Roos' Horne-Francis top pick in AFL draft

North Melbourne have used No.1 pick in the AFL national draft to recruit South Australian midfielder Jason Horne-Francis.

Jason Horne-Francis is the 2021 AFL No.1 draft pick after North Melbourne chose not to bid on highly-rated father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy.

The Kangaroos held the first pick overall in Wednesday night's AFL national draft and used it to select the South Australian midfielder.

Horne-Francis looks ready to step straight into North Melbourne's best team under David Noble next year, after playing two seasons of senior football with SANFL club South Adelaide.

Midfielder Daicos and ruck-forward Darcy are certain first-round selections, tied to Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs respectively.