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AFL Media's trade verdict

AFL Media staff writers  October 20, 2017 9:37 AM

AFL 2017 Media - Adelaide Crows Press Conference 191017

New Crows Sam Gibson and Bryce Gibbs

In: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, picks 12, 39, 77, 2018 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), 2018 third-round pick (Carlton) and 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne)

Out: Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, picks 16, 36, 54, 73, 91, 2018 second-round pick, 2018 third-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick

Win: Bolstered the midfield

Lose: A pair of gun youngsters 

2017 draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

What they couldn't get done: The Crows were linked with contracted Bomber Aaron Francis, but declined to make a serious play for the South Australian.

Nick Bowen's verdict: The Crows were put on the back foot before the trade period when Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron requested trades. They made the best of a bad situation, getting a deal done early for Lever that netted them two first-round picks and gave them time to get trades done for Bryce Gibbs and Cameron. The Crows paid a high price for Gibbs, but the 29-year-old will be far more valuable to the flag contenders over the next few years than the two first-round picks he cost. Doing a late deal for Cameron also got Adelaide back into the first round of this year's draft, while it had earlier bolstered its hand in next year's bumper draft. 

Rating: 7.5/10

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