Name: Sam Walsh
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 74 kgs
Projected: Draft Range 1 - 3
There is one player in this year’s draft that every club desperately needs, but only one will get him. He’s quick and skilful, hard-working, evasive, a good decision maker, as tough as they come, an accumulator, a balanced inside and outside midfielder, 6 feet tall, covers the ground with ease, and he’s likely to be a future captain. He is Sam Walsh, the Geelong Falcon’s jet who is currently the best midfielder in the 2018 draft pool.
He is a combination of Treloar, Cotchin, and Joel Selwood in the way he plays. Falcons talent manager Michael Turner described Walsh as “probably the best presented kid I’ve ever seen”.
Sam averaged almost 30 possessions as a bottom-ager in the 2017 TAC Cup, and led the way with 30 disposals, seven inside 50s and five clearances in the 2017 TAC Cup Grand Final (and would probably have been BOG if Gryan Myers haven’t kicked 7 goals).
His 2018 TAC Cup campaign has been even better. Averaging more disposals, contested possessions, tackles and goals than last year. At NAB U18s level, he is the captain for Vic Country, and is playing more of an inside role where he's showing he can beat the best inside as well as out, averaging 28 disposals and 7.5 tackles in his two matches so far.
Sam is a star in the making. He would be a safer high talent option than Rankine, has more runs on the board than other midfielders like Bailey Smith, and is currently jostling with Lukosius for the number 1 prospect mantle.
If your list needs a future leader and gun midfielder, look no further.
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