Rayner ready for No.1 AFL pick pressure

Hunter Clark

Hunter Clark

Whether he ends the night as the newest No.1 draft pick or not, Cameron Rayner is more than ready to embark on his AFL career.

"I just want to start working and get into it", Rayner said.

The junior star has been likened to Richmond gun Dustin Martin and is the hot tip to be the first player claimed at the national selection meeting in Sydney.

Fremantle snapped up Sandringham Dragons midfielder Andrew Brayshaw with the second overall selection - a pick they secured from the Gold Coast Suns in a trade for Lachie Weller - while Carlton claimed Bendigo Pioneers onballer Paddy Dow with the third overall selection.

Speculation surfaced on Thursday that Brisbane had already told Rayner they would make him this year's top pick.

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"... I just can't wait to start the hard work and get into it because I know the rewards are going to come".

AFL draft prospect Paddy Dow says it would be a dream to true to play for the club he has always supported.

"I'd love to a part of that and if that happens I'd be really excited".

Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke went to North Melbourne fourth overall, while the Dockers rounded out the top five by taking Eastern Ranges onballer Adam Cerra.

"I think any of those four boys would handle the No.1 mantle well and they're all a little bit different", AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan told AAP.

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"It would be pretty special".

One day out from the draft, Rayner was unsure whether the Lions planned to make him the No.1 pick.

The draft is being held at the Sydney Showgrounds tonight.

Prolific ball-winner and playmaker who could have pushed himself further into contention for the No.1 spot if not for injury battles over the past two seasons.

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