North take Edwards with first pick of mid-season draft

North Melbourne have selected Sandringham Dragons tall Jacob Edwards at pick one of the mid-season rookie draft, confirmation after weeks of speculation that Edwards would go first.

The 202-centimetre ruck/forward had been widely expected to be taken by the Kangaroos – bottom of the ladder at the midway point of the season – after an outstanding start to the NAB League season.

Hawthorn selected Jai Newcombe at pick two.

Edwards had been playing in the NAB League after being bypassed by all 18 clubs in last year’s national draft following the abandoned season in COVID-19-stricken Victoria.

Jacob Edwards was taken by North Melbourne at pick one. Credit:AFL Photos

Rival clubs expect North to soon extend Edwards’ contact for several more seasons. He would have been in contention to be a first-round selection in the national draft this year had he opted not to nominate in the mid-season pool.

Edwards turns 19 in November and bolsters the Roos’ tall stocks, currently led by Todd Goldstein but also featuring Nick Larkey, the emerging Tristan Xerri and injury-riddled Charlie Comben, as well as journeyman Tom Campbell.

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