Highly-touted number 1 draft pick Andrew McGrath will be thrown in the deep end this weekend, as confirmed by Essendon's John Worsfold.
The Bombers coach confirmed this morning that his young gun will be given the task of minding Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli.
Worsfold claimed it was the sort of opportunity that McGrath would relish.
"There is a massive benefit for a young kid to be involved in such a big game for the footy club," Worsfold said.
"If you want to play AFL player, don't ask to play on an easy player...I know Andy would never ask that."