I have no doubt Lang and Lav will be good players, they just need to find their niche and feel like they belong rather than filling the gaps as understudies, they need to take ownership - which I believe they were doing in the VFL.
The question mark on them from my POV is where they fit in. I want Langford to be like Jobe was at his peak, and I want Laverde to be another Fantasia, both are huge, lofty expectations.
From what little I have seen of both of them at training they are both really hard workers, eager to learn their craft (I fukn hat e that word BTW) and I’m confident they will at least be valuable players for the club.
As for Francis, I’m sure he will be a good player, but again I’m not sure what his role is meant to be. If he plays in the backline does he come in for Goddard/Gleeson/Ambrose/McKenna? If he plays forward then what do we do with the Daniher/Hooker/Stewart combo? Stewart is taking the medium forward role (even though he’s KPP tall) making it hard for Lav and Francis to get in (while Fanta is the other medium I guess). Tippa and Green are the smalls. ATM there just isn’t any room, and you have Begley knocking on the door too, potentially as a mid or fwd.
Not sure if anyone has mentioned Kobe Mutch in this thread, but he is another one that could emerge next year and cement himself before any of the others mentioned in the OP.
I think we are in a good position, we might even find ourselves in a position where we have good, talented players to trade.