Madden 2012 Player Ratings – Rookies: Top 10 DL, DBs, and LBs

July 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

EA Sports continues to reveal their top ten rookie ratings, releasing defensive back and defensive linemen ratings after releasing RB, WR, and OVR.  Without further ado, here they are with my take and pre-draft rankings.

Top 10 DBs

  1. Patrick Peterson, CB: 82
  2. Prince Amukamara, CB: 81
  3. Jimmy Smith, CB: 76
  4. Ras-I Dowling, CB: 74
  5. Rahim Moore, FS: 73
  6. Aaron Williams, CB: 71
  7. Chris Conte, FS: 71
  8. Jaiquawn Jarrett, SS: 71
  9. Brandon Harris, CB: 70
  10. Marcus Gilchrist, CB: 69

My Take

  • As I noted yesterday, I think Prince is rated too highly especially in comparison to Peterson and considering how much rookies struggle.  Smith, believed to be the best man-cover corner in the draft, is the clear #3 CB.  Moore was a nearly unanimous #1 safety in the draft and checks in with a 73, but I’m interested to see his range because it’s very good in my opinion.  Conte stands out, especially because he is rated the same as Aaron Williams who could be the best safety from this draft.  A fan of Harris, whose father was a football coach, think he is more ready than 70.   Gilchrist could be a safety in which case his rating could be even worse.

Top 10 DL

  1. Marcell Dareus, DE: 82
  2. J.J. Watt, DE: 80
  3. Robert Quinn, DE: 78
  4. Adrian Clayborn, DE: 78
  5. Cameron Jordan, DE: 77
  6. Nick Fairley, DT: 77
  7. Corey Liuget, DE: 75
  8. Phil Taylor, DT: 74
  9. Cameron Heyward, DE: 74
  10. Da’Quan Bowers, DE: 74

My Take

  • The top class of the 2011 NFL Draft gets pretty nice ratings.  First, the team at EA is very excited about the Dareus and Kyle Williams combination which should make the AFC East more competitive.  I’m satisfied with the Quinn, Clayborn, and Jordan cluster, while I think Heyward should be a tick higher. Wonder what’s their potential will be, like Taylor and Bowers who are considered boom or bust prospects.

What EA Said

“Two quick observations: a) Marcell Dareus’ skills and athletic ability must be tremendous if he’s sharing the honor of top rookie with Patrick Peterson and b) Tampa Bay’s 4-3 is going to be a force in Madden NFL 12. Also, it will be interesting to go through Nick Fairley’s individual ratings with a microscope after everybody flipped at the thought of him teaming up with Ndmukong Suh during the NFL Draft.”

Top Ten Linebackers

  1. Von Miller, OLB: 79
  2. Aldon Smith, OLB: 76
  3. Ryan Kerrigan, OLB: 74
  4. Akeem Ayers, OLB: 72
  5. Casey Matthews, OLB: 71
  6. Brooks Reed, OLB: 69
  7. Martez Wilson, MLB: 68
  8. Colin McCarthy, MLB: 67
  9. Kelvin Sheppard, MLB: 67
  10. Bruce Carter, OLB: 67

My Take

  • Perhaps the weakest class in the draft and it shows.  Two college DEs at 2 & 3.  Smith has room for development, while I think Kerrigan would’ve made a better DE.  Want to know what Wilson’s speed is after 4.44 at combine, should be nice addition in NOLA.  Would’ve liked to see Mason Foster make  the list and they’ve got me wondering how they’ll rate Greg Jones.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Madden 13  |  December 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Patrick Peterson is an absolute stud in the NFL and in Madden Football. Von Miller is another one that I really like to play with because of his speed. I think the Broncos player ratings are only going to get better as they keep winning and winning too.


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