MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Neil Erasmus in action during the NAB AFL Academy training session at Gosch’s Paddock on April 22, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Team: Subiaco 
Position:
Midfielder/Forward
Height: 
188cm
Weight: 80kg

Subiaco's Neil Erasmus is an agile midfield/forward prospect with plenty of upside to his game.

The West Australian hasn't had a deep sample size to offer scouts, however the glimpses he has shown with the Lions in the WAFL U18s competition have been enough to suggest a first-round calling for the 17-year-old.

An inside midfielder that has the ability to move forward and impact the scoreboard, Erasmus frames as one of the more versatile smaller options in his class that could be a key feature for an AFL club as early as next year.

An Eagles fan, Erasmus looks up to West Coast star Elliot Yeo as an idol of his game, which is a fitting role model given the similarities between the pair.

Strengths

Vertical
Marking
Ball Winner Ability
Versatility
Forward Threat

Weaknesses

Disposal
Injury History

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Draft Range

Pick 8-13

Potential Landing Spots

Fremantle (Pick 8), West Coast (Pick 10), Essendon (Pick 11), Greater Western Sydney (Pick 13)

AFL Comparisons

Elliot Yeo
Hugh Greenwood
Nat Fyfe

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Elliot Yeo of the Eagles kicks on goal during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Expert Comments

"Medium forward with exciting natural sporting talent only this season focusing purely on an AFL career after being an elite underaged cricketer. A mercurial type of player his overhead marking and footy smarts help make him an exciting prospect.” - Kevin Sheehan

"The tall midfielder has steadily been rising up draft boards this season and now shapes as a top-10 pick contender.  Something of a surprise packet in 2020, Erasmus has taken things up a notch in 2021." - Callum Twomey