Analysis Pick 1: Jason Horne-Francis vs Finn Callaghan and rest of the field

Who would you select with #1?

  • Horne-Francis

    Votes: 222 93.3%
  • Callaghan

    Votes: 13 5.5%
  • Other (please specify)

    Votes: 3 1.3%

  • Total voters
    238

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Roosurgence

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 25, 2006
12,349
17,511
Mount Waverley
AFL Club
North Melbourne
As for Skinner you would think a few clubs might be interested after that type of performance?

Does us not giving him a crack this year go against us or would he be happy to look at us again?

With Taz going he would be in line for game time, so maybe that plays to our advantage?
 

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RossHenshaw

Club Legend
Sep 12, 2020
1,122
2,386
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Any offer for Pick 1 would have to be so absurd that the opposition list manager would be instantly committed into an asylum.

This kid has power and runs both ways. Not only that he can play forward, in the square or out on a wing.

Lock it in Eddie. The phones been taken off the hook and we aren’t accepting calls.
He has a natural 2nd & 3rd effort not many in the AFL have .
I also saw him cover ground so quick from offensive forward pocket to defensive back pocket very late in the game when Norwood were coming strong without an issue .
That’s after I reckon he hardly came off in the 3rd qtr . Would love to know his time on ground % .
Reckon would be in the 80% ‘s
 

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ferball

Premium Platinum
Jul 24, 2015
26,977
51,362
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He's already shaping to chase the ball before he hits the ground.

But today was the first time I watched him play a whole game and what impressed me the most was how much of the stuff he did that won't make highlight reels. I dunno if they call everything he does a 1%er but we used to years ago. So many times he kept chasing, and even tho he wouldn't catch the other guy it was just enough pressure to ruin what would have otherwise been an easy entry into the 50.
 

giantroo

Bleeding Blue and White
Sep 23, 2005
78,595
191,220
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Arsenal, Chicago Bulls
He's already shaping to chase the ball before he hits the ground.

But today was the first time I watched him play a whole game and what impressed me the most was how much of the stuff he did that won't make highlight reels. I dunno if they call everything he does a 1%er but we used to years ago. So many times he kept chasing, and even tho he wouldn't catch the other guy it was just enough pressure to ruin what would have otherwise been an easy entry into the 50.
His repeat efforts, defensive acts and 1% are absolutely elite. He does it every week.
 

DesertRoo

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 11, 2013
10,700
20,231
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He's already shaping to chase the ball before he hits the ground.

But today was the first time I watched him play a whole game and what impressed me the most was how much of the stuff he did that won't make highlight reels. I dunno if they call everything he does a 1%er but we used to years ago. So many times he kept chasing, and even tho he wouldn't catch the other guy it was just enough pressure to ruin what would have otherwise been an easy entry into the 50.
That sort of play is infectious and now we’ve got the best two I’ve seen in the Jnr system with Will Phillips and Horne.
 

Souup

Norm Smith Medallist
May 8, 2005
6,286
8,077
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Around mid last year, JHF was easily one of the best players I've seen come through under 18's for a while and clearly the best kid in this draft class - I honestly thought we'd show enough improvement this year to not be in contention. The fact we're just about guaranteed to draft him is insane considering the talent we've already got. There were times this year where he appeared to have stagnated but he's really elevated his game at senior level over the last month or so.

I'm not sure most North fans totally understand what we're in for with this list we're building.

Exciting times ahead is an understatement.
 

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