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Draftees Rate Their Colleagues

While the first-round draft picks might be the more talented players in the crop, they’re not always the first to make an impact at the top level.

That’s the message from more than 100 of the AFL’s newest players after being surveyed for their thoughts on their fellow draftees and new colleagues at the recent AFLPA Induction Camp.

After all, there’s no better insight into the league’s new faces than the players themselves.

Who will win the AFLPA best first year player award?

Andy McGrath (Ess) — 27.1%

Hugh McCluggage (Bris) — 10.3%

Ben Ainsworth (GC) — 8.4%

Tim Taranto (GWS) — 5.6%

Sam Powell-Pepper (PA), Sam Petrevski-Seton (Carl), Will Brodie (GC) — 4.6%

Who is most  likely to surprise the competition?

Josh Begley (Ess) — 7.5%

Jarrod Berry (Bris), Ben Long (StK) — 4.7%

Ollie Florent (Syd), Sam Powell-Pepper (PA), Toby Pink (Syd) — 3.7%

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*Essendon’s Josh Begley was selected with pick 31 by the Bombers

Name a player from your club most likely to play Round 1?

Adelaide: Jordan Gallucci, Myles Poholke

Brisbane: Jarrod Berry

Carlton: Sam Petrevski-Seton

Collingwood: Callum Brown

Essendon: Andy McGrath

Fremantle: Griffin Logue

Geelong: Tom Stewart

Gold Coast: Ben Ainsworth

GWS: Tim Taranto

Hawthorn: Conor Nash, James Cousins

Melbourne: Tim Smith

North Melbourne: Jy Simpkin

Port Adelaide: Sam Powell-Pepper

Richmond: Shai Bolton, Jack Graham

St Kilda: Ben Long

Sydney: Darcy Cameron

West Coast: Willie Rioli

Western Bulldogs: Tim English

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*Brisbane recruits Jarrod Berry and Hugh McLuggage

Who was the most unlucky not to be drafted?

Jonty Scharenberg — 37.4%

Matt Guelfi, Sam Walker — 4.7%

Tony Olango — 3.7%

Hamish Brayshaw, Liam Baker, Tom Atkins — 2.8%

Who do you respect the most from across the competition?

Luke Hodge (Haw) — 9.3%

Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) — 8.4%

Joel Selwood (Geel) — 7.5%

Nick Riewoldt (StK) — 6.5%

Nat Fyfe (Frem), Scott Pendlebury (Coll) — 5.6%

Luke Parker (Syd), Marc Murphy (Carl) — 3.7%

Jarryd Roughead (Haw), Gary Ablett (GC) — 2.8%