Madden 13 Rookie Rankings: Top Names Most Accurately Rated in Latest NFL Game

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 18:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks for a receiver against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Maddenites everywhere can rejoice once more, the latest incarnation, Madden NFL 13, is hitting virtual and actual store shelves across the nation, and fans are excited to play with this year's biggest rookies.

In each Madden installment, there are gripes about certain player ratings, but let's stay positive and look at the most accurately ranked rookies in EA's latest installment of the epic franchise.



QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

The most recent Heisman Trophy winner is one of this game's most exciting new players and the folks at EA decided to start the Redskins quarterback off with a rating of 83 overall 

This rating is more than fair for RG3, considering he has yet to play a regular season NFL down, but has accomplished a great deal before making it to the professional level.

The 2012 NFL draft's No. 2 overall selection is ranked the same as San Francisco's Alex Smith and just below veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer. Griffin III is well deserving of a mid-80 rating because of his pedigree and potential and EA couldn't have placed him with a better rank to start off.


WR Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

Blackmon received a rating of 80 overall in the game, which is the highest rating for any rookie at his position. That's about the same rating that Madden gave fellow Oklahoma State product Dez Bryant a few years back, so it only makes sense to put Blackmon around that same area.

That's not saying that both players are the same kind of talent because of their shared alma mater, but both Bryant and Blackmon came into the league with the same kind of production playing for the Cowboys and the same kind of off-the-field baggage.

The 80 rating puts Blackmon with the likes of Robert Meachem, Denarius Moore and Torrey Smith, who have all shown potential in their early years in the league but still haven't had that breakout season.

Those are the names that Blackmon deserves to be grouped next to until he can translate his dominant play at OSU to something similar with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

EA decided to give the former Alabama rusher a rating of 83, which puts him ranked right next to the likes of top backup running backs like Ben Tate, Michael Bush and Peyton Hillis.

Obviously Richardson is the starter for Cleveland, but considering the body of work all three of those aforementioned running backs have in their career, that's some solid praise from the Madden creators.

He has a speed rating of 90 along with an agility rating of 88 which means players who choose the Browns can expect production out of the virtual version of Richardson.

Cleveland users will likely be running early and often with the team's first-year rusher and his rating makes him more than usable in this game.