He lasted until pick 34 at last month’s NAB AFL Draft, but Jack Mahony could be one of the “steals of the draft”, according to Champion Data.

The Sandringham/Vic Metro youngster has made an early impact in a little more than two weeks at Arden St, and looms as an exciting prospect. 

“He’s (Mahony) elite for score assists and elite for score involvements,” Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne told AFL.com.au. 

“He is that point of difference inside 50 for North Melbourne, around Ben Brown, Nick Larkey and Cam Zurhaar. 

“To be able to fit this bloke in with Tarryn Thomas; there’s two creative forwards for North Melbourne.”

Able to go through the midfield and play forward, Mahony averaged 18 disposals, 2.8 clearances and 3.5 tackles a game in the Under 18 Championships with Vic Metro. 

“I think it’s what he does at ground level that really does separate him,” Hoyne added.

“If you’re a North Melbourne supporter, you’d be pretty confident you can lock Jack Mahony away for the next five years at least.

“I think that he could be one of the steals of the draft.”