All the speculation leading into this week linked explosive midfielder Christian Petracca with the Saints, and many considered it was a done deal that he would head to Seaford.
But there have been late suggestions that imposing key forward Paddy McCartin is the Saints' chosen one instead.
AFL.com.au's draft expert Callum Twomey's Phantom Draft, published on Tuesday night, predicted that McCartin would be taken at pick No. 1.
While the Saints have admitted they found it incredibly difficult to split the talented pair, chief operating officer Ameet Bains said on Wednesday they decided who they would take earlier this week.
He was adamant that the club had not flipped on its initial choice.
"There's been speculation whether we've changed our minds on various bits and pieces – that's not true, we've worked our way through and come to a decision," Bains said.
"We like both of them enormously.
"It's been a very thorough process. I guess we've been in the very fortunate position of knowing we get who we choose.
"We've been able to take our time and make an assessment."
The two players are yet to find out which one will become a Saint on Thursday night, with McCartin revealing this week he had not spoken to the club recently.
The Saints could leave both McCartin and Petracca in the dark ahead of the draft and let them find out when the rest of the football world does.
"We're deciding whether we will [tell them]. If we do, it might be on the day of the draft," Bains said.
"I think there's also something nice about the player finding out on the night and having his name called out."