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MELBOURNE.  15/11/2021. AFL Under 18 Draft Combine at Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham.   Charlie Dean poses for a portrait after training    ..
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Diary of a (Rookie) Draft kid

Linda Pearce spoke to Charlie Dean before, during and after the emotional journey of being picked by Collingwood in the AFL Rookie Draft.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Josh Browne of WA Gold in action  during the Western Australia AFL Draft All Stars game 2 between WA Black and WA Gold at Medibank Oval on October 17, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

This year’s unluckiest draftees

There were 83 new players to find homes in this year’s drafts, but plenty missed out. Our footy writers and AFL draft guru Kevin Sheehan have identified some of those unfortunate ones.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Jason Horne-Francis poses during the NAB AFL Draft Media Opportunity at Adelaide Oval on November 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Who won the 2021 AFL draft?

Every club walks away happy from the 2021 AFL Draft. But who were the real winners? See all your club’s picks, our expert verdict and have your say.

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MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 24, 2021: (Back L-R) Ben Hobbs of the Bombers, Finn Callaghan of the Giants, Mac Andrew of the Suns, Sam Darcy of the Bulldogs, Josh Gibcus of the Tigers, Nick Daicos of the Magpies (Front L-R) Josh Ward of the Hawks, Campbell Chesser of the Eagles, Josh Rachele of the Crows and Josh Sinn of the Power. 2021 NAB AFL Draft at the London Tavern Hotel, Richmond. Picture: Mark Stewart

Every pick: Who your club drafted in the top 20

Sliders. A Giant shock. Bizarre delays. Father-son dreams. Mac Andrew’s history-making feat. The top 20 of the AFL Draft had it all. Recap every pick and all the action of the draft’s first night.