As Gould would say, no no no no no no no. A draft IMO is a terrible idea. There's been some short minded opinions cast in the media over here that it works well in the States.
Yes, it works well in the states because of a few factors that make it very different to here.
1) They're working on a population of 320 million for the US. For baseball, you can add in Mexico and the Carribean nations who contribute to baseball significantly, the NHL there's a load of Canadians and Eastern Europeans...
2) Players in the Americas are drafted to college, which we should think of like universities. They go there as essentially professional athletes. Now, what the college system does is it works out the boys from the men in so many ways, including the ability to live away from home at a young age. We don't have the same scholastic system in Australasia where for a high school football game you can get 60-100,000 to a game. There's absolutely no similarities whatsoever. The guys go to the US go the colleges and a lot of them get big media reputations, further to that, they can build a legacy even without going to the pros. Further, the important part here is they are gaining their education. Over here in Australia, I am a CSU alumni, however, CSU doesn't feel anymore prestigious than say UNSW or Macquarie or wherever. Over there, getting into an Ivy League school, or a University of Kentucky, they are distinctly different in both prestige and style.
3) Outstanding young talents are attracted to these colleges for their programs. The money pumped into the training facilities and the level of coaching is phenomenal. It will never be this way in the NRL.
4) Part of what makes our club, and I would suggest the Dragons, Broncos, Cowboys, Knights work is their ability to connect with their community. Lets be honest. If Shaun Johnson
ended up at Gold Coast, and instead we got say Adam Reynolds, no matter how good Reynolds is he is never going to stop New Zealanders being disappointed their local boy isn't playing for their team.
Part 3 can be negated. If its a sport where you earn in the same vein as the NBA, EPL etc. NRL doesn't, and doesn't have the audience that those sports can attract to be able to pump it back into player salaries.
What earth will a draft achieve aside from stopping a lot of kids, and I dare say particularly young New Zealand boys, who don't want to leave home at a young age, be forced into rugby union. We've had an opportunity of late to grab some union boys, why we are giving away the farm through a draft I'd not have a clue. If you're looking at the US system with ga-ga eyes thinking it helps disperse talent create evenness, you're dreaming. The NRL is the most even comp going around IMO. Ever since 2000, only the Warriors and Sharks have yet to taste the holy grail. Lets look at the NBA, since 2000 only Boston, Miami, LA Lakers, San Antonio, Golden State, Detroit, Dallas have won. There's a load of teams that haven't won for 30 + years. The 76ers who have used the draft abhorrently, Knicks, Bullets, Hawks, Sonics/Thunder, Bucks, Kings, Nets, Cavs, Magic, Suns, Jazz
, Pacers, Hornets, Nuggets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Pelicans and Raptors have not won the title in 30 years. Some of them like the Bucks, Knicks, Bullets, Nuggets, Hornets have downright deplorable. Having a draft certainly does not make a fairer comp, so I really don't know how adding a draft will add any value whatsoever to the NRL. Infact, I'd say its the biggest myth of an idea circulating league circles. Just because the US does it, just because the AFL does it, doesn't make it right. What makes things right is using your own natural advantages well.
But here's one cool thing - if you want to watch teams tank, high profile players reduce minutes or get a mysterious injury, do nothing more than introduce a draft. Happens year in year out. Teams chase a high profile pick and they're happy to flunk to get it. Even with the lottery style of a draft, teams tank relentlessly. Gee, that'd be fun to watch.