Jordan Clark ($144, 300 - DEF)
Every year through the JLT we get at least one and typically a hell of a lot more rookies firm themselves for a Round 1 debut who there was absolutely no hype about leading into the game. The one I am most excited about is the player Geelong selected with their first round pick, number 15 overall, Jordan Clark. Part of the reason we may not have been entirely on board with this selection up until this point is obviously the numerous amount of mid-pricers available in the backline but also a steady amount of rookies who through the early stages of the pre season were firming for a round 1 debut, not to mention that he was struck down with Glandular Fever at the back end of 2018, resulting in a little delay to his preseason.
Before we get stuck into his first JLT game lets have a look at what he was able to achieve in the under 18 championship. Clark averaged 19.5 disposals at 71%, 5.5 Rebounds from 50, 3 marks & 3 tackles. Good numbers for a half back flanker. When he stepped up to the WAFL he was still able to average 15 touches a game at 72%, 7 intercept possessions, 2 Rebounds from 50, 5 marks and 3 tackles. Still all solid numbers from a back flank rookie if this was able to translate to the elite level. He also won Western Australia’s MVP award at the 2018 NAB Afl Under 18 Championships where he led the competition for metres gained. One of the obscure reasons I like this pick a little more is the fact on draft night, the cats had Corey Enright get up on stage and present Clark with his jumper. Moving on, lets review his stats from JLT 1 vs the reigning premiers who had 17 of their 22 GF players from 2018 play in the game. Clark racked up 21 touches (16K & 5Hb) at 72%, 5 marks and 1 tackle from 81% game time.
I’m a big fan of reviewing press conferences, particularly post match pressers and if you tune into what Matty Knights had to say you just might start to get more excited about the prospect of Jordan Clark joining our round one teams. ‘’He was super … he defended really well in the air … some of his dash and leg speed off halfback was really exciting … a bit like Tim Kelly last year from his first couple of sessions we thought well hang on we have a young man who will be pressing for round one’’. Sitting at a price of 144,300 he might be an easy swap for those who have someone like Scrimshaw who looks unlikely to make round one or a cheap upgrade for someone like Duursma should he not be named round one. Whatever the plan he will certainly be firm on the watch list come team line-ups in a fortnight.
Predicted Average: 72