Posted: 21 October, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
The 2014 GWS Draft Two Years On
Not pretty viewing.
GWS has done a lot of things right in their short time in the league.
Perhaps this isn't one of them.
The Giants were one of the main players in the 2016 trade period, securing Brett Deledio, shedding a bevy of talent in doing so.
That talent includes almost their entire 2014 draft cohort.
In the 2014 draft, the Giants had five picks inside the top 25 and three picks within the top seven, and just two years later all of them are gone.
Jarrod Pickett (pick four) and Caleb Marchbank (pick six) made their way to Carlton, Paul Ahern (pick seven) joined North Melbourne, while Patrick McKenna (pick 23) and Jack Steele (pick 24) left for Melbourne and St Kilda respectively.
Only Jeremy Finlayson, at pick 85, remains at the Giants.
And they didn't exactly receive a lot in return.
Using the draft points system, the Giants have lost about three-quarters of their value on those 2014 draft picks in just two years.
The 2014 GWS draft:
Pick 4: Jarrod Pickett (traded to Carlton with Caleb Marchbank and GWS's 2017 second round pick for pick 45, 58 and Carlton's 2017 first round pick)
Pick 6: Caleb Marchbank (traded to Carlton with Jarrod Pickett and GWS's 2017 second round pick for pick 45, 58 and Carlton's 2017 first round pick)
Pick 7: Paul Ahern (traded to North Melbourne for pick 69)
Pick 23: Patrick McKenna (traded to Melbourne with picks 51 and 69 for picks 57 and 59)
Pick 24: Jack Steele (traded to St Kilda for their 2017 second round pick)
Pick 85: Jeremy Finlayson