5 votes | Connor Rozee
Rozee has continued his stellar start to his AFL footballing career with an incredible five-goal haul.
After collecting 18 disposals and booting two goals in round two, the Port rookie took seven marks and gathered 21 possessions while slotting 5.2 against the Lions at the Gabba.
The 19-year-old became the youngest Port Adelaide player ever to kick five goals, and has shown an ability to rip games open for the Power in rounds two and three.
In a 2018 NAB draft class stacked with talent, Rozee has more than justified his No.5 selection with his start to 2019.
4 votes | Sam Walsh
The Carlton draftee finds himself in the votes once again, as he continues to prove that he is the ready-made AFL midfielder that the Blues paid for with the No.1 pick in 2018’s NAB AFL Draft.
After racking up another 28 disposals in his side’s loss to the Swans, Walsh’s possession count has continued to ascend since his round one debut and the young midfielder now has 77 disposals in his first three games, placing him well inside the top-50 possession-getters in the AFL.
In addition to his prolific ball-winning attributes, Walsh hit the scoreboard in round three, booting 1.1 to go with his stack of possessions.
The young Blue looks set to be an instant gun.
3 votes | Gryan Miers
After being taken at No.57 in the 2017 draft, Miers was solid as he spent 2018 developing in the Cats’ VFL side.
Handed an AFL debut in round one, Miers has taken his opportunity with both hands.
Following a solid outing with 20 disposals and a goal in the Cats’ round two thumping of the Demons, the 20-year-old was a force in his side’s victory over the Crows at Adelaide Oval, slotting three majors.
The dread-headed forward has looked the likely type in his short AFL career and has so far rewarded coach Chris Scott’s confidence.
2 votes | Charlie Constable
Constable once again finds himself in the votes, after 23 disposals and a goal in round three.
The tall Geelong midfielder now has 75 disposals (avg. 25 per game) and has slotted a major in each of his first three AFL games.
If Constable can maintain his form, we will begin to hear his name mentioned more as a genuine threat to Sam Walsh’s NAB AFL Rising Star candidacy.
1 vote | Sydney Stack
The WA recruit garnered plenty of praise from coach Damian Hardwick in the week leading up to his debut, but it’s the praise earned after a stellar AFL debut that will please Stack.
“We probably picked him tonight on a little bit of a speculative buy, but the reality of it is he was fantastic,” Hardwick said after the Tigers loss to GWS.
After being overlooked in 2018’s national and rookie drafts, Stack was invited to train with the Tigers over summer and even spent some time living with Hardwick as he made the move interstate.
The 18-year-old kicked his first goal in AFL football midway through the first quarter and finished with 17 disposals and eight marks to earn himself a vote.
10 – Charlie Constable (GEEL)
10 – Sam Walsh (CARL)
9 – Connor Rozee (PORT)
4 – Bailey Scott (NM)
4 – Zak Butters (PORT)
3 – Gryan Miers (GEEL)
2 – Lachlan Schultz (FREM)
2 – Willem Drew (PORT)
1 – Sydney Stack (RICH)