Two top-level coaches have backed Jackson Callow's credentials ahead of Wednesday's AFL draft.
A junior premiership forward and captain with the Prospect Hawks, Callow joined North Launceston in 2018 and played in the Bombers' 2019 TSL flag.
Former North boss Taylor Whitford and Craig Notman, who coached the tall forward at the Tassie Devils last year, have watched the teen's progression as closely as anyone in recent years and agreed he was worthy of AFL selection.
"I think Jackson Callow deserves to go higher than what he will potentially go in the draft," Notman said.
"He hasn't put a foot wrong in terms of what he's done over the last couple of years.
"They talk about weapons, he's got some really good weapons - a great set of hands, for a guy of his size he's got a great aerobic capacity.
"He's just a terrific kid but also he's a competitor, so that will hold him in really good stead when he gets that opportunity."
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Callow joins Clarence's Ollie Davis and North Hobart trio Patrick Walker, Sam Collins and Hamish Allan among the Devils most likely to be drafted on Wednesday.
All five will have the option to play another NAB League season next year as the competition throws its arms open to 19-year-olds who missed their shot at impressing recruiters in 2020.
"There's some really good kids within that group but it's going to be very hard for them just with the nature of the draft," Notman said.
"I don't think there'll be a hell of a lot of picks and I think that'll probably make it difficult for some of the boys.
"My gut feel is that if any of the boys are going to get picked up it's going to be towards the back end of the draft."
Whitford worked closely with Callow in 2020, successfully deploying the 193cm tall as an intercept defender.
"I'm really hopeful that he does [get selected] - you're never certain until his name's called out but I know the work he's put in, I know how much he wants it," Whitford said.
"If he's taken it's good that we have the potential of getting another draftee from North Launceston and it's good for him as well - he needs the development and he's ready to go.
"I think our talent this year is better than what it has been - the available talent to be drafted is better in that we're talking about Ollie Davis and Collins and Hamish Allan being a chance.
"Realistically for us we'd be hoping to get at least one [draftee] as a football state, if not two, but there could be one, there could be none, there could be five."