Madden 13 Player Ratings: Jason Pierre-Paul and Stars That Were Top-10 Snubs

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 21, 2012

Image from Madden 13
Image from Madden 13

I don't have a major beef with any of the top 10 defensive players EA Sports named for Madden 13. But there are a few players that could make a strong case they deserved to be there as well.

In case you missed the reveal of the top 10 defensive players in the game, here is a list and the video package, hosted by Marshall Faulk.


CB, New York Jets—Darrelle Revis—99 overall

ROLB, Dallas Cowboys—DeMarcus Ware—99 overall

MLB, San Francisco 49ers—Patrick Willis—98 overall

RE, Minnesota Vikings—Jared Allen—98 overall

RE, San Francisco 49ers—Justin Smith—98 overall

RE, Chicago Bears—Julius Peppers—97 overall

DT, Baltimore Ravens—Haloti Ngata—97 overall

SS, Pittsburgh SteelersTroy Polamalu—97 overall

FS, Baltimore Ravens—Ed Reed—97 overall

ROLB, Buffalo Bills—Mario Williams—97 overall

That is an impressive list, but these guys deserve some love as well.


Jason Pierre-Paul

JPP was an absolute beast of a pass-rusher for the New York Giants in 2011 (16.5 sacks), and he was still a disruptive presence in the postseason. EA gave him a 96 overall, but I could easily see him getting the nod over Mario Wiliiams.

Williams is a force off the edge, but he finished the season on injured reserve, while Pierre-Paul helped lead his team to a Super Bowl championship.


Earl Thomas

Thomas is one of the most underrated players in the NFL in my opinion. The Seahawks safety isn't exactly what I would call a snub, but let's look at this as my own bit of foreshadowing.

I believe that Thomas will be one of the top-five rated safeties on Madden 13 by season's end.


London Fletcher

Is Fletcher better than Patrick Willis? Absolutely not, but he did lead the NFL in tackles last season with 166. He received a 91 overall rating from EA Sports, which is solid.

But an argument could definitely be made for a 95. Tackles don't take you as far as they used to, I guess. None of the players in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles made the list.


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