Madden 13: 5 Rookies We Can't Wait to Play with

Derek PiperCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2012

Madden 13: 5 Rookies We Can't Wait to Play with

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    Gamers all over the country waited anxiously for Madden NFL 13 to be released on August 28.

    The most highly anticipated game of the series sports a variety of new features, including an advanced career mode and gameplay that looks like you're watching the big game on Sunday.

    However, one of the most exciting aspects of this year's game is the opportunity to play with an extremely talented class of rookies.

    Not that playing with Tom Brady and Ray Lewis ever gets boring, but here are five rookies we can't wait to play with.

Mark Barron (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Safety)

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    Strong safety Mark Barron was a beast for the national title-winning Alabama Crimson Tide last season.

    Barron ranked second on the team in tackles for one of the best defenses college football has seen the past few decades. As a result, Barron was selected seventh overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Madden owners should be chomping at the bit to play with this defensive stud. Barron is rated an 80 overall with a hit power of 94, which is the second highest of any strong safety in the game.

    Enjoy lighting up wide receivers left and right with this hard-hitting safety.

Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns, Running Back)

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    Madden owners enjoyed bruising opponents with Peyton Hillis the last two years.

    With Hillis now in Kansas City, it is time for gamers to tear it up with another talented Browns running back: Trent Richardson.

    Richardson was spectacular for the Crimson Tide last season, rushing for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns and leading to him being selected third overall in the 2012 draft.

    While the Browns don't boast an eye-popping roster, Richardson will be a fan favorite in this year's game.

    Rated an 83 overall, only Andrew Luck is a higher-rated rookie than Richardson. The ball-carrier has a fantastic combination of speed (90), strength (85) and agility (88).

    Want to embarrass your opponents with a rookie? Richardson would be a great choice.

Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars, Wide Receiver)

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    Justin Blackmon was college football's most prolific wide receiver last season, totaling more than 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Blackmon with the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, adding an explosive weapon on the outside.

    While Madden gamers will already be intrigued by the Jags offense thanks to Maurice Jones-Drew, Blackmon gives them another way to punish opposing defenses.

    The 6'1" wide receiver is rated an 80 overall along with a release rating of 95 that does not allow opponents to jam him at the line of scrimmage.

    As he showed in college, Blackmon can make a variety of spectacular catches, leading to a 92 rating in this category.

    Give your opponents headaches with this beast at receiver.

Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts, Quarterback)

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    Everyone knows the NFL is a quarterback-driven league these days.

    Gamers have enjoyed using the Colts to pick apart defenses with Peyton Manning in years past, but now it is Andrew Luck's turn.

    Luck was selected with the first pick of the 2012 draft and is the highest-rated rookie in Madden 13 (84). Last season, Luck tore up his opponents, throwing for more than 3,500 yards and 37 touchdowns.

    The highly touted signal-caller has a great arm with a lethal combination of throwing power (92) and accuracy (88).

    Colts fans won't miss much of No. 18 with Luck under center in Madden 13.

Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins, Quarterback)

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    While there are a number of talented rookies for gamers to ball out with in Madden 13, none of them will be as fun to play with as Robert Griffin III.

    The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was selected second overall in the draft after throwing for more than 4,200 yards with 47 total touchdowns last season.

    Griffin will be extremely difficult for opponents to stop, both in real life and in the video game. The dual-threat quarterback is the fastest QB in the game (93 speed), and he possesses a nasty agility rating (96).

    Don't sleep on his arm, though. Griffin has great arm strength (95) and good accuracy (84).

    Madden owners have hated facing Michael Vick in previous games. RGIII will be another quarterback that strikes fear in your opponents.