Sydney Swans draftee Dylan Stephens would hear new Melbourne small forward Kysaiah Pickett breathing behind him on the field and knew he was in strife.
The two youngsters, who are best friends, have played against each other and together many times over the past few years.
Stephens, who was pick No.5 in this year’s AFL National Draft, quickly learned he needed to act quickly when Pickett was lurking in the vicinity wearing an opposition jersey.
“I think he’s absolutely ready for it (the AFL),” Stephens said.
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“He can clean people up, tackle, pressure, and even for me playing against him, you just know he could be anywhere.
“He’ll catch you in no time and his presence, you hear him breathing behind you and start to panic and that impacts your skills
Don’t be fooled by Pickett’s 170cm stature.
The teenager, who was the bolter of the draft after being snapped up by the Demons at pick No.12, likes to hurt opponents and has done so on many occasions.
Although, Stephens said he thankfully had never been cleaned up by his mate on the field.
“I think he looked after me,” Stephens laughed.
“A couple of times he’s had me and lifted me a little bit and then just took me down a little bit.
“If I were anyone else I think he would have gone straight through me.”
“As a person, at first he is quiet and that’s how he’ll come across,” he said.
“But when you get to know him he comes out of his shell a little bit.
“And when he does, the kid doesn’t shut up.
“He doesn’t stop talking.”