Tasmania defender Lachlan Cowan is one of the most enticing products the AFL has seen from the Apple Isle in recent years.

In the frame as a potential first-round pick at this month's draft, Cowan is a consistent and reliable option for AFL clubs to consider.

Cowan claimed the 2022 Morrish Medal following a stellar NAB League season with the Devils, where he averaged 26.9 disposals, 5.0 marks, 3.6 inside 50s and 8.3 rebounds 50s from his 12 games.

The Devonport native offers great dash and run from defence, but has a threatening ability to impact over-head that also complements his game.

Also accompanied by a booming foot and a hard-nosed attitude, Cowan is sure to add a bullish edge to an AFL club's rearguard from next year.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Lachlan Cowan of the Tasmanian Boys kicks the ball during the match between Tasmania and Calder at Twin Oval on July 31, 2022 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/AFL Photos)

In a similar shape and build as Brisbane rookie Darcy Wilmot as a rebounding defensive option, Cowan could join the Montmorency product in having his name called out on the opening night of the draft.

Sydney could be a fitting home for Cowan with one of their multiple first-round selections, while NSW counterparts GWS are also in the same position.

Should he slip to the second round, the Western Bulldogs could see Cowan as an ideal prospect.

Position: Medium Defender
State: Tasmania
State League Club: Tasmania Devils
Community Club: Devonport
Date of Birth: 01/12/04
Height: 187cm
Weight: 81kg


Aerial Ability
Run and Dash


Aerobic Capacity

Draft Range

Late First Round to Early Second Round

Potential Landing Spots

Sydney (Pick 14, 17), GWS (Pick 15, 18), Bulldogs (Pick 21)

AFL Comparisons

Will Day
Tom Stewart
Darcy Wilmot

Expert comments

"A strong and powerful medium defender who intercepts extremely well is a penetrating kick and provided plenty of rebound for both the Tasmania Devils and Allies during an outstanding year. Averaged 22 disposals (75% efficiency), four tackles and six rebound 50s for the Allies at the 2022 NAB AFL National Championships U18 Boys and was rewarded with All-Australian." - Kevin Sheehan