Cool idea, and some interesting battles.
Ben Rutten vs Jed Adcock
Rutten easily. He's gone under the radar from his 2005/067 days of being labelled the best full back in the league. Scarlett has well and truly taken that mantle again (and Glass is always close), but none the less, Rutten is still amazingly consistent.
I really like Adcock, and he is a very solid player who over the last 3 years has started to realise his potential. But compared to a former All Australian full back, its a no contest.
Tyson Edwards vs Simon Black
So stiff on Edwards to draw Black. I was saying in the AFL thread how Edwards is one of the most underrated players I've ever seen, but Simon Black may be the most consistent AFL footballer I've ever seen (along with Buckley). He is so gifted, so cool under pressure and his ability to kick so accurately on both feet is amazing. On top of that, throw in 3 premiersihps a Norm Smith medal, a brownlow (with two runners-ups and a 5th in 2005) and 3 time all-Australian... he's just done so much more than Edwards
Tyson Edwards is another consistent player, who has a brilliant tank and is just always overshadowed by McLeod, Ricciuto and now even Scott Thompson and Simon Goodwin. But Black had Aker, Voss and Lappin to compete with in the middle, and still achieved what he's achieved. Just the better player IMO.
Black's performance in the 2003 GF might be enough on its own tbh.
Nathan Bock vs Daniel Bradshaw
Bock's a very good player, but Bradshaw holds the record for most goals for the Brisbane Lions, and is as versatile as they come. Neither are superstars of the game yet, and one might argue that Bock has reached that stage where he's a better backman than Bradshaw (though whenever Bradshaw's thrown back he does his job well), but Bradshaw's done what Bock did, plus been a very good forward, for longer.