In order that they appear on the selection sheet, I went Goodes, game breaker who has attributes not really shared by anyone on that list. Tall, fast, and pretty much without him Sydney would never have been in a position to win a final, let alone play in two grand finals.
I wanted a gut running outside midfielder, that no-one could run with, and Cousins is that man.
Chris Judd is Chris Judd. Don't think that he's the best midfielder of the past 10 years, but I'd argue that he's the most rounded. Provides the pace and breaks lines, as well as clearances, tackles and grunt.
For pure leadership, head over the ball and sledging, Voss; have him in at most centre bounces, and watch him collide and smash bodies up.
Buckley probably has the best shoe of any regular midfielder over the past 10 years, only really rivalled by a couple of guys who get fed the ball in the back third. Huge work ethic, and got to the right places to be fed the ball often enough to be damaging.
Want a guy who sets up others to round out my 6. Simon Black or Scott West were fighting it out, and Black brings everything to the table that West does, plus a better shoe and a provien record in finals.
I left out Hird as I don't think he's been one of the best midfielders per se, would have him on the half forward flank and give him license to go where he wants. Kouta is so good everywhere, tough to nanil him down, and Ablett has only given two years of service in the elite, and other guys play his role better IMO.