Essendon could miss out on talented Tiwi Islands prospect Anthony Munkara due to the AFL's expanded protected zone of the NAB AFL Draft with Next Generation Academy players.

The Bombers have access to the exciting Indigenous forward, who is a member of the NAB AFL Academy and is playing for West Adelaide in the SANFL having moved to school in South Australia, due to their NGA region in the Northern Territory.

But clubs will this year only be able to match bids on NGA prospects outside of the first 40 picks in the draft, with Munkara's early-season showings making him a likely earlier selection according to recruiters.