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NAB AFL Draft: Jason Taylor

10:53pm  Nov 24, 2017

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8:41pm  Nov 24, 2017

One year on: Melbourne's 2016 draftees

Jennifer Phelan  October 30, 2017 4:29 PM

A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017

Pick 46: Mitch Hannan 
Played 20 AFL games and kicked 22 goals in his first year that came after he was overlooked by TAC Cup teams when he was a junior because of concerns about his size. Was also nominated for mark of the year in round 10. Recruited from VFL team Footscray, Hannan slotted into the Demons' midfield and forward line easily as a 23-year-old.

Pick 64: Dion Johnstone 
The tough, physical hard-nut got close to a debut a couple of times after appearing in the pre-season competition, but largely spent the year developing in the VFL. Didn't rack up the disposals, but excited his coaches with his pressure and tackling. Will be left hungry by season spent in the VFL, and will be desperate for an early game in 2018.

Rookie selection pick 8: Lachlan Filipovic 
The developing ruckman is expected to be retained despite playing just five games in the VFL Development League before suffering a season-ending hip injury. Is a project player with a soccer and basketball background.

Rookie selection pick 25: Tim Smith 
An injury-hit year for the mature-aged forward, with his second AFL game in round five leaving him with fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Came back for two games before he injured his foot, which ended his year. Showed enough to warrant a contract for 2018.

Rookie selection pick 39: Declan Keilty 
Did a bit of everything in his first year; played in the ruck, up forward and down back in the VFL. Pushed for a debut late in the year, but was left wanting, although he'll get another chance in 2018 after signing a new deal.

Rookie selection category B: Corey Maynard 
Was rewarded with a two-year contract at the season's end after a promising year. Is an emerging midfielder, recruited after a national-level basketball career, and played one AFL game as well as 16 in the VFL; one of which featured an incredible 18 clearances. - Jennifer Phelan