SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10: Callum Mills of the Swans looks upfield during the round eight AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at the Sydney Cricket Ground on May 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Taken with pick No. 3 in the 2015 National Draft, Sydney’s Callum Mills has received plenty of praise and hype since the beginning of his career. However, former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon wants to see the young defender “live up to the hype”.

The 21-year-old missed the back end of last season following a broken foot during a freak accident while throwing an American football outside a café last May. During the preseason, the young defender starred on the track, wanting to secure his spot for 2019.

From the eight games he has played so far this season, Mills is averaging 19.8 disposals, 4.8 of which are contested possessions as well as 2.1 tackles.

Despite this, Lyon wants to see the Mills take his game to another level and reach his full potential.

“The one I want to see live up to the hype is Callum Mills,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“(He’s a) NAB Rising Star winner, enormously talented.

“(Isaac) Heeney continues to live up to what we think but it’s always Heeney and Mills.

“Mills is just going like an average half-back flanker.

“If you’re a half-back flanker, as we often talk about, you’ve got to be better than average.”

Mills and the Swans recorded their second win for the season against Essendon on the weekend. They look to go back to back as they travel to Hobart this Saturday where they will face North Melbourne.