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Tomorrow’s NAB AFL Draft looms as a huge one for the SMJFL, with a number of former stars set to realise their AFL dream.

Among them is former East Brighton jet Andrew McGrath, who has long been touted as one of the Draft’s top prospects and has recently been tipped to land at Essendon with the coveted number one pick.

McGrath oozes class, versatility and leadership, and appears ready made for AFL football. The Vic Metro co-captain dominated at the Under 18 National Championships, with his attacking run and drive out of defence helping his side go through the entire tournament undefeated. McGrath was named Vic Metro’s Most Valuable Player and was also selected as the half back in the All-Australian team for his scintillating performances.

He was also best on ground in the TAC Cup Grand Final, leading Sandringham Dragons to victory over the Murray Bushrangers with a whopping 38 disposals and eight clearances.

But McGrath isn’t the only ex-SMJFL player tipped to be selected early in the Draft.

According to AFL draft expert Callum Twomey’s Phantom Draft released yesterday, Mordialloc-Braeside ace Tim Taranto could also find a home at Greater Western Sydney with pick two.

Taranto rocketed into draft calculations after a stunning TAC Cup finals series with Sandringham Dragons, booting four goals in the Preliminary Final before amassing 31 disposals in his team’s Grand Final win the following week.

Like McGrath, the ball-winning midfielder also earned All-Australian honours.

Twomey has also predicted tall halfback Jack Scrimshaw (Beaumaris) to head north to the Gold Coast Suns at pick seven, while North Melbourne are poised to secure former Beaumaris and Cheltenham midfielder Oliver Florent at pick 13.

If Twomey’s predictions are accurate, we will see four SMJFL players selected inside the top 13, would be an extraordinary result.

Other SMJFL players may also have their names called out tomorrow night, including St Peters’ Corey Lyons and East Brighton trio Oliver Hanrahan, Ari Sakeson and Alex Mastromanno.

On behalf of the SMJFL, we wish all of our former players the very best of luck tomorrow night. We will be watching with interest!