NFL Predictions: Who Will Be the San Francisco 49ers' 10 Best 'Madden 12 Players

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2011

NFL Predictions: Who Will Be the San Francisco 49ers' 10 Best 'Madden 12 Players

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after stopping Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders for a loss during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, Californi
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    With the newly appointed head coach of the 49ers">San Francisco 49ers approaching his first season without a free agency period as of note. Jim Harbaugh still has some very talented pieces to work with.

    Taking a look at the roster through the eyes of EA Sports' Madden 12, here are the top ten players that I believe will be ranked by the Madden 12 team.

10. Alex Smith

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers goes under center against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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    Alex Smith may be a free agent, but it's all but set that he is going to re-sign in San Francisco.

    Luckily for San Fran fans, Madden is able to adjust player ratings through roster updates these days after the initial release. This allows for an upgrade in Smith's overall rating should Jim Harbaugh have the desired effect on the former first overall selection.

    Alex Smith should make the top ten San Francisco 49ers list of Madden players in 2012...just.

    Alex Smith: 78 overall.

9. Aldon Smith

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Aldon Smith, #7 overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rookies rarely get much love on Madden.

    However Aldon Smith's status as a top ten pick will help his case. His pass rushing skills will make him a valuable Madden player and the 49ers will be looking to get similar production out of him.

    Aldon Smith: 80 overall.

8. Michael Crabtree

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown while defended by Ron Bartell #24 of the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ez
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    Michael Crabtree has yet to establish himself as the star the team hoped for when they drafted him.

    His big reputation coming out of Texas Tech hasn't translated to the NFL. His first year was dogged by a contract dispute while his second was less than stellar. Crabtree could be set to break out this year but for now his rating makes him only the eighth best player on the team.

    Michael Crabtree: 82 overall.

7. Joe Staley

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers runs on to the field for their game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Joe Staley is a very underrated left tackle.

    Still he has been as high as an 87 on Madden in the past. Staley suffers from the fact that Madden is essentially a grading curve and only so many players can be at the top. You could easily argue that his rating should be closer to 90 or even above it but for now he'll have to settle...

    Joe Staley: 86 overall.

6. Mike Iupati

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Mike Iupati #77 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The guys over at Madden love Mike Iupati. He was one of the higher rated rookies by the end of last season.

    Iupati should hold his ranking from last season and even better news for 49er fans, there is no reason why his play on the field should falter off either.

    Mike Iupati: 88 overall.

5. Frank Gore

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Frank Groe #21 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Gore's season may have been cut short last season with a severe injury but that shouldn't affect his rating drastically for next season.

    The hard grafting 28-year-old has hit the 1,000 yard mark in four of his six NFL seasons and will benefit from the growth of last year's rookies on the offensive line ahead of him next year.

    Frank Gore: 89 overall.

4. Justin Smith

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Justin Smith #94 of San Francisco 49ers celebrates sacking Kyle Orton the Denver Broncos Quarterback during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31,
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    Poor old 3-4 defensive ends rarely get any praise in real life. You've got to take your hats off to the guys over at EA though as Justin Smith has been getting a lot of respect from them over the years.

    Smith had 8.5 sacks last year which is incredible for the position that he plays. His ranking heading into this year shouldn't waver in spite of him now being the wrong side of 30. His 8.5 sacks matched his career high which he had set in his rookie season.

    Justin Smith: 90 overall.

3. Andy Lee

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Andy Lee #4 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Andy Lee had another impressive year in 2010.

    Lee had 91 punts averaging 46.2 yards per punt. However this is slightly down on Lee's recent performances as he posted a 47.6 average last season. This shouldn't affect his rating however as he had 34 punts land inside the 20 which is more than he has had since 2007.

    Andy Lee: 94 overall.

2. Vernon Davis

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12:    Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for a tochdown after a catch against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/G
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    Davis didn't quite reach the heights of 2009 during the 2010 NFL season but he still put up over 900 yards and seven touchdowns in a struggling offense.

    The former top ten draft pick still has all the talent to take over football games heading into his sixth season. This makes him one of the best Madden Tight Ends for 2012.

    Vernon Davis: 97 overall.

1. Patrick Willis

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of Denver Broncos is blocked by Patrick Willis #52 of San Francisco 49ers during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in
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    There was never going to be a shock here!

    Patrick Willis is the best linebacker in the NFL. His all around game is such that he is a guarantee to be a 99 overall. The only way he is anything else is if Madden decides to go to 100 as they did for Devin Hester's speed a few years ago.

    Patrick Willis: 99 overall.