NFL Rankings: 10 Players That Should Be on the Madden Cover

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2011

NFL Rankings: 10 Players That Should Be on the Madden Cover

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    Gracing the cover of Madden is one of the greatest individual honors for NFL players.

    Your name becomes one of the most well known in football, and the player usually is a superstar if given the reward.

    This season, Peyton Hillis was chosen to be on the cover of Madden '12, beating out Michael Vick in the finals.

    But there are 10 players that would of been better choses than Hillis and are well deserving of the title. 

Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron Rodgers is one of the elite players in football today, and he exploded onto the scene last season, as he led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl title.

    The Stanford alumni is one of the most clutch quarterbacks in football, as he has an explosive arm and a terrific skills.

    The Super Bowl MVP would of been the perfect chose to grace the Madden '12 cover this season, as he is the player of the hour right now. 

Andre Johnson

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    Andre Johnson is the most explosive and talented wide receiver in the NFL today, and he has been for several years.

    The Texans star has put up consistently terrific numbers since the beginning of his career, and he is one of the most well known players in all of football.

    Johnson should be on the cover of Madden '12, as his talent and resume suggests. 

Tom Brady

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    Despite an illustrious career that includes three Super Bowls, two NFL MVPs and a regular season perfect record, Tom Brady is yet to grace the Madden cover.

    Coming off an outstanding MVP year, the Patriots quarterback has established himself as one of the greatest and most clutch players to ever step on a football field.

    The future Hall of Famer led a young New England squad to a dominating 14-2 record and has made them front-runners for another Lombardi Trophy this season.

    Tom Brady should be on the Madden cover. 

Darrelle Revis

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    The first defensive player to make the list is Jets star Darrelle Revis.

    Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL right now, as he has completely shut down the lights of Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Marques Colston and other elite receivers.

    The former Pittsburgh star has emerged as one of the top defenders in football, as he shuts down half the field every single play. The former first-round pick has helped establish the Gang Green defense as one of the most feared in the NFL and has led them to two consecutive AFC Championship games.

    Revis would have been a perfect choice for the Madden '12 cover. 

James Harrison

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    Known for his hard hits and loud mouth, James Harrison is one of the most controversial and feared defensive players in all of football.

    The Steelers linebacker is perhaps the most well known for his recent comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goddell, in which No. 92 called him a "devil."

    Harrison is also a major factor on the field, as he has claimed a Defensive Player of the Year Award and has established the Pittsburgh defense as one of the best in all of football.

    Harrison's mouth and play make him a perfect candidate for the Madden cover. 

Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson is the most explosive player in the NFL today, and he sported a perfect 99 rating in the Madden '11 game after his epic 2,000-yard season a year ago.

    CJ2K is currently holding out, but with the talent he possesses, the East Carolina alumni deserves the money he desires.

    At just 25 years of age, the Titans star running back still hasn't reached his full potential.

    Expect Johnson to grace the cover of Madden in the next few years.   

Jamaal Charles

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    Jamaal Charles established himself as one of the premier running backs in football last season, as he finished second in the NFL in rushing, despite a limited number of carries.

    The Chiefs star has exploded onto the scene the last few seasons, as he has led the Kansas City offense to a postseason appearance.

    The 24-year-old Texas alumni is one of the must-watch players in football right now, and he should sport a rating north of 95 in the newest version of the NFL's highest selling video game.

    Charles should be one of the best running backs in the league for years to come, and he certainly deserves the honor of a Madden cover.  

DeSean Jackson

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    DeSean Jackson is the most electrifying wide receivers in football today, and his outstanding speed makes him one of the most entertaining players to watch.

    The Philadelphia Eagles star is coming off two consecutive outstanding seasons, and at such a young age, he has yet to reach his full potential.

    Jackson is one of the game's most dangerous deep threats, and any Madden player will be ecstatic to play with him and his 99 speed rating in the newest version. 

DeMarcus Ware

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    DeMarcus Ware is the premier pass-rushing linebacker in football today, as he has recorded a ridiculous 80 sacks in just six seasons in the NFL.

    Ware has been the leader of a dangerous Dallas Cowboys defense the past few seasons, as he has recorded double-digit sacks in five straight seasons, including an amazing 20 in 2008.

    The former first-round pick is one of the most talented defensive players in football today, as he possesses both outstanding speed and tremendous power.

    Ware should have a huge season this year, and I expect him to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    This could establish Ware as a front-runner for next year's Madden. 

Calvin Johnson

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    Known as Megatron, Calvin Johnson has established himself as one of the most explosive wide receivers in football today.

    No matter who throws him the ball, the lengthy star has managed to put up terrific numbers. Graced with ridiculous power, superb speed and outstanding agility, the Detroit Lions Pro Bowler is practically impossible to defend.

    The former first-round pick is on his way to a record-breaking career, and he should be on the Madden cover within the next few seasons.