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Richmond draft reflections: 2007

Flashback Rance after debut JRZ Alex Rance speaks to Roar Vision after his 2009 debut against Geelong.

In a special series leading up to the AFL’s 2016 National Draft on November 25, we are examining the drafting history of current-day Richmond players over the past decade and summarising how they have fared at senior league level with the Tigers. Today we take a look at 2007 draftees Trent Cotchin and Alex Rance.

Trent Cotchin
Richmond’s first pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2007 National Draft.  Recruited from PEGS/Northern Knights (TAC Cup).
Playing position:  Midfielder
Born:  7/4/1990    
Height:  185cm    
Weight:  85kg    
Guernsey number at Richmond:  No. 9
AFL debut:  Round 8, 2008 v Geelong, MCG   
Total games:  173    
Goals:  101    
Disposals average:  23.9
Playing honours:  Winner of Richmond’s Cosgrove-Jenkins Best First Year Player award in 2008, AFL Rising Star nominee in 2008, triple Jack Dyer Medallist (2011, 2012, 2014), Yiooken Medal winner in 2011, Brownlow Medal winner in 2012, AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year in 2012, All-Australian representative in 2012, Club captain since 2013 

Alex Rance
Richmond’s second pick (No. 18 overall).  Recruited from Noranda/Swan Districts (WAFL).
Playing position:  Key defender
Born:  9/10/1989      
Height:  194cm
Weight:  96kg       
Guernsey number at Richmond:  No. 18
AFL debut:  Round 2, 2009 v Geelong, Simonds Stadium  
Total games:  150    
Goals:  8    
Disposals average:  16.8
Playing honours:  Five-time winner of the Francis Bourke Award, triple All-Australian representative (2014, 2015, 2016), Jack Dyer Medal winner in 2015, Jack Dyer Medal runner-up in 2016