The weekend's action has seen the leaderboard of our Rookie Rankings take a new shape, with Tigers defender Josh Gibcus breaking into the top five as Saint Jack Hayes falls out of the frame.

Nic Martin's return has placed the exciting young Bomber back on the podium, rejoining two of the top picks from last year's National Draft.

Hawks pair Josh Ward and Connor MacDonald continue to impress, however remain on the periphery, while Port Adelaide's Jackson Mead was impressive during the Showdown.

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.


Round 3 Honourable Mentions:

Reef McInnes (Collingwood) - 14 possessions, six score involvements, five inside 50s
Neil Erasmus (Fremantle) - 18 possessions, four marks, seven score involvements
Josh Ward (Hawthorn) - 20 possessions, eight contested possessions, three clearances
Jackson Mead (Port Adelaide) - 18 possessions, four tackles, three clearances

4. Josh Gibcus (New)

The Tigers defender makes his debut in our rankings after another strong outing in Richmond's defence.

While his side wasn't able to come away with a win, Gibcus was resilient in his efforts throughout the loss to St Kilda - holding down a key role in the absence of Nick Vlastuin and Dylan Grimes, with the latter subbed out of the match.

Having earned an honourable mention for Round 2, Gibcus' past fortnight has seen the teenager shoot up our rankings thanks to his strong aerial abilities and ball movement out of defence.