Twelve West Australians joined an AFL list at today's national draft despite predictions 2012 would be a shallow year for the State's talent pool.
But while the West Australian Football Commission will be celebrating the result, Dayle Garlett, considered by many the most talented of the WA crop, was left on the shelf and will rue a series of off-field indiscretions which made clubs keep their distance.
He is expected to get another chance at the upcoming pre-season and rookie drafts.
East Fremantle wingman Josh Simpson was the first WA product to be picked up, with Fremantle finding him too good to overlook at pick no.17.
Key-position prospect and fellow Shark Marco Paparone was the next to go, picked up by Brisbane at no.23.
South Fremantle forward Mason Shaw (Port Adelaide, pick 30) and Peel Thunder backman Kamdyn McIntosh (Richmond, pick 31) were also taken in the second round.
Both the Dockers and West Coast sprung a surprise with their final live picks, taking mature WAFL players Max Duffy and Mark Hutchings respectively.Perth colts Brant Colledge (Eagles) and Dean Kent (Melbourne), East Perth's Nick Kommer (Essendon) and Jackson Ramsay (Collingwood), Shark Harrison Marsh (Sydney) and South Fremantle's Adam Carter (Eagles) were the other local products to be given an opportunity.
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