Player Watch #32: Jacob Edwards - extends contract to end 2023

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The Filth Wizard

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So I've watched his school footy games from earlier this year. No better description then him being a men amongst boys.

Things that stood out that I didn't get a good perspective of in his NAB League games:
- Consistently worked hard to get back and position defensively to take intercept marks and make spoils (having the opportunity to play full games in the ruck allowed him to show this off)
- Deftness of touch with his hands in the ruck was very good
- So. bloody. agile. Follow-up work after ruck contests and ability to be clean and quick picking up the ball was something I knew he had, but he showed this off to another level.
- Tackles and generally applies defensive pressure with real intent and aggression.

Someone asked me the other day where I would place Edwards in my rankings for this year's draft right now and I said late teens. After watching these 3 games I'd say he would be in my top 10 and closer to 5 than 10. This isn't me getting carried away by watching him against a lower level of competition either. It was things like his athleticism being better than my initial impression and footy nous that really stood out rather than his ability to monster the opposition in the ruck, in marking contests or dominating physically.

Kid's going to be a serious player if we can be patient and develop him properly. If anyone's watched Carlton this year then he's basically Sam De Koning.

Stats comparison between the two leagues he's played in this year:

NAB league averages ~50/50 forward/ruck split (3 games): 12 touches, 4 marks, 1.5 clearances, 2.5 tackles, 1.7 goals ~ 107 ranking point average

School footy averages ~mostly ruck (3 games): 26 touches, 9 marks (5 contested), 6 clearances, 3 tackles, 1.3 goals - ~190 ranking point average
I recall in the interview with Gerard Healy and Gary Lyon he said he considered himself a De Koning type so you're both astute there.
 

Mjs94

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So I've watched his school footy games from earlier this year. No better description then him being a men amongst boys.

Things that stood out that I didn't get a good perspective of in his NAB League games:
- Consistently worked hard to get back and position defensively to take intercept marks and make spoils (having the opportunity to play full games in the ruck allowed him to show this off)
- Deftness of touch with his hands in the ruck was very good
- So. bloody. agile. Follow-up work after ruck contests and ability to be clean and quick picking up the ball was something I knew he had, but he showed this off to another level.
- Tackles and generally applies defensive pressure with real intent and aggression.

Someone asked me the other day where I would place Edwards in my rankings for this year's draft right now and I said late teens. After watching these 3 games I'd say he would be in my top 10 and closer to 5 than 10. This isn't me getting carried away by watching him against a lower level of competition either. It was things like his athleticism being better than my initial impression and footy nous that really stood out rather than his ability to monster the opposition in the ruck, in marking contests or dominating physically.

Kid's going to be a serious player if we can be patient and develop him properly. If anyone's watched Carlton this year then he's basically Tom De Koning.

Stats comparison between the two leagues he's played in this year:

NAB league averages ~50/50 forward/ruck split (3 games): 12 touches, 4 marks, 1.5 clearances, 2.5 tackles, 1.7 goals ~ 107 ranking point average

School footy averages ~mostly ruck (3 games): 26 touches, 9 marks (5 contested), 6 clearances, 3 tackles, 1.3 goals - ~190 ranking point average
:oops: happy Friday everyone!
 

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RobZombie

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As per RobZombie, school footy is back.
He’s apparently been named in our VFL side though? I was definitely under the impression the club was going to let him play school footy since it was a really big deal for Mentone in the AGSV this year - like, they haven’t won it for 100+ years or something.
 

The Filth Wizard

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He’s apparently been named in our VFL side though? I was definitely under the impression the club was going to let him play school footy since it was a really big deal for Mentone in the AGSV this year - like, they haven’t won it for 100+ years or something.
Mentone has the bye today.
 

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giantroo

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Mid-season recruit Jacob Edwards made his VFL debut on the day, with the young key-position player spending most of his time in the forward line, as he looks to gain experience of men’s football.

Finishing with an impressive 4 marks for the day, Edwards provided what was possibly the highlight of the afternoon, converting a tough kick to seal to win for North late in the final term.

Kicking against a strong breeze from almost 50 metres out, the forward judged the wind perfectly to split the big sticks.

“You can see every now and then he (Edwards) just shows something that makes it look like he could really be a good player for us,” Adams said.

“Clearly a full pre-season is going to be massive to get him to a level where he can compete against the bigger bodies a bit more, but some of his movements are really good.

“You can see from that clutch goal that nothing really fazes him. To kick that from 45 plus out and into the wind, it was a really big goal for us.”
 

King Corey

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Had to drive to Aspendale for work this morning and I went past Mentone Grammar. I didn’t see him or anything, but I just thought to myself “oh, Jacob Edwards goes here”.
Funny you say that. I was driving past Mentone Grammar and didn't see you or Jacob but thought to myself "oh sruss drove through here and thought to himself about Jacob Edwards".
 

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