The Number One Draft Pick

Who is this Whitfield kid anyway? Will he grow into a superstar? Or fade away into the dark unknown to join past Could-a-beens?

Why is the number 1 pick held with such esteem anyway? Does it really equate to anything once you join the big leagues? Has the #1 pick grown in importance over the years? Are development programs and scouts more correct nowadays? Or have we just been blessed with a good crop of guns recently?

Have I asked too many questions? Probably.

Why don’t I let the stats speak for themselves… What do you guys read into it? Would love to hear your thoughts.


About Jake "Cobba" Stevens

Cobba Stevens works in sports social media and content. A keen middle-distance runner in both the ammos and the pros, he's also one of the youngest 'old bloods' supporters in Melbourne.


  1. Interesting Cobba.

    One of the many interesting observations here is that only three have played in premierships – it’s a long way from the bottom to the top.

    Hodge – obviously outstanding.
    Headland – good player in a better side.
    Banfield – solid

  2. Andrew Fithall says

    After draft day, numerical order of selection is irrelevant. It is just the media buffoons who want to keep bringing it up (eg constant comparisons between Jack Watts and Nik Nat). Just as a VCE ENTER score will not define a work life, draft position will not define a football career.


    own goal *drink*

  3. Certainly didn’t define Stephen Hooper’s AF. Aaaarrrggggh!

  4. The Tiger supporters will get heartburn reading this list (especially if you include Darren Gaspar).

    There are only 4 real top liners in the list (arguably 3 but I’ve included Riewoldt) – though we haven’t seen Patton yet.

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