The 2022 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft saw 17 players find new homes on Wednesday night.
Our AFL.com.au team looks at every player to have landed at a new club, assessing just what they may bring at AFL level.
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1. WEST COAST – JAI CULLEY
Club: Dandenong Stingrays
Culley was overlooked at last year’s draft after playing largely as a forward but has stamped himself as a 193cm midfield prospect this season with the Dandenong Stingrays. Had a huge game in the Young Guns contest against Vic Metro, kicking 4.2 from 22 disposals, five tackles and three clearances and has received strong interest from clubs. Could he be the next Jai Newcombe for the Eagles?
2. NORTH MELBOURNE – KALLAN DAWSON
Club: Williamstown VFL
Dawson emerged as one of the mid-season draft’s most appealing key defensive options, having been granted a late AFL exemption to nominate. The 194cm Williamstown prospect has played his best footy as a third tall in the backline, where he’s able to peel off and intercept. He’s averaged 12.5 disposals and 6.6 marks per game in the VFL this year, while his speed has also made him a damaging rebounding threat. Set to turn 24 later this season, he is viewed as a ready-made defensive option.
3. ESSENDON – MASSIMO D’AMBROSIO
Club: Western Jets/Richmond VFL
The sharp-kicking defender increased his stocks this season after not getting a shot in his draft year in 2021. The 18-year-old comes from the Western Jets program but has also played for Richmond’s VFL side, including having 25 disposals and four inside-50s against Essendon on the MCG last month. The 178cm prospect is an elite kick and starred for the Young Guns, with games of 24 and 32 disposals in successive weeks. Can play on the wing or half-back.
4. ADELAIDE – BRETT TURNER
The Glenelg player’s best game of this year came against Adelaide’s SANFL side, when he had 38 disposals and booted four goals in a best-afield display. He had a foot injury the following week so his sample size this season is small but the 185cm midfielder could appeal as a ready-to-play option given he is 25.
5. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY – WADE DERKSEN
Club: Peel Thunder
Derksen is one name that made recruiters scramble late. The 197cm key-position prospect signed with Peel Thunder this year after an injury interrupted and COVID-affected stint in Essendon’s VFL program before returning to Nightcliff in the Northern Territory. The 20-year-old has played only three league games in the WAFL, but he caught the eyes of recruiters when he kicked four goals from 22 disposals and seven marks against West Coast.
6. HAWTHORN – MAX RAMSDEN
Club: Sandringham Dragons
Ramsden took the eye of recruiters at the start of the NAB League season playing in the ruck for the Sandringham Dragons. The 202cm prospect is athletic and can move around the ground exceptionally well for his size, having run a 6:04 2km time trial over summer. He played for the Young Guns side recently and has averaged 14.3 disposals and 17.5 hitouts a game for the Dragons at under-18 level.
7. GOLD COAST – OSKAR FAULKHEAD
Club: Bendigo Pioneers
A good run of form at the right time has put Faulkhead in the mix for a mid-season berth. The running midfielder collected 29 disposals and nine tackles for Bendigo Pioneers in round five of the NAB League then backed it up with a team-high 27 disposals for the Young Guns against Vic Metro and then 31 touches and two classy goals against Vic Country. It’s a three-week patch that might see the 182cm ball-getter win a chance, having also played for Geelong’s VFL side this year.
8. PORT ADELAIDE – BRYNN TEAKLE
Club: East Fremantle
Teakle is developing nicely as a 203cm ruckman at WAFL level for East Fremantle. Highly skilled for a big man, Teakle can also go forward where he uses his size and physicality to his advantage. Clubs believe the 22-year-old’s ruck work is gradually improving, which has seen him average 14.7 disposals and 16.8 hitouts per game this season. There is still plenty of growth in his game, but clubs view his development to date as evidence that he could mature into an AFL-ready player in due time.
9. COLLINGWOOD – JOSH CARMICHAEL
Club: West Adelaide
Carmichael came into the mid-season draft with plenty of clubs keen. The 22-year-old is a genuine bolter after graduating from country football in the Sunraysia league to the SANFL with West Adelaide. At 189cm and 88kg, Carmichael looks ready to make an impact and has averaged 25 disposals, five clearances and a goal a game so far this season. Another player who gained an exemption to be available.
10. RICHMOND – JACOB BAUER
Club: North Adelaide
Bauer was overlooked by Sydney during last year’s draft process, having graduated from the club’s Academy system. He has since moved to North Adelaide, and into the forward line, where he’s had an immediate impact with his athleticism and high-leaping marking ability. The 191cm forward kicked 13 goals from his first three SANFL games, with clubs noting some strong AFL attributes, particularly in the air. Still just 19, and still adjusting to his new position in attack, clubs believe there is plenty of growth remaining in his game.
11. SYDNEY – HUGO HALL-KAHAN
Club: Sandringham Dragons
An exciting medium forward who has impressed with his tricks inside 50 in the first half of the season with the Sandringham Dragons. The 188cm goalkicker booted five majors in round two this season and another four in round four and last week had 21 disposals in the NAB League. He was also a standout for the Young Guns, including kicking two goals against Vic Country’s under-18 side. Turning 19 later this year, Hall-Kahan is capable of marking in the air and also doing some snapping or creating a chance from nothing at ground level. He won an exemption to nominate for the draft after not nominating last year.
12. GEELONG – ZANE WILLIAMS
Club: Woodville-West Torrens
The Woodville-West Torrens forward has caught the attention of clubs this season in the SANFL. The 20-year-old has booted 15 goals from eight games, including a haul of five goals against Glenelg early in the season. At 183cm, he is sharp with the ball in hand and creates chances and has been linked to clubs searching for a small forward option.
13. CARLTON – SAM DURDIN
The former Roo has impressed for third-placed Glenelg in the SANFL this year. Durdin played 22 games across four seasons for North after being taken with pick No.16 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. Delisted at the end of 2020, the key defender – who is averaging 14.9 disposals and 5.4 marks this season – should be ready to make an immediate impact.
14. ST KILDA – PASSED
15. FREMANTLE – SEBIT KUEK
Club: East Perth
Kuek has starred in the WAFL this year, kicking 16 goals in five games for East Perth to become a surprise pick in the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft. The athletic tall forward arrived at East Perth in 2018 after previously being a member of West Coast’s Next Generation Academy.
16. WEST COAST – PASSED
17. NORTH MELBOURNE – PASSED
18. ESSENDON – JYE MENZIE
Club: South Adelaide
Menzie moved to the SANFL from Tasmania this season, enjoying a productive start with South Adelaide. The 180cm small forward burst onto the scene, kicking 10 goals from his first two games and displaying some electric ground-level speed in attack. He has an endless desire to compete and hit the scoreboard, with his aerobic capacity enabling him to get higher up the ground on occasions. Set to turn 20 later this year, clubs rate Menzie’s ability to scrap at every contest.
19. ADELAIDE – PASSED
20. HAWTHORN – JAMES BLANCK
Club: Box Hill Hawks
The Hawks looked at Blanck to train with them as a potential pre-season supplemental period selection, but he was ineligible after not nominating for last year’s draft. However, he gained an AFL exemption to qualify for the mid-season draft. The 21-year-old is a 195cm key defender who contests well.
21. COLLINGWOOD – PASSED
22. CARLTON – WILL HAYES
Club: Carlton VFL
The former Bulldog was delisted at the end of the 2021 after playing 11 AFL games for the club, which drafted him with pick No.78 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft. Hayes has starred for the Blues in the VFL this year, averaging 31.7 disposals, 4.8 marks and four tackles, while kicking six goals in six games.