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
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.
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.
Which of these players has the strongest argument to be included in the top 10?
I believe that Thomas will be one of the top-five rated safeties on Madden 13 by season's end.
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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