Over a week on from the 2023 AFL Draft, discussions surrounding which new recruits are in the Round 1 mix are beginning to increase.

Some of the top draft prospects from this year will firmly be in the conversation for a debut early into next year as clubs look to give their new young guns an immediate taste of top-flight football.

While others won't be relying on their new draft additions, each squad has a teenager or mature-aged recruit who could be ready to make their mark on the AFL next March.

Here we've looked to identify the draftee at each club who could be in the mix for a Round 1 showing in 2024.



Dan Curtin

The No.8 draft pick is one of several teenagers who are ready-made for the elite level, with Curtin in particular having flourished at the WAFL this year for Claremont.

The key defender played six games for the Tigers senior side in 2023, with his outing in the post-season against Subiaco a performance that stood out to Crows recruiter Hamish Ogilvie.

Curtin's size, athleticism and poise are sure to have him in the mix for Round 1, while fellow first-round selection Charlie Edwards is another who Matthew Nicks could consider for an early debut.

Adelaide Crows player Dan Curtin with club great Mark Bickley at the 2023 AFL Draft (Image via the Adelaide Crows)