The AFL Rookie Rankings are back for 2023, where we order the top six in-form debutants of the year each week as the season progresses.

Collingwood's Nick Daicos took out the 2022 Zero Hanger Rookie Rankings thanks to an unmatched debut season, claiming the crown ahead of Bomber Nic Martin and Saint Marcus Windhager.

So far this season, a first-round Roos draftee has staged a brilliant start to his rookie campaign, while a father-son Lion has made his maiden appearance in our rankings.

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. 


6. Cameron Mackenzie (-3)

Cameron Mackenzie, Hawthorn's exciting No. 7 selection, had a quiet weekend after bursting onto the scene against Essendon in Round 1 when he turned heads with 18 disposals, nine contested possessions, and four marks.

The promising midfielder managed just 12 disposals against the dominant Swans en route to a three-spot slide in our rankings.

Considering that Mackenzie's Hawks are likely to suffer a handful of demolitions akin to the one they succumbed to against Sydney on Sunday, quiet performances are to be expected from the youngster, however, that doesn't mean his talent won't shine through on most weekends this season.