THE AFL website's draft expert has upgraded his already high opinion of Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij following last week's draft combine.
Callum Twomey has ranked Kolodjashnij the eighth-best draft hopeful, up from ninth, his previous ranking.
``He has come from the clouds a little bit this year, but Kolodjashnij continues to firm as one of the best players available,'' Twomey said.
``After a strong under-18 championships for Tasmania, the creative half-back continued that form at local level.
``What makes Kolodjashnij so highly rated is the fact he is as much footballer as athlete - he baulks and weaves out of trouble but can also run quick and jump high, as seen in his combine testing.''
Among the Blues' strongest combine results were first placings in the vertical jump - with 79 centimetres - and in the running vertical jump - with 97 centimetres - as well as a ninth-place finish in the 3-kilometre time trail in a time of 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
Kolodjashnij attended last week's draft combine with his twin brother Jake, North Launceston's Toby Nankervis, Burnie's Eli Templeton and Brady Grey, Devonport's Alex Pearce and Glenorchy's Zac Webster.
The national draft will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, with the preseason and rookie drafts to be held the following week.