Projecting Madden Ratings for Every First Round Pick of 2012 NFL Draft

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2012

Projecting Madden Ratings for Every First Round Pick of 2012 NFL Draft

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    Almost becoming parallel with the real-life NFL, the game Madden is truly a revolutionary product every year.

    Some buy the game for the newest features or just to have the 'latest Madden,' but a number of fans make the Madden purchase to check out and play with the new rookies.

    After the NFL draft last night, we go down the first round and look at a rough estimate for each player's Madden ratings in Madden 13.

1. IND: QB Andrew Luck

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    Overall: 87

    Strength: 77, Speed: 80, Agility: 78, Acceleration: 79, Awareness: 79

    Throw Power: 89, Short Accuracy: 90, Mid Accuracy: 86, Deep Accuracy: 79

    Throw on the Run: 80, Play Action: 85

    Analysis: Luck figures to be the best-rated rookie since Reggie Bush (87 overall) entered the game for the first time. His throwing power is not quite 90 level, but he's well rounded and could run any offense.

2. WAS: QB Robert Griffin III

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    Overall: 81

    Strength: 70, Speed: 95, Agility: 92, Acceleration: 98, Awareness: 62

    Throw Power: 97, Short Accuracy: 80, Mid Accuracy: 81, Deep Accuracy: 87

    Throw on the Run: 87, Play Action: 56

    Analysis: Griffin will have the speed, throw power and deep accuracy to make the Redskins one of the most-used teams in all of Madden next year.

3. CLE: RB Trent Richardson

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    Overall: 85

    Strength: 79, Speed: 91, Agility: 88, Acceleration: 94, Awareness: 62

    Catching: 72, Carrying: 87

    Trucking: 90, Elusiveness: 78, Ballcarrier Vision: 86, Stiff Arm: 87, Spin Move: 76, Juke Move: 78

    Analysis: Richardson does just about everything well as he can run by you just as well as run through you. He'll be one of the highest-rated players in the class and make waves early on in Cleveland.

4. MIN: OT Matt Kalil

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    Overall: 82

    Strength: 89, Speed: 66, Agility: 70, Acceleration: 88, Awareness: 72

    Pass Blocking: 93, Run Blocking: 82, Impact Blocking: 87

    Pass Block Strength: 90, Pass Block Footwork: 91, Run Block Strength: 85, Run Block Footwork: 80

    Analysis: In the hopes of protecting Christian Ponder, the Vikings went with USC tackle Matt Kalil. He's an upgrade over Charlie Johnson and should help the team.

5. JAX: WR Justin Blackmon

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    Overall: 79

    Strength: 76, Speed: 89, Agility: 87, Acceleration: 87, Awareness: 61

    Trucking: 71, Elusiveness: 79, Ballcarrier Vision: 74, Stiff Arm: 87, Spin Move: 78, Juke Move: 80

    Catching: 87, Jumping: 86, Spectacular Catch: 85, Catch in Traffic: 76, Route Running: 87

    Analysis: The Jaguars now have Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon as their top two targets. With Chad Henne throwing the ball and Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield as usual, Jacksonville may not be a terrible Madden team.

6. DAL: CB Morris Claiborne

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    Overall: 83

    Strength: 60, Speed: 88, Agility: 90, Acceleration: 90, Awareness: 72

    Tackling: 62, Pursuit: 73, Play Recognition: 70

    Catching: 74, Man Coverage: 92, Zone Coverage: 82, Press: 91

    Analysis: Try throwing on Dallas next year with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne next year. This is the best secondary the 'Boys have had in a while.

7. TB: S Mark Barron

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    Overall: 76

    Strength: 74, Speed: 84, Agility: 82, Acceleration: 83, Awareness: 64

    Tackling: 80, Pursuit: 72, Play Recognition: 64

    Catching: 67, Man Coverage: 57, Zone Coverage: 79, Press: 67

    Analysis: The Buccaneers needed a safety and they were able to grab one after moving down a few slots. They'll be tough to throw on next year.

8. MIA: QB Ryan Tannehill

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    Overall: 75

    Strength: 62, Speed: 77, Agility: 76, Acceleration: 86, Awareness: 60

    Throw Power: 87, Short Accuracy: 87, Mid Accuracy: 78, Deep Accuracy: 67

    Throw on the Run: 87, Play Action: 70

    Analysis: The Dolphins won't start Tannehill right away and, in Madden, you shouldn't either. I grade him out to have dreadfully low awareness for a quarterback as well as below-par deep accuracy.

9. CAR: LB Luke Kuechly

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    Overall: 79

    Strength: 70, Speed: 80, Agility: 76, Acceleration: 78, Awareness: 78

    Tackling: 96, Pursuit: 89, Play Recognition: 83, Hit Power: 72

    Power Move: 67, Finesse Move: 53, Block Shedding: 85

    Analysis: The Panthers get a really good player here. Teaming him with Jon Beason, two sure tacklers, will make sure your Madden defense doesn't give up any big runs.

10. BUF: CB Stephon Gilmore

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    Overall: 78

    Strength: 58, Speed: 93, Agility: 91, Acceleration: 89, Awareness: 60

    Tackling: 57, Pursuit: 77, Play Recognition: 70

    Catching: 62, Man Coverage: 89, Zone Coverage: 82, Press: 92

    Analysis: As a Bills fan, I think we could have done better with this pick. From a Madden standpoint though, the Bills can run a lot of press coverage now—this South Carolina corner's Twitter handle is BumpNrunGilm0re.

11. KC: NT Dontari Poe

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 89, Speed: 82, Agility: 83, Acceleration: 83, Awareness: 50

    Tackling: 72, Hit Power: 73, Pursuit: 81, Play Recognition: 60

    Power Moves: 84, Finesse Moves: 61, Block Shedding: 80

    Analysis: This is a typical Chiefs pick as they get the best player at a position of need. Poe could make a difference in your pass rush next year, so make sure to get him in the lineup with that 82 speed.

12. PHI: DT Fletcher Cox

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    Overall: 78

    Strength: 89, Speed: 68, Agility: 74, Acceleration: 80, Awareness: 66

    Tackling: 85, Hit Power: 76, Pursuit: 80, Play Recognition: 68

    Power Moves: 77, Finesse Moves: 54, Block Shedding: 84

    Analysis: In my opinion, Cox is the best defensive tackle in this draft class. Make sure to get him rotated into the order with Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins at tackle with different formation packages.

13. ARZ: WR Michael Floyd

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    Overall: 78

    Strength: 71, Speed: 90, Agility: 90, Acceleration: 86, Awareness: 68

    Trucking: 73, Elusiveness: 67, Ballcarrier Vision: 70, Stiff Arm: 74, Spin Move: 68, Juke Move: 69

    Catching: 89, Jumping: 82, Spectacular Catch: 83, Catch in Traffic: 85, Route Running: 77

    Analysis: There's still the question of who's throwing the ball to either of Floyd or Larry Fitzgerald, but look to run a high-octane passing offense with Arizona in Madden 13.

14. STL: DT Michael Brockers

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    Overall: 75

    Strength: 91, Speed: 59, Agility: 69, Acceleration: 84, Awareness: 56

    Tackling: 84, Hit Power: 83, Pursuit: 82, Play Recognition: 66

    Power Moves: 84, Finesse Moves: 57, Block Shedding: 83

    Analysis: Real boom or bust for St. Louis here. I don't know how much of an impact Brockers will have in Madden, as the Rams could have used a receiver to open up their gaming attack.

15. SEA: LB Bruce Irvin

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    Overall: 70

    Strength: 64, Speed: 86, Agility: 87, Acceleration: 85, Awareness: 56

    Tackling: 76, Pursuit: 85, Play Recognition: 64, Hit Power: 70

    Power Move: 75, Finesse Move: 81, Block Shedding: 83

    Analysis: After reaching for James Carpenter last year, the Seahawks make another questionable call here with Bruce Irvin. Use him correctly and you've got yourself a solid pass rusher, but that's it.

16. NYJ: LB Quinton Coples

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    Overall: 76

    Strength: 84, Speed: 78, Agility: 79, Acceleration: 89, Awareness: 50

    Tackling: 71, Pursuit: 90, Play Recognition: 63, Hit Power: 86

    Power Move: 84, Finesse Move: 79, Block Shedding: 73

    Analysis: New York needed a pass rusher and they get their guy here at No. 16. Rex Ryan can unleash Coples on opposing pass rushers and you can, too, in Madden 13.

17. CIN: CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 70, Speed: 87, Agility: 86, Acceleration: 88, Awareness: 66

    Tackling: 70, Pursuit: 74, Play Recognition: 65

    Catching: 50, Man Coverage: 83, Zone Coverage: 92, Press: 83

    Analysis: The Bengals needed another corner, and Kirkpatrick certainly fits in well here. He's not going to be Mr. User Pick like Morris Claiborne, but he'll swat away the ball and cover zone very well.

18. SD: LB Melvin Ingram

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    Overall: 75

    Strength: 78, Speed: 78, Agility: 78, Acceleration: 89, Awareness: 53

    Tackling: 75, Pursuit: 87, Play Recognition: 68, Hit Power: 82

    Power Move: 86, Finesse Move: 72, Block Shedding: 79

    Analysis: I didn't think that the Chargers would target a pass rusher after they signed Jarret Johnson, but Ingram was a great value guy here. He's not that big but you can sick him on opposing passers.

19. CHI: LB Shea McClellin

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    Overall: 72

    Strength: 68, Speed: 78, Agility: 74, Acceleration: 81, Awareness: 64

    Tackling: 86, Pursuit: 87, Play Recognition: 75, Hit Power: 80

    Power Move: 63, Finesse Move: 59, Block Shedding: 86

    Analysis: A late-riser in the draft process, McClellin will be a solid linebacker for the Bears as he'll team with Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs to make the team have a formidable front seven.

20. TEN: WR Kendall Wright

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 62, Speed: 95, Agility: 95, Acceleration: 91, Awareness: 62

    Trucking: 52, Elusiveness: 88, Ballcarrier Vision: 79, Stiff Arm: 73, Spin Move: 84, Juke Move: 86

    Catching: 83, Jumping: 81, Spectacular Catch: 81, Catch in Traffic: 68, Route Running: 71

    Analysis: Kendall Wright provides another solid target for the Titans, and he'll get meaningful reps from Day One. Pair him with Kenny Britt in Madden to make your offense explode.

21. NE: DE Chandler Jones

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    Overall: 73

    Strength: 81, Speed: 76, Agility: 78, Acceleration: 81, Awareness: 60

    Tackling: 82, Pursuit: 87, Play Recognition: 65, Hit Power: 78

    Power Move: 77, Finesse Move: 83, Block Shedding: 81

    Analysis: Bill Belichick traded up to nab Jones, so there must be something special about his pass-rushing abilities. He won't make too much noise early, but he's a good player nonetheless.

22. CLE: QB Brandon Weeden

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    Overall: 76

    Strength: 60, Speed: 66, Agility: 68, Acceleration: 70, Awareness: 78

    Throw Power: 86, Short Accuracy: 82, Mid Accuracy: 88, Deep Accuracy: 72

    Throw on the Run: 65, Play Action: 68

    Analysis: I rated Weeden the same as Colt McCoy is rated in the game and with good reason. These two will go into training camp deadlocked in a battle for the starting job—I still like McCoy.

23. DET: OT Riley Reiff

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    Overall: 78

    Strength: 86, Speed: 72, Agility: 74, Acceleration: 85, Awareness: 68

    Pass Blocking: 89, Run Blocking: 78, Impact Blocking: 86

    Pass Block Strength: 86, Pass Block Footwork: 91, Run Block Strength: 79, Run Block Footwork: 83

    Analysis: The Lions get solid value with Reiff, but he doesn't look to make much of a Madden impact for them. Jeff Backus will be the starter but look for Reiff to provide solid depth in both real life and the game.

24. PIT: G David DeCastro

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    Overall: 85

    Strength: 92, Speed: 57, Agility: 65, Acceleration: 86, Awareness: 75

    Pass Blocking: 82, Run Blocking: 95, Impact Blocking: 90

    Pass Block Strength: 85, Pass Block Footwork: 67, Run Block Strength: 95, Run Block Footwork: 88

    Analysis: Madden ratings guy Donny Moore said that DeCastro will grade out better than 84 overall rookie Mike Iupati did, so I have him at an 85 overall here. Great value for the Steelers late in the first.

25. NE: LB Dont'a Hightower

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    Overall: 75

    Strength: 74, Speed: 77, Agility: 74, Acceleration: 72, Awareness: 70

    Tackling: 89, Pursuit: 84, Play Recognition: 71, Hit Power: 77

    Power Move: 62, Finesse Move: 55, Block Shedding: 78

    Analysis: Another Belichick trade-up target here, Hightower looks to be a solid outside linebacker in New England. They lose Gary Guyton but replace him with a solid player here.

26. HOU: LB Whitney Mercilus

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 79, Speed: 76, Agility: 79, Acceleration: 80, Awareness: 61

    Tackling: 70, Pursuit: 88, Play Recognition: 69, Hit Power: 81

    Power Move: 67, Finesse Move: 86, Block Shedding: 83

    Analysis: The Texans are hoping that Whitney Mercilus can be a solid pass rusher from the moment he sets foot in Houston, and they may not be too far off. He'll have good moves, and I see him getting in the backfield a lot.

27. CIN: G Kevin Zeitler

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    Overall: 71

    Strength: 90, Speed: 67, Agility: 75, Acceleration: 82, Awareness: 60

    Pass Blocking: 72, Run Blocking: 80, Impact Blocking: 79

    Pass Block Strength: 80, Pass Block Footwork: 79, Run Block Strength: 84, Run Block Footwork: 79

    Analysis: A well-coached, fundamentally-sound guard, Zeitler won't be a Day One starter in the NFL but could contribute down the line. Not much of a Madden pick here.

28. GB: LB Nick Perry

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 77, Speed: 75, Agility: 74, Acceleration: 81, Awareness: 69

    Tackling: 77, Pursuit: 90, Play Recognition: 72, Hit Power: 78

    Power Move: 82, Finesse Move: 63, Block Shedding: 77

    Analysis: When Nick Perry was on the board, Green Bay wasted no time sending in their pick. Perry will line up across from Clay Matthews from Day One and be a solid player in both real life and the game.

29. MIN: S Harrison Smith

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    Overall: 73

    Strength: 75, Speed: 80, Agility: 81, Acceleration: 84, Awareness: 67

    Tackling: 85, Pursuit: 69, Play Recognition: 68

    Catching: 52, Man Coverage: 63, Zone Coverage: 74, Press: 61

    Analysis: A safety makes perfect sense for the Vikings, and he'll fit right in with Minnesota's scheme. While he won't make too many plays in coverage, he'll be a great tackler in the box.

30. SF: WR AJ Jenkins

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    Overall: 71

    Strength: 64, Speed: 93, Agility: 90, Acceleration: 94, Awareness: 56

    Trucking: 51, Elusiveness: 78, Ballcarrier Vision: 67, Stiff Arm: 54, Spin Move: 80, Juke Move: 82

    Catching: 79, Jumping: 89, Spectacular Catch: 87, Catch in Traffic: 75, Route Running: 71

    Analysis: I like to play with the 49ers, and I honestly can't see myself giving Jenkins the start over players like Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss or Mario Manningham until he gets better hands.

31. TB: RB Doug Martin

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    Overall: 74

    Strength: 76, Speed: 89, Agility: 87, Acceleration: 89, Awareness: 60

    Catching: 79, Carrying: 85

    Trucking: 86, Elusiveness: 72, Ballcarrier Vision: 80, Stiff Arm: 82, Spin Move: 73, Juke Move: 76

    Analysis: Adding Doug Martin will make the Buccaneers even more fun to play with after seeing their free agent acquisitions. Martin has great hands and he is a complete rusher, too.

32. NYG: RB David Wilson

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    Overall: 72

    Strength: 73, Speed: 94, Agility: 91, Acceleration: 92, Awareness: 57

    Catching: 67, Carrying: 79

    Trucking: 74, Elusiveness: 85, Ballcarrier Vision: 81, Stiff Arm: 82, Spin Move: 81, Juke Move: 80

    Analysis: The Giants are able to bring in a running back here, and he looks to be a fun Madden guy. Make sure to hold down R1 when this guy has the ball though, he has some issues with fumbling.