Our Rookie Rankings are in after Round 17, with a young Demons defender returning to our top eight for the first time since the opening week of the season.

A Sun and Crow have swapped spots for the second week in a row, while a young Roo has fallen one spot after not playing over the weekend.

A Tigers debutant and Saints forward were among those to pick up honourable mentions from Round 17.

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 2023 season will not be considered.

I.e. players such as Sam DarcyFinn Callaghan and Jye Amiss are ineligible, having already played an AFL match prior to Round 1, 2023. 

Round 17 Honourable Mentions:
Sam Banks
Anthony Caminiti
Cooper Harvey


8. Judd McVee (NEW) 

After featuring in our Rookie rankings through the early rounds of the year, McVee makes his way back into our race thanks to his consistency in the red and blue.

The Western Australian has played in all 16 matches so far this season for Simon Goodwin's side, often holding a role ahead of Michael Hibberd and Jake Bowey at half-back.

Known to go head-to-head with some of the opposition's best forward threats, McVee has stood tall in his debut year after biding his time at VFL level prior to 2023.

The Demons and McVee have a monumental match coming up in Round 18 as they host Brisbane at the MCG on Friday night.