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Footyology’s draft rankings – No. 11: Andrew Brayshaw


Andrew Brayshaw catches his breath after winning the Yo-Yo test at the draft combine in October. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Footyology’s draft rankings – No. 11: Andrew Brayshaw

Bede Briscomb    

No. 11 – ANDREW BRAYSHAW
Victoria (Sandringham Dragons)
Midfielder

Born: 8/11/1999
Height: 183cm
Weight: 80kg

TAC CUP STATS
Disposals: 24.8
Kicks: 12.2
Handballs: 12.6
Handball efficiency: 77%
Kicking efficiency: 68%
Marks: 4
Tackles: 6.6
Goals: 0.8
One elite attribute: Toughness. A rare midfielder who tackles ferociously, yet when he has the ball is cool, calm and collected.
Best-case comparison: Steele Sidebottom

WHAT HE’S GOT

Hard at it: Brayshaw is not as big as his brother Angus, but he puts his head over the ball and will tackle anyone, regardless of size, without trepidation. He averaged more than seven tackles in five of his 10 games in the TAC Cup and in two had 11 tackles.

Decision-making: Brayshaw is clean by hand and foot and makes very sound decisions with the ball. Going to be a coach favourite.

Work ethic: An honest footballer who has probably outperformed expectations in 2017. Through Angus, he knows what’s required to make it at the next level.

Endurance: A true grinder who will maintain a strong impact when others get tired; came first in the Yo-Yo test at the draft combine.

WHAT HE LACKS

Athleticism: Not particularly fast, strong or tall and he doesn’t leap. But as mentioned above – he gets by on his incredible footy IQ and endeavour.

Taking the game on: Brayshaw doesn’t have the athletic prowess to break games wide open in the traditional sense.

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