Essendon List and Recruiting Manager Adrian Dodoro has confirmed the Bombers will use it first draft pick to secure a midfielder.
Victorians Hugh McCluggage, Will Brodie and Andrew McGrath along with Queenland's Jack Bowes and Western Australia's Sam Petrevski-Seton have been touted as potential number one picks.
While McGrath has also played across half back, all five payers are proven ball winners at underage level.
Key forward Todd Marshall and ruckman Tim English are also tipped to go early but Dodoro said the Bombers would target a running player.
“It’ll be a midfielder,” Dodoro said at the AFL Draft Combine on Saturday morning.
“Whether that’s a defensive midfielder or a forward-midfielder or a genuine midfielder… all of the boys that are around that 180 to 185 centimetre range and play multiple positions on the ground.”
The Bombers currently hold the number one selection. It's the first time in the Club's history its had the top pick.
The brightest young football prospects are in the middle of the Draft Combine.
While Dodoro knows the type of player he wants, the Club's recruiting team is yet to identify the specific player.
“We’re still reviewing all of the information and data and we’re getting to know the boys,” he said.
“We’ve got a fair bit of time up our sleeve until we have to make the ultimate decision, but we’ve narrowed it down.”
Essendon has stated it would consider trading the number one pick if the right offer was presented, but that hasn't happened at this stage.
“There hasn’t been a serious offer tabled at this point,” Dodoro said.
“There have been clubs that have asked about it, but at this point there have been no serious offers.”