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Pre-Draft Depth Charts: Adelaide

November 15, 2017

 

Andy Otten supports an imposing cast of key pillars up forward. (Sept. 29, 2017 - Source: Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 

Key Forwards:


Taylor Walker
Mitch McGovern
Josh Jenkins
Tom Lynch
Andy Otten
Harry Dear
Elliott Himmelberg

 

No issues here. The Crows have ignored the trend of smaller forward lines in the AFL. Considering the talent available and the mobility of Lynch and McGovern, they can afford to keep doing so as long as Josh Jenkins can regain some consistency. Despite their being no immediate need, you would like to see Himmelberg beef up and take the next step in 2018, while Harry Dear would benefit from a permanent return to the forward line at SANFL level.
 

Key Defenders:


Daniel Talia
Kyle Hartigan
Alex Keath
Andy Otten
Jake Kelly
Tom Doedee
Kyle Cheney

Harry Dear
Elliott Himmelberg

 

Still very healthy despite the departure of Jake Lever. Natural interceptors Alex Keath and Tom Doedee lead the battle for that vacant role while the likes of Andy Otten and Kyle Cheney provide reliable, experienced depth.

 

Still a superstar at 30 years of age, but is Eddie Betts the Crows’ only true small forward? (Sept. 21, 2017 - Source: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 

Small/General Forwards:

 

Eddie Betts
Tom Lynch
Hugh Greenwood
Richard Douglas
Riley Knight
Wayne Milera
Jordan Gallucci
Myles Poholke
Ben Jarman
Matt Signorello
Ben Davis

 

This list would obviously look a bit more potent with a Charlie Cameron or Steven Motlop on it. With Eddie Betts set to turn 31 before the start of the season and Troy Menzel delisted, you would like to see another genuine small forward here. If Ben Jarman spends more time closer to home, he could be the man.

 

Small/General Defenders:


Rory Laird
Bryce Gibbs
Brodie Smith ❌
Luke Brown
Jake Kelly
Tom Doedee
Paul Seedsman
Richard Douglas
David Mackay
Kyle Cheney
Curtly Hampton
Myles Poholke

 

This category is better analysed when split up further into lockdown defenders and rebounders. Brodie Smith leaves a significant hole, as we saw in September, and while there is no perfect replacement, there are a few viable options the club could go with. As for lockdown smalls, Luke Brown remains one of the best in the league defensively, while the likes of Jake Kelly and Tom Doedee have demonstrated an ability to play small effectively.

 

 

Inside Midfielders: 


Rory Sloane
Matt Crouch
Bryce Gibbs
Brad Crouch 
Rory Laird
Hugh Greenwood
Richard Douglas
Curtly Hampton 
Cam Ellis-Yolmen
Sam Gibson
Riley Knight
Myles Poholke

 

This time last year, this was seen as the most suspect area of the Adelaide list. Twelve months later, the emergence of Hugh Greenwood, revitalisation of Richard Douglas and continued improvement of the Crouch brothers have things looking much better. The addition of Bryce Gibbs is the cherry on top, making this group as powerful as it has looked since a guy named Patrick Dangerfield was a member.

 

Inside or outside the contest, Bryce Gibbs bolsters Adelaide’s midfield stocks significantly. (Oct. 18, 2017 - Source: Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 

Outside Midfielders:


Bryce Gibbs
Tom Lynch
Brodie Smith ❌
Rory Atkins 
Richard Douglas 
Paul Seedsman
Sam Gibson 
Riley Knight 
David Mackay 
Wayne Milera 
Curtly Hampton 
Jordan Gallucci
Matt Signorello

 

Gibbs has a nice inside-outside balance to his game that will complement the Crows' troupe of true wingers like Atkins, Seedsman, Mackay and Milera nicely. A few of those guys need to take the next step and contribute more consistently to improve the look of this group, but there's a lot to like.

 

Ruck:


Sam Jacobs
Reilly O'Brien
Paul Hunter
Josh Jenkins
Harry Dear

 

The jury is out on whether Reilly O'Brien will be lead ruckman calibre at AFL level when Sauce Jacobs eventually hangs up the boots, but for now he's doing everything right and will continue to provide reliable backup if required. The recently re-signed, mature-bodied Paul Hunter ensures they go three-deep for genuine ruckman, while Josh Jenkins and Harry Dear are the archetypal pinch hitters. No issues here in the short term.

 

What they need:


With no glaring weaknesses here, the Crows can attack November the 24th without the temptation of straying from a "best talent available" policy. A boost to their inside depth and another true small forward wouldn't go astray, if we're nit-picking, but things are looking reasonably safe across the board at West Lakes.

Keep an eye on MANABOUTADL.com in the coming weeks for our look at Port Adelaide’s depth charts.

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