2010 National Draft

The 2010 National Draft was considered a compromised draft due to the concessions given to new AFL club the Gold Coast Suns. To illustrate this, the Suns had the first three picks in the draft, along with two further selections in the top 10. That pushed Carlton's first round selection down to pick number 18, despite the club finishing 8th on the ladder.

It was widely regarded that the Blues needed to bring in some quality talls to help round out its senior list. If that was the brief, Wayne Hughes and his recruiting team delivered in spades with the first three draftees having an average height of over 196cm. Matthew Watson (195cm) is expected to hold down a CHB role, while Patrick McCarthy (196cm), also a key defender, can pinch hit up front if required. Luke Mitchell (198cm) is a full-forward type who kicked five goals on the way to winning the TAC Cup grand final with the Calder Cannons.

The Blues' future defensive stocks were further bolstered with the addition of Andrew McInnes and Nick Duigan. The latter a mature age recruit from Norwood, who played a leading role in the Redlegs' 2010 SANFL finals campaign.

The club's final three picks (Round 5-7 selections) would be used to promote former Rookie listed players Jeff Garlett, David Ellard and Simon White.

Pick 18: Matthew Watson, Calder Cannons
Pick 34: Patrick McCarthy, Glenelg
Pick 42: Luke Mitchell, Calder Cannons
Pick 67: Andrew McInnes, Dandenong Stingrays
Pick 70: Nick Duigan, Norwood
Pick 85: Jeffery Garlett, Promoted Rookie
Pick 99: David Ellard, Promoted Rookie
Pick 108: Simon White, Promoted Rookie
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