In the 2023 AFL Draft, there were both surprising risers and fallers. Phoenix Gothard was a bolter, being picked at number 12 by the GWS Giants, while James Leake was a slider, going at number 17. It was strange because experts had Leake ranked higher and projected him to go in the top 10, possibly even to the Giants with their No. 8 pick. In contrast, Gothard was not as highly rated but went ahead of Leake at number 12. This unexpected turn of events left many scratching their heads.
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