West Coast's decision to trade away pick six will almost certainly cost them the chance to recruit Subiaco star Dom Sheed during next month's national draft, according to former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach Terry Wallace.
The Eagles yesterday edged one step closer to signing Brisbane utility player Elliot Yeo after completing a trade with Collingwood that gave the Magpies picks six and 44 for selections 11, 31 and 49.
West Coast already had pick 28 so can now trade number 31 to Brisbane for Yeo and still retain a second-round selection.
West Coast were expected to use pick six to recruit Sheed. The midfielder was superb during the under-18 national titles and won the Larke Medal as the best player in division one.
The Eagles wouldn't comment yesterday but there is speculation that they believe Sheed will still be available at pick 11.
North Melbourne committed to using pick eight on father-son recruit Luke McDonald, and Sheed is unlikely to be a top-five pick. He would have to be overlooked by Collingwood at six and 10 plus Brisbane at seven and Melbourne at nine for him to be available.
The Eagles have spent the trade period working closely with the Magpies and the Lions.
But Wallace said he would be stunned if Sheed was still available at pick 11.
"There's one big loser in all of this and the name of the loser is Dom Sheed," Wallace told afl.com.au's Trade Radio.
"I thought he was almost a moral to go to the West Coast Eagles at pick six. I thought he was the absolute perfect pick for selection six - a home-grown product, staying back at home. Dom, I think you're packing your bags because I don't think you're going to last."
The Eagles have made significant changes to their list since the end of the season.
Daniel Kerr, Andrew Embley, Adam Selwood, Mark Nicoski, Brad Dick and Ashton Hams have left the club and rookie trio Simon Tunbridge, Jamie Bennell and Jeremy McGovern have been upgraded.
West Coast also signed Hawthorn's Xavier Ellis as a free agent.
Yeo's deal is yet to be completed but appears imminent.
Collingwood traded pick 44 to Sydney in exchange for key forward Jesse White yesterday and Magpies recruiting manager Derek Hine expected the Eagles would benefit from having Yeo on their list.
"They're going to bring in a very good player in Elliot Yeo," Hine told Trade Radio.
"He's obviously at the forefront of their thoughts. He comes in and he plays game one, I would have thought.
"I'm sure West Coast would have maybe two or three players bracketed that could come through to pick six and I'm making the assumption that one of those three players would be there at what is essentially pick 10 given McDonald is a father-son selection."
The Magpies now have picks six and 10 after last year using picks 18, 19 and 20 to recruit Brody Grundy, Ben Kennedy and Tim Broomhead.
White almost joined Adelaide last year as the Swans and Crows negotiated over Kurt Tippett.
White said moving to a powerful Victorian club was a chance to experience something new.
"It was exciting to think that Collingwood was an option. They're a big club that plays on the MCG and is involved in Anzac Day and so many of the blockbusters," he said.