With a significant number of players, they don't have a "natural" position, so talking of playing players where they were drafted is a mantra for morons.
Hurley was always a TAC Cup KPD who was a useful swingman, but he was always more comfortable in defence, particularly with his dodgy wrists.
Football's history is littered though with players who played juniors mid or forward, but ended with great careers in defence. Unfortunately, we tried too many defenders moving into the midfield in Sheeds's later years.
Looks to me like Francis is comfortable playing anywhere...at least until his tank runs out. There wouldn't have been questions about him in the 90's.