SEN Chief Broadcaster Gerard Whateley believes Gold Coast made a massive error during the trade period giving up pick two in the National Draft for Lachie Weller.
Weller, a native of southern Queensland, wanted to come home and the Suns felt compelled to give up their first round pick for him in the dying stages of the trade period to Fremantle.
The Dockers then used the selection to take Andrew Brayshaw, with Paddy Dow, Adam Cerra and Jaidyn Stephenson taken in the next few picks and all appear to be thriving.
The 22-year-old Weller has averaged 19 disposals this season, but hasn’t had a great impact on games.
Whateley believes the club made a terrible blunder doing the deal.
“Giving away pick two last year for Lachie Weller was reprehensible and that alone is the reason they shouldn’t get emergency draft picks,” he told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“The new administration owns that so there’s mistakes all the way through.”
Gold Coast Chairman Tony Cochrane staunchly defended his club during the week, saying the club needs draft concessions to help get off the bottom of the ladder.
Whateley believes the AFL won’t allow that to become a reality.
“Whether they should or they shouldn’t, the AFL is having none of that,” he said.
Former Port Adelaide midfielder Kane Cornes doesn’t think draft picks are a sure-fire way to fix the club anyway given their recent use of selections.
“They had four top 10 draft picks in 2016. Now, Jack Scrimshaw (pick 7), Will Brodie (pick 9) Jack Bowes (pick 10), Ben Ainsworth’s (pick 4) perhaps a player, but whether the rest work out remains to be seen,” he said.
“So the draft isn’t an automatic help for them either.”