Essendon has welcomed Geelong Falcons utility Brayden Ham with pick 72 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.

Playing as a top-ager in this year's TAC Cup, the versatile 19-year-old from Torquay started the season in midfield before moving to the forward line, along with occasional stints in defence.

He booted 22 goals from 16 games, named among the Falcons' best players on 10 occasions and finishing second in the club's best-and-fairest count behind No.1 draft pick Sam Walsh.

Brayden Ham starred for the Geelong Falcons in 2018. (Photo: AFL Media)

Ham's impressive TAC Cup form saw him invited to this year's draft combine, where he tested as elite in the sprint and endurance tests.

GM of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro said he was thrilled to secure Ham with the Bombers' final selection.

"He needs a bit of development, but he ticks all the boxes in terms of speed, agility and importantly endurance," Dodoro said.

"He’s got all the modern-day traits and he uses the ball so well. We were really keen to get him on board."

Brayden Ham's bio:

Age: 19

Height: 180cm

Weight: 65kg

Position: Midfield/Forward

Recruited from: Geelong Falcons

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