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Western Bulldogs 2015 Draft Review

  • Western Bulldogs 2015 Draft Review

With the National draft done and dusted for another year, it looks like it was another solid year draft-wise from the Western Bulldogs recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple.

While the media was all over Jacob Weitering and Josh Schache, who went at picks one and two to Carlton and Brisbane respectively, it was the Bulldogs that were one of the few clubs who recieved high praise from draft experts everywhere for their selections.

With four live picks in the draft, the Dogs filled that need of a key defender with two powerful defenders who could be ready to roll come round one next year. They also picked up the son of a Sydney star and selected a late developer with their final pick.

A lot of questions were raised when the Dogs gave up pick 11 to Carlton in exchange for picks 20 and 21 (turned into 25 + 26 after academy selections) in the trade period but that move turned out to be a masterstroke, selecting tall midfielder Josh Dunkley, the son of talented Sydney Swan, Andrew at pick 25 after Sydney refused to match the bid for the highly talented teenager and selecting man-mountain Kieran Collins straight after at Pick 26 in what could perhaps be the steal of this years draft crop.

Pick 35 saw the Dogs pick up mature-aged defender Marcus Adams from WAFL club West Perth and with his solid frame and a dominant season in the WAFL, could be the smokey for round one, and lastly picking up ball-winning utility Bailey Williams from SANFL club Glenelg with their final selection at pick 48.

The Draftees

Pick 25 - Josh Dunkley - Midfielder - 188cm, 85kgs

What Simon Dalrymple (Bulldogs' Recruiting Manager) said:

"To get Josh, who we felt with his leadership, ability to win the ball at ground level, a good mark, and his leadership, was crucial for us. That was a good result that Sydney didn't match that bid."

What Alex Docherty (Sons of the West Writer) said:

"I wasn't expecting Dunkley to get this far down the order or even get anywhere other than Sydney, that's how high I rated him. He's a very talented individual who has shown very good leadership credentials throughout the year, and as a tall midfielder with an ability to win the ball, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get some games somewhere down the line in 2016"

Pick 26 - Kieran Collins - Key Defender - 194cm, 100kgs

What Simon Dalrymple said:

"That was probably the biggest surprise of the night that he got through. As a key defender he was in our mix at pick 11, which we had ahead of the trade period, so he's a bonus for sure."

What Alex Docherty said:

"I was as stunned as anyone that he got down this far. This was probably the best case scenario that the Dogs could've hoped for. They're crying out for a key defender who can handle the power forwards and with along with his outstanding ability to read the play in the back half, He's definitely one to look out for next year, the scariest thing about this kid is that he doesn't turn 18 until next month."

Pick 35 - Marcus Adams - Key Defender/Forward - 193cm, 95kgs

What Simon Dalrymple said:

"He's a big man, 'The Specimen' as our coach calls him, a powerful key defender who can play straight away we think. He's athletic and powerful and a really good young fellow."

What Alex Docherty said:

"I think this is a very smart get for the Dogs. Despite being touted as a defender, Adams can play at either end of the ground, he's got that ready-made body, more than capable of taking a strong grab and is quite the powerful athlete. At only 22 years of age, you'd think his best football is still to come."

Pick 48 - Bailey Williams - Utility - 187cm, 77kg

What Simon Dalrymple said:

"He's a midfielder/half back from Glenelg, a good decision maker, a late developer and he's really grown in height during the year and his performances have improved."

What Alex Docherty said:

"I didn't hear much about him in the lead-up to the draft, but Luke Beveridge loves players who can play in multiple positions and Williams offers that. He's got that ability to win his own ball, highlighted by a 56-disposal game for Glenelg in the under-18s this year. He's got the potential to make it at AFL level, but he's going to need to do the hard yards early."

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