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What they said: AFL Draft

Alex Fitzgerald  November 27, 2017 1:56 PM

AFL 2017 Media - NAB AFL Draft

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Darcy Fogarty of the Crows poses for a photo during the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at Sydney Showground on 24 November, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media) (Editors note: This image is free for editorial use only)

The external media have weighed in on Adelaide’s AFL Draft haul, with overwhelmingly positive verdicts after the Crows selected South Australian duo Darcy Fogarty (pick No.12) and Andrew McPherson (pick No.40) on Friday night.

AFL Media draft guru Callum Twomey declared the Crows couldn’t have been more pleased with Darcy Fogarty being available at their first pick.  Twomey also stated Fogarty had the potential to be the best player in this year’s draft, a sentiment echoed by fellow AFL Media reporter Dinny Navaratnam, who referred to the explosive forward as ‘one of the steals of the draft.’

Herald Sun draft expert Gary Buckenara said Adelaide would have been absolutely delighted at landing ‘draft steal’ Fogarty, who he at one stage ranked as his number one player in the draft. Buckenara marvelled at the Crows’ ability to secure two local ‘quality players of the future.’

The Advertiser’s Chris McDermott thought both Fogarty and McPherson were certainties to be snapped up prior to the Crows’ selections, stating ‘Christmas came early for coach Don Pyke’ following the draft.  McDermott declared Fogarty as the ‘best player available’ at pick 12, while also lauding the leadership potential of joint South Australian Under-18 vice-captain McPherson.

Fox Sports’ Ben Waterworth and AFL National Talent Football Manager Michael Ablett also labelled Fogarty as the steal of the draft, a term that has been used widely in recent days to describe the powerful Glenelg forward.