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2017 NAB AFL Draft Preview

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: General view during the 2016 NAB AFL Draft at the Hordern Pavilion on November 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/Pool Photo/AFL Media) (Editors Note: This image is free for editorial use only)
Inside the draft room: Who will become a Saint tonight?

After a massive build-up, the 2017 NAB AFL Draft is finally here.

For the first time in nearly two decades, St Kilda holds two picks inside the first 10 selections, as well a late second-round pick and a pick midway through the third-round.

Where?

Sydney Showgrounds at 7pm on Friday, 24 November

What picks?

St Kilda will use four picks on Friday night – No. 7, No. 8, No. 34 and No. 45

Who?

With such an even first round, it’s anyone’s guess who will be available at No. 7 and No. 8.

Phantom drafts have suggested that the Saints might select Dandenong Stingrays pair Hunter Clark and Aiden Bonar, Northern Knights half-back Nick Coffield or Eastern Ranges midfielder Jaidyn Stephenson.

What the phantom drafts are projecting

Top 10 history since 2000:

St Kilda has had 10 top 10 picks since the start of this century, starting from Nick Riewoldt (No. 1, 2000), Justin Koschitzke (No. 2, 2000), Luke Ball (No. 2, 2001), Xavier Clarke (No. 5, 2001), Brendon Goddard (No. 1, 2002), Raphael Clarke (No. 8, 2003), David Armitage (No. 9, 2006), Ben McEvoy (No. 9, 2007), Jack Billings (No. 3, 2013) and Paddy McCartin (No. 1, 2014).

St Kilda's best top 10 picks since 2000

Who did St Kilda pick last year?

Ben Long (No. 25), Josh Battle (No. 39) & Ed Phillips (No. 56)

First-round draft order:

1. Brisbane
2. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast via the Lachie Weller trade)
3. Carlton
4. North Melbourne
5. Fremantle
6. Collingwood
7. St Kilda (received from Hawthorn in 2016)
8. St Kilda
9. Western Bulldogs
10. Carlton (received from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade, originally received from Melbourne via Jake Lever trade)
11. Greater Western Sydney (received from Essendon via Devon Smith trade)
12. Adelaide (received from Brisbane for Charlie Cameron, originally received from Port Adelaide in 2016)
13. West Coast
14. Sydney
15. Brisbane (received from Richmond via pick swap, originally from Geelong in 2016, via Carlton and GWS on-trades)
16. Western Bulldogs (received from Carlton via pick swap, originally from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade)
17. Richmond
18. Brisbane (compensation pick for free agent Tom Rockliff)
19. Gold Coast (received from Geelong as part of Gary Ablett trade, originally received as compensation for free agent Steven Motlop)

How do you watch the AFL Draft?

Fox Footy will telecast the coverage live across Australia, while SEN and 3AW will also broadcast live on the airwaves.

What happens next?

The recruiting year isn’t over just yet, with the Rookie Draft on Monday tying a bow around list management for 2017.

The Saints are expected to make two selections next week.