Is Ben Brown the best draft pick-up in the AFL?

Jacob Weitering, Paddy McCartin, Josh Schache. There are plenty of big footballers, picked early in the draft, who are struggling or have question marks over them at the moment.

Which is why Ben Brown is all the more impressive.

This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall, Caroline Wilson and Bob Murphy are making the case for the North Melbourne forward, who was taken at 47 in 2013 draft after being overlooked for a couple of years.

Also this week, have players turned on Lindsay Thomas? Bob Murphy gives his take on the Port player's ump on Scott Selwood. The former Bulldogs captain also has his say on a disappointing performance from his old side in the west.

We also have a message to Saints fans to show up – and why, Patrick Cripps should be the Blues' next captain, Nat Fyfe is back to his best and the midfield issues at Sydney.

All this plus whispers about a Jeff Kennett speech, Bec Goddard's departure from the Crows and much more.

Join us on Thursday for a bonus episode wrapping the final two matches of the Anzac round!

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