The Western Bulldogs have selected Cody Weightman with pick 15 in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft.
The 18-year-old is a small forward from the Dandenong Stingrays, who also captained his school side Haileybury College and is known for his speed, goal sense and forward pressure.
CODY WEIGHTMAN PROFILE
Club – Dandenong Stingrays
Junior club - Beaconsfield
School – Haileybury College
Date of birth – 15 January 2001
Height - 177cm
Weight - 73kg
Position - Forward
Here’s what the Draft experts had to say about Cody Weightman:
Small forward who presents well, using his anticipation and strength with his overhead marking to be a lively target. Very good one-on-one player who can turn his opponent inside out he has innate goal sense, kicking four goals against both the Allies and South Australia this year in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships earning 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours. Averaged 16 disposals and 1.8 goals in four games in the NAB League this year.
Chris Doerre (ESPN)
Speedy small forward who makes something out of nothing. Weightman is dangerous at ground level, flies for marks, applies heavy forward pressure and hits the scoreboard.
Gary Buckenara (Herald Sun)
The speedy small forward really impressed this season and topped the goal kicking in his four under-18 championships games after finishing with nine. Weightman likes to fly for his marks, a trait in small forwards which has come to the fore in recent years, so expect some strong interest from clubs looking for this type of player. While he does play a bit taller than his stature suggests, he’s very dangerous at ground level and will apply pressure. He brings excitement and is the pick of the small forwards in this draft outside Liam Henry, who Fremantle has first access to.
Daniel Cherny (The Age)
Highly dedicated small forward Weightman is crafty around goal and looks like the type of player who will excite whichever set of fans get to call him their own.