I am of the opinion that contested players and contested marking talls generally take longer. Basically any position where strength is a key factor required multiple preseasons in the majority (not all, but the majority) of cases.
This includes what we want Langford and Francis to grow into. And possibly Laverde as well.
“But” I hear you say…
In my opinion for every Clayton Oliver there a Josh Kennedy, Jobe Watson and even a Seb Ross, who at 24 suddenly had people noticing him.
We are way too impatient. It’s not long ago that “Goddard is the worst #1 pick ever” and “Ablett is just a forward pocket who was only recruited because of his name” were actually said.
Langford and Francis are 20. It might be 2 years before they’re consistent 22 yo footballers. And Laverde has had injuries every time it looked like he was ready to go.
These guys can play. It takes time. Next year they will be better, and the next year better again. Enjoy the ride.