Essendon select Brayden Ham with pick No.72 in the 2018 National Draft.

"Brayden will need some time to further develop but he is a 19-year-old that ticks all the boxes as far as speed, agility and endurance," Essendon recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro said.

"He has modern-day football traits and uses the ball well so our team were really keen to get him on board. It was a great result."