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Callum Twomey  November 28, 2016 2:47 PM

AFL 2016 Media - NAB AFL Draft

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Melbourne Demons Recruitment staff are seen during the 2016 NAB AFL Draft at the Hordern Pavilion on November 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/Pool Photo/AFL Media) (Editors Note: This image is free for editorial use only)

THERE will be no pre-season draft this year after every club advised the AFL they would not take part.

The League confirmed no club would be taking a selection into the pre-season draft on Monday afternoon, which has lost relevance since the introduction of the free agency system.

But there will be up to 55 prospects taken by clubs at the NAB AFL Rookie Draft after the AFL released its draft order.

The list lodgment deadline was not until noon on Monday, hence the delay on the full rookie draft order from the AFL.

Essendon will take pick No.1 into the rookie selection meeting from 4pm AEDT, which is conducted via teleconference.

Ben Jarman (Adelaide) and Sam Simpson (Geelong) have already been listed as father-son rookies to their respective clubs, while another four prospects have been named as academy and Queensland/NSW zone selections.

Max Spencer (Gold Coast) and Zach Sproule (GWS) will join their clubs as academy pre-selections, while NEAFL player Blake Grewar has been rookie listed by the Brisbane Lions under Queensland list rules and the same rules have seen Sam Fisher join Sydney.

The lack of a pre-season draft will again raise questions over its future. 

But the AFL sees it as having a place as an equalisation tool for clubs at the bottom of the ladder, and as a trading mechanism if deals cannot get done for players during the exchange period. 

2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft order

ROUND 1 

1. Essendon
2. Brisbane Lions
3. Fremantle
4. Gold Coast
5. Carlton
6. Richmond
7. Collingwood
8. Melbourne
9. Port Adelaide
10. St Kilda
11. North Melbourne
12. West Coast
13. Adelaide  
14. Hawthorn
15. GWS Giants
16. Geelong
17. Sydney
18. Western Bulldogs

ROUND 2

19. Essendon
20. Brisbane
21. Fremantle
22. Gold Coast
23. Carlton
24. Collingwood
25. Melbourne
26. Port Adelaide
27. St Kilda
28. North Melbourne
29. West Coast
30. Adelaide
31. Hawthorn
32. GWS Giants     
33. Geelong   
34. Sydney
35. Western Bulldogs   

ROUND 3

36. Essendon    
37. Fremantle   
38. Carlton
39. Collingwood    
40. Melbourne  
41. Port Adelaide  
42. North Melbourne   
43. West Coast  
44. Adelaide Crows (Ben Jarman father/son)  
45. Hawthorn   
46. GWS Giants     
47. Geelong   
48. Sydney Swans  

ROUND 4

49. Essendon    
50. Fremantle   
51. Collingwood    
52. GWS Giants     
53. Geelong (Sam Simpson father/son)    
54. Sydney

ROUND 5

55. Sydney