Collingwood made three selections at 40, 45 and 55 at the 2019 NAB AFL Draft on Thursday night.
AFL Media has reviewed the picks.
Who they picked: 40. Jay Rantall (Greater Western Victoria Rebels), 45. Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers), 55. Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle)
What the club says: "He's an elite user off half-back and he'll potentially come off a wing and go through the midfield in time. He's probably a better kick than Steele (Sidebottom). Clearly he'd be in the top three or four users by foot in this year's draft – (that's) where we rate him anyway. The thing that swung us Trent's way was the way that he improved, particularly in the (NAB League) finals when he took his game to another level, particularly the latter two finals where he received a lot of physical treatment." – Collingwood national recruiting manager Derek Hine on Trent Bianco
Verdict: The Pies had to wait until pick No.40 to start their draft, but would have been rapt to lock away Rantall when they eventually did. The running man was a talented junior basketball who broke the all-time record in the 2km time trial at the NAB AFL Draft Combine earlier this year. His footy skills have improved out of sight this season, but it's his endurance that is his biggest strength. Bianco, a mad Pies fan, was granted his biggest wish when he arrived at pick No.45. He'll add plenty of outside class for the club with his fantastic kicking ability, particularly off half-back. That was a win/win for both parties, given the Magpies' drastic need for nice users out of the backline. Realising a need to secure depth in key-position areas, the Pies nabbed Ruscoe at pick No.55. The West Australian is a 190cm talent, who will likely start his career as a lockdown defender. - Riley Beveridge