Quartet of top draft picks still not enough for Carlton

Jacob Weitering will make his debut for the Blues tonight. Photo: AAP Image.
Jacob Weitering will make his debut for the Blues tonight. Photo: AAP Image.

WHICH team will have the most No.1 draft picks in its team for this weekend's opening round of games?

The Giants, Suns ... Melbourne perhaps?

No, the answer is Carlton - the second favourite behind Essendon for this year's wooden spoon.

Skipper Marc Murphy has overcome his shoulder complaint and is expected to play, with fellow No.1s Bryce Gibbs, Matthew Kreuzer and newcomer Jacob Weitering (pictured) making up the quartet of top selections.

That draft bonanza isn't expected to see the Blues kick the season off on a winning note against traditional rival Richmond tonight, however, or help it play finals footy in 2016.

Instead the club, under new coach and former Hawthorn assistant Brendon Bolton, has started the long and arduous task of re-building, with Weitering set to eventually be the cornerstone of a defence that has lacked height and talent in recent years.

The big problem will be at the other end, though, where the club is yet to find obvious replacements for forwards Eddie Betts, Jarrad Waite, Jeff Garlett, Lachie Henderson and Troy Menzel, who have all left the club for greener pastures. Bolton acknowledged finding goalkickers was an area that needed to be addressed.

"We do think if we can win enough of the supply you give yourself a chance there. Also some of our midfielders going forward may be able to hit the scoreboard," he said. "But what we do know is it's a work in progress and we've got to work really hard on it."



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