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St Kilda's best value draft picks since 2000

Josh Gabelich  November 13, 2017 12:58 PM

Before Jack Steven was a three-time Trevor Barker Award winner, he was a Geelong Falcon.

Before Jack Steven was a three-time Trevor Barker Award winner, he was a Geelong Falcon.

Sometimes the best things are harder to find.

While St Kilda will enter the draft with two picks inside the top ten – No. 7 and No. 8 – for the first time since 2001, the Saints will also have a pick late in the second-round, No. 34, as well as one halfway through the third-round, No. 45.

Two of the clubs best midfielders from the last couple of decades were recruited amid this range of picks.

When legendary recruiter John Beveridge was the recruiting boss, the Saints acquired recently retired dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna with pick No. 37 in 2001.

Six years later, St Kilda selected now three-time Trevor Barker Award winner Jack Steven with No. 42 in 2007.

The Saints also struck gold even deeper in the draft, unearthing a 21-year-old Sam Fisher from West Adelaide in 2003, who then went on to win two best and fairest’s and one All-Australian guernsey.

Beveridge and the Saints then backed up that shrewd selection by plucking James Gwilt from obscurity at Noble Park in Melbourne's Eastern Football League, using pick No. 63 on a player who would play an important role in the grand final era and play 152 games at the highest level.

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With less than two weeks before the NAB AFL Draft, saints.com.au has looked back at some of St Kilda’s best value picks since the turn of the century.

Jack Steven (Geelong Falcons) 2007 pick No. 42
154 games, 3 x Trevor Barker Award (2013, 2015, 2016)

Sam Fisher (West Adelaide) 2003 pick No. 55
228 games, 2 x Trevor Barker Award (2008, 2011), 1 x All-Australian (2008)

Leigh Montagna (Northern Knights) 2001 pick No. 37
287 games, 2 x All-Australian (2009, 2010)

James Gwilt (Noble Park) 2004 pick No. 63
126 games for St Kilda (2005 – 2014), 26 games for Essendon (2015 – 2016)

And don’t forget the Rookie Draft.

One of St Kilda’s most valuable picks in terms of cost and output is current skipper Jarryn Geary.

While the majority of this year’s captains were single digit picks or taken before the end of the first round, the ultra-reliable backman was recruited with pick No. 58 in the 2006 Rookie Draft, just five picks before another year of recruiting came to an end.

Talk about value for money.