PORT ADELAIDE has taken Todd Marshall with its first pick in the 2016 AFL Draft.

The 18-year-old tall forward, compared to Justin Westhoff by AFL talent managers, was selected at No. 16 after academy bids by the GWS Giants and Gold Coast relegated the Power down the order from their original pick No. 14.

From near Deniliquin in New South Wales, he continues a string of Murray Bushrangers to make their way to the Power in recent years, with Dougal Howard (2014), Jarman Impey (2013), Tom Clurey (2012) all being taken from the Victoria-NSW borderlands. 

Having previously played representative cricket for Australian underage teams, Marshall switched his focus to Australian football this year and impressed as a strong marking, agile forward. 

He averaged 2.3 goals for NSW/ACT in the national under-18 championships and 1.8 goals for the Allies. 

Earlier in the night, Essendon selected Sandringham Dragon Andrew McGrath with the prestigious first pick of the draft.

Todd Marshall draft profile

Junior club: Deniliquin Rams, Murray Bushrangers
Rep teams: NSW/ACT, Allies
DOB: 8/10/1998
Height: 197cm
Weight: 86kg

Previous selections

1. Andrew McGrath - Essendon
2. Tim Taranto - GWS Giants
3. Hugh McCluggage - Brisbane Lions
4. Ben Ainsworth - Gold Coast
5. Will Setterfield - GWS Giants (Academy bid)
6. Sam Petrevski-Seton - Carlton
7. Jack Scrimshaw - Gold Coast
8. Griffin Logue - Fremantle
9. Will Brodie - Gold Coast
10. Jack Bowes - Gold Coast (Academy bid)
11. Oliver Florent - Sydney
12. Jy Simpkin - North Melbourne
13. Daniel Venables - West Coast 
14. Harry Perryman - GWS Giants (Academy bid)
15. Jordan Gallucci - Adelaide Crows

Read more on Port Adelaide's other selections

18. Sam Powell-Pepper - East Perth
32. Joe Atley - Bendigo Pioneers

33. Willem Drew - North Ballarat Rebels