Athletic forward-ruck hybrid Isaac Keeler is an exciting draft prospect that boasts plenty of upside.

Keeler's athletic build allows him to tower over his direct opponent while also bursting for the ball, whether that be in attack or through the middle as a ruckman.

The North Adelaide prospect was a part of Adelaide's Next Generation Academy, however, with his selection potentially coming in the opening round of the draft, the Crows opted against nominating the teenager.

Keeler strung together a strong season for the Roosters at the Under-18s level, booting 19 goals while also finding plenty of the ball, averaging 17.9 disposals, 4.2 marks, 3.3 clearances and 3.1 inside 50s from his 15 matches.

While his numbers at the National Chamiompioshp level weren't as strong, Keeler showed glimpses of why his range dips into the top 20 picks among his class.

Keeler has a large presence in the forward 50, but can create goals as if he was a foot smaller, showing off great agility and vision for goal.

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Keeler would be an appealing draft target for a number of clubs seeking flexibility among their key-position depths, with Sydney, Hawthorn and North Melbourne potentially looking at the 198cm-tall talent.

Keeler may need a few seasons in the AFL system before being unleashed, with the young tall perhaps looking to build on his endurance and strength as he eyes a key-forward position in the top flight.

Position: Forward/Ruck
State: South Australia
State League Club: North Adelaide
Community Club: South Augusta
Date of Birth: 23/04/04
Height: 198cm
Weight: 89kg


Speed-Size Combination


Aerobic Capacity

Draft Range

Late First Round To Second Round

Potential Landing Spots

Sydney (Pick 17), West Coast (Pick 20), North Melbourne (Pick 23), Hawthorn (Pick 24), Collingwood (Pick 25, 27)

AFL Comparisons

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Expert Comments

"A tall forward and ruckman who is extremely athletic. Naturally talented and has great potential, which he is striving to turn into consistent performances. He has an excellent asset with his vertical leap, which he uses both in the ruck and with his role as a marking target up forward." - Kevin Sheehan