MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Cyril Rioli of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Champion Data has ranked the top 10 general forwards in the AFL ahead of the 2017 season, with Cyril Rioli coming out on top.

The Hawthorn star enjoyed a career best season in 2016, kicking 47 goals and averaging 13.7 disposals and 6.1 tackles per game.

Rioli pipped Greater Western Sydney’s Toby Greene for the top spot, with Adelaide’s Eddie Betts coming in third.

Brent Harvey, Michael Walters, Mark LeCras and Paul Puopolo have dropped out of the top 10 from last year.

Champion Data’s top 10 general forwards:

1. Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)

2. Toby Greene (GWS Giants)

3. Eddie Betts (Adelaide)

4. Brett Deledio (GWS Giants)

5. Tom Lynch (Adelaide)

6. Luke Breust (Hawthorn)

7. Daniel Menzel (Geelong)

8. Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)

9. Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs)

10. Devon Smith (GWS Giants)