Chris-Yarran

Chris Yarran has departed the Blues and looks set to head to Richmond.

The deal has been in the pipelines for months, with Damian Barrett saying Yarran had met with Richmond officials close to seven weeks ago.

Emerging young gun Ben Lennon is what is being offered, according to 3AW’s Sam McClure and other sources.

The 188 centimetre Lennon was taken at pick 12 in the 2013 draft, and began to hit his straps this year.

He’s a high half forward who can play all over the ground. His overhead marking and long, penetrating kicks are his two elite assets.

Lennon kicked six goals from nine games this year. More importantly, aside from the elimination final, he played every game since round 16 for the Tigers.

Lennon’s strength in the air is perhaps his most eye-catching skill. He took multiple contested marks in the VFL in four games this year.

Yarran of course would be an upgrade over Bachar Houli, Reece Conca and Nick Vlastuin.

Their worth is at a similar level, but questions should be raised over whether the Tigers would be wiser to just part ways with their first pick instead.

It looks likely that the Tigers’ first pick will be around the 14-16 mark, and despite the evenness of the draft, it looks unlikely that the Tigers will land an out and out gun at that pick.