LAUNCESTON defender Kade Kolodjashnij has been one of the early stars at the AFL draft combine in Melbourne, excelling in the jump testing.
The 18-year-old, half-back flanker and wingman, who played a starring role for Tasmania through the NAB AFL under-18 championships, led the way in the standing vertical jump test.
Kolodjashnij, who is touted to be a top-10 selection next month, had a 79cm vertical relative jump.
He beat fellow Tasmanian Brady Grey (76 centimetres), Queenslander Fraser Thurlow (75cm), and West Australian Tom Vandeleur (72cm).
Kolodjashnij was also the standout in the running vertical jump off the right leg, jumping 97cm.
AFL academies development manager Michael Ablett said it demonstrated Kolodjashnij's surge up the draft order.
``He's just gone from strength to strength,'' Ablett said. ``We've seen his footy continually improve throughout the year.
``We saw what he did earlier in the year, particularly at the AIS-AFL Academy's January camp and could see what an exciting athlete he was.
``But to actually get confirmed figures and that solid data on him now, it just backs up his football ability.
``Complemented by his athletic ability, I think it pushes him right up among the best kids in the country.''
Tasmania's best AFL draft hopefuls have been busy trying to impress club recruiters at the combine at Etihad Stadium.
Kolodjashnij, is one of seven Tasmanians attending along with his brother Jake, Burnie duo Eli Templeton and Brady Grey, North Launceston's Toby Nankervis, Devonport's Alex Pearce and Glenorchy's Zac Webster.
AFL Tasmania state academy coach Adam Sanders is with the Tasmanian players.
``So far the boys have done a fair bit of psycho-motor and medical screening,'' he said.
`` Zac Webster was one of the standouts in the agility test. Without the official results yet, he was in the top three when I was there breaking 7.9 seconds in the agility test and ran a 2.99 seconds for the 20m.
``Kade Kolodjashnij was 2.97 so he did well in the 20m sprint too.''
Sanders said the testing conditions were quite windy and cold at Etihad and the results were not as low as in previous years.
He said the Tassie draft hopefuls had a schedule of interviews with clubs spread out over the four days with some drawing more requests than others.
The combine continues with skill testing this morning, followed by the beep test in the afternoon and tomorrow afternoon the 3km time trial.