Rayner ready for No.1 AFL pick pressure

Paola Ditto
Novembre 25, 2017

It seems a virtual certainty that Cam Rayner of the Western Jets is destined to become the next No.1 draft pick, going to the Brisbane Lions, but all bets are off after that.

"I'm a little bit nervous, but I'm just looking forward to seeing where I start playing footy".

Rayner, a midfielder likened to Richmond superstar Dustin Martin, is the hot tip to be taken by Brisbane with the first selection at Friday night's draft meeting in Sydney.

Fellow Victorian onballers Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow and Andrew Brayshaw are also a chance to be this year's top pick.

Speculation surfaced on Thursday the Lions had already told Rayner they would make him this year's top pick but he maintains he is still in the dark.

"I had a meeting with them the other day".

"But I think now that I'm on an AFL list I have to start from scratch and build my game and make people know me for who I am and not who I play like".

"I'd love to a part of that and if that happens I'd be really excited".

I'd expect something in the realm of 70-80 new AFL players to join their clubs tonight, while the rest will have to cross their fingers and hope for a lifeline in the pre-season draft or the rookie draft, which are both held next Monday.

Davies-Uniacke is widely predicted to be claimed by Fremantle with the second overall pick, Dow is the popular choice to be taken by Carlton at No.3, while Brayshaw could land at North Melbourne, who have the fourth overall pick.

"I've supported them my whole life so it would be a bit of a dream to go there".

Some clubs were unsure how a minor heart condition would affect Eastern Ranges forward-midfielder Jaidyn Stephenson at AFL level but Collingwood were confident enough to use pick six on him.

The draft gets underway at 7pm AEDT on Friday at the Sydney Showgrounds.

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