Elijah Hewett's ceiling is a high one, with the inside midfielder another true game-breaking midfielder in this year's national draft.
At 185cm tall and 84kg, Hewett is a bull in the middle of the park and has had plenty of standout performances in his two years across both the WAFL Colts and in the WAFL with Swans Districts.
It's his explosiveness and work around the contest that makes him stand out from the rest in this year's draft crop. His endurance is also top-class and he is incredibly strong, allowing him to shake off tacklers with ease. Furthermore, the 18-year-old is able to run both ways and do the dirty work and can dish off on either foot when required.
Western Australia's opening game of the National Championships against Vic Metro saw Hewett pick up best-on-ground in a losing side as he rampaged to a 29-disposal, five-clearance and two-goal performance to further solidify his status as a future star of the game.
However, 2022 hasn't been smooth sailing for the highly-rated product, as post-COVID complications meant that he wasn't at peak performance with a series of inconsistent performances marring his season. Despite this, he has had the most senior game time out of the first-round draft prospects meaning he is more than ready for the big time.
With this, it's predicted that Hewett will slide down the order at this year's national draft and will likely end up as a mid-to-late first round - perfect for Adam Simpson's West Coast who have been courting him for a while now.
State: Western Australia
State League Club: Swan Districts
Community Club: Caversham JFC
Date of Birth: 27/5/2004
Mid-to-late first round
Potential landing spots
West Coast (Pick 12), Melbourne (Pick 13), Sydney (Pick 14)
"Hewett is a confident player who can hustle and bustle through the midfield as well as hit the scoreboard." - Cal Twomey, AFL.com.au