Viney is becoming a star in his own right and at just 22 years of age, won the club’s best and fairest award last season.
He followed up his career best season with being appointed as the club’s co-captain with veteran midfielder Nathan Jones.
Former Melbourne forward, Lyon, believes Viney’s competitiveness is as good as Selwood’s, who became Geelong captain at 24.
“He’s very good right now and he’s got the potential to be elite,” Lyon said on Monday morning.
“He’s as close a player to Joel Selwood as I’ve seen come into the game. His (Selwood’s) attack on the footy, and his competitiveness, and his relentless willingness to push his body,
“I’ve been such a huge admirer. Jack Viney is as close to that as I’ve seen.
“Jack had some injuries early and the way he plays he needs to be fit, because he pushes and pushes, once he got that base under him he was runner up by a vote in the best and fairest, best and fairest. He’s going to be an elite kid.”
Viney played 22 games in 2016, averaging 26 disposals, 3.4 marks and seven tackles per game.