Top Ten Rated Rookies in Madden NFL 12

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Posted July 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am

Yesterday EA Sports released the names of the four players rated 99 overall in Madden NFL 12. They have followed that up with the top ten overall rated rookies. As anticipated the Cardinals snagged the highest rated rookie in the draft with Patrick Peterson but he will share the honor with the Bills’ Marcell Dareus. Both players come in at an 82 overall. 

1 - Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals (82)
2 - Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills (82)
3 - Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (81)
4 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (80)
5 - J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (80)
6 - Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos (79)
7 - Mike Pouncey, OG, Miami Dolphins (79)
8 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (79)
9 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (78)
10 - Robert Quinn, DE, St. Louis Rams (78)

Notably absent from the list is #1 pick Cam Newton but that should not come as a surprise. Quarterbacks play by far the most complex position, typically contribute the least as rookies, and even high draftees may sit the first year or two. He will probably settle in with a 74-77 rating but as the top pick EA in the past has given some benefit of the doubt even to QBs.

Sam Bradford missed the majority of his senior season at Oklahoma prompting questions about his durability and still received an 80 overall to start Madden 11. What he lacked in athleticism – Newton’s strength – Bradford made up for in accuracy and awareness while being the clear first day starter for the Rams. Newton is projected by many to be the starter but there is still some question of whether Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore, or a veteran free agent will open the season in the role. He will need to be on the field to progress in roster updates.

A couple other things stand out such as J.J. Watt being rated higher than Von Miller. That one could conceivably be chalked up to perception that Miller was best suited to be a 3-4 OLB but instead goes to a team transitioning to a 4-3 defense. Prince Amukamara however landing as the third highest rated rookie would be difficult to justify. Considered the second best corner in the draft he fell all the way to #19 even as teams starving for help in the defensive backfield like the Cowboys, Lions, and Texans all passed on him. Nick Fairley could have fit in the group given he had long looked to be the potential #1 pick but attitude and effort held him back – traits that are typically not represented in Madden.

What do you think of how the top ten rookies in Madden NFL 12 line up? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Ragland/13752595 Corey Ragland

    Robert Quinn stands out to me.  He missed all of last year at UNC and it seems like DEs have a decent amount of 1st Round busts. 

    • Infemous

      Look at the scheme he’s in.

      Robert Quinn is entering a defensive scheme that has made superstars of Kiwanuka, Tuck, Umenyiora and suited the best that was Strahan. The scheme also stopped the ‘unstoppable’ Pats offense, and the scheme made perceived ‘bust’ Chris Long into an elite LE in the NFL. It also got a double digit sack from James Hall, a 30+ year old journeyman DE.

      You put in Quinn’s physical ability into that scheme and you put him in a DE rotation with players like Long, Hall, even Selvie, and you will see maximum production from limited snaps this season.

      Only way he busts is through injury and off the field issues. Off the field shouldn’t be a concern because he’s as high character as they come. INjuries can happen to anyone, but hopefully the rotation limits that.

      All in all, he’s probably low, while Watt, Prince and Pouncey are all WAY too high.
      Green is too low, Dareus wasn’t the 2nd best in the draft, Miller is too low, Ingram is probably a bit high, Julio Jones is a bit low and the ommission of Tyron Smith and Jimmy Smith is unfathomable. 

    • Infemous

      Look at the scheme he’s in.

      Robert Quinn is entering a defensive scheme that has made superstars of Kiwanuka, Tuck, Umenyiora and suited the best that was Strahan. The scheme also stopped the ‘unstoppable’ Pats offense, and the scheme made perceived ‘bust’ Chris Long into an elite LE in the NFL. It also got a double digit sack from James Hall, a 30+ year old journeyman DE.

      You put in Quinn’s physical ability into that scheme and you put him in a DE rotation with players like Long, Hall, even Selvie, and you will see maximum production from limited snaps this season.

      Only way he busts is through injury and off the field issues. Off the field shouldn’t be a concern because he’s as high character as they come. INjuries can happen to anyone, but hopefully the rotation limits that.

      All in all, he’s probably low, while Watt, Prince and Pouncey are all WAY too high.
      Green is too low, Dareus wasn’t the 2nd best in the draft, Miller is too low, Ingram is probably a bit high, Julio Jones is a bit low and the ommission of Tyron Smith and Jimmy Smith is unfathomable. 

  • Joe_stewy9

    curious as to what they give ponder, gabbert and locker

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Id expect to see them in the 72-76 range.

    • Danny

      Don’t be surprised if you Newton with a rating of 73 or 74.

      Even if he is the #1 pick, I can name 6 or 7 players that are better than him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Maffe/771278573 Joshua Maffe

        how can you name any player better than Newton if we havent seen him play in the nfl yet just like all these players your gonna have to wait for the 1st or 2nd roster update after seeing them play, otherwise this is just where the developers think they belong because i know they dont have the 6 round surprises rated where they should be

        • Donaldduck

          You know how we can name better players? Because Carolina can’t draft a qb better than a 70 overall. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Maffe/771278573 Joshua Maffe

            really a madden stat thats why you think you can name a better player, talk to the late round or under the radar players who shine during the season and wind up jumping in grade and overall rating, for example, legaratte blunt(probably butchered that name), mike williams(both of them) david gettis, tom brady, charles johnson, mike goodson, brandon lloyd, point being you cant name players better than other players until you see what they do on the field

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Maffe/771278573 Joshua Maffe

            really a madden stat thats why you think you can name a better player, talk to the late round or under the radar players who shine during the season and wind up jumping in grade and overall rating, for example, legaratte blunt(probably butchered that name), mike williams(both of them) david gettis, tom brady, charles johnson, mike goodson, brandon lloyd, point being you cant name players better than other players until you see what they do on the field

          • Wzuptonight

            really thats ur answer so many Cam Newton haters its ridiculious

        • Donaldduck

          You know how we can name better players? Because Carolina can’t draft a qb better than a 70 overall. 

        • WhatthaBuc

          It’s the black qb syndrome.  They did it to Josh Freeman the year that he came out.  His awareness, accuracy, etc. all lower than the other two qb’s in the draft.  What did he do?  Outperformed them both.  25td’s 6 picks, 2nd leading rusher among qb’s, and the least offensive help of the three.  Give Josh his props this year and don’t do Cam the way you did him.  Made him have to come from so far because of low initial ratings.

        • WhatthaBuc

          It’s the black qb syndrome.  They did it to Josh Freeman the year that he came out.  His awareness, accuracy, etc. all lower than the other two qb’s in the draft.  What did he do?  Outperformed them both.  25td’s 6 picks, 2nd leading rusher among qb’s, and the least offensive help of the three.  Give Josh his props this year and don’t do Cam the way you did him.  Made him have to come from so far because of low initial ratings.

          • scott

            black people arent as smart as white people its a fact and it will always hold true
             

          • WhatthaBuc

            Scot you must be black because Freeman is half white…lol  IDIOT!  lol

          • Wzuptonight

            Scott grow up bro some blacks our smarter than whites and some whites smarter than blacks

      • WhatthaBuc

        Who was better than him last year?  he dominated college football in a way like no other player last year.  By FAR the best college offensive player in the draft.  Will his skill set translate?  Don’t know, but he better be rated higher than Tebow was.

      • Wzuptonight

        man you crazy bro!!!

  • Sean

    Mallet going to the Pats was a sleeper draft pick.  Just as Brady was not taken high and excelled in that system…so will Mallet.

    • Smsixx

      Mallet going to new England is the best thing that could have happened for him…I mean come on…having Tom Brady as a mentor and teacher on and off the field will benefit him greatly.

      • Papelbon5821

        Yeah but he won’t be seeing the field for another 4-5 years.. hue is that the best thing for him?

        • http://twitter.com/BeatsByRoss Ross Cohen

          Does the name Aaron Rodgers ring a bell?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

            yea brett farve was like 38 when the drafted aaron, brady is only 32, barring serious injury i see brady playing for atleast 5 more years

          • Guest

            Favre was 36.

          • Guest

            Favre was 36.

  • colossalchicken

    i think prince should not be there…. as well as having ingram that high is kind of humorous since he was taking at the end of round 1 but oh well…more interested to see peterson/julios speed

    • G-Reg

      We already know peterson’s speed

  • Sharrief Wilson

     Prince, was rated a lot higher than where he got picked.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      So was Jimmy Clausen last year. Or DaQuan Bowers this year. Should they still have gotten ratings in the top few players?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Levanduski/100000715495011 Matthew Levanduski

        Bowers should be a high 70 with a very low injury rating.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Levanduski/100000715495011 Matthew Levanduski

        Bowers should be a high 70 with a very low injury rating.

  • geni

    Yea prince definitely should not be there neither should Robert Quinn. He missed a whole yearabd he is already a top rookie!!? Thats a joke. Von Miller was also one of the rookie prospect and is a freak of an athlete and he is ranked that low cause of the “system” he will be in..not buying that..and if u really goin to go off systems Julio Jones should be the highest rookie playing in Atlanta with the running game,tightens, and roddy white..just sayin

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

      Robert Quinn would have been a top 3 pick had he not been suspended for all of last year. Von Miller has to change positions in Denver, and since they no longer play a 3-4 he won’t be able to play as a hybrid pass rushing LB like Dumervil did, he’ll have to play as a true linebacker.

      • EAaregutlesslazytrash

        It doesn’t matter where he was supposed to be picked he hasnt played in a year

  • Dlisson

    jimmy smith should be there…he is the most athletic guy in the draft…and would have been a lot higher except for perceived “issues” which are course dont affect madden ratings

    • http://twitter.com/JiggedOutEnt JiggedOutEnt

      I agree, i think he is better then prince

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MFD6K3UIFSDLU4HX5BGOREQABM Matt W

    Fairley should be there within 1 or 2 overall points of Dareus.  

    • Danny

      No. Fairley was a 1 year wonder in college. The last 1 year wonder who was a DT was Travis Johnson, and he failed miserably in the NFL. Now, Fairley and Johnson are two different players, but the point is that 1 dominant year of college doesn’t mean you are a star.

      Fairley is overrated, plain and simple. He’s a great athlete and he comes off the ball quick, but he was not at Suh’s level while in college (Suh constantly got by double teams, while Fairley somewhat struggled against them). I only say overrated because people think he’s going to be dominant. That doesn’t mean he won’t be an above average DT, but if he were ever to be dominant, it would mainly be because of Suh. Not to take anything away from Fairley, but Suh is the best DT in the NFL right now. That’s going to draw a lot of attention, which wil free Fairley up for 1on1 situations, something he excels at. If Fairley were by himself, with an average DT alongside him, he wouldn’t be as good. Suh was in that exact situation last year, and he still tallied up 10 sacks.

      Fairley deserves a rating no higher than 78.

      • Smsixx

        Agreed…and im even a Lions fan.

        The Fairley pick to me was a 50/50 deal…the Lions could potentially have the best d-line in the league OR Fairley decides he wants to be lazy and sit out on crucial downs. Hopefully Suh and Vanden-Boesch make sure the kids head gets in the right place.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

          If Fairly is going to maximize his potential anywhere, it’ll be Detroit. Just look at Albert Haynesworth before and after Jim Schwartz was his coach.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

          If Fairly is going to maximize his potential anywhere, it’ll be Detroit. Just look at Albert Haynesworth before and after Jim Schwartz was his coach.

      • Sean Eble

        You are dead wrong on almost every point, and lucky for you I’m too lazy to argue them all, so I’ll leave you with just a few nuggets.

        1. Fairley was not a one-year wonder, as you say. He was a big-time recruit in HS, committed to Auburn, but because of his grades had to attend Junior College. He redshirted in ’07, then dominated (7 games, 63 tackles, 7 sacks) in ’08. He then went on to Auburn, as an FBS/D1 freshman per say, and he understandably had a bit of an adjustment period. It was his first year in a big-time weight program, one that Marcel Dareus had three years in, and one that Suh had four years in, and his first time with real coaching, and real position-specific coaching. After his ’09 season adjusting to D1 football for the first time, I think we all know what he did in his 2010 season: just 60 tackles, 24 TFLs, and 11.5 sacks.

        2.  Are you honestly using the fact that he wasn’t as dominant in college as Ndamukong Suh (arguable anyways) as a detractor? Really? Fairley wasn’t as dominant as the single most dominant defensive lineman in the past 30 years? I’ll let you assume what I would say next…

        3.  As a Detroit fan myself, Suh was not the best DT in football last year, not even top-10. Now, he does have huge potential, it’s hard to argue that, but he definitely didn’t reach it last year, as he shouldn’t have. He was excellent as far as rookie d-lineman go, but defensive lineman in the NFL have as hard a learning curve as any position. By the way, Suh played more snaps along the line last year than any other defensive tackle in the league, by quite a large margin. That, along with some luck (and possibly good instincts) is the reason he had the counting stats he did. Suh had a great year in 2010, relatively, and has as very bright future, but his 2010 season is being way overblown right now. It is not a stretch to say that the best DT on the Lions last year was Corey Williams, and on a per-snap basis, it was actually Sammie Hill.

        4.  Fairley better one-one-one (flat-out dominant) than against double teams. What an anomole. And btw [define: 3-tech] which Fairley is a prototype.

        5.  “If Fairley were by himself, with an average DT alongside him, he wouldn’t be as good.”  Name one defensive lineman Nick Fairley played along side at Aubrun last year.  You think he drew any attention last year and faced any double teams? Hmm…

        P.S. Yeah, I guess I wasn’t as lazy as I thought. Or was I…?

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  • http://profiles.google.com/elambert302 Erik Lambertsen

    Surprised Von Miller is so low. If anyone makes an instant impact, its him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652002333 Michael Fleet

    The Cowboys passed on the Prince because they needed Oline help more than CB help.  Their defensive backfield needs safeties, not corners.

  • http://twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Phil

    Seems Madden always overrates cornerbacks. I still remember that back in the PS2 days when Ricky Manning Jr. was one of the best players in the game.

  • http://twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Phil

    Seems Madden always overrates cornerbacks. I still remember that back in the PS2 days when Ricky Manning Jr. was one of the best players in the game.

  • http://twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Phil

    Seems Madden always overrates cornerbacks. I still remember that back in the PS2 days when Ricky Manning Jr. was one of the best players in the game.

  • chicken rib

    Is Cam Newton the next JaMarcus Russell?

  • chicken rib

    Is Cam Newton the next JaMarcus Russell?

  • chicken rib

    Is Cam Newton the next JaMarcus Russell?

    • Anonymous

      probably

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      He’s not fat and lazy…

      but I think it’ll be a rough transition for him…

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      He’s not fat and lazy…

      but I think it’ll be a rough transition for him…

    • Dymez

      Not really.  Cam Newton earned his #1 overall status by having a terrific season and winning the National Championship.  JaMarcus Russell tricked his way into being the #1 overall pick by having just one good game in the National Championship.  Cam may not make it but he’ll definitely give it a better shot and work harder than Russell EVER did.

      • Amirluc

        it was the sugar bowl jamarcus peformed well in against sorry notre dame and brady quinn not the championship

    • http://www.chris-garman.com SteelByDesign

      I’d say he’s the next Vince Young or Tony Romo(at best)… He’s not terrible, he can win you some games, but he’s not going to take a team on his back and lead them through the playoffs.

    • nb

      Well, aside from the fact that he is absolutely nothing like Jamarcus Russell aside from being black QBs drafted first overall (Jamarcus was a fat, lazy, slow pocket passer while Newton is none of those things), sure, maybe he is.

  • GameGlitchesGalore

    I’ll assume Cam Newton is a bust since he isn’t in the top ten.

    • Anonymous

      so u let a guy who rates ppl for a video game company decide that for you? watch the friggin game of football first. you can see the guy is an athlete and has what it takes to be a good player. being a young QB in the NFL and being successful really relies on how good your offensive line is. trust me im from cleveland and have seen a lot of decent QBs ruined because we had no line at all for a good number of years.

  • GameGlitchesGalore

    I’ll assume Cam Newton is a bust since he isn’t in the top ten.

  • Danny

    Amukamara is so massively overrated. Let me tell you why:

    In college, you are allowed to bump the reciever past the 5 yard mark. Not only did Amukamara use this, he heavily relied on it. I watched extensive tape on him, and on 95% of the plays, you can see him make significant contact with the reciever after he’s gone 10 yards into his route.

    That’s a big red flag for me. Obviously you cannot do that in the NFL, and because he relied on it so much, I think that scared some teams, most notably the Texans (I live in Houston), away from selecting him.

    If anything, Jimmy Smith should be 82. He’s the best corner in the draft besides PP. He only fell because of off-the-field issues. Amukamara fell because of on-the-field issues.

    Donny Moore once again showing his bias towards flashy names in college without watching them on tape. Robert Quinn is another perfect example of that.

    As for Watt, he is a little high. I think a rating of 78 would be a better fit. He’s not a sexy pick like Quinn or Fairley were, but he’s very underrated. He’s got the biggest motor of any of the D-linemen in the draft, and he’s a hell of an athlete. He’s 6’6″ 293, and he had the highest vertical of any D-linemen in the draft (he was 2nd on his team in passes defended (11)). On top of having a high motor and being a great athlete, he comes off the ball quickly, and his technique is damn near flawless. Anything from a swim move, spin move, or just bull rushing the opposing OG/OT, he can do it.

    Can’t say that I’m mad about Watt being 80 though :)

    • Infemous

      I disagree about Quinn.

      I agree about Donny Moore not knowing a thing, and I agree with Watt being overrated.

      As you said, Jimmy Smith should be there, likewise should Tyron Smith.

      Quinn in his one season at NC showed himself as a dominant DE. He fell in this draft mainly due to the tumour and missed season issue. His play on the field was phenomenal. Also factor in that Quinn will be in Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme, made famous for THAT superbowl, THOSE DE’s in Tuck, Osi, Mathias and Strahan and he also engineered a breakout season for Chris Long AND James Hall. Having Quinn’s raw physical ability placed within that system is a recipe for success, so long as he stays healthy and keeps his head straight. Of course it’d be giving Donny Moore too much credit to say that he considered these things in Quinn’s high rating. I have no doubt he saw WalterFootball’s mocks with Quinn in the top 5 and then averaged it out with his actual draft position, or just picked an ovr out of a hat, but to justify it, whatever his methods, is something I have taken the liberty to do lol

      PS. I’m more shocked at the fact that two players, specifically Prince and Dareus are rated above Green. In terms of NFL readiness and pure ability, the ONLY player better than Green (and it’s debateable tbh) is Patrick Peterson.

      No way the 2nd best CB THIS year (or 3rd) is better than the best WR in like 4/5 years.

      • Danny

        Who did Quinn dominate? Crappy ACC competition?

        Here’s a stat for you: In 2009, when Quinn had 11 sacks, NONE of those sacks were against ranked opponents. To put the icing on the cake, 6 of his 11 sacks were against losing FBS teams, and another 2 were against FCS teams.

        He only had three sacks against winning FBS teams, and they weren’t even ranked.

        On top of all of this, he is notoriously known to take plays off.

        He was dominant, but against bad competition.

        Overrated? I think so.

      • Danny

        Spag is a great DE coach, and Quinn has a lot of talent, but my point is that he has no business starting off at 78.

        74 or 75 sounds about right to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

      thats good if amukamara is good at press coverage, it means hes a physical corner.

      • Danny

        You can’t press after 5 yards in the NFL……

  • Broncosfreak7

    This is by FAR the biggest BS I have ever seen!!!!  How in the hell is Miller a 79???????????  Him and Peterson were the best players in the draft and he is the 6th highest rookie??  They even have JJ Watt higher than him??????  Thanks again for screwing things up again Madden!!  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

      Maybe because he’s moving from a DE in college to an OLB in the NFL? See Aaron Maybin, Vernon Gholston, etc.

    • Smsixx

      Like I said…don’t worry about rookie ratings…When Miller performs (which he will) he will be a 86-87 by week 6 or 7…I just don’t see JJ Watt being as good…I don’t understand this either

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        hes an olb not a d-end you can do this with any olb in madden. If you move cameron wake to d-end he will be rated a 99. Because of the certan position hes playing, that affects his ratings, miller may be a good pass rusher but how good is he covering that flats, or covering a RB or TE?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        hes an olb not a d-end you can do this with any olb in madden. If you move cameron wake to d-end he will be rated a 99. Because of the certan position hes playing, that affects his ratings, miller may be a good pass rusher but how good is he covering that flats, or covering a RB or TE?

  • Smsixx

    Im not going to judge because rating rookies is a difficult thing…your basically guessing. I figure as soon as the rookies get 5-6 weeks in to the regular season everything should be more accurate then.

  • Chrsn

    OT, but man, is that one fugly bird mascot!

  • Chrsn

    OT, but man, is that one fugly bird mascot!

  • Pete Rose

    Wonder what Dalton will be. Probably a 75.

    • Infemous

      LMAO!

      probably a 55. Well, should be, he’ll probably be a 68, and that’s generous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

      LMAO 75

  • Fofoman23

    Wow really EA? OL is sooooo underrated! Mike Pouncey isn’t even that great… Sure he was a high pick but Gabe Carimi is a total beast. Did anyone see Wisconsins running game? That guy was a great OL for them.. Oh and Derek Sherrod OL he is underrated he worked with a spread at Mississippi State and he will be working with that too at Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers passing ability and Julio Jones? Way underrated in the SEC that guy was going against NFL like cornerbacks and he made them look silly same for AJ Green too that guy is just awesome Georgia had no running game and a freshman QB pretty much all the coaches told their corners stop AJ Green and we can win.. AJ Green was triple covered at times and still made the D look bad

    • BigO

      Gabe Carimi is overrated bro. His footwork is terrible and any speed DE in college could abuse him. Great run blocker and strong individual, but his footwork and speed is not better than Mike Pouncey’s.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

      boo hoo mike pouncy is better than gabe carimi DEAL WITH IT.

  • Dymez

    I’m not mad at this list.  If there’s anything I would change though, it would be to flip flop Prince Amukamara and A.J. Green.  I think A.J. is the more impactful player right now.

  • Bobbyj

    Kinda surprised Danny Watkins wasn’t on there. He is the most pro-ready of all of them but just doesn’t have the potential these guys have.

    • http://twitter.com/BeatsByRoss Ross Cohen

      This made me lol. So your definition of “pro-ready” is having 5 years experience of football. Also, he has shown no sign of love for the game.  His dad said that when he was younger, he never watched or cared much for football at all.  Aint tryin’ to disrespect the fireman, but the Eagles made on of the riskiest, dumbest picks in the draft. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        not to mention hes like 26

  • Anonymous

    I think AJ Green being two overall lower than Peterson is a farce, especially since Dareus is an 82. Green and Peterson were neck and neck for the best prospect in the draft, and both of them should be impact players in their first year. Not sure why they’re 2 overall different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228000500 Steven Binichnich

    Bowers should be up there, even if his knee may be fucked up…

  • who dat!?

    Cam Jordan for the Saints hopefully will be in the 11-15 range even though he fell to the Saints at 24

  • BrownsFan10

    i thought von miller would’ve been around an 81, some said he was the best talent in the draft behind peterson

    • http://twitter.com/BeatsByRoss Ross Cohen

      Lol, well I guess Donny Moore thinks his opinion matters more than “some people”…

      • BrownsFan10

        lmaooo and by “some people” i meant everyone from ESPN and NFL Network

  • JimmyFlySnuka

    MY TOP 10 ROOKIE RATINGS MADDEN 12

    1. Aj Green-84
    2.Patrick Peterson-83
    3.Marcellus Dareus-83
    4.Mike Pouncey-82
    5.Von Miller-82
    6.Julio Jones-82
    7.Nick Fairley-81
    8.Cam Newton-81
    9.JJ Watt-80
    10.Robert Quinn-80

    Alot of people will try to bash my #8 selection in Cam Newton,but this is why you shouldn’t.Throw all the comparisons of Cam Newton and Vy and Jamarcus Russell out the window.Cam Newton most resembles Tim Tebow as a football player.Both SEC QB’s,both played in a spread option offense,both were used as Hybrid Runningbacks who could throw like a QB, both won a national championship and both won a Heisman.Compare Tebow’s 2007 year and Newton’s 2010 year and they’re quite similar.Newton was a great college QB in large part to Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn who in my opinion has the most versatile/complex Offense in America.His play calling and play designs always cater to his star players strength.He did it with Brandon Tate at Auburn(the year before Cam Newton),Cam Newton at Auburn,he did it with Damaris Johnson at Tulsa,and he did it with Darren Mcfadden at Arkansas.Newton will struggle similar to tebow as far as getting use to playing under center and reading coverages,line shifts,and audibles,etc.tebow was fortunate to be able to have special packages as a rookie to cater to his running ability.Newton will have the same and more,you will see the Panthers run a spread type offense.With two good tailbacks Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson with Cam newton they will be running option football.Not to mention there’s no way you can win a Heisman and win a National Championship as a QB and not be q top 10 rookie the following year.P.S anyone who wants to question Newton’s passing ability watch that Iron Bowl 2010 Auburn vs Alabama.In the second half Newton won with his arm.Any real fan knows that Alabama has the best Defense in the country as far as player personnel,talent, along with coaching and Nick Saban.CASE CLOSED.

    • Jodonnell94

      Most idiotic thing i ever read. Newton stood in the pocket like 47 times the entire year. He ran out almost EVERY play. He is not as fast as the players in the nfl. He got the size part but he isn’t vick. There will be no more vick ever unless RG3 from baylor comes through. I can tell you don’t watch college football just by ypur statements. “complex” system at auburn? Cam was on Grudens QB Camp and couldn’t name a play he ran. He said they just wing it. Alabama didn’t have the top defense ladt year and Saban isn’t the jesus christ coach everyone believes him to be or else he would still be in the NFL. The best defense was Wisconsin, Boise, and TCU. How is brandon tate in the nfl now? Where’s damaris johnson now? It took years for darren mcfadden to do good. Cam newton won’t be able to process info fast enough at this level. He will be jamarcus russell. Now everything you said made everyone on this forum more dumb. I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

      • BrownsFan10

        you actually read that? damn. props

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        not to mention in auburns system it was one read and if the reciver wasent open cam would run.

    • Dymez

      You can’t just be handing out 80+ ratings to rookies like that, man.

  • Reish4

    jimmy smith is the best corner in draft ask A J green

    • http://twitter.com/BeatsByRoss Ross Cohen

      I just asked him, he said, “Who da fuck is Reish4?”.

  • Haha

    my boy aldon smith gets nooo looveee

  • Anonymous

    The top rookies should go in this order

    1. Patrick Peterson
    2. Von Miller
    3. A.J. Green
    4. Marcell Dareus
    5. Cam Newton
    6. Julio Jones
    7. Mike Pouncey
    8. Prince Amukamara
    9. J.J. Watt
    10. Nick Fairley

    Regardless of Position. Purely based off of talent and ability. Thus equaling ratings (overall).

    • BrownsFan10

       i completely agree except i might have put amukamara up there, but he’d be around the bottom 5 guys so you can basically pick any of them to make a top 10 list, so ur list is pretty solid

      btw…go browns!

  • Sean Eble

    How the ratings should really look, Wes Bunting style:

    1.  A.J. Green
    2.  Patrick Peterson
    3.  Nick Fairley
    4.  Tyron Smith
    5.  Julio Jones
    6.  Robert Quinn
    7.  Von Miller
    8.  Mark Ingram
    9.  Jimmy Smith
    10. Cameron Jordan

    P.S. Excluded Aldon Smith because of position change from DE to OLB. Most think he would make a better DE.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/college_big_board_rankings.html

  • NotAnalyst

    I thought Peterson was the best in the draft so i have no qualms … heck i wanted my broncos to pick him … but MIller got D*cked … especially now that they measure things like leadership and attitude now a days. He should have at least been an 80 for his college performance his overall ranking and his draft spot. Newton deserves nothing. If anything is proof … look at Tebow … one of the best college careers and yet in Madden even tho he managed to be a first round pick and had a stellar college career … they gave him piss poor ratings. College doesn’t mean much in draft … All this is partly based on developer bias. Like people say wait for the first couple of updates to even things out. But to start Miller our bellow a 80 and Prince above a 80 even tho he was better than where he was drafted is ridiculous IMO

  • EAaregutlesslazytrash

    J.J Watt looked like a legit 80 in college but he can’t play that recklessly in the pros. He’s going to have to tighten up his game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Levanduski/100000715495011 Matthew Levanduski

    What about Da’Quan Bowers? Led the nation in sacks and was projected to be a top five pick.. Fell to 51st b/c of injury concerns but was obviously more talented than everyone but Patrick Peterson

  • Wzuptonight

    Really!!! What do they judge off of to get these rookies ratings?  Off what these analyst say on espn or they look out for their own personal favorite players, because its obvious that they not going off their last season year stats in college or these ratings would be a lot different. This is a joke, Cam Newton in 13 games put up 28 passing tds,20 rushing tds and 1 receiving td with a total of 49 tds, he rush for 1409 yards most ever by a SEC quarterback 108.4 rushing yards a game also pass 2589 yards and 199.2 yards a game total of 307.5 yards a game, over 60% of his passing completed all season. Hesimen winner, Undefeated year, become National Champions from not being rank at the beginning of the year with Auburn and also number 1 pick in the draft and Cam Newton is not in the top 10 Rookies really!!! You can choose any of them rookies off the top ten take them off their team and I mean any of the top 10 rookies off their team and they will not make a bigger impact than taking Cam Newton off Auburn lets be really serious!!! And you know people hating on Cam Newton when they say he is oblivious while he is in the pocket or getting pressure did they watch any of his games last year. Their our also people hating on him when they said he has a fake smile so I don’t like him, that’s stupid don’t you smile when you shake a person hand or greeting somebody or taking a picture just the polite thing to do. Separate personal hate from his on field talent now and his upside potential, this is ridiculous stop hating!!! How can you say he is a bust with seeing his college games in the hardest conference (SEC) winning every game and not seeing him in one NFL game and call him a bust!!! Sorry for long message but I had to vent out lol PS. separate your personal hate, from how good of a player he is and look at his accomplishments.  

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