Madden NFL 13: NFL Players Who Deserve the Biggest Ratings Boost Next Year
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman should get a significant ratings boost when the next offering from the Madden franchise comes out later this summer.
Sherman isn't the only NFL player who deserves a higher rating than he had in last year's edition of Madden, either.
While it's impossible to accurately predict what Donny Moore and EA Sports plan to do in next year's game, we can take a look at the ratings players received at the end of the year and speculate how much of an increase they should receive.
Here are four players who deserve the biggest ratings bump in Madden NFL 14.
Note: The players featured in this column all had their last updates in the Wild-Card Weekend edition of Moore's weekly update.
Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Sherman finished the year with an overall rating of 94, which is pretty darn good. But he's become a player who will compete with Darrelle Revis in the years to come for the title of "NFL's best cornerback," and he deserves a rating of 99 in the next installment.
Sherman intercepted eight passes in 2012, defended 15 more, and according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), he held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 41.1.
Quarterbacks have learned to avoid throwing towards Sherman's side of the field already, and he's only been in the league for two years.
Sherman is the epitome of a lock-down cornerback, and he's only going to get better.
Zach Brown, LB, Tennessee Titans
Brown burst onto the scene with a phenomenal rookie campaign in 2012, logging 68 solo tackles, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble.
Despite his fantastic efforts on the field, Brown ended the season with an overall rating of 80 in Madden NFL 13.
This young man is a sideline-to-sideline defender with elite speed for a linebacker, and he's only going to get better as he understands his responsibilities as the team's weak-side linebacker.
Brown deserves to be rated in the upper-80s in next year's edition of Madden, and if I were in charge, I'd be sorely temped to slap a 90 on him to start the next season.
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cleveland Browns
Offensive linemen aren't as prominent in Madden as quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve just as much respect.
Schwartz was thrown into the fire as a rookie right tackle for the Browns last year, and though he struggled early on, he came on like gangbusters for the last two-thirds of the season.
Schwartz started all 16 games for Cleveland last year, and during that time, he only allowed five sacks, nine quarterback hits and 19 hurries (PFF).
He also played well in the running game, and the combination of Schwartz and Joe Thomas is among the best duos in the NFL.
Schwartz deserves to earn a rating of no less than 88 when Madden NFL 14 is released later this summer.
Stevie Brown, S, New York Giants
Last year, the Giants looked to be in dire straits when Antrel Rolle went down with an injury. Then Brown rose up to the occasion and played like an All-Pro, logging eight interceptions, 11 passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Brown only allowed one touchdown all year, too, and there's no doubt he's in line to make some money this year as a restricted free agent.
Somehow, Brown finished the season with an overall rating of just 80 in Madden NFL 13—a number that's far too low for a player who produced like he did.
Brown is in line for a massive bump in Madden NFL 14, and I'll be disappointed to see anything less than an 87 attached to his name when the new edition comes out.
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