2021 AFL Draft: Where they came from and where they went?

Mooroopna’s, Tom Brown of the Goulburn Valley league is selected in the first round of the 2021 AFL draft, making his way to Richmond at pick 17. Photo Shepparton News

The 2021 NAB AFL Draft took place over three separate nights from the 24-26th of November, and for many young footballers, the draft marked a significant transition in their journey from community football to the elite game.

A total of 83 players were selected by AFL clubs as part of the 2021 NAB AFL National, Rookie and Pre-Season Drafts representing community football clubs across the country.

>>> See the full list of draftees and their junior clubs

45 players were selected from Victoria—more than double any other state—which is a testament to the effort of our leagues and clubs in providing a pathway from junior football to the elite game. The draft serves as a great reward for all the hard work that these players have put in throughout their junior careers, but it also allows us to recognise and celebrate the community clubs that have paved the way for our young stars.

Seven out of the top ten picks in the national draft came from Victorian community clubs, and VAFA powerhouse, Beaumaris, was one of the most successful clubs with three draftees (Mitchito Owens – STK pick 33, Marcus Windhager – STK pick 47, and Luke Cleary – WBD pick 61).

See the community clubs where the draftees came from and the AFL club they ended up at in the tables below.

Round 1

NameCommunity ClubPick #AFL Club
Sam DarcyGlen Iris JFC2Western Bulldogs
Finn CallaghanMordialloc-Braeside JFC3GWS Giants
Nicholas DaicosKew Rovers JFC4Collingwood
Mac AndrewBerwick FC5Gold Coast Suns
Joshua RacheleShepparton Swans6Adelaide
Joshua WardFitzroy JFC7Hawthorn
Joshua GibcusEastpoint FC9Richmond
Joshua SinnEast Brighton JFC12Port Adelaide
Ben HobbsHorsham Demons FC13Essendon
Campbell ChesserLavington Panthers JFC14West Coast
Darcy WilmotMontmorency FC16Brisbane
Tom BrownMooroopna FC17Richmond
Kai LohmannLake Wendouree FC20Brisbane

Essendon draftee, Ben Hobbs was a star for the Horsham Demons. Photo The Weekly Advertiser

Round 2

NameCommunity ClubPick #AFL Club
Josh GoaterSunbury Lions22North Melbourne
Sam ButlerLake Wendouree23Hawthorn
Toby ConwaySt Mary's24Geelong
Mitchell KnevittGrovedale FC25Geelong
Connor MacDonaldDoveton FC26Hawthorn
Tyler SonsieLysterfield JFC / Rowville FC28Richmond
Judson ClarkeEast Ringwood JFC30Richmond
Mitchito OwensBeaumaris FC33St Kilda
Paul CurtisMelton South FNC / Keilor FC35North Melbourne
Jake SoligoLysterfield JFC/ Dromana FC36Adelaide
Miller BergmanBerwick FC38North Melbourne
Blake HowesMordialloc-Braeside / Parkdale FC / St Bede's39Melbourne

Former Sunbury Lions player, Josh Goater will stay in the blue and white at North Melbourne. Photo Star Weekly

Round 3

NameCommunity ClubPick #AFL Club
Zac TaylorOak Park44Adelaide
Marcus WindhagerBeaumaris FC47St Kilda
Flynn KroegerWandin JFC48Geelong
Garret McdonaghWest Preston Lakeside / Richmond VFL50Essendon

Oak Park's Zac Taylor landed at Adelaide with pick 44

Round 4 and onwards

NameCommunity ClubPick #AFL Club
Jai SerongWarragul FC53Hawthorn
Dante VisentiBrighton Beach / St Kilda City56Port Adelaide
Lachlan RankinBeverley Hills JFC58Sydney
Jackson ArcherPark Orchards59North Melbourne
Luke ClearyBeaumaris FC60Western Bulldogs
Cooper WhyteGrovedale FC64Geelong

Luke Cleary was one of three Beaumaris players drafted.

AFL Victoria would like to congratulate all the draftees in the 2021 NAB AFL Draft and wish them luck for their future careers.