There's always going to be arguments for both sides with this, so I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, just opinion
Essendon have been punished enough IMO
If they did lose the pick, then the question would be when is enough, enough? When will they stop getting punished? It needs to stop dragging on and everyone needs to move on because they've been punished a hell of lot already
This draft pick is effectively impacting 2017 and beyond, and for that reason I think they are entitled to is as per the rules because we don't need their punishments dragging into 2017.
Surely they've paid their dues now?
To put bluntly do Essedndon deserve higher picks than Lions, Suns or Blues.
Suns and Blues will be fine. Suns go into this draft with something crazy like 6 Top 25 picks and the Blues have shown enough that they are going to be alright, so I don't buy into the argument about Essendon getting Pick 1 having an impact on the other poor clubs
As for Brisbane, no offence but they could get the Top 3 picks and it still wouldn't help. They're a completely different discussion
TL;DR, Essendon deserve Pick 1 because they finished last and that's the rules