A prospect firming as the potential first overall pick of the draft, Greater Western Victoria Rebels forward Aaron Cadman has sky-rocketed up the ranks to potentially see his name land atop the draft board on November 28.

The 195cm-tall key-forward led the NAB League for goals in 2022, booting 34 for the year in what was a tremendous campaign that has seen the teenager emerge as the top-rated spearhead.

Cadman also booted 10 goals across the National Championships tournament for Vic Country, where he was on show as a dominant aerial threat that can impact the game further up the field.

Boasting an elite pair of hands able to pluck a Sherrin over his opponents, Cadman was able to make his fellow draft hopefuls look miniature as he went about his business in attack.

Initially placed as a late first-round to early second-round prospect, Cadman now sits favoured to land at GWS after their trade for Pick 1 from North Melbourne.

Aaron Cadman celebrates a goal for Victoria Country during the 2022 NAB AFL National Championships U18 Boys. Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos.

Should the Giants stunningly look elsewhere, Cadman would be a formidable addition to North Melbourne's squad, which is crying out for a partner to work alongside Nick Larkey in attack.

Commonly compared to premiership Cat Jeremy Cameron, but you could certainly see a mix of Carlton's twin towers and Coleman Medal pairing of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay in Cadman.

His set shot routine is one area that will need to be refined across the early stages of his career, but Cadman remains a bonafide threat when lining up for goal or in play.

State: Victoria Country
State League Club: GWV Rebels
Community Club: Darley
Date of Birth: 03/03/04
Height: 195cm
Weight: 91kg


Marking ability


Set shot routine

Draft Range

Top five

Potential Landing Spots

GWS (Pick 1), North Melbourne (Pick 2)

AFL Comparisons

Jeremy Cameron
Todd Marshall
Harry McKay

Geelong v Essendon - 2021 AFL Community Series
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Jeremy Cameron of the Cats
kicks for goal during the AFL Community Series match between the Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers at GMHBA Stadium on March 06, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Expert Comments

"A left-footed tall forward with a vice-like grip overhead who averaged six marks and 14 disposals to be a real standout performer for Victoria Country at the 2022 NAB AFL National Championships U18 Boys. Won selection in the All-Australian team after kicking 10 goals at the Championships, including three goals in the deciding match against Victoria Metro, when he was one of the most influential players on the ground." - Kevin Sheehan