I was certainly unexcited by us taking Francis, though I saw it coming a long way out. He had some very clear weaknesses. And I’d seen very little of Curnow, Weiderman, or the other alternatives that seemed likely at the time (Burton wasn’t even on the radar for a top-5 pick), so it’s not like i had an alternative that I could say I thought would be better. And I was satisfied at the time that he’d at least be a AFL-level player, through probably a 3rd tall defender.
He always struck me as the sort of type who rides his confidence though, and found that a bit troubling. In a match, When he’s on, his production improves with his confidence. When he’s down, he stays down unless something changes for him, he gets moved to a new position or gets a change of opponent. That sort of thing bothers me cos a player like that isn’t someone you can rely on to drag you out of a hole (and if you’re picking a guy with a low single digit draft pick, you want that) and because he requires the coach to rearrange the rest of the side to cater to him. His engine wasn’t the best, but it was certainly plenty adequate for kpp at u18 level. But at the time lots of people were talking him up as a Kouta-esque do-it-all prospect who could go into the middle, and I just never saw that.