2003 AFL draft

The 2003 AFL draft was the 2003 instance of the AFL draft, the annual draft of talented players by Australian rules football teams that participate in the main competition of that sport, the Australian Football League. The 2003 draft consisted of a trade period, the national, pre-season and rookie drafts and the elevation of previously drafted rookies to the senior list.

2003 AFL draft
General information
Date(s)24 November 2003
Network(s)Fox Sports
Sponsored byNational Australia Bank
First selectionAdam Cooney (Western Bulldogs)

There were 83 draft selections between the 16 teams in the national draft. The Western Bulldogs received the first pick in the national draft after finishing on the bottom of the ladder during the 2003 AFL season. The Bulldogs and Melbourne both received a priority selection for having earned 20 premiership points of less during the preceding season. Carlton also received a priority selection, despite being banned from the first two rounds of this year's draft, owing to salary cap breaches discovered the previous year.

This draft is considered one of the weaker drafts, with almost half of the 16 club's first picks delisted within the following 4 years.[1] It has produced one Brownlow Medallist, Adam Cooney, who is the first and, as of 2018, only number one draft pick to win the award.

The main trades that occurred involved Nathan Brown switching from the Bulldogs to Richmond and Trent Croad returning to Hawthorn after spending two years with Fremantle. The trading period also contained The Veale Deal, where unknown youngster Lochlan Veale was traded by Hawthorn to the Western Bulldogs in a lopsided three-way deal involving Essendon. In the deal Hawthorn gained Danny Jacobs, Essendon gained Mark Alvey and the number six selection in the draft and the Bulldogs officially only received Veale, and had an understanding Hawthorn that they would not trade Jade Rawlings to any other club, allowing the Bulldogs to select him with the first selection in the pre-season draft.[2]


Player Original club New club Traded for
Mark Alvey Western Bulldogs Essendon Danny Jacobs
Simon Beaumont Carlton Hawthorn David Loats
Nathan Brown Western Bulldogs Richmond draft picks #6 and #20
David Clarke Geelong Carlton Simon Beaumont
Trent Croad Fremantle Hawthorn draft pick #10
Jason Gram Brisbane Lions St Kilda draft pick #23
Brent Guerra Port Adelaide St Kilda draft pick #39
Daniel Harford Hawthorn Carlton draft pick #51
David Haynes West Coast Eagles Geelong draft pick #20
Ben Holland Richmond Melbourne draft pick #21
Danny Jacobs Essendon Hawthorn Lochlan Veale
Brett Johnson Hawthorn Carlton draft pick #51
Steven Koops Fremantle Western Bulldogs draft pick #19
David Loats Hawthorn Geelong David Clarke
Cory McGrath Essendon Carlton Justin Murphy
Corey McKernan Carlton Kangaroos Digby Morrell
Adam Morgan Port Adelaide Western Bulldogs Luke Peel
Digby Morrell Kangaroos Carlton Corey McKernan
Justin Murphy Carlton Essendon Cory McGrath
Heath Scotland Collingwood Carlton draft pick #35
Scott Stevens Sydney Swans Adelaide Crows draft picks #29 and #45
Peter Street Geelong Western Bulldogs draft pick #20
David Teague Kangaroos Carlton Corey McKernan
Lochlan Veale Hawthorn Western Bulldogs Mark Alvey and draft pick #6

2003 national draft

Round Pick Player Recruited from Club
Priority 1 Adam Cooney West Adelaide Football Club Western Bulldogs
Priority 2 Andrew Walker Bendigo Pioneers Carlton
Priority 3 Colin Sylvia Bendigo Pioneers Melbourne
1 4 Farren Ray Peel Thunder Football Club Western Bulldogs
1 5 Brock McLean Calder Cannons Melbourne
1 6 Kepler Bradley West Perth Football Club Essendon
1 7 Kane Tenace Murray Bushrangers Geelong
1 8 Raphael Clarke St Mary's Football Club St Kilda
1 9 David Trotter Calder Cannons Kangaroos
1 10 Ryley Dunn Murray Bushrangers Fremantle
1 11 Beau Waters West Adelaide Football Club West Coast Eagles
1 12 Ryan Murphy Gippsland Power Fremantle
1 13 Brent Stanton Northern Knights Essendon
1 14 Fergus Watts Sandringham Dragons Adelaide Crows
1 15 Troy Chaplin North Ballarat Rebels Port Adelaide
1 16 Josh Willoughby Glenelg Football Club Sydney Swans
1 17 Billy Morrison Tassie Mariners Collingwood
1 18 Llane Spaanderman East Perth Football Club Brisbane Lions
2 19 David Mundy Murray Bushrangers Fremantle
2 20 Sam Butler Central District Bulldogs West Coast Eagles
2 21 Alex Gilmour Tassie Mariners Richmond
2 22 Cameron Thurley Tasmanian Devils Football Club Geelong
2 23 Matthew Moody South Fremantle Football Club Brisbane Lions
2 24 Chad Jones Claremont Football Club Kangaroos
2 25 Harry Miller Port Adelaide (SANFL) Hawthorn
2 26 Daniel McConnell Eastern Ranges West Coast Eagles
2 27 Adam Campbell North Ballarat Rebels Fremantle
2 28 Jay Nash Central District Bulldogs Essendon
2 29 Tim Schmidt West Adelaide Football Club Sydney Swans
2 30 Brad Symes Central District Bulldogs Port Adelaide
2 31 Joshua Krueger Glenelg Football Club Adelaide Crows
2 (f/s) 32 Brayden Shaw Northern Knights Collingwood
2 33 Jed Adcock North Ballarat Rebels Brisbane Lions
3 34 Luke Peel Sandringham Dragons Port Adelaide
3 35 Brent Hall South Fremantle Football Club Collingwood
3 (f/s) 36 Chris Johnson East Fremantle Football Club Melbourne
3 (f/s) 37 Thomas Roach Oakleigh Chargers Richmond
3 (f/s) 38 Mark Blake Geelong Falcons Geelong
3 39 Robert Forster-Knight Essendon Port Adelaide
3 40 Eddie Sansbury Central District Bulldogs Kangaroos
3 41 Zac Dawson Calder Cannons Hawthorn
3 42 Matthew Spencer Swan Districts Football Club Geelong
3 (f/s) 43 Brett Peake East Fremantle Football Club Fremantle
3 44 Ricky Dyson Northern Knights Essendon
3 45 Amon Buchanan Sydney Swans Sydney Swans
3 46 Michael Pettigrew West Perth Football Club Port Adelaide
3 47 Andrew Eriksen Sandringham Dragons Sydney Swans
3 (f/s) 48 Heath Shaw Northern Knights Collingwood
3 49 Tom Logan Waratah Football Club Brisbane Lions
4 50 Izaac Thomson Woodville-West Torrens Football Club Western Bulldogs
4 51 Matthew Ball Box Hill Hawks Hawthorn
4 52 Pass Melbourne
4 53 Daniel Jackson Oakleigh Chargers Richmond
4 54 Pass Geelong
4 55 Sam Fisher West Adelaide Football Club St Kilda
4 56 Brent LeCras West Perth Football Club Kangaroos
4 57 Ricky Mott Fremantle rookie list Carlton
4 58 Ben Hudson Werribee Football Club Adelaide Crows
4 59 Matthew Davis North Adelaide Football Club Sydney Swans
4 60 Julian Rowe Oakleigh Chargers Collingwood
4 61 Michael Rischitelli Western Jets Brisbane Lions
5 62 Pass Western Bulldogs
5 63 Glen Bowyer Hawthorn Carlton
5 64 Shane Morrison Brisbane Lions Richmond
5 65 Craig Callaghan St Kilda St Kilda
5 66 Pass Kangaroos
5 67 Pass Adelaide Crows
5 68 Clinton Thomas Eastern Ranges Brisbane Lions
6 69 Jordan Bannister Essendon Carlton
6 70 Brent Hartigan Calder Cannons Richmond
6 71 Pass St Kilda
7 72 Adrian Deluca Port Melbourne Football Club Carlton
7 73 Shane Tuck West Adelaide Football Club Richmond
7 74 Pass St Kilda
8 75 Stephen Kenna Box Hill Hawks Carlton
8 76 Andrew Raines Southport Australian Football Club Richmond
8 77 Pass St Kilda
9 78 Pass Carlton
9 79 Simon Fletcher Carlton Richmond
10 80 Pass Carlton
10 81 Kyle Archibald NSW/ACT Rams Richmond
11 82 Pass Richmond
12 83 Pass Richmond

2004 pre-season draft

Pick Player Recruited from Recruited to
1 Jade Rawlings Hawthorn Western Bulldogs
2 Nick Stevens Port Adelaide Carlton
3 Phillip Read West Coast Eagles Melbourne
4 Ben Marsh Adelaide Crows Richmond
5 Paul Koulouriotis Port Adelaide Geelong
6 Shane Harvey Essendon Kangaroos
7 Doug Scott Box Hill Hawks Hawthorn
8 Michael Johnson Perth Football Club Fremantle
9 Pass Adelaide Crows
10 Jacob Surjan South Fremantle Football Club Port Adelaide
11 Luke Weller Brisbane Lions Richmond
12 Josh Mahoney Williamstown Football Club Port Adelaide

2004 rookie draft

Pick Player Recruited from Recruited to
1James CondosWerribeeWestern Bulldogs
2Andrew CarrazzoGeelongCarlton
3Aaron DaveyPort MelbourneMelbourne
4Nathan FoleyGeelong FalconsRichmond
5Luke BucklandGeelong FalconsGeelong
6Dylan PfitznerCentral DistrictSt Kilda
7PassNorth Melbourne
8Ben CliftonCalder CannonsHawthorn
9Brett JonesClaremontWest Coast
10Paul DuffieldSouth FremantleFremantle
11Ben CosgriffMurray BushrangersEssendon
12Tim HazellHawthornAdelaide
13Adam GrockeNorth AdelaidePort Adelaide
14Aaron RogersMelbourneSydney
15Zane LeonardDandenong StingraysCollingwood
16Daniel PrattNorth MelbourneBrisbane
17PassWestern Bulldogs
18Murray BoydWestern JetsCarlton
19Paul NewmanKyabramMelbourne
20Marc DragicevicRichmondRichmond
21James AllanGeelong FalconsGeelong
22Nick StoneHawthornSt Kilda
23PassNorth Melbourne
24Michael RixBox Hill HawksHawthorn
25Michael EmbleySwan DistrictsWest Coast
26Dylan SmithNorth MelbourneFremantle
27Nathan Lovett-MurrayWilliamstownEssendon
28Rowan AndrewsTassie MarinersAdelaide
29Salim HassanWest AdelaidePort Adelaide
30Scott McGloneSydney SwansSydney
31David FanningAberfeldieCollingwood
32Matthew PardewMorningsideBrisbane
33PassWestern Bulldogs
34Adam BentickCalder CannonsCarlton
35Luke MolanMelbourneMelbourne
37PassSt Kilda
38PassNorth Melbourne
39Josh ThurgoodNorth Ballarat RebelsHawthorn
40Jaymie GrahamSouth FremantleWest Coast
41Michael WarrenClaremontFremantle
42Andrew LovettEast PerthEssendon
43Brad DabrowskiWest AdelaideAdelaide
44Dale EllisWoodville-West TorrensPort Adelaide
45Daniel HuntSydney SwansSydney
46Dean BensonOakleigh ChargersCollingwood
47Josh DrummondNorthern EaglesBrisbane
48PASSWestern Bulldogs
49Sam PlemingGippsland PowerCarlton
50Joel CampbellPioneersMelbourne
51PassSt Kilda
52PassNorth Melbourne
53Shaun BerginBendigo PioneersHawthorn
54Clancy RudeforthClaremontWest Coast
55Ben ColreavyClaremontFremantle
56Peter SummersNorthern BullantsEssendon
57Matthew SmithAdelaideAdelaide
58PassPort Adelaide
59Luke TaylorMurray BushrangersSydney
60Justin CrowCollingwoodCollingwood
61Jacob FurfaroMt GravattBrisbane
62Setanta O'hAilpinIrelandCarlton
63PassNorth Melbourne
64Paul SheltonMorningsideHawthorn
65James DaviesEssendonEssendon
66Nick PotterPennant HillsSydney
67Leigh RyswykSouthportBrisbane
68Adrian WilsonEssendonEssendon
69Pass Sydney
70Jeremy StillerNorthern EaglesBrisbane

Rookie elevation

In alphabetical order of professional clubs. This list details 2003-listed rookies who were elevated to the senior list; it does not list players taken as rookies in the rookie draft which occurred during the 2003/04 off-season.

Player Recruited from Club
Hayden Skipworth Woodville-West Torrens Adelaide Crows
Joel Macdonald Mt Gravatt Brisbane Lions
Jonathan McCormack Murray Kangaroos Carlton
Ben Haynes Western Jets Essendon
Courtney Johns East Fremantle Essendon
Luke Webster East Perth Fremantle
Daniel Gilmore South Fremantle Fremantle
Will Slade Oakleigh Chargers Geelong
Ben Kane Eastern Ranges Hawthorn
Brad Sewell North Ballarat Hawthorn
Jeremy Clayton North Ballarat Kangaroos
Michael Firrito Eastern Ranges Kangaroos
Nathan Carroll Claremont Melbourne
Allan Murray Port Adelaide St Kilda
Heath James Port Adelaide Magpies Sydney Swans
James Meiklejohn NSW/ACT Rams Sydney Swans
Zac Beeck East Perth West Coast Eagles
Mark Nicoski Subiaco West Coast Eagles
Matthew Boyd Frankston Western Bulldogs


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