See what all the Draft gurus said in the lead-up to the NAB AFL Draft about the ability of new father/son Bulldog Sam Darcy.
AFL MEDIA (Cal Twomey)
The 204cm key forward in the mould of Max and Ben King is athletic, he marks well as a tall option and kicks goals, including six for Vic Metro in a clash with Vic Country. Darcy is quick on his feet for a player his size, hits contests well and also can play in the ruck, where his father, former Bulldogs big man Luke, played through his career.
Gary Buckenara: Get excited Bulldogs fans, Sam Darcy is a very exciting prospect. Like many players he has had to put up with limited football over the past few years, but the son of Luke shows some fantastic signs. The club has been blessed with some talented father-son selections over the years and it is great to see these young players come through and don the jumpers of their fathers.
Dan Batten: The standout key forward by some margin with his vice-like hands and size, with his flexibility to be used down back giving him major upside.
Jordan Pinto: Darcy’s traits aren’t common, either, and very much sought after. He moves unbelievably well for a 204cm big man and can play on every line. He’s elite in the air, whether it be floating across in front of the leading forward in defence, or one out inside-50.
ESPN (Chris Doerre)
In a draft lacking in the way of premier talls, Darcy is the standard of excellence with his long arms and reach, one grab contested marking, attack on the ball aerially, one-touch ground level skills and his speed and agility for someone his height. Given his rapid rate of improvement and mix of rare attributes, he is one of this draft's highest upside choices for the long term.
FOX SPORTS (Ben Waterworth)
Few clubs have benefited from the father-son rule as prominently as the Bulldogs over the past decade – and they’ll benefit again in 2021. And Darcy – the son of best and fairest and All-Australian Luke Darcy – is no ordinary key-position player at 204cm. He’s a terrific contested mark and an accurate kick for goal, but his superb versatility and athleticism allows him to play in any third of the ground. This was highlighted by a six-goal haul for Vic Metro in an Under 19s trial game after averaging 3.3 intercept marks and 5.7 intercept possessions from his three NAB League games.
Tall forward who can also play down back or in the ruck using his athletic attributes and skill set to great effect. A one-touch mark overhead, he also reads the ball very well in flight and launches himself to take contested marks, drawing comparisons to Max and Ben King a couple of years back. Has a technically sound goal kicking routine, he stood out this year kicking six goals in a Victorian Metro trial match then kicked a special goal on his non preferred left foot from the boundary line in a pocket in the AFL Challenge match against Victoria Country. Only played three matches with the Chargers, averaging 16 disposals, 6.3 marks and six hit outs as well as sparkling for Scotch College.