2015 AFL draft
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General information
Date(s)24, 27 November 2015
Time5:30 pm ACDT (24 November)
11:00 am AEDT (27 November)
LocationAdelaide Convention Centre,
Adelaide, South Australia
Network(s)Fox Footy
Sponsored byNational Australia Bank
Overview
LeagueAFL
First selectionJacob Weitering (Carlton)
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The 2015 Australian Football League draft consisted of the various periods where the 18 clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL) can trade and recruit players following the completion of the 2015 AFL season. Additions to each club's playing list are not allowed at any other time during the year.

The key dates for the trading and drafting periods were:[1][2]

Additionally, following the guilty verdicts handed down to 34 past and present Essendon players in January 2016 for doping violations, Essendon was given the opportunity to recruit top-up players between January and March 2016.

Player movements

Free agency

After winning two premierships with Hawthorn, Matt Suckling (right) signed with the Western Bulldogs as an unrestricted free agent
After winning two premierships with Hawthorn, Matt Suckling (right) signed with the Western Bulldogs as an unrestricted free agent

See also: Free agent

The initial list of free agents, published in March 2015, consisted of 74 unrestricted and restricted free agents, however, 35 of those players re-signed and 15 retired during or after the home-and-away season.[3]

2015 AFL free agency period signings
Player Date Free agent type Former club New club Compensation Ref
Matt Suckling 12 October 2015 Unrestricted Hawthorn Western Bulldogs End of 2nd round [4]
Scott Selwood 12 October 2015 Restricted West Coast Geelong 2nd round [5]
Matthew Leuenberger 15 October 2015 Restricted Brisbane Lions Essendon End of 2nd round [6]
Dawson Simpson 16 October 2015 Unrestricted Geelong Greater Western Sydney None [7]
Andrew Moore 6 November 2015 Delisted Port Adelaide Richmond None [8]
Jarrad Grant 6 November 2015 Delisted Western Bulldogs Gold Coast None [9]
Daniel Gorringe 9 November 2015 Delisted Gold Coast Carlton None [10]
Matthew Wright 26 November 2015 Delisted Adelaide Carlton None [11]

Trades

Originally a restricted free agent, Patrick Dangerfield was traded to Geelong from Adelaide
Originally a restricted free agent, Patrick Dangerfield was traded to Geelong from Adelaide
Lachie Henderson became the first player in history to be traded for a future draft pick when he was traded to Geelong from Carlton
Lachie Henderson became the first player in history to be traded for a future draft pick when he was traded to Geelong from Carlton
Highly rated youngster, Harley Bennell was traded to Fremantle from Gold Coast
Highly rated youngster, Harley Bennell was traded to Fremantle from Gold Coast
Jeremy Howe, Ben Kennedy, Paul Seedsman, and Jimmy Toumpas were all involved in a major deal involving four clubs.
Charlie Dixon was traded to Port Adelaide from Gold Coast

For the first time, clubs were allowed to trade future selections from the next year's draft as well as the current draft.[12] Geelong became the first AFL club to trade a future draft pick on 14 October 2015 when they traded their 2016 first round pick to Carlton for Lachie Henderson.[13]

2015 AFL trade period
# Player(s) Traded from Traded to Traded for Ref
1 Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide Geelong Dean Gore [14]
Pick 9
Pick 50 Pick 28
2 Jack Redden Brisbane Lions West Coast Pick 17 [15]
3 Lachie Henderson Carlton Geelong 2016 first round pick (Geelong) [16]
4 Harley Bennell Gold Coast Fremantle Pick 16 [17]
Pick 22 Pick 35
5 Lewis Jetta Sydney West Coast Callum Sinclair [18]
6 Jake Melksham Essendon Melbourne Pick 25 [19]
7 Jed Anderson Hawthorn North Melbourne Pick 15 [20]
Pick 38
Pick 40 Pick 55
8 Curtly Hampton Greater Western Sydney Adelaide 2016 second round pick (Adelaide) [21]
9 Jacob Townsend Greater Western Sydney Richmond Pick 70 [22]
Pick 120
10 Tom Bell Carlton Brisbane Lions Pick 21 [23]
Pick 41 Pick 60
11 Josh Walker Geelong Brisbane Lions 2016 third round pick (Brisbane Lions) [24]
Jarrad Jansen
12 Zac Smith Gold Coast Geelong Pick 49 [25]
Pick 53
13 Daniel Currie North Melbourne Gold Coast Pick 53 [25]
14 Steve Johnson Geelong Greater Western Sydney 2016 fifth round pick (Greater Western Sydney) [26]
15 Jonathan Giles Essendon West Coast Pick 57 [27]
Pick 62
16 Paul Seedsman Collingwood Adelaide Pick 32 [28]
Jeremy Howe Melbourne Collingwood Ben Kennedy
Pick 68 Port Adelaide Paul Seedsman
Pick 29 Port Adelaide Melbourne Jimmy Toumpas
Pick 50
Ben Kennedy Collingwood Jeremy Howe
Jimmy Toumpas Melbourne Port Adelaide Pick 29
Pick 50
Pick 32 Adelaide Pick 68
17 Nathan Freeman Collingwood St Kilda 2016 second round pick (St Kilda) [29]
Pick 68 Pick 63
18 Charlie Dixon Gold Coast Port Adelaide Pick 10 [30]
Pick 49 2016 second round pick (Port Adelaide)
Pick 19 Richmond Pick 31
2016 second round pick (Richmond)
19 Jake Carlisle Essendon St Kilda Pick 5 [31]
Pick 14 Sydney Pick 24
Craig Bird Essendon Pick 23
Pick 44
Pick 5 St Kilda Jake Carlisle
Pick 24
Pick 23 Essendon Sydney Craig Bird
Pick 44 Pick 14
20 Pick 3 Gold Coast Melbourne Pick 6 [32]
Pick 10 Pick 29
Pick 43 2016 first round pick (Melbourne)
21 Matt Rosa West Coast Gold Coast Pick 31 [33]
22 Sam Kerridge Adelaide Carlton Troy Menzel [34]
Pick 28
23 Jed Lamb Greater Western Sydney Carlton Pick 28 [34]
Andrew Phillips Pick 77
Lachie Plowman Pick 95
Liam Sumner 2016 first round pick (Geelong)
Pick 8
24 Adam Treloar Greater Western Sydney Collingwood Pick 7 [35]
Pick 65
Pick 28 2016 first round pick (Collingwood)
25 Jack Fitzpatrick Melbourne Hawthorn Pick 94 [36]
26 Tomas Bugg Greater Western Sydney Melbourne Pick 10 [37]
Pick 43
Pick 7 Pick 64
27 Pick 55 Hawthorn Greater Western Sydney Pick 48 [38]
Pick 58
28 James Aish Brisbane Lions Collingwood Pick 26 [39]
2016 second round pick (St Kilda)
Pick 28 Collingwood North Melbourne Pick 34
Pick 47 Pick 53
Ryan Bastinac North Melbourne Brisbane Lions Pick 17
Pick 38
Pick 40 Pick 26
2016 third round pick
29 Pick 23 Sydney West Coast Pick 36 [38]
Pick 37
30 Pick 11 Western Bulldogs Carlton Pick 20 [40]
2016 third round pick Pick 21
31 Chris Yarran Carlton Richmond Pick 19 [41]
32 Pick 27 Greater Western Sydney Collingwood Pick 34 [38]
Pick 66
Pick 77 Pick 53
Pick 84 Pick 63
33 Michael Talia Western Bulldogs Sydney 2016 fourth round pick (Sydney) [42]
Pick 69
34 Pick 35 Gold Coast Fremantle Pick 56 [40]
Pick 61 2016 second round pick (Fremantle)
Note

Retirements and delistings

2015 national draft

The 2015 AFL national draft was held on 24 November 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.[1] For the first time, live bidding occurred during the draft for selections made under the father–son rule and from the northern state's development academies, whereby each draft selection is allocated a points value. Clubs nominating a player were forced to use their existing draft selections to match the points value of the pick used by the club bidding for the player.[125][126]

^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been a premiership player and been selected for at least one All-Australian team
+ Denotes player who has been a premiership player at least once
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Australian team
# Denotes player who has never played in a VFL/AFL home and away season or finals game
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rising Star
Final draft order[127]
Round Pick Player Drafted to Recruited from League Notes
1 1 Jacob Weitering Carlton Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup
1 2 Josh Schache Brisbane Lions Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup
1 3 Callum Mills Sydney North Shore Sydney AFL Academy player; Melbourne's bid matched with picks 33, 36, 37 and 43[128]
1 4 Clayton Oliver Melbourne Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup Traded from Gold Coast
1 5 Darcy Parish Essendon Geelong Falcons TAC Cup
1 6 Aaron Francis Essendon West Adelaide SANFL Traded from St Kilda
1 7 Jacob Hopper Greater Western Sydney North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup Academy player; Gold Coast's bid matched with pick 11[128]
1 8 Callum Ah Chee Gold Coast South Fremantle WAFL Traded from Melbourne
1 9 Sam Weideman Melbourne Eastern Ranges TAC Cup Traded from Greater Western Sydney; received from Collingwood
1 10 Harry McKay Carlton Gippsland Power TAC Cup Traded from Greater Western Sydney
1 11 Wayne Milera Adelaide Central District SANFL Traded from Geelong
1 12 Charlie Curnow Carlton Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Traded from Western Bulldogs
1 13 Matthew Kennedy Greater Western Sydney Collingullie-Glenfield Park RFNL Academy player; Richmond's bid matched with picks 34 and 40[128]
1 14 Eric Hipwood Brisbane Lions Aspley NEAFL Academy player; Richmond's bid matched with picks 36 and 37[128]
1 15 Daniel Rioli Richmond North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup
1 16 Harrison Himmelberg Greater Western Sydney Mangoplah-CUE RFNL Academy player; Adelaide's bid matched with picks 48, 50, 55 and 59[128]
1 17 Tom Doedee Adelaide Geelong Falcons TAC Cup
1 18 Jade Gresham St Kilda Northern Knights TAC Cup Traded from Sydney
1 19 Ryan Burton Hawthorn North Adelaide SANFL Traded from North Melbourne
1 20 Brayden Fiorini Gold Coast Northern Knights TAC Cup Traded from Fremantle
1 21 Ben McKay North Melbourne Gippsland Power TAC Cup Traded from Brisbane Lions; received from West Coast
1 22 Kieran Lovell Hawthorn Tigers FC TSL
1 23 David Cuningham Carlton Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup Traded from Richmond; received from Gold Coast; received from Greater Western Sydney via a trade in 2012; received from Fremantle in 2011; compensation pick from 2011 (Palmer)
2 24 Ben Keays Brisbane Lions Brisbane Lions NEAFL Academy player; Western Bulldogs' bid matched with Brisbane's next pick[128]
2 25 Josh Dunkley Western Bulldogs Gippsland Power TAC Cup Traded from Carlton; father-son eligible (son of Andrew Dunkley), but Sydney did not match bid[128]
2 26 Kieran Collins Western Bulldogs Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Traded from Carlton; received from Brisbane Lions
2 27 Darcy Tucker Fremantle North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup Traded from Gold Coast
2 28 Luke Partington West Coast Norwood SANFL Traded from Sydney; received from Essendon
2 29 Alex Morgan Essendon Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup Traded from St Kilda
2 30 Mason Redman Essendon Glenelg SANFL Traded from Melbourne
2 31 Ryan Clarke North Melbourne Eastern Ranges TAC Cup Traded from Brisbane Lions; received from Collingwood
2 32 Brayden Sier Collingwood Northern Knights TAC Cup Traded from Greater Western Sydney
2 33 Mitchell Hibberd North Melbourne Clarence TSL Traded from Collingwood; received from Greater Western Sydney; received from Carlton; received from Adelaide; received from Geelong
2 34 Josh Schoenfeld Gold Coast Peel Thunder WAFL Traded from Gold Coast, received from Port Adelaide
2 35 Marcus Adams Western Bulldogs West Perth WAFL
2 36 Tom Cole West Coast Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup Traded from Gold Coast; received from Richmond
2 37 Riley Bonner Port Adelaide West Adelaide SANFL Traded from Adelaide
2 38 Harley Balic Fremantle Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup Traded from Gold Coast; received from Fremantle
3 39 Rhys Mathieson Brisbane Lions Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Traded from North Melbourne; received from Hawthorn; free agency compensation pick (Suckling)
3 40 Brandon White St Kilda Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup
3 41 Matt Flynn Greater Western Sydney Narrandera RFNL Academy player; Melbourne's bid matched with GWS' next pick[128]
3 42 Mitch King Melbourne Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup
3 43 Corey Wagner North Melbourne Aspley NEAFL Traded from Collingwood; academy eligible, but Brisbane Lions did not match bid[128]
3 44 Blake Hardwick Hawthorn Eastern Ranges TAC Cup Traded from Greater Western Sydney
3 45 Aidyn Johnson Port Adelaide Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup Traded from Gold Coast; received from Geelong
3 46 Liam Hulett Melbourne Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Traded from Port Adelaide
3 47 Sam Skinner Brisbane Lions Gippsland Power TAC Cup Traded from Carlton
3 48 Bailey Williams Western Bulldogs Glenelg SANFL
3 49 Bailey Rice St Kilda Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Father–son rule selection (son of Dean Rice); Richmond's bid matched with St Kilda's next pick[128]
3 50 Oleg Markov Richmond North Adelaide SANFL
3 51 Tyrone Leonardis Sydney Northern Knights TAC Cup Traded from Essendon
3 52 Mackenzie Willis Gold Coast Tigers FC TSL Traded from Fremantle
3 53 Jack Silvagni Carlton Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup Father–son rule selection (son of Stephen Silvagni); Essendon's bid matched with Carlton's next pick[128]
3 54 Mitch Brown Essendon Sandringham VFL Traded from West Coast
4 55 Sam Collins Fremantle Box Hill VFL Traded from Gold Coast
4 56 Jordan Dawson Sydney Sturt SANFL
4 57 Kurt Mutimer West Coast Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Traded from Essendon
4 58 Tom Phillips Collingwood Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup
4 59 Ryan Gardner Geelong Burnie TSL
4 60 Declan Mountford North Melbourne Claremont WAFL
4 61 Shane Yarran Fremantle Subiaco WAFL
4 62 Matthew Allen West Coast Glenelg SANFL
5 63 Rupert Wills Collingwood Collingwood VFL Traded from Greater Western Sydney; received from Carlton
5 64 Yestin Eades Essendon North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup
5 65 Ben Crocker Collingwood Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup
5 66 Sam Menegola Geelong Subiaco WAFL
5 67 Nathan Broad Richmond Swan Districts WAFL
6 68 Michael Hartley Essendon Coburg VFL
6 69 Wylie Buzza Geelong Mount Gravatt QAFL
7 70 Matthew Hayball Geelong West Adelaide SANFL
Notes

Rookie elevations

Clubs were able to promote any player who was listed on their rookie list in 2015 to their 2016 primary playing list prior to the draft. In total, 14 players were promoted.[129]

Player Club
Jake Kelly Adelaide
Jack Frost Collingwood
Shaun McKernan Essendon
Ethan Hughes Fremantle
Michael Luxford Geelong
Adam Saad Gold Coast
Keegan Brooksby Gold Coast
Kurt Heatherley Hawthorn
Aaron vandenBerg Melbourne
James Harmes Melbourne
Sam Gray Port Adelaide
Kane Lambert Richmond
Jack Sinclair St Kilda
Sam Naismith Sydney

2016 rookie draft

The 2016 AFL rookie draft was held on 27 November 2015.[2] The official rookie draft order was released on 26 November and each club, with the exception of Greater Western Sydney who are still operating with an expanded list, can have between four and six players on their rookie list, as long as they have a maximum of 44 players on their combined primary and rookie lists.[130]

The pre-season draft was not held as all eligible clubs informed the AFL they would not be participating.[130]

Round Pick Player Drafted to Recruited from League Notes
1 1 Jesse Glass-McCasker Carlton Swan Districts WAFL
1 2 Jackson Paine Brisbane Lions Brisbane Lions AFL
1 3 Tom Keough Gold Coast West Adelaide SANFL
1 4 Gach Nyuon Essendon Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup
1 5 Nick O'Kearney St Kilda Calder Cannons TAC Cup
1 6 Josh Wagner Melbourne Aspley NEAFL
1 7 Lachlan Keeffe Collingwood Collingwood AFL Ineligible to play in 2016 due to serving a two-year ban for testing positive to banned substance clenbuterol
1 8 Sam Reid Greater Western Sydney UWS Giants NEAFL
1 9 Jock Cornell Geelong Mangoplah-CUE RFNL
1 10 Will Snelling Port Adelaide West Adelaide SANFL
1 11 Brad Lynch Western Bulldogs Swan Districts WAFL
1 12 Callum Moore Richmond Calder Cannons TAC Cup
1 13 Paul Hunter Adelaide Redland NEAFL
1 14 Tom Papley Sydney Gippsland Power TAC Cup
1 15 Farren Ray North Melbourne St Kilda AFL
1 16 Matt Uebergang Fremantle Redland NEAFL
1 17 Jordan Snadden West Coast East Fremantle WAFL
1 18 Luke Surman Hawthorn Norwood SANFL
2 19 Andrew Gallucci Carlton Williamstown VFL
2 20 Reuben William Brisbane Lions Zillmere QAFL
2 21 Darcy Macpherson Gold Coast Northern Knights TAC Cup
2 22 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti Essendon Essendon VFL
2 23 Nick Coughlan St Kilda Albury O&MFL
2 24 Viv Michie Melbourne Melbourne AFL
2 25 Josh Smith Collingwood Redland NEAFL
2 26 Daniel Lloyd Greater Western Sydney Killarney Vale BDAFL
2 27 James Parsons Geelong Eastern Ranges TAC Cup
2 28 Cameron Hewett Port Adelaide North Adelaide SANFL
2 29 Luke Goetz Western Bulldogs Western Jets TAC Cup
2 30 Mabior Chol Richmond Aspley NEAFL
2 31 Jonathon Beech Adelaide West Adelaide SANFL
2 32 Harrison Marsh Sydney Sydney AFL
2 33 Majak Daw North Melbourne North Melbourne AFL
2 34 Ryan Nyhuis Fremantle Nightcliff NTFL
2 35 Brant Colledge West Coast West Coast AFL
2 36 Kade Stewart Hawthorn South Fremantle WAFL
3 37 Matthew Korcheck Carlton Arizona Pac-12 International player (basketball)
3 38 Ryan Davis Gold Coast Swan Districts WAFL
3 39 Will Hams Essendon Essendon AFL
3 40 Josh Saunders St Kilda St Kilda AFL
3 41 Joel Smith Melbourne Geelong Supercats SEABL Three-year non-registered player, via basketball (also the son of Shaun Smith)
3 42 Josh Thomas Collingwood Collingwood AFL Ineligible to play in 2016 due to serving a two-year ban for testing positive to banned substance clenbuterol
3 43 Passed Greater Western Sydney
3 44 Tom Ruggles Geelong Geelong VFL
3 45 Dan Houston Port Adelaide Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup
3 46 Jed Adcock Western Bulldogs Brisbane Lions AFL
3 47 Adam Marcon Richmond Williamstown VFL
3 48 Hugh Greenwood Adelaide Perth Wildcats NBL 3-year non-registered player, via basketball.
3 49 Passed Sydney
3 50 Anthony Morabito Fremantle Fremantle AFL
3 51 Alec Waterman West Coast West Coast AFL
3 52 Alex Woodward Hawthorn Hawthorn AFL
4 53 Cameron Loersch Gold Coast South Fremantle WAFL
4 54 Tom Wallis Essendon Calder Cannons TAC Cup Father–son rule selection (son of Dean Wallis)
4 55 Tim Golds Collingwood Greater Western Sydney AFL
4 56 Passed Greater Western Sydney
4 57 Kane Mitchell Port Adelaide Port Adelaide AFL
4 58 Alex Keath Adelaide Victoria Cricket Australia Three-year non-registered player, via cricket
4 59 Kyle Galloway Sydney Shepparton GVFL
4 60 Josh Deluca Fremantle Fremantle AFL
4 61 Simon Tunbridge West Coast West Coast AFL
4 62 Conor Glass Hawthorn Derry GAA GAA International player (Gaelic football)
5 63 Danny Stanley Gold Coast Gold Coast AFL
5 64 Darrean Wyatt Collingwood Coastal Georgia SSAC Three-year non-registered player, via basketball
5 65 Passed Greater Western Sydney
5 66 Sam Murray Sydney Wodonga O&MFL
6 67 Jesse Joyce Gold Coast| Palm Beach Currumbin QAFL
6 68 Passed Greater Western Sydney
6 69 Colin O'Riordan Sydney Tipperary GAA GAA International player (Gaelic football)
7 70 Passed Greater Western Sydney
8 71 Passed Greater Western Sydney
9 72 Passed Greater Western Sydney
Source[131]

Player breakdown

A total of 134 players were drafted across the national and rookie drafts. The following is a breakdown of players drafted by position and the league they were drafted from:[132][133]

The TAC Cup was the league with the highest number of players drafted, with forty-five in total. The Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup had the most players drafted out of any team with seven players.

League National draft Rookie draft Total State/territory
Players selected
AFL 0 19 19 Australia-wide
NEAFL 3 6 9 ACT, NSW, NT, QLD
SANFL 11 5 16 South Australia
TAC Cup 36 9 45 Victoria
TSL 4 0 4 Tasmania
VFL 4 4 8 Victoria
WAFL 7 6 13 Western Australia
Other leagues 5 8 13 Australia-wide
Three-year non-registered players 0 4 4 Australia-wide
International recruits 0 3 3 International
Total 70 64 134

Essendon top-up signings

Main article: Essendon Football Club supplements saga

On 12 January 2016, thirty-four past and present Essendon Football Club players – twelve of whom were still on the Essendon list – were suspended until November 2016 after being found guilty of being injected with the banned substance thymosin beta-4 during the 2012 season, significantly compromising Essendon's playing list for 2016. The club received permission to augment its list by recruiting up to ten top-up players from lower levels on contracts which would last until 31 October 2016. The club was limited to players who had been on an AFL list in either 2014 or 2015, with no more than one player to be taken from any state-level club; or, it could recruit any VFL-listed player from its own reserves team without restriction.[134]

Essendon top-up signings
Player Date Recruited from League Former AFL club Ref
Ryan Crowley 19 January 2016 Swan Districts WAFL Fremantle (2015) [135]
James Kelly 20 January 2016 Southern Districts NTFL Geelong (2015) [136]
Jonathan Simpkin 27 January 2016 Balwyn Eastern FL Hawthorn (2015) [137]
Matt Dea 28 January 2016 Williamstown VFL Richmond (2015) [138]
James Polkinghorne 29 January 2016 Essendon reserves VFL Brisbane Lions (2014) [139]
Mathew Stokes 29 January 2016 Palmerston NTFL Geelong (2015) [139]
Mark Jamar 2 February 2016 St Kevin's Old Boys VAFA Melbourne (2015) [140]
Sam Grimley 6 February 2016 Subiaco WAFL Hawthorn (2015) [141]
Nathan Grima 18 February 2016 Strathmore EDFL North Melbourne (2015) [142]
Sam Michael 25 February 2016 Redland NEAFL Brisbane Lions (2014) [143]

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