Players' Top 50 - Number 7

Players' Top 50 - Number 7

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Which players are most respected by their peers?

We asked the players to share their opinions via a survey for AFL.com.au’s Players’ Top 50

Adelaide Crows midfielder Patrick Dangerfield has been voted in at number seven in the Players’ Top 50, following another scintillating season as his club’s marquee player.

“Usually you are either built like McLeod and run like the wind, or strong like Michael Voss. Having the combination of both makes you very hard to match up on” – Mark Ricciuto

A truly elite talent, Dangerfield is arguably the competition’s most explosive player. In 2014, he averaged nearly 25 disposals – 15 contested – and kicked 17 goals, finishing equal-fourth in the Brownlow Medal and third in the Crows’ best and fairest award.

The tough speedster’s best performance came in the Round 17 loss to Hawthorn where he collected 41 disposals, 27 of them contested, and nine clearances.

In 2012, former club captain Mark Ricciuto said the then 22-year-old had all the attributes to be “the best player in the Crows’ history”.

“It is rare to have both speed and strength, but Dangerfield does. His contested ball and stoppage work is up with the best in the competition already. Usually you are either built like McLeod and run like the wind, or strong like Michael Voss. Having the combination of both makes you very hard to match up on.”

AFL PLAYERS’ TOP 50 SO FAR – 50 TO 7

7. Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)

8. Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)

9. Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)

10. Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)

11. Josh Kennedy (Sydney Swans)

12. Jobe Watson (Essendon)

13. Trent Cotchin (Richmond)

14. Matt Priddis (West Coast Eagles)

15. Dyson Heppell (Essendon)

16. Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)

17. Steve Johnson (Geelong)

18. Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)

19. Tom Rockliff (Brisbane Lions)

20. Aaron Sandliands (Fremantle)

21. Dayne Beams (Brisbane)

22. Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)

23. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)

24. Rory Sloane (Adelaide)

25. Harry Taylor (Geelong)

26. Brent Harvey (North Melbourne)

27. Luke Parker (Sydney)

28. Chris Judd (Carlton)

29. Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)

30. Marc Murphy (Carlton)

31. Nathan Jones (Melbourne)

32. Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)

33. David Mundy (Fremantle)

34. Brendon Goddard (Essendon)

35. Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)

36. Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)

37. Pearce Hanley (Brisbane Lions)

38. Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)

39. Dustin Martin (Richmond)

40. Dan Hannebery (Sydney)

41. Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)

42. Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)

43. Josh Kennedy (West Coast Eagles)

44. Ryan Griffen (Greater Western Sydney)

45. Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)

46. Luke Breust (Hawthorn)

47. Travis Cloke (Collingwood)

48. Dane Swan (Collingwood)

49. Brett Deledio (Richmond)

50. Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)

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