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

Round 2 of the 2022 AFL season gave further insight into this season's leading candidates for our Rookie Rankings.

The weekend has seen a majority of the top five selections shift their place in the order, while a number of emerging names are pressing their case to break into the standings.

Hawthorn pair Josh Ward and Connor MacDonald are among those knocking on the door ahead of Round 3, with Tiger Josh Gibcus showing plenty of poise and potential in just his second career game as the trio earn honourable mentions.

For our Rookie Rankings, we are taking a look at 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 previously will not be considered.

VIEW: ROUND 1 RANKINGS 

Round 2 Honourable Mentions:

Aaron Black (West Coast) - 15 disposals, four marks, four clearances, one goal
Josh Gibcus (Richmond) - 10 disposals, four marks, 100% disposal efficiency
Josh Ward (Hawthorn) - 20 disposals, five marks, four clearances, one goal
Connor MacDonald (Hawthorn) - 18 disposals, two tackles, one goal

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5. Nic Martin (-4)

Having been ruled out for Round 2 through the AFL's health and safety protocols, Martin can thank his stellar Round 1 outing for his current place in our rankings.

The 27-disposal, five-goal haul placed the exciting Bomber at No.1 after the opening weekend, however, a week off has seen Martin drop to fifth.

Set to make his return this weekend against Melbourne, the Western Australian will be hopeful his form can continue against the reigning premiers as the Bombers chase their first victory of the season.

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