By Ollie Nash
A Brownlow Medalist, 14 Best and Fairests', 11 All-Australian jumpers and four premierships. That's the amount of talent this 2011 re-drafted top 10 has and they still have so much of their career to play. One of the most star-studded drafts in recent memory, there are some worthy players missing out on selection and some guys dropping from their original pick despite some elite form since entering the competition. This is the 2011 AFL re-draft.
PICK 1: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – TOM MITCHELL (ORIGINALLY PICK 21 F/S – SYDNEY)
ORIGINAL PICK: JONATHON PATTON
Brownlow medallist, AFLPA MVP, two-time Hawthorn Best and Fairest winner and two-time All-Australian, the resume speaks for itself. Can find the footy with his eyes shut and his toughness in the contest is underrated. Had 26 disposals and two goals in the 2016 Grand Final, 38 touches and a goal in the 2018 Qualifying Final so has proven his ability to play in the big games.
PICK 2: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – ELLIOT YEO (ORIGINALLY PICK 30 – BRISBANE)
ORIGINAL PICK: STEPHEN CONIGLIO
Stephen Coniglio can probably count himself stiff not to stay in his original spot, but Elliot Yeo has become one of the games’ best midfielders since crossing to West Coast in 2014. A premiership to go with two All-Australians and two best and fairest awards at the Eagles isn’t too shabby for a bloke originally taken at pick 30.
PICK 3: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – LACHIE NEALE (ORIGINALLY PICK 58 – FREMANTLE)
ORIGINAL PICK: DOM TYSON
Became a Scottie Pippen like back-up to Nat Fyfe at Fremantle, a star in his own right but always overshadowed by his Brownlow medal winning teammate. Has made the leap to the top dog at Brisbane and has lifted the club back into premiership contention, as well as elevating himself to a Brownlow fancy.
PICK 4: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – MARK BLICAVS (ORIGINALLY PICK 54 IN THE ROOKIE DRAFT – GEELONG)
ORIGINAL PICK: WILL HOSKIN-ELLIOT
Not a household name like those around him in this top 10 but has become a star of the competition in recent years. Has played on the wing, in the ruck and as a key back and has been valuable to the Cats in each position. Rewarded with two best and fairest awards in 2015 and 2018, he is easily the steal of this draft class.
PICK 5: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – STEPHEN CONIGLIO (ORIGINALLY PICK TWO – GWS)
ORIGINAL PICK: MATT BUNTINE
Seemed to not get his due recognition, presumably because he plays in Sydney, but Coniglio is starting to be regarded now as one of the top midfielders in the competition. Played in the Giants' inaugural game in 2012 and has been a star performer for the club ever since, becoming captain this season.
PICK 6: PORT ADELAIDE – RORY LAIRD (ORIGINALLY PICK FIVE IN THE ROOKIE DRAFT – ADELAIDE)
ORIGINAL PICK: CHAD WINGARD
Had a quite 2019 compared to his lofty standards but it is still one of the best rebounding defenders in the competition. Never wastes a possession and sets the Crows up beautifully from defence. Two-time All-Australian and best and fairest winner, a steal for a guy originally taken in the rookie draft.
PICK 7: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – TOBY GREENE (ORIGINALLY PICK 11 – GWS)
ORIGINAL PICK: NICK HAYNES
Say what you want about him, every club would love to have Toby Greene in their side. Drafted as a midfielder who has been able to change his game and dominate one of the hardest positions on the ground, a half forward. Still finds the ball 22 times a game over his career and averages a smidge over a goal a game.
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PICK 8: BRISBANE – CHAD WINGARD (ORIGINALLY PICK SIX – PORT ADELAIDE)
ORIGINAL PICK: BILLY LONGER
Like Toby Greene, dominated as a half forward at Port Adelaide, earning two All-Australian nods, a best and fairest and leading the Powers' goal kicking twice. Had a quiet 2019 in his first year at the Hawks but he’s a star and will find a way alongside Alastair Clarkson.
PICK 9: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – BRADLEY HILL (ORIGINALLY PICK 33 – HAWTHORN)
ORIGINAL PICK: ADAM TOMLINSON
A valuable team player in three premierships at Hawthorn who has turned into a star of his own at Fremantle and now St Kilda, highlighted by a best and fairest with the Dockers in 2017. His running ability is almost un-matched, and his skills are silky, just like brother Stephen.
PICK 10: GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – SAM DOCHERTY (ORIGINALLY PICK 12 – BRISBANE)
ORIGINAL PICK – LIAM SUMNER
Have yet to see the best of Docherty and he is already a best and fairest winner, an All-Australian, captain of Carlton and he is only 26. ACL ruptures wiped out his 2018 and 2019 seasons but returned in fine form with 26 disposals and seven marks against Richmond in round one of 2020. Is a necessity for the Blues' rebuild alongside co-skipper Patrick Cripps.
Unlucky to miss – Brad Crouch, Jaeger O’Meara, Nick Haynes, Taylor Adams, Devon Smith, Brandon Ellis, Jack Crisp, Joel Hamling.
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