Junior Club: Mooroolbark (VIC)
Recruited from: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
Brownlow votes: 204
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At 33, Mitchell is supposed to be slowing down, but instead his 2015 campaign might have been his finest yet. He led the AFL in total (748) and average (31.2) possessions and the Hawks
in clearances (134) and was in the top five for inside 50s and rebound 50s, culminating in a third-place finish in the Brownlow Medal. Mitchell was dominant in three of the four finals and very good in the other. Mitchell is ultra-professional with his preparation, but his razor-sharp football nous and dual-sided skills make him hard to quell, be it in the midfield or across half-back where he loves to organise and distribute. There will be a time when Mitchell’s output declines, but there are no indications it will be anytime soon.
Player honours: 2nd Brownlow Medal 2012 (equal); 3rd Brownlow Medal 2015; best and fairest 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012; 2nd best and fairest 2008; 3rd best and fairest 2010, 2013, 2015; All-Australian 2011, 2013, 2015; All-Australian nominee 2007, 2008, 2012; International Rules Series 2014, 2015; NAB AFL Rising Star 2003; Liston Trophy 2002; premiership sides 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015; captain 2008-10.
Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 26; career votes 204.
Draft history: 2001 National AFL Draft 3rd round selection (Hawthorn) No. 36 overall traded by Fremantle for Trent Croad and Luke McPharlin.