Dont confuse "smartest and most professional" with "best".
FYI, Soward only runs 3 times a game (Cronk 10) and he only makes a poor 25m running (Cronk 57m). Soward is also zero for tackle breaks, line breaks and tries.
World class to me is someone who could play on any stage.
Pearce is 2nd in run metes only behind JT and he averages a Try Assist each game , once again JT is the only 7 to better him.
I think Pearce could get $1m on the open market and Cooper is 32 in Dec.
I dont rate Ben Hunt at all. His tackle 5 options are terrible and I had hoped that side of his game would improve under Bennett but it has not. He is a great runner and sets up his runners well, but it is hard to win a comp when the 7 has to rush his final kick. he on ly makes 7 runs a match which is not good enough and he rates 16th for Try Assists.
Cronk is the smartest and most professional half I have ever seen and because of this he should be able to play on longer than most. He is not relied on brilliant pace. His greatest strength is his on field talk and his brilliant tactical kicking.
Pearce has improved immensely under his coach Robbo and he now has nearly everything that Cronk has but is more dangerous running the ball.
History will rate Cronk a better 7 but right now Pearce would fetch more on the open market. They are both special.