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Madden NFL 22 Player Ratings - Top Edge Rushers and Defensive Linemen

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Madden NFL 22 Player Ratings - Top Edge Rushers and Defensive Linemen

Madden NFL 22 player ratings continue to be revealed throughout the week. Today it’s all about the best edge rushers and defensive linemen in the game.

Top Edge Rushers

  • Myles Garrett (Overall 98)
  • Khalil Mack (Overall 96)
  • T.J. Watt (Overall 94)
  • Chandler Jones (Overall 94)
  • J.J. Watt (Overall 94)
  • Cameron Jordan (Overall 93)
  • Von Miller (Overall 93)
  • Joey Bosa (Overall 92)
  • Nick Bosa (Overall 90)
  • Za’Darius Smith (Overall 89)

Top Defensive Linemen

  • Aaron Donald (Overall 99)
  • Fletcher Cox (Overall 94)
  • Chris Jones (Overall 92)
  • DeForest Buckner (Overall 92)
  • Cameron Heyward (Overall 92)
  • Michael Pierce (Overall 91)
  • Calais Campbell (Overall 90)
  • Kenny Clark (Overall 89)
  • Stephon Tuitt (Overall 89)
  • Akiem Hicks (Overall 88)
  • Grady Jarrett (Overall 88)
  • Vita Vea (Overall 88)
  • Jonathan Allen (Overall 88)

For more individual Madden NFL 22 player ratings on the top edge rushers and defensive linemen in the game, make sure to check out the official ratings page.

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  1. Electric
    Would love to know why TJ Watt is that much lower than Garrett. When he leads in every single stat imaginable between the two.

    Same thing stood out to me. He's been fighting the public perception tied to their draft position (1:1 vs. 1:30) for years. He was 2nd in DPOY and barely lost to Donald, but somehow Madden has him rated this low.
    DatsunDimer
    Using the Edge Rusher terminology in promoting ratings and yet it doesn't exist in their actual game... a. joke.

    Grouping all defensive linemen together is also bad considering the roles a Defensive Tackle plays in a 3-4 are different in a 4-3. 3-Tech DT, 5-tech DT, Nose Tackle in a 3-4, etc.
    Is there ESPN presentation in the game ? The Sportscenter twitter account posted a Aaron Donald clip and the Madden scoreboard had the ESPN logo on it.
    m1ke_nyc
    Is there ESPN presentation in the game ? The Sportscenter twitter account posted a Aaron Donald clip and the Madden scoreboard had the ESPN logo on it.

    They just pasted their logo over the EA logo.
    UFCMPunk
    Grouping all defensive linemen together is also bad considering the roles a Defensive Tackle plays in a 3-4 are different in a 4-3. 3-Tech DT, 5-tech DT, Nose Tackle in a 3-4, etc.

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    Electric
    Would love to know why TJ Watt is that much lower than Garrett. When he leads in every single stat imaginable between the two.

    "Myles Garrett is the best edge* rusher in the NFL. It doesn't matter if he is double teamed, triple teamed, or facing elite competition, he is that special." ~ Andre Weingarten
    DatsunDimer
    Using the Edge Rusher terminology in promoting ratings and yet it doesn't exist in their actual game... a. joke.

    Unfortunately, neither the NFL nor NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement recognize "edge rusher" / "interior defensive lineman" / "3-4 defensive end" / "off-ball linebacker" either. If you go onto NFL.com, TJ Watt isn't an "edge defender", he's an "outside linebacker".
    To that end - for Franchise mode enthusiasts, the outdated position designations (we agree they are outdated) remain important for EA to maintain for accuracy's sake, for better or worse.
    Hopefully the official NFL culture around player positions changes sooner than later.
    4thQtrStre5S
    "Myles Garrett is the best edge* rusher in the NFL. It doesn't matter if he is double teamed, triple teamed, or facing elite competition, he is that special." ~ Andre Weingarten

    Not saying he's not good, just if he was the best edge rusher in the league wouldn't he atleast have an edge in maybe 1 stat? He's forced less turnovers, less sacks, tackles, you name it.
    Electric
    Not saying he's not good, just if he was the best edge rusher in the league wouldn't he atleast have an edge in maybe 1 stat? He's forced less turnovers, less sacks, tackles, you name it.

    The standard NFL defensive counting stats - especially sacks and forced fumbles - are really misleading for evaluating the most effective pass rushers.
    You have to have access to the analytics data about Pass Rush Win Rate (how often does a rusher defeat his pass blocker in under 2.5 seconds), double team rate / double team defeat rate, QB pressures, and so on to get a clear picture of if a rusher is actually good at defeating blocks and affecting the passer, as opposed to being an opportunistic cleanup guy benefiting from a teammate forcing the quarterback to move in response to a compromised pocket.
    CM Hooe
    The standard NFL defensive counting stats - especially sacks and forced fumbles - are really misleading for evaluating the most effective pass rushers.
    You have to have access to the analytics data about Pass Rush Win Rate (how often does a rusher defeat his pass blocker in under 2.5 seconds), double team rate / double team defeat rate, QB pressures, and so on to get a clear picture of if a rusher is actually good at defeating blocks and affecting the passer, as opposed to being an opportunistic cleanup guy benefiting from a teammate forcing the quarterback to move in response to a compromised pocket.

    That's great but TJ was 7 votes away from DPOY and Garrett had..... 0 total votes. You can debate the legitimacy of certain stats if you want, but this is a situation where Garrett's draft status and the public perception of him as a star are propelling him to a higher rating than "JJ Watt's little brother"
    PhillyPhanatic14
    That's great but TJ was 7 votes away from DPOY and Garrett had..... 0 total votes. You can debate the legitimacy of certain stats if you want, but this is a situation where Garrett's draft status and the public perception of him as a star are propelling him to a higher rating than "JJ Watt's little brother"

    I think it’s pretty easy to argue that Myles Garrett is a better football player than TJ Watt, actually.
    CM Hooe
    I think it’s pretty easy to argue that Myles Garrett is a better football player than TJ Watt, actually.

    I mean you can argue whatever you want. Madden ratings are very subjective. We see it at all of the positions released so far. The least productive rookie WR of the top 3 picked has the highest OVR. An RB who was hurt all of last year is rated higher than one who rushed for 2,000 yards. And an edge rusher who was outperformed in every meaningful category is rated higher than one who almost won DPOY. Players who are never injured have low injury ratings and guys that miss whole seasons have high injury ratings.
    They're not using a standardized formula to rate the players and that results in the nonsense of subjectivity that we're seeing. So yeah you can argue whatever you want because there's no subjective grading happening here. It's opinion + perception + performance that is deciding these ratings, not performance alone as it should be.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Cool tweet from Swami today about this.

    People should know the difference between 3-4 & 4-3
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    CM Hooe
    I think it’s pretty easy to argue that Myles Garrett is a better football player than TJ Watt, actually.

    The fact is TJ Watt dropped back in coverage over 30% of his snaps last year, still outperformed Garrett in every way. There's no rhyme or reason for the ratings, clearly.
    PFF has Garrett as the #4 edge:
    1. K. Mack
    2. T. Watt
    3. J. Bosa
    4. M. Garrett
    5. N. Bosa
    So, even in the advanced metrics department Garrett is behind Watt in almost every definable way.
    Electric
    The fact is TJ Watt dropped back in coverage over 30% of his snaps last year, still outperformed Garrett in every way. There's no rhyme or reason for the ratings, clearly.

    There is plenty of rhyme and reason to the ratings, you're just looking at the wrong data. Again, counting stats like sacks are a really outdated way to evaluate an edge rusher.
    First of all, Myles Garrett is measurably bigger, heavier, faster, stronger, more explosive, and has a longer wingspan than TJ Watt (go back to their NFL combine testing data). Garrett a genetic anomaly, T.J. Watt is not.
    Second, to numbers: in 2020, Garrett posted the third-best pass rush win rate in the NFL last season despite leading all edge rushers in double team percentage (26.4%). Watt led the NFL in pass rush win rate, but was only doubled on 15% of his rushes, below league average for starting edge rushers. Watt clearly benefitted schematically from playing in Mike Tomlin's 3-4 front (which disguises the fourth rusher in base personnel looks, as opposed to the Browns' 4-3 front). Watt was also playing alongside some very good pass rushers in Bud Dupree and Cameron Heyward most of the time.
    Per ESPN, in 2020 Garrett also led all edge rushers in sacks created, an advanced stat which takes into account whether a player's efforts on a play allowed a teammate to record a QB sack.
    Both Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt are fantastic players who excel in their given roles, but if you're building a team from scratch and you have to choose between Garrett and Watt, Garrett is very obviously the pick. If you swap the two players, the Steelers get better and the Browns get worse.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    That's great but TJ was 7 votes away from DPOY and Garrett had..... 0 total votes. You can debate the legitimacy of certain stats if you want, but this is a situation where Garrett's draft status and the public perception of him as a star are propelling him to a higher rating than "JJ Watt's little brother"

    Garrett absolutely does not hold a public relations advantage over "J.J Watt's little brother". In fact I'd argue T.J.'s association with an obvious Hall of Famer and playing for one of the NFL's glamour franchises gives him the current PR advantage.
    In contrast, Myles Garrett spent all of 2020 recuperating his persona-non-grata public image falling out from the 2019 Mason Rudolph helmet swinging incident and the resulting six-game suspension. He also missed games due to COVID, which the NFL was doing its best to sweep away all of last year just to get all the games played.
    None of this changes the fact that Garrett is the better individual football player.
    CM Hooe
    Garrett absolutely does not hold a public relations advantage over "J.J Watt's little brother". In fact I'd argue T.J.'s association with an obvious Hall of Famer and playing for one of the NFL's glamour franchises gives him the current PR advantage.
    In contrast, Myles Garrett spent all of 2020 recuperating his persona-non-grata public image falling out from the 2019 Mason Rudolph helmet swinging incident and the resulting six-game suspension. He also missed games due to COVID, which the NFL was doing its best to sweep away all of last year just to get all the games played.
    None of this changes the fact that Garrett is the better individual football player.

    I mean you have nothing to back it up, no PFF stat, no straight up stats for their whole entire career so it means nothing
    Electric
    I mean you have nothing to back it up, no PFF stat, no straight up stats for their whole entire career so it means nothing

    I laid out my argument in the post directly above the one you quoted.
    CM Hooe
    There is plenty of rhyme and reason to the ratings, you're just looking at the wrong data. Again, counting stats like sacks are a really outdated way to evaluate an edge rusher.
    First of all, Myles Garrett is measurably bigger, heavier, faster, stronger, more explosive, and has a longer wingspan than TJ Watt (go back to their NFL combine testing data). Garrett a genetic anomaly, T.J. Watt is not.
    Second, to numbers: in 2020, Garrett posted the third-best pass rush win rate in the NFL last season despite leading all edge rushers in double team percentage (26.4%). Watt led the NFL in pass rush win rate, but was only doubled on 15% of his rushes, below league average for starting edge rushers. Watt clearly benefitted schematically from playing in Mike Tomlin's 3-4 front (which disguises the fourth rusher in base personnel looks, as opposed to the Browns' 4-3 front). Watt was also playing alongside some very good pass rushers in Bud Dupree and Cameron Heyward most of the time.
    Per ESPN, in 2020 Garrett also led all edge rushers in sacks created, an advanced stat which takes into account whether a player's efforts on a play allowed a teammate to record a QB sack.
    Both Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt are fantastic players who excel in their given roles, but if you're building a team from scratch and you have to choose between Garrett and Watt, Garrett is very obviously the pick. If you swap the two players, the Steelers get better and the Browns get worse.

    Well here is my take.
    I did a fantasy draft franchise on Madden 21 NG......had the 7th overall pick.
    Took Myles Garrett and did not hesitate.

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