Bombers open to trading away No.1 draft pick

DRAFT TALK: Essendon Football Club CEO Xavier Campbell (left) and chairman Lindsay Tanner.
DRAFT TALK: Essendon Football Club CEO Xavier Campbell (left) and chairman Lindsay Tanner. JULIAN SMITH

ESSENDON may become the first club since Fremantle in 2001 to trade the No.1 draft pick, if it does end up with it.

The Bombers are in the box seat, one win in arrears of Brisbane, and would explore the possibility of dealing it out, says chief executive Xavier Campbell.

"There will also be opportunities potentially around trading whatever your first pick is,” Campbell (pictured) told the club's website. "We're open to whatever is the best method to address our needs. For us, that could be trading, it could be looking for a more mature player, it could be looking for dual picks. Who knows?”

There is speculation GWS may mount a bid for the top pick and has players such as Will Hoskin-Elliot, James Stewart and Adam Tomlinson, who have failed to cement senior berths and could be part of a deal.

Hawthorn packaged up Luke McPharlin and Trent Croad in 2001 in order to obtain both the No.1 and 35 picks from the Dockers and used them on Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell.

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