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Footyology’s draft rankings – No. 15: Oscar Allen


Smooth mover: Western Australian Oscar Allen about to unleash during the Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium in October. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Footyology’s draft rankings – No. 15: Oscar Allen

Bede Briscomb    

No. 15 – OSCAR ALLEN
Western Australia (West Perth)
Half-forward

Born: 19/3/1999
Height: 191cm
Weight: 83kg

AFL U18 STATS
Disposals:
16
Marks: 4
Tackles: 2
Goals: 2.7
One elite attribute: Mobility/agility. A mobile lead-up forward who, if used in the right system, can be a very dangerous weapon, whilst not capable of being the centrepiece in a forward line.
Best-case comparison: Jack Gunston/Tom Lynch (Adelaide)

WHAT HE’S GOT

Mobility: Allen takes long, effortless strides that cover ground quickly. He is too agile for a traditional full-back.

Ground game: He’s solid at scooping the pill off the deck and moves the ball quickly.

Versatility: Don’t be surprised if a coach plays him in an interceptor role in the backline given his great hands, leap and judgement.

Score involvements: Allen’s natural instincts are to hit the scoreboard and he works relentlessly at doing so. He is unselfish yet still manages to kick bags of goals. Excellent set shot.

WHAT HE LACKS

Size: Will be an All-Australian if he finds the right role, but because of his size and lack of dynamic athleticism there are going to be limited opportunities.

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