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Paddy McCartin is now the face of the rebuild at AFL strugglers St Kilda.
As expected, the Saints used the number-one pick at the national draft to recruit the 18-year-old key forward.
The bottom side this season did exhaustive research on who they would take with the prized first pick.
Their choice had come down to the 193-centimetre forward and midfielder Christian Petracca, who went to Melbourne with the second pick.
No-one would have argued had the Saints taken Petracca, but it made plenty of sense to go with McCartin.
It means they can start a key-forward succession plan from captain and all-time great Nick Riewoldt to McCartin.
"It's a bit surreal I guess. I was sitting there an hour ago just a normal kid, and then it changes with the click of a finger," McCartin told Grandstand.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking, I wasn't really sure what was going to happen, but I'm absolutely stoked and I can't wait to get in and have a crack."
Petracca will be joined at Melbourne number-three pick Angus Brayshaw, another midfielder, as the struggling Demons hope to revitalise their side.
GWS had three picks in the top ten and chose speedy midfielder Jarrod Pickett (pick four), key-position player Caleb Marchbank (pick six) and classy midfielder Paul Ahern (pick seven).
Collingwood had already secured father/son selection Darcy Moore with pick nine, but opted for in-and-under midfielder Jordan De Goey with pick five.
Gold Coast took ruckman Peter Wright with pick eight, while Geelong sprang somewhat of a surprise in taking Nakia Cockatoo at pick 10.
For a full recount and list of every pick, relive the proceedings as documented in Grandstand's live blog.

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