This is contextualised by Silvagni's infamous 2018 decision to swap future first-round picks with Adelaide in order to draft Stocker, who they rated as the sixth-best player in that year's draft class.
"He’s a tough nut. If I was playing, I would love Liam Stocker next to me because I know he’s going to go hard. There are plenty of footballers out there that don’t go hard but can run and that’s their asset – he’s tough.
"He played on Jamie Elliott and did a really good job on him, he played on Gary Rohan and did a really good job on him. I’ve seen him play on Tom Papley and the guns, so it’s not as if he was being given a free ride and playing on the least dangerous forwards, he’s been given some really big jobs."
Stocker played predominately as an undersized defender in 2022 as the strength of Carlton's midfield unit continued to grow.
He played just six games this year, having fallen down first-year coach Michael Voss's pecking order.
Despite this, Essendon's all-time leading goalkicker Matthew Lloyd expects Stocker to find a new home during this year's offseason.
"I think if he can get his running right and he does sometimes try to bite off more with his kicks and misses a few targets at times, but he should be on an AFL list next year."