THE Fremantle Dockers have bolstered their midfield stocks in tonight’s AFL Draft, taking two of the best young talents in the field with their opening picks.
In the lead-up to tonight’s event the Dockers had been linked to any of the midfield foursome of Paddy Dow, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra, with smoke and mirror tactics leaving experts unable to predict which two Fremantle would take with picks 2 and 5.
After Brisbane predictably took Victorian Cameron Rayner with the first pick, Fremantle surprised many when they snapped up Brayshaw with pick 2.
The 18-year-old medium midfielder showed some class in the two games he played for Vic Metro in the AFL U18 Championships and was always touted as an early pick, though he was expected to slip past the top three.
As Carlton and North Melbourne followed, taking Dow and Davies-Uniake with picks 3 and 4 respectively, the Dockers rounded up the top five with 18-year-old medium midfielder Cerra, who impressed at the U18 Championships for his prolific numbers and danger around goal.
Peel Thunder tall defender Aaron Naughton was the only WA product taken inside the top 10.
He will go to the Western Bulldogs after they selected him with pick nine.