With the national draft just around the corner this Monday, we thought it would be fitting to see how the last 12 months have panned out for our 2022 draft crop.
Hawthorn welcomed six new faces following the conclusion of last year's draft, four of which forged an AFL debut this season.
The Hawks are currently set to enter this year's draft on Monday with one first round selection at Pick 4 in addition to Picks 44, 47, 49, 61, 62.
Take a look back at the last 12 months for the class of 2022.
Cam Mackenzie – Pick 7
After an impressive pre-season, Mackenzie was able to kick off his AFL career with a Round 1 debut. His maiden appearance was one to catch the eye, with the midfielder collecting 18 touches at 80 per cent efficiency, which included nine contested disposals and three clearances. Spending time throughout the season both in the VFL and AFL, Mackenzie finished with 14 senior games to his name, averaging 13.3 disposals per game while also booting three goals for the year.
POV: You’re on schoolies and your mate gets drafted 🥲— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) November 29, 2022
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Josh Weddle – Pick 18
Weddle was a stand-out among Hawthorn's 2022 draft crop, playing the most games out of his fellow first-year Hawks. The athletic youngster made his debut in Round 7, before going on to play every game since. A Rising Star nomination was warranted following just his fourth AFL game where a break-out performance saw him collect two goals, 28 disposals, seven marks and seven intercept possessions. Across his 17 games this year, Weddle averaged 17.3 disposals at 78.6 per cent efficiency, 5.1 marks and 273 metres gained per outing, while also kicking four goals for the season.
Henry Hustwaite – Pick 37
After toiling away for Box Hill, Hawks fans were able to see a glimpse of Hustwaite's capabilities later on in the season as he went on to play the final two games for the year. Despite making his debut following a late change, Hustwaite stepped up to the occasion, finishing with 15 disposals and five tackles to go with his two goals in an excellent first outing. Taken at Pick 37 in last year’s national draft, Hustwaite was able to show his potential in just two games, giving fans plenty to look forward to in 2024.
Jack O'Sullivan – Pick 46
A groin injury had the first-year Hawk out of action for parts of the year, but he was still able to show good signs as a running half-forward in the VFL. The Pick 46 has demonstrated glimpses of speed and goal sense, and will look to break into the senior side in 2024 as he continues to build his endurance and strength.
Bailey Macdonald – Pick 51
Following a late change, Macdonald made his AFL debut against Port Adelaide in Round 12, with his selection coming off the back of some consistent VFL performances. Across his two senior games, Macdonald averaged 12.5 disposals and 5.5 marks. The 19-year-old was also a consistent contributor for Box Hill this year, averaging 16.5 disposals across his 16 VFL appearances.
Josh Bennetts – Rookie Draft
Despite not yet making his AFL debut, Bennetts impressed in the VFL this year, taking the crown as Box Hill's Best First Year Player and finished sixth the club's best and fairest. The Hawthorn Next Generation Academy graduate, who joined the club as a Category B Rookie last year, has been lively up forward across his 20 VFL games, booting 19 goals for the season while averaging 13.3 disposals.