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After the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) was represented with four of the top 11 picks in last year’s draft and six players selected overall, the class of 2017 looks set to be another prosperous selection pool with four former SMJFL stars set to feature in the top 25.

Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers)

POS: Small forward/midfielder, Ht 178cm, Wt 76kg, DOB 19/3/1999

Junior Club – East Malvern

AFL Draft expert Callum Twomey’s predicted ranking (August) – #8

Twomey’s Thoughts – ‘There isn’t a player as consistent as Higgins in this year’s draft pool. The Oakleigh Chargers prospect has starred at each level he’s played at across the season, and has become a really complete player. The small forward/midfielder can play in both areas of the ground as comfortably as the other. He’s always dangerous around goal, and he can win the footy in the midfield. He had a big day against the Greater Western Victoria Rebels in the TAC Cup in July with 30 disposals, 11 clearances, two goals and seven tackles. Will be ready to play AFL next year. Think Toby Greene.’ 

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Andrew Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons)

POS: Midfielder, Ht 183cm, Wt 80kg, DOB 8/11/1999

Junior Club – Hampton Rovers

Callum Twomey’s predicted ranking – #13

Twomey’s Thoughts – ‘The younger brother of Melbourne midfielder Angus. Has a good mix of traits – he’s tough, light on his feet, uses the ball well, and is balanced with his run. Came back from injury to perform well for Vic Metro in the latter stages of the championships, and continues to elevate himself on draft boards.’

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Charlie Constable (Sandringham Dragons)

POS: Midfielder, Ht 190cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 23/10/1999

Junior Club – East Sandringham

Callum Twomey’s predicted ranking – #16

Twomey’s Thoughts – ‘Emerged as a possible early pick earlier in the year and had a very good national carnival for Vic Metro which saw him earn All Australian honours. Constable is a tall midfielder who can just find the ball at will. He is a good decision maker who can feed it out to running players, or he is more than capable of using it by foot and finding a teammate. The knock on Constable is a lack of leg speed, and he doesn’t have that zip away from a stoppage. But he gets the ball that much as an inside player that he is one of the best of his type.’

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Nathan Murphy (Sandringham Dragons)

POS: Forward, Ht 188cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 15/12/99

Junior Club – East Sandringham

Callum Twomey’s predicted ranking – #23

Twomey’s Thoughts – ‘Murphy is set to overlook a promising cricket career to nominate for the NAB AFL Draft this year where he could feature as a top-20 pick. The talented half-forward has shot up the rankings with a string of exciting performances at school level for Brighton Grammar and also for the Sandringham Dragons, where in three games he has averaged 22 disposals. Murphy is a medium forward who has a good goal sense and is a classy user of the ball.’

MORE: Cal Twomey’s Phantom Form Guide – August edition

Key Dates: 

Tuesday October 3 — Friday October 6 — AFL Draft Combine

Saturday October 14 — South Australian Draft Combine

Sunday October 15 — West Australian Draft Combine

Friday November 24 — AFL National Draft

Monday November 27 — AFL Pre-Season and Rookie Drafts