfield. For outside run and skill, Dylan Moore offers both as a clean ball user who runs all day at No. 36.

North Melbourne
List needs

1. Midfield star power
2. Outside pace and skill
3. Small forward
Draft picks: 4, 23, 64, 78, 91, 96
Who should they draft? Adam Cerra with pick four would give the North Melbourne midfield a serious boost as potentially the club's next great midfielder. For outside pace and skill, Matthew Ling around pick 23 is a list fit as arguably this year's fastest line-breaker. At No. 64, Adam Sambono fits North's need for a small forward with pace who pressures and hits the scoreboard.

Port Adelaide
List needs

1. Young midfielders
2. Key defender
3. Small forward
Draft picks: 46, 49, 59, 62, 63, 86, 95
Who should they draft? As a key defender, Harrison Petty would be an ideal fit at pick 46 as a strong all-around key defender. Brayden Ainsworth adds power through the midfield with his acceleration and contested ball-winning around No. 49. Jordan Johnston would add to Port's front half as an athletic small forward with pick 59.

Richmond
List needs

1. Key forward
2. Outside pace and skill
3. General defenders
Draft picks: 17, 20, 25, 53, 55, 74, 92
Who should they draft? Oscar Allen at No. 17 can develop into a long-term key forward for Richmond. For outside pace and skill, potential father-son selection Patrick Naish adds run with either Richmond's pick 20 or 25. Ben Paton as an overage backman at selection 53 can provide Richmond an immediate option down back who provides run from defence and has good skills and strong performances under his belt.

St Kilda
List needs

1. Midfield star power
2. Outside midfielder
3. Crumbing forward
Draft picks: 7, 8, 34, 45, 100
Who should they draft? Jaidyn Stephenson would be ideal as an outside midfielder with the 7th selection with the line-breaking run he provides. Andrew Brayshaw as a midfielder at pick No. 8 also complements the existing group as a skilled midfielder. As a crumbing forward, Brent Daniels around pick 45 would be a suitable list fit as a speedy, talented forward while also having the flexibility to push up through the midfield.

Sydney
List needs

1. Outside hurt factor
2. Defender who can generate drive from the backline
3. Young key forward
Draft picks: 14, 33, 51, 88, 106
Who should they draft? For outside hurt factor, Lochie O'Brien is an ideal fit at No. 14 as an athletic outside runner and arguably this year's most damaging kick. With pick 33, Ryley Stoddart as a backman can generate drive from defence with his pace and clean kicking. As an athletic key forward, Ben Miller at pick 51 possesses scope to develop.

West Coast
List needs

1. Midfield star power
2. Midfield depth
3. Key forward to succeed Josh Kennedy
Draft picks: 13, 21, 26, 32, 37, 69, 87, 105
Who should they draft? Hunter Clark is an ideal midfield addition at pick 13 as a highly productive midfielder who can play inside and outside from season one. Noah Balta if available at No. 21 is a possible key forward successor to champion Josh Kennedy. As further midfield depth, James Worpel as a ready-to-go midfielder would make sense with pick 37 as a Matt Priddis' successor.

Western Bulldogs
List needs

1. Midfielders
2. General defenders
3. Crumbing forward
Draft picks: 9, 16, 82, 101
Who should they draft? With pick nine, Nick Coffield if available could fill either the club's midfield or defence needs depending on where the club feels he is most likely to play his best football. Charlie Constable around No. 16 is another who as either a midfield or general defence possesses scope to develop while being one of the more damaging ball users in the draft. With pick 82, Adam Sambono is a possible crumbing solution as a quick forward who does freakish things around goal.

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