GREATER Western Sydney have taken Victorian midfielder Lachie Whitfield with the No.1 pick at the AFL national draft.
The Giants also had the next two picks at last night's function at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, with which they snared another midfielder Jonathan O'Rourke and key defender Lachie Plowman.
Whitfield (pictured above with Kevin Sheedy) is a 184cm, 77kg 18-year-old, long touted as the likely No.1 pick.
He won the Larke Medal as the best player in this year's under-18 national championships and is highly regarded for his elite endurance and precise kicking on both feet.
O'Rourke is also a 184cm 18-year-old Victorian, boasting great, speed endurance and classy ball use by both hand and foot.
Plowman is a 192cm backman with great composure.
As expected, Melbourne, who had the No.4 pick, swooped on South Australia's Jimmy Toumpas, a quick, hard-working midfielder who played in a senior SANFL premiership as a 17-year-old last year.
The Western Bulldogs had the next two picks, first plumping for tall utility Jake Stringer.
The Dogs were not put off by the fact that 191cm, 94kg Stringer missed the entire 2011 season with a badly broken leg.
They then took 189cm long-kicking left-footed midfielder Jackson Macrae.
Port Adelaide added ferocious tackling, hard-at-it 188cm midfielder Oliver Wines with their top pick (No.7).
Brisbane added some attacking power, with 187cm South Australian forward Sam Mayes at No.8.
Richmond went for aggressive, solidly-built midfielder Nick Vlastuin at No.9, with Essendon's father-son pick, tall forward Joe Daniher, rounding out the top 10.
In other notable first-round selections, Carlton swooped on freakishly talented forward Troy Menzel at No.11.
The brother of Geelong's Daniel Menzel, Troy would most likely have gone higher if not for the fact he had a LARS knee reconstruction at age 16.
West Australian quick, agile midfielder-forward Joshua Simpson, who threw recruiters a surprise when it was revealed in recent days he fathered a child early this year, gets to stay in his home state after being taken by Fremantle at pick No.17.
Collingwood picked up the man regarded as the outstanding ruckman in this year's draft pool, 202cm South Australian Brodie Grundy.
Richmond also added ruck depth, taking lightly-framed 203cm Victorian Liam McBean with their third choice, No.33.
North Melbourne, who had failed to strike a trade deal with Port Adelaide for Victorian defender Ben Jacobs, drafted him at pick No.37, making Jacobs the first recycled player taken.
The Giants, who had a total of six picks inside the top 27, went for bigger players with the last three of those, taking 194cm utility Kristian Jaksch (No.12), 194cm defender Aidan Corr (No.14) and 198cm forward James Stewart (No.27).
Reigning premiers Sydney used their first pick, No.22, on 22-year-old, 189cm midfielder Dean Towers, from VFL club North Ballarat.
Losing grand finalists Hawthorn used their first selection, No.28, on quick 193cm forward Tim O'Brien.
Hawthorn re-drafted their 2008 premiership forward Michael Osborne, who is working his way back from a knee reconstruction.
Along with Jacobs, North Melbourne took two other recycled players, former Sydney-listed 23-year-old, 200cm ruck prospect Daniel Currie (No.56) and 20-year-old ex-Gold Coast midfielder Taylor Hine (No.62).
The Kangaroos had earlier taken 18-year-old medium forward Taylor Garner with their first pick.
Melbourne, who had used the trade and free agency period to recruit several AFL-experienced players, added more experience by taking a 25-year-old, Matt Jones, from VFL club Box Hill, with their fourth selection (No.52).
Adelaide, whose first pick did not come until No.62, after giving up their earlier selections, used that choice on 19-year-old Tasmanian 194cm rebounding defender Sam Siggins and their other on agile 185cm Victorian forward Rory Atkins.
AFL DRAFT ORDER COLLATED
1. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - LACHIE WHITFIELD, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), midfielder, 184cm, 77kg
2. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - JONATHAN O'ROURKE, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 73kg
3. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - LACHIE PLOWMAN, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 192cm, 84kg
4. MELBOURNE - JIMMY TOUMPAS, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), midfielder, 182cm, 78kg
5. WESTERN BULLDOGS - JAKE STRINGER, 18, Bendigo Pioneers (Vic), forward, 190cm, 93kg
6. WESTERN BULLDOGS - JACKSON MACRAE, 18, Oakleigh Chargers (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 78kg
7. PORT ADELAIDE - OLIVER WINES, 18, Bendigo Pioneers (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 90kg
8. BRISBANE LIONS - SAM MAYES, 18, North Adelaide (SA), forward, 187cm, 78kg
9. RICHMOND - NICK VLASTUIN, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), midfielder/defender, 186cm, 85kg
10. ESSENDON - JOE DANIHER, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), forward/ruckman, 201cm, 89kg (father-son selection)
11. CARLTON - TROY MENZEL, 18, Central District (SA), forward/midfielder, 186cm, 77kg
12. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - KRISTIAN JAKSCH, 18, Oakleigh Chargers (Vic), forward/defender, 194cm, 83kg
13. GOLD COAST - JESSE LONERGAN, 18, Launceston (Tas), midfielder, 182cm, 90kg
14. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - AIDAN CORR, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), defender, 194cm, 86kg
15. NORTH MELBOURNE - TAYLOR GARNER, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), forward, 187cm, 77kg
16. GEELONG - JACKSON THURLOW, 18, Launceston (Tas), defender, 189cm, 79kg
17. FREMANTLE - JOSH SIMPSON, 18, East Fremantle (WA), midfielder/forward, 184cm, 73kg
18. COLLINGWOOD - BRODIE GRUNDY, 18, Sturt (SA), ruckman, 202cm, 100kg
19. COLLINGWOOD - BEN KENNEDY, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward/midfielder, 174cm, 74kg
20. COLLINGWOOD - TIM BROOMHEAD, 18, Port Adelaide (SA), midfielder, 182cm, 75kg
21. WESTERN BULLDOGS - NATHAN HROVAT, 18, Northern Knights (Vic), midfielder, 175cm, 79kg
22. SYDNEY SWANS - DEAN TOWERS, 22, North Ballarat Roosters (Vic), midfielder, 189cm, 83kg
23. BRISBANE LIONS - MARCO PAPARONE, 18, East Fremantle (WA), forward, 194cm, 84kg
24. ST KILDA - NATHAN WRIGHT, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), defender, 184cm, 78kg
25. ST KILDA - SPENCER WHITE, 18, Western Jets (Vic), forward, 195cm, 84kg
26. MELBOURNE - JACK VINEY, 18, Casey Scorpions (Vic), midfielder, 178cm, 80kg, (father-son selection)
27. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - JAMES STEWART, 18, Sandringham Dragons (Vic), forward/defender, 198cm, 80kg
28. HAWTHORN - TIM O'BRIEN, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward, 193cm, 80kg
29. PORT ADELAIDE - TOM CLUREY, 18, Murray Bushrangers (Vic), defender, 192cm, 83kg
30. PORT ADELAIDE - MASON SHAW, 18, South Fremantle (WA), forward/ruck, 198cm, 86kg
31. RICHMOND - KAMDYN MCINTOSH, 18, Peel Thunder (WA), defender, 192cm, 85kg
32. BRISBANE LIONS - MICHAEL CLOSE, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), forward, 196cm, 84kg
33. RICHMOND - LIAM MCBEAN, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), ruckman/defender, 203cm, 86kg
34. ESSENDON - JASON ASHBY, 18, Oakleigh Chargers, Vic, defender, 186cm, 76kg
35. CARLTON - TOM TEMAY, 18, Sandringham Dragons (Vic), defender/midfielder, 179cm, 74kg
36. FREMANTLE - TANNER SMITH, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), defender, 195cm, 87kg
37. NORTH MELBOURNE - BEN JACOBS, 20, Port Adelaide (SA), defender, 185cm, 82kg
38. COLLINGWOOD - JACKSON RAMSAY, 17, East Perth (WA), defender, 183cm, 77kg
39. FREMANTLE - MAX DUFFY, 19, East Fremantle (WA), forward, 184cm, 76kg
40. ST KILDA - BRODIE MURDOCH, 18, Glenelg (SA), forward, 187cm, 86kg
41. NORTH MELBOURNE - MASON WOOD, 19, Geelong Falcons (Vic), forward, 192cm, 79kg
42. RICHMOND - MATTHEW MCDONOUGH, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), forward, 179cm, 83kg
43. ST KILDA - JOSH SAUNDERS, 18, Geelong Falcons (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 88kg
44. SYDNEY SWANS - HARRISON MARSH, 18, East Fremantle (WA), defender, 189cm, 81kg
45. WEST COAST - BRANT COLLEDGE, 18, Perth (WA), forward, 192cm, 89kg
46. SYDNEY SWANS - TIM MEMBREY, 18, Gippsland Power (Vic), forward, 189cm, 88kg
47. NORTH MELBOURNE - MITCH WILKINS, 18, Norwood (SA), defender, 185cm, 70kg
48. MELBOURNE - DEAN KENT, 18, Perth (WA), midfielder, 179cm, 85kg
49. WESTERN BULLDOGS - LACHIE HUNTER, 17, Western Jets (Vic), midfielder/forward, 181cm, 78kg, (father-son selection)
50. WESTERN BULLDOGS - JOSH PRUDDEN, 18, Murray Bushrangers (Vic), midfielder, 182cm, 76kg
51. ESSENDON - DYLAN VAN UNEN, 22, Frankston (Vic), defender, 189cm, 88kg
52. MELBOURNE - MATT JONES, 25, Box Hill Hawks (Vic), midfielder, 188cm, 81kg
53. ESSENDON - MARTIN GLEESON, 18, North Ballarat Rebels (Vic), defender, 186cm, 70kg
54. CARLTON - NICK GRAHAM, 18, Gippsland Power (Vic), midfielder, 183cm, 79kg
55. GOLD COAST - TIM SUMNER, 18, Woodville-West Torrens (SA), forward, 187cm, 83cm
56. NORTH MELBOURNE - DANIEL CURRIE, 23, North Adelaide (SA)/Sydney Swans, ruckman, 200cm, 93kg
57. GOLD COAST - KYLE HORSLEY, 25, Gold Coast Suns, midfielder, 182cm, 88kg (rookie elevation)
58. GOLD COAST - CLAY CAMERON, 18, Mt Gravatt (Qld), defender, 191cm, 83kg
59. WEST COAST - ADAM CARTER, 18, South Fremantle (WA), midfielder/defender, 179cm, 71kg
60. WEST COAST - MARK HUTCHINGS, 21, St Kilda, midfielder, 180cm, 82kg
61. NORTH MELBOURNE - TAYLOR HINE, Gold Coast Suns (Qld), midfielder, 182cm, 78kg
62. ADELAIDE - SAM SIGGINS, 19, Lauderdale (Tas), defender, 194cm, 82kg
63. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - Pass
64. SYDNEY SWANS - MATTHEW DICK, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 188cm, 86kg
65. SYDNEY SWANS - pass
66. HAWTHORN - KAIDEN BRAND, 18, West Adelaide (SA), forward, 198cm, 84kg
67. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - pass
68. MELBOURNE - DEAN TERLICH, 22, Norwood (SA), forward/defender, 186cm, 85kg
69. CARLTON - pass
70. HAWTHORN - MICHAEL OSBORNE, 30, Hawthorn, forward, 178cm, 81kg
71. MELBOURNE - DANIEL NICHOLSON, 22, Melbourne, defender, 183cm, 78kg (rookie elevation)
72. MELBOURNE - MICHAEL EVANS, 20, Melbourne, midfielder, 180cm, 75kg (rookie elevation)
73. ESSENDON - NICHOLAS KOMMER, 22, East Perth (WA), midfield/forward, 184cm, 78kg
74. CARLTON - pass
75. ST KILDA - LEWIS PIERCE, 18, Dandenong Stingrays (Vic), ruckman, 202cm, 88kg
76. NORTH MELBOURNE - SAM GIBSON, 26, North Melbourne, midfielder, 185cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)
77. GEELONG - BRAD HARTMAN, 17, Sturt (SA), forward, 187cm, 87kg
78. FREMANTLE - CLANCEE PEARCE, 22, Fremantle, midfielder, 184cm, 93kg (rookie elevation)
79. WEST COAST - BRAD DICK, 24, West Coast, forward, 181cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)
80. COLLINGWOOD - pass
81. ADELAIDE - RORY ATKINS, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), forward, 185cm, 81kg
82. PORT ADELAIDE - pass
83. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - SAM FROST, 19, GWS, defender, 194cm, 92kg (rookie elevation)
84. WESTERN BULLDOGS - pass
85. PORT ADELAIDE - TOM JONAS, 21, Port Adelaide, defender, 188cm, 84kg (rookie elevation)
86. BRISBANE LIONS - JACK CRISP, 19, Brisbane Lions, midfielder, 190cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)
87. RICHMOND - pass
88. ESSENDON - SEAN GREGORY, 18, Calder Cannons (Vic), defender, 195cm, 76kg
89. CARLTON - LEVI CASBOULT, 22, Carlton, ruckman, 198cm, 99kg (rookie elevation)
90. ST KILDA - SAM DUNELL, 22, St Kilda, midfielder, 190cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)
91. NORTH MELBOURNE - AARON MULLETT, 20, North Melbourne, defender, 184cm, 73kg (rookie elevation)
92. GEELONG - JESSE STRINGER, 21, Geelong, midfielder, 182cm, 73kg (rookie elevation)
93. FREMANTLE - LEIGH SPURR, 25, Fremantle, midfielder, 183cm, 82kg (rookie elevation)
94. COLLINGWOOD - MARLEY WILLIAMS, 19, Collingwood, forward, 181cm, 81kg (rookie elevation)
95. ADELAIDE - IAN CALLINAN, 29, Adelaide, forward, 172cm, 74kg (rookie elevation)
96. SYDNEY SWANS - pass
97. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY - ANDREW PHILLIPS, 21, GWS, ruckman, 202cm, 93kg (rookie elevation)
98. WESTERN BULLDOGS - TOM CAMPBELL, 21, Western Bulldogs, ruckman, 201cm, 98kg (rookie elevation)
99. BRISBANE LIONS - NIALL MCKEEVER, 23, Brisbane Lions, defender, 196cm, 95kg (rookie elevation)
100. RICHMOND - pass
101. ESSENDON - pass
102. CARLTON - ZACH TUOHY, 22, Carlton, defender, 187cm, 91kg (rookie elevation)
103. NORTH MELBOURNE - MAJAK DAW, 21, North Melbourne, ruckman, 195cm, 94kg (rookie elevation)
104. SYDNEY SWANS - pass
105. WESTERN BULLDOGS - JASON JOHANNISEN, 20, Western Bulldogs, midfielder, 176cm, 68kg (rookie elevation)
106. ESSENDON - MARK BAGULEY, 25, Essendon, defender, 180cm, 83kg (rookie elevation)
107. SYDNEY SWANS - HARRY CUNNINGHAM, 18, Sydney Swans, midfielder 181cm, 71kg (rookie elevation)