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Fraser Gehrig was drafted to West Coast, but it was his time at St Kilda where Gehrig went on to become one of the best forwards of the modern era. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. takes a look at some of the best pick #16s in draft history.

1993 AFL National Draft - Fraser Gehrig

Fraser Gehrig was drafted to West Coast in 1993 but it was his time at St Kilda where Gehrig went on to become one of the best forwards of the modern era.

Gehrig was given All Australian honours on two occasions (1997, 2004) and led St Kilda’s goal kicking for five seasons between 2003-2007. He won the Coleman Medal twice in 2004 and 2005.

Gehrig at one time held the bench press record at both West Coast and St Kilda.

The Gehrig Files:

All-Australian 1997, 2004
West Coast leading goalkicker 1998
St Kilda leading goalkicker 2003–2007
Coleman Medal: 2004, 2005

1994 AFL National Draft - Adem Yze

Adem Yze enjoyed a successful 14-season career with Melbourne that spanned from 1995-2008.

Yze is third on Melbourne's all-time games list after retiring in 2008 following 271 senior matches. He received Melbourne’s Truscott Medal in 2001 and was given All Australian honours in 2002.

The Yze Files:

Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal: 2001
All-Australian: 2002

2000 AFL National Draft - Scott Thompson

Renowned for his professionalism and durability, Thompson played a total of 308 AFL matches in a decorated career spanning 17 seasons.

Originally recruited by Melbourne with pick No.16 in the 2000 National Draft, Thompson played 39 games for the Dees before returning to South Australia and joining Adelaide at the end of 2004.

Thompson played a total of 269 matches in the blue, red and gold – ranked eighth all-time at the Crows.

The midfielder was an All Australian (2012) and two-time Crows Club Champion (2011, 2012). He polled more Brownlow Medal votes (155) than any other Crow, finishing third in the 2012 Brownlow count.

The Thompson Files:

All Australian (2012)
Crows Club Champion (2011, 2012)


Other notable pick 16s: Brett Burton, Richard Douglas, Ryan Schoenmakers