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2014 National Draft recap

Recruitment Zone: Draft review Recruitment Manager, Francis Jackson, provides a summary of the Tigers selections in the 2014 National Draft.

Richmond added five fresh-faced youngsters to its playing list at the 2014 National Draft in November.

Recap each of the Tigers’ selections, in the words of the Club’s Recruiting Manager, Francis Jackson.

Click on the links below for more information, and to watch each player’s TAC Cup highlights

Selection No.12 – Corey Ellis (Western Jets/PEGS)
Francis Jackson says: "Corey's an elite ball user, an inside midfielder and is a very good decision-maker with great composure. He's a really good competitor. He will enable Trent and Dustin and Brett [Deledio] to perhaps play a little bit of a different role because he's just got fantastic ball use and his kicking efficiency is outstanding. He's a late-year birthday so we think he has a lot of development in him as well and needs to put on a bit of weight at 77kg but athletically and physically, he already competes really well."

Selection No.33 – Connor Menadue (Western Jets/Spotswood)
Francis Jackson says: "Connor is a bit more outside than Corey with terrific speed but also has elite endurance – he's a 10-minute three-kilometre runner. We felt that speed was really important for us. He's also got a bit of work to do physically, his body is very light at 188cm, and he will need to put on a lot of bulk to play at AFL level."

Selection No.52 – Nathan Drummond (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton Bears)
Francis Jackson says: "Nathan is another with elite speed and can play inside and outside, with endurance. He's a 19-year-old so he came back to the TAC competition and he's physically ready to go. He played for our VFL team for three games this year and trained in our environment so we were able to observe how he adapted and how he took on the challenges presented to him each week - and he was terrific."

Selection No.67 – Daniel Butler (North Ballarat Rebels/Lake Wendouree)
Francis Jackson says: "He's also got elite speed, he played for Vic Country in the carnival as a small forward/defensive forward but also had stints on ball, and we think again he's a little bit different and can provide that defensive pressure. He also brings really good speed as well."

Selection No.77 – Reece McKenzie (Northern Knights/Marcellin)
Francis Jackson says: "He's a tall 197cm key forward who already weighs over 100kg with fantastic hands. He kicked 10 goals in a TAC game, is an outstanding mark and has kicked significant goals at TAC standard. He's [Carlton premiership player] Warren McKenzie's son. He's got a bit of work to do with his conditioning but he has strong ability to mark the ball and provides a point of difference for us – he played for Vic Metro in one carnival game and certainly had an impact."