Who were the prime ruckmen during the 2017 AFL season?

There were some fine individual performances from the competition’s big men but over the course of the campaign, a handful stood out.

Former Geelong and North Melbourne midfielder Liam Pickering may not have been a ruckman, but played with and against the best tall men of the 1990s, leaving him well-versed to have his say on the best 5 ruckmen from 2017.

Pickering’s Top 5 ruckmen of 2017

5. Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) - Still young but is imposing at the contest & looks like he is getting better each with game he plays.

4. Jarrod Witts (Gold Coast) - One of the few good stories of the year for the Suns. Centre bounce & throw-in tap work exceptional.

3. Sam Jacobs (Adelaide) - Hasn't missed a game this year & back to his very best this season. Leads the AFL in hitouts.

2. Matthew Kreuzer (Carlton) - 21 games & averaging 15 disposals per game & his clearance work very underrated. Might win the Blues B&F.

1. Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide) - The most dynamic ruckman of 2017. Hit outs to advantage just superb & one of the main reasons Port have had such a good year.