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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is the highest-rated running back in Madden 13 with an overall rating of 97 (via ESPN).
Ignoring the obvious issue that Jones-Drew might not even play this year, he is simply not the best running back in the NFL.
One could argue that Jones-Drew was the best running back in 2011. He led the league in rushing with over 1,600 yards. On the other hand, he was not one of the league leaders in yards per rush or touchdowns. In other words, he was used an awful lot, but he was not the most efficient.
More importantly, Jones-Drew is 27 years old, and his 2011 season was an outlier in his career.
Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster are both more talented players when healthy. Based on recent history, LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice are also likely to have better years. Additionally, valid arguments could also be made for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte being the stronger player in 2012.
We may never find out for sure if Jones-Drew does miss games this season. However, the choice to rate him the best back in the NFL stands out as unusual.