Josh Gibcus is a huge draft bargain for Richmond, according to dual North Melbourne premiership player and current-day AFL analyst David King.

The Tigers secured the services of the highly-talented, young, key defender from Greater Western Victoria Rebels with their first pick (No. 9 overall) in the 2021 national draft.

“I think this guy is a steal at this pick. Richmond have got an absolute ripper . . . I think it’s almost the pick of the top 10 at that value,” King said.

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“I had him at four. I had him behind (Jason) Horne-Francis, (Nick) Daicos and Sam Darcy.

“He’s a classic aerialist in terms of the way he flies for intercept marks.

“He’s diligent enough to start with his opponent. But then he just assesses really quickly where it’s likely to fall . . . He goes for the football. That’s what you want.

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“Dropping off his man, assessing the ball in flight really early – that’s AFL level already. That’s the classic intercept mark player that we see in the competition right now . . .

“It’s very difficult to get young players to think like that. When they do, and they’ve got the capabilities in the air to match, you end up with a pretty special player.”

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Richmond recruit, Josh Gibcus, chats to Richmond Media after being drafted by the Tigers at Pick 9.

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