Sport Horne-Francis looms as AFL top draft pick

05:47  14 october  2021
05:47  14 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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AFL Draft Weekly Wrap: Top pick contender stuns again. Horne - Francis against Central Districts delivered defensively as he always does - with a key smother, a second and third chase effort which pressured the opposition player into a poor rushed kick that led to an intercept mark, and a chase down tackle where he passed by his opponent in a footrace to catch the ball winner from well behind for a chase down.

North Melbourne are poised to snap up Jason Horne-Francis with the first live pick of the AFL draft but but are yet to officially rule out first bidding on father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy at No.1.

North Melbourne are expected to take Jason Horne-Francis with pick No.1 at the AFL draft. © Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS North Melbourne are expected to take Jason Horne-Francis with pick No.1 at the AFL draft.

South Adelaide on-baller Horne-Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 10 score involvements in the SANFL preliminary final and appears the stand-out player not tied to another club.

North football boss Brady Rawlings said Horne-Francis had "all the attributes" the Kangaroos wanted and could "change a game".

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AFL : The Trading Day team analyses looming top draft pick Jason Horne - Francis , who recently impressed in the SANFL finals. Continue reading this article. For inquiries contact Amnon Jakony using amnon at thedailyreformer.com.

Jason Horne - Francis took a massive step to becoming the No. 1 pick of the 2021 Draft after a mammoth performance for South Adelaide, writes ESPN Draft expert Chris Doerre. His side may not have won but Kobe Ryan was the best player on the ground. Playing a complete game, he won the ball on the inside, covered a lot of ground, used the football effectively and spent time forward where he kicked two goals. The West Adelaide star looms as one of the first midfielders to be picked in next year's draft .

"He is clearly right up the top with Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy throughout the year, and there's a couple of others that are very appealing as well at that pointy end," Rawlings said on Thursday.

"I think what you saw from Jason, especially in that last month of footy in the SANFL, we have seen that for two years at SANFL level.

"Going into this season, he was well and truly at the top and he has had a terrific year .. you can't put any better performances together than what Jason Horne-Francis has done over the last couple of years."

Rawlings wouldn't be drawn on whether the Kangaroos would make Collingwood pay the maximum price for Daicos, son of club great Peter, or the Western Bulldogs for Darcy, son of former skipper and board member Luke.

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AFL Draft Weekly Wrap: Horne - Francis turns in the performance of the year. Strengths: Consistency of application defensively Pressure applied to the ball carrier Strong tackler Aggression One-touch ground ball winner on the move at speed Aerial marking Contested marking Impact per possession Contested ball winning Proven against senior state league opposition Versatility to impact games both through the midfield and up forward Scoreboard impact AFL ready-to-go game Weaknesses: Inconsistent production Inconsistency of.

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Last year, Adelaide used the top pick to make the Bulldogs match a bid on academy product Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, then selected Riley Thilthorpe with pick No.2.

"Over the next couple of weeks our recruiting team will start crunching the numbers a lot more in terms of our order... whoever we've got at pick one in the draft, we'll call their name out," Rawlings said.

Adelaide were reported to have thrown trade suggestions at the Kangaroos in a bid to secure Horne-Francis.

But Rawlings said they'd never really considered a deal, especially given the unknown position of future draft picks compared to the guarantee of pick No.1.

"Not really, (no pick swaps tempted us), no," he said.

"I think what's been reported, makes it sound a lot more appealing than what the deals actually were - and they were spit-ball deals as well... bird in hand, obviously, very appealing for us and we've never had a pick one in the history of the draft.

"Every club has had one, we haven't.

"Here's an opportunity for us to bring a player in who's hopefully going to play a lot of football for our club."

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