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Top 10: Adelaide Crows Rookie Draft selections

The AFL Rookie Draft has been a gold mine for the Adelaide Crows. We’ve named our top 10 Crows selections in the Rookie Draft.

Ben Rutten of the Crows in action during the 2013 AFL round 09 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on May 26, 2013. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

10. Ian Callinan (Pick 64, 2011)

The small forward arrived as a mature aged recruit from Central District and made an instant impact.

Callinan was sensational as the Crows made the preliminary final in 2012, and booted 39 goals in his 23 matches, including four bags of four.

9. Kyle Hartigan (Pick 14, 2013)

As much as he has been the whipping boy for the Crows fans, Hartigan has been more than serviceable in defence.

Hartigan has been a reliable defender since he was picked up, and has played 92 games since he was picked up.

Remarkably, he’s kicked just one goal in his career.

8. Alex Keath (Pick 58, 2016)

This is largely based on his form from this season, and he’s been incredible.

The former cricketer is in serious All-Australian form, and has a Showdown Medal to his name.

7. Jake Kelly (Pick 40, 2014)

Kelly is only above Keath simply on games played, and was one of the Crows’ best in the 2017 grand final year.

He’s only played 65 games, but it’s rare that he’s beaten by an opponent.

6. Charlie Cameron (Pick 7, 2014)

Charlie was supposed to be the apprentice to Eddie Betts, but now he’s strutting his stuff up in Brisbane.

He’s been unbelievable for a rookie draft selection, and, even though he’s up at the Lions, he continues to show his talents.

5. Nathan Bock (Pick 25, 2002)

Nathan Bock of Adelaide in action during the AFL Round 01 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Subiaco Oval, Perth. PHOTO:

A career cruelly cut short by injury, Bock was unstoppable in his partnership with Ben Rutten in the mid-2000s for the Crows.

What’s even more impressive is Bock made his way onto a senior list in an era it was incredibly rare.

Only 113 games with the Crows before moving to the Gold Coast, but won a Malcolm Blight Medal, a Showdown Medal and was an All-Australian in 2008.

4. Jason Porplyzia (Pick 29, 2003)

130 games, 181 goals, and that stat would’ve been better had the sub rule not existed.

Remarkably, Porplyzia was first picked up in 2003, but was delisted, and then re-selected in the 2006 pre-season draft.

He was Adelaide’s leading goalkicker in 2009, and was criminally underrated.

3. Rory Laird (Pick 5, 2012)

Laird is in the top three current Crows players, and arguably should be in the top two of this list.

He’s been a revelation since being drafted with the fifth pick in the rookie draft, playing 121 games in defence.

He’s been in the All-Australian team twice, the 22 under 22 team twice and has won a Malcolm Blight Medal…and he’s only 25.

2. Michael Doughty (Pick 4, 2000)



Michael Doughty was massively underrated, and was one of the most reliable players in the competition.

‘Dogger’ played 231 games and booted 46 goals before retiring at the end of 2012.

1. Ben Rutten (Pick 40, 2002)

‘The Truck’ is the best full back to represent the Crows, and he was picked up with a rookie draft selection – remarkably, he was picked up in the same year as Nathan Bock.

Rutten was unbeatable on his day, and won All-Australian selection in 2005.

Rutten kicked a goal with his first kick in footy, and also booted one with his last ever kick of his career.

229 games and rarely beaten, a terrific career.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.