They discussed it on NRL360 last night. Benny Elias was adamant that Cameron Smith should go in immediately, to hell with the criteria. God love him
Everyone has their own preferred way of adding Immortals - particularly how those early players should be included. One of the panellists (can't remember who) suggested adding 10 or 15 early players as a way of "getting up to speed" and then just adding semi-recent inductees.
Personally, I would do one pre-1950s inductee (Messenger, Burge, Brown, Bevan, etc) and one post 1950s (Irvine, Provan, Meninga, Lockyer, etc) until we are "up to speed". That will give the RL public the chance to hear about and appreciate the contributions of all of the Immortals. If only two inductees are added, the media can/would focus on the accomplishments of each inductee for a period of time. If they did a batch job, I personally feel it would take away from the importance of such an honour.
Anyway - Ellias has a point, GET SMITH IN THERE! I would love the NRL to give Smith an exception to the Immortal criteria and induct him now just to hear the reaction from Sydney