Player Watch #13: Nik Cox 🦄

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JayJ20

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 28, 2016
14,236
20,003
AFL Club
Essendon
We asked for a big bodied mid and Dodoro gave us the biggest mid that can weave through traffic with class and hit a target
 

Stopher

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 19, 2012
9,501
14,646
Gippsland
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Liverpool
I know there was no u18s comp last year and that recruiters watch the players for years and know more than me, but how the fu** was this kid available at pick 8?
One or two flashes of 'wow' per week for his first season will do me just fine. This kid could be ******* anything.
 

TheGrizz

Moderator
Sep 29, 2016
4,817
6,190
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Bayern Munich
The promising thing at the moment is his movement both with and without the ball. He was dancing around guys at 200cm and his field kicking was absurd for someone his size on the run. You can see the ball of clay he is as a prospect and the development team/coaches must have thought it was christmas.

His height advantage is negligible at this point as his lack of muscle and core strength means he isnt quite clunking his contested marks at the moment. But his timing at the ball in the air is solid, and when he gets stronger and holds his marks under physical pressure he will be a nightmare matchup between the arcs with his running power
 

Pweter

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 12, 2010
13,644
17,360
Right here, right now
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Central Districts, Detroit Pistons
Just scratching the surface. Hasn’t really unleashed his running power and isn’t really going after the ball the air yet. It’s very pleasing how physical he is prepared to be so early in his career - puts his head over the footy when he needs to.

His ceiling is ridiculous.
Was trying to work out how to articulate my thought about this kid and this is it.
 

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bomberlegend2007

Premiership Player
Apr 3, 2007
3,622
2,154
Victoria
AFL Club
Essendon
Big call but he looks exciting so far.
Feel confident in saying it. Went to the game yesterday and I have never been more impressed in an Essendon draftee.

Kicks both sides of the body beautifully, seems to have more time than others, picks up the footy off the deck like a 5’10 rover all while being 201cm, 18 and hasn’t played footy in 18 months.

This type of player does not come along often. I’m so bloody excited to see how this career develops.
 

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