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AFL Media's draft verdict

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Alan Richardson, Senior Coach of the Saints poses for a photo with Hunter Clark during the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at Sydney Showground on 24 November, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media) (Editors note: This image is free for editorial use only)
AFL Media deliver their verdict on the Saints 2017 AFL Draft selections

Selections before academy and father/son bidding: 7, 8, 34, 45
Selections after bidding:  7, 8, 35, 46
Who they picked: Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Oscar Clavarino, Ben Paton

Verdict: The Saints had long been linked to Clark and Coffield and got their men with picks No.7 and No.8 in the draft. Clark is a smooth mover with the ability to play at half-back or through the midfield and has all the hallmarks of being a potential 200-game player for the Saints. Coffield can also play in defence or onball and ran an impressive 2.91-second 20m sprint at the Combine. Needing to add a developing defender to its list, the Saints took one of the best in this year's draft in Clavarino. He'll develop underneath the likes of Jake Carlisle and Nathan Brown. Paton uses the ball well by hand and foot and was an Under-18 All Australian for Vic Country. All eyes will be on how quickly Clark and Coffield, taken one pick apart in the top 10, but from all the vision and data available both appear to be good picks. – Ben Guthrie