Bailey Smith vs Sam Walsh

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Both will win Brownlow medals (though not necessarily MVPs) because of where they play and their prodigious output but I’d take Smith because of his outside game.
 

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It may be a bit unfashionable and I love mocking Carlton, but I have been watching Walsh really closely and I could not be more impressed with him right now. He is a contest to contest terrier with pretty decent skills and I don’t think the Blues would be giving him back for anyone.

Smith has been pushed largely to a wing at the Bulldogs, also a really good player.

But Walsh is looking a rightful number one pick from an amazing draft year. There are great picks all the way down this draft and spilling into the SSP.
 

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It may be a bit unfashionable and I love mocking Carlton, but I have been watching Walsh really closely and I could not be more impressed with him right now. He is a contest to contest terrier with pretty decent skills and I don’t think the Blues would be giving him back for anyone.

Smith has been pushed largely to a wing at the Bulldogs, also a really good player.

But Walsh is looking a rightful number one pick from an amazing draft year. There are great picks all the way down this draft and spilling into the SSP.
Good - actually great post...it's easy to mock or bag the number 1 pick when there are a bunch of guns (potential or confirmed) that were picked following. It's happened in this thread (and last year in the media generally). It's clear to me that anyone that emphatically, without question says that take Smith over Walsh, doesn't watch many (if any) Carlton games.
 

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Good - actually great post...it's easy to mock or bag the number 1 pick when there are a bunch of guns (potential or confirmed) that were picked following. It's happened in this thread (and last year in the media generally). It's clear to me that anyone that emphatically, without question says that take Smith over Walsh, doesn't watch many (if any) Carlton games.
Anyone who outright declares one being better than the other either doesn't watch enough footy, or more likely is just fishing for reactions (which they'll no doubt get in this thread).

Despite that, the biggest thing that puts Walsh behind Smith in my eyes is the lack of a sick haircut.
 

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It may be a bit unfashionable and I love mocking Carlton, but I have been watching Walsh really closely and I could not be more impressed with him right now. He is a contest to contest terrier with pretty decent skills and I don’t think the Blues would be giving him back for anyone.

Smith has been pushed largely to a wing at the Bulldogs, also a really good player.

But Walsh is looking a rightful number one pick from an amazing draft year. There are great picks all the way down this draft and spilling into the SSP.
the beauty about Walsh is that he was ready made. That is to say, he gave little opportunity for the Club to botch his development as it has done with other draft recruits.
 

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Anyone who outright declares one being better than the other either doesn't watch enough footy, or more likely is just fishing for reactions (which they'll no doubt get in this thread).

Despite that, the biggest thing that puts Walsh behind Smith in my eyes is the lack of a sick haircut.
Hands down, the Abe Simpson quote is so apt

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PS I’m a huge fan of the Bailey locks
 

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Would still prefer Smith personally but I have been impressed with the improvement in Walsh's game this year. Looks much more dynamic and less of an accumulator.
Walsh is just running his opponents ragged and getting to contests before he has the right to, time after time. When he gets there he is really tough to beat. Just looks foolproof to me. I have watched Smith carefully too and also a really good gut runner, but Walsh has him covered in the contest IMO. Not to say Smith has any real weakness at the contest but Walsh is better.
 

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Walsh is just running his opponents ragged and getting to contests before he has the right to, time after time. When he gets there he is really tough to beat. Just looks foolproof to me. I have watched Smith carefully too and also a really good gut runner, but Walsh has him covered in the contest IMO. Not to say Smith has any real weakness at the contest but Walsh is better.
I'm not sure what Smith's opposite side of is like, but Walsh has no left. It's the only real knock I can find in his game I can see. That said, more often than not, he's crafty enough to get out of trouble if he's trapped on his left.

Now, as I think about the 'vanilla' comments that were bandied about last year, I giggle. He's as vanilla as an affogato made with Connoisseur Mint Choc Chip ice cream and Ardbeg Caol Ila.
 

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Would still prefer Smith personally but I have been impressed with the improvement in Walsh's game this year. Looks much more dynamic and less of an accumulator.
Walsh is a Selwood type player - a grinder with a footy brain - pleasing to see his kicking has stepped up a notch or two this year but that is probably because he has aclimatised to AFL levels of speed around the contests - but he will come into his own when he adds another 5 or so kilos over the next couple of years ...

Smith is a great player too - but unlike Carlton's thin midfield - Smith has to share the glory with a few other guns.
 

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I'm not sure what Smith's opposite side of is like, but Walsh has no left. It's the only real knock I can find in his game I can see. That said, more often than not, he's crafty enough to get out of trouble if he's trapped on his left.

Now, as I think about the 'vanilla' comments that were bandied about last year, I giggle. He's as vanilla as an affogato made with Connoisseur Mint Choc Chip ice cream and Ardbeg Caol Ila.
It’s one thing that does my absolute head in these days! Top 10 draft picks who are mids that can’t kick on their opposite. They should be kicking opposite foot by TAC level and really working on it.
 

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Walsh literally is your midfield. Smith plays a role in ours. Big big difference. Smiths bigger, quicker, stronger, better disposal, kicks more goals, more aggression. I don’t think there’s many parts of the game Walsh has him covered in to be completely honest
You've just shot yourself in the foot here.

Are you suggesting that Walsh has it easier because he's a 1-man-band in the midfield, whilst Smith's role is harder because he plays on the wing (2nd easiest position on the ground) and has Bont, Macrae, Treloar and co. feeding it to him?

Also angry face + mullet doesn't = more aggression. Walsh is as tough as anyone in the contest this year and never gets caught.

Once again this thread is just full of blokes who saw reports on Walsh during his draft year and haven't watched one iota since.
 

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Wouldn't be surprised to see both named in this years AA team, maybe even on opposite wings. Would be an exceptional achievement as 3rd year players. The best 3rd year midfielders I have seen since Selwood.
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This bloke went alright in his 3rd year. 20 Brownlow votes, All Australian and B&F in a premiership team...
 

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Dermie was spot on about Bailey Smith

Very often those who cry mental health are the biggest bullies of all
Steps over a player and gives a bit of a shove to another after they lose marking contest, as happens numerous times every single game. What a bully, any mental health concerns must now be ignored.
 

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Steps over a player and gives a bit of a shove to another after they lose marking contest, as happens numerous times every single game. What a bully, any mental health concerns must now be ignored.
Pretty much yes.

You cant be mentally abusive and cry about mental health really

A bit like how I cant be a advocate for the environment while being a tree logger
 

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Steps over a player and gives a bit of a shove to another after they lose marking contest, as happens numerous times every single game. What a bully, any mental health concerns must now be ignored.
A clear run in and shove to a player who lost a marking contest and team is getting belted when Smith wasn't even the one who took the mark, that is the epitome of a ******* w***er. Especially when he has a cry about mental health

The stepping over the player didn't seem too bad though
 

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A clear run in and shove to a player who lost a marking contest and team is getting belted when Smith wasn't even the one who took the mark, that is the epitome of a ******* w***er. Especially when he has a cry about mental health

The stepping over the player didn't seem too bad though
Its kind of the concept that one feeds the other

A big part of his mental health issues could easily be born from the fact he is a ultra competitive to the point of losing basic self control. If he removed that from his life he would be a happier person anyway
 

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