DEMONS National Recruiting Manager Jason Taylor says Melbourne will be making moves to improve its already strong draft hand for Monday’s AFL National draft.
Melbourne has two selections inside the first 11, with the club gifted pick six in the order after last season’s trade with Fremantle for Luke Jackson.
Pick 11 arrived from the Goal Coast in this year's trade period, with the Demons moving up in the order from their original pick 14.
“We'll definitely have some strategies in place on the night,” Taylor says.
“We're going to look to move up the order as we should, and we've got plans in place for that and whether that can be reciprocated by the clubs above us.
“We've got six and 11 and we'll look to move both of those picks up to get higher up our talent order.”
Taylor is licking his lips at the rare opportunity for a finals side to make a pick at the pointy end of the draft.
“Whilst we haven't finished off how we’d like the last couple of years, we've still been top four the last three years,” Taylor says.
“To have two picks inside 11 it gives us a really good opportunity to increase our talent on the list.”
An unusual draft crop has Taylor ready to select the best talent available as opposed to filling any specific position of need.
“It’s a really interesting draft and that's what makes it so exciting because there's a great variety of types,” he says.
“There's many different types of players and positional types – there's talls, there’s smalls.
“There aren’t so many midfielders at the top end of this year's draft, which is a little bit unusual, but that gives is a real opportunity to take a variety of player.
“We think we're pretty well set in most areas of the ground. We'll eye the best available talent.”