It was an historic week for Hawthorn as it made its highest pick in a national draft in over a decade.  

The Hawks kicked off proceedings on Wednesday night selecting Denver Grainger-Barras with Pick 6 in the national draft.

A Western Australian out of the Swan Districts, the 195cm Grainger-Barras is an intercept marking specialist who understands the game like few others within his draft class.

A mature head who plays a composed game, Grainger-Barras figures as a strong chance to play senior football in 2021. 

The Hawks were delighted to read his name out after admiring his work throughout 2020.

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Next up, the Hawks looked to bolster its small-medium forward stocks.

Seamus Mitchell had been another that recruiting staff were hopeful would remain on the table in time for its second pick.

At Pick 29, the Hawks pounced on the excitement machine from the Bendigo Pioneers.

One of the more impressive athletes of this year's draft crop, Mitchell is dangerous around goals and a difficult match-up for opposition sides with his running power.

One of the key storylines for the Hawks heading into the draft was Next Generation Academy graduate Connor Downie and where he would be bidded on by a rival club.

That bid ultimately came from North Melbourne at Pick 35 and the Hawks wasted little time in matching the bid and securing the explosive youngster.

Downie has made a name for himself on the half-back line and wing position, with a strong left-foot kick and a strong work rate. 

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The Hawks were unsure whether they would take a fourth selection at the draft but when another WA speedster by the name of Tyler Brockman was still available, their decision was made easier.

With electrifying pace and a deceptively strong overhead marking ability for a small, Brockman joined the brown and gold with Pick 46.

The Hawks recruiting staff again had to decide on whether it would participate in Thursday's rookie draft.

Again, with South Australian Jack Saunders on the board, the club was drawn to act.

Saunders is a powerful midfielder who is capable of hitting the scoreboard when playing forward.

He was the club's sole pick in the rookie draft, completing a fruitful two drafts which saw the club bolster its list with a promising mix of speed, power and skill. 

Find out more about our draftees via our Trade and Draft hub.

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