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Gazza tops the poll in 2001 super draft re-selection

Dinny Navaratnam - AFL Media  November 6, 2017 10:42 AM

Rewind to 2001 draft: Judd or Ablett? Nick Bowen and Cal Twomey reselect the 2001 draft based on what we know now
AFL 2001 U18 Championship - Victoria Country v South Australia

Gary Ablett in action in the under-18 national championships in 2001, the year that he was drafted

GARY Ablett is the overwhelming pick from the fans at No.1 in a look back at how the 2001 "super draft" would have gone with the benefit of hindsight.

Ablett took out 51 per cent of the vote, basically double the nominations for Chris Judd (26 per cent) and Luke Hodge (23 per cent).

More than 35,000 people took part in the poll.

Hodge was selected first overall in 2001 and won four flags at Hawthorn and two Norm Smith Medals.

Judd produced his blistering best at West Coast, where he won a Brownlow Medal in 2004, a Norm Smith the following year in the Eagles' loss to Sydney before following that up by skippering his side to the 2006 premiership.

While some of his trademark burst was gone when he left for Carlton at the end of 2007, Judd nevertheless dominated the competition and took 'Charlie' home for a second time in 2010.

Ablett went at No.40 as a father-son pick-up for Geelong and did what no-one thought would be possible – create genuine debate about whether he was better than his dad.

In a 302-game career that will continue at the Cats in 2018, Ablett has produced scintillating football and had his name thrown up in the conversation for the greatest player ever.

Two Brownlows pay testament to a magnificent individual record, one of which came at Gold Coast in 2013, when the Suns finished fifth last in the competition.

The "super draft" was overflowing with brilliant players, including Sam Mitchell, Jimmy Bartel, Dane Swan, Steve Johnson, Brian Lake, Nick Dal Santo, James Kelly and Leigh Montagna.