TOP PROSPECT: St Kilda coach Alan Richardson presents No.1 pick Paddy McCartin with the Saints jumper at last night’s AFL draft on the Gold Coast.
TOP PROSPECT: St Kilda coach Alan Richardson presents No.1 pick Paddy McCartin with the Saints jumper at last night’s AFL draft on the Gold Coast. Matt Robertsgetty Images

Saints go for power by picking McCartin

VICTORIAN power forward Paddy McCartin is the latest young player to be burdened with the expectation that goes with being chosen as the No.1 draft pick, taken as the top selection by St Kilda at last night's 2014 national draft on the Gold Coast.

The Geelong Falcons youngster said he had grown up admiring the way Cats full-forward Tom Hawkins played the game, but said his priorities would be to work hard, take nothing for granted and just be himself.

Melbourne had the luxury of having selections two and three, and pulled no surprises, opting for highly rated midfielders Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw. Petracca, in particular, looks an outstanding prospect and it would be no surprise to see him make an immediate impact in season 2015.

GWS had picks four, six and seven, and chose exciting West Australian Jarrod Pickett and Victorians Caleb Marchbank and Paul Ahern.

Collingwood selected midfielder Jordan De Goey as a potential replacement for Dayne Beams with pick five, while the Gold Coast added another tall to its list with 203cm beanpole Peter Wright at No.8.

The top 10 was rounded out with Collingwood taking father-and-son pick Darcy Moore at nine and Geelong opting for NT midfielder Nakia Cockatoo at No.10.



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