Nick Daicos during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between St Kilda and Collingwood (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

For the first time since Round 2, we've seen a change atop our Rookie Rankings, with Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos dethroned from his mantle.

Young Crow Josh Rachele has also taken a dip, with plenty of movement occurring among our top six rookies after eight rounds.

A young Blues onballer and Port Adelaide ruckman continue to impress as they knock on the door for a spot in the coming weeks.

Criteria: For our Rookie Rankings, we are selecting players who have made their debut this season. Other players who may still be eligible for a Rising Star nomination but have already made their debut prior to the 2022 season will not be considered.


Round 8 Honourable Mentions

Sam Hayes (Port Adelaide)
10 disposals, 100% disposal efficiency, 37 hit-outs

The Port Adelaide ruckman is perhaps a week away from breaking into our rankings, having put up another immense effort as the Power continues in their winning ways.

Ben Hobbs (Essendon)
19 disposals, seven marks, four tackles, six score involvements, one goal

In his fourth game with the Bombers, Hobbs had his best performance yet, playing a key role between midfield and attack as Essendon triumphed over arch-rivals Hawthorn on Saturday night.

Jack Carroll (Carlton)
18 disposals, eight contested possessions, six score involvements, three clearances

Two games and two honourable mentions for the young Blues onballer, who is quickly staking his claim for a spot in our Rookie Rankings for the coming weeks.

Jye Amiss (Fremantle)
Two goals, nine disposals, five marks, six score involvements

A memorable debut for the young Dockers forward, who joined the first-kick first-goal club on Friday night. Was impressive as a leading target in attack for Fremantle and is likely to hold his spot despite an anticipated wave of inclusions.


6. Josh Rachele (-3)

The Crows' livewire has seen a drop in form from his blistering opening month in the league, with Sunday's outing against the Blues seeing the small forward once again limited in attack.

Rachele booted 1.2 in the 48-point loss at Marvel Stadium and was costly with ball-in-hand, amassing just the four effective disposals for the day.

The sole goal was Rachele's first since Round 5, with the teenager kept quiet in the last three weeks.

With the likes of Carroll and Hayes pressing their case, Rachele will be hoping for a stronger outing against Brisbane this weekend.