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Top 10 Rookies in Madden 22 We Can't Wait to Use

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Top 10 Rookies in Madden 22 We Can't Wait to Use

The 2021 NFL Draft has officially concluded, which means we can now start fantasizing about how our favorite NFL teams will look and play in Madden 22, more specifically, how the rookies will play in this year’s game. Now please understand, this list won’t have every rookie, and I’m sure there will be plenty of room for debate over who the top rookies in this year’s game will be. Nevertheless, these players are the cream of the crop — the most talented and definitely the most video-game-like of the group to me.

So, without further delay, here are the top 10 rookies I can’t wait to use in Madden 22.

Madden 22 Top 10 Rookies

Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars

It seemed like it may never happen, but the Jacksonville Jaguars finally have a franchise quarterback, and his name is Trevor Lawrence. The once-in-a-generation prospect from Clemson, Lawrence can make all the throws and can take off and run. He’s the perfect Madden quarterback. Jacksonville already had pass catchers in D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. and a capable running back in James Robinson. They now added Travis Etienne into the mix, as well as several other key pieces. Jacksonville should be one of the more popular teams both online and in franchise mode.

The weapons are nice, but Trevor Lawrence is special. He could debut as the highest-rated rookie QB of all time. Heck, even if you prefer to start a fantasy draft before starting your CFM with friends, Lawrence will be among the top players drafted.

Projected Overall: 77

Madden 22 top 10 rookies

Travis Etienne, Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars

Since I mentioned Travis Etienne above, I probably should also cover what type of explosive playmaker he is, and what his presence is going to bring to the Jaguars. Etienne is a running back, but he’s just as capable as lining up in the slot and catching passes like a wide receiver. He can do it all. And whether you’re controlling the Jaguars in your season-long franchise or trying to build the ultimate team, Travis Etienne is going to be one of the most dynamic running backs not only in Madden but the entire NFL. He’s a speed demon, and I can’t wait to use Etienne’s speed in the screen game. And we all know how deadly zone stretches, HB tosses, and counters can be with the right player.

Etienne is that guy. (RPOs are going to be cheese with Lawerence/Etienne.)

Projected Overall: 72

DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

I don’t know if Jalen Hurts is the answer in Philadelphia. However, I know that adding an explosive playmaker to his arsenal of weapons is a good idea. Yes, Philly’s offense already had a few weapons, and with a mobile quarterback like Hurts at the helm, all they were missing was that big-play wide receiver. DeVonta Smith definitely fits that mold after having THE BEST SEASON EVER from a wide receiver in all of college football last season — on his way to a Heisman trophy. Smith’s playmaking style is straight out of a video game. He can also run all the routes well. So, I expect his traits to be among some of the best in this class, even if his overall doesn’t rank at the top. Every time Smith touches the football, good things happen.

I expect him to be one of the most explosive players in Madden 22. In real life, expect much of the same.

Projected Overall: 71

Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

For me, there is no position I’d rather manually control in Madden than the linebacker position. And in this year’s class, there was only one linebacker who stood out above and beyond the rest. His name is Micah Parsons, and the versatile Penn State linebacker landed in Dallas where he will be paired alongside Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith to form one of the best trio of linebackers in the game. Dallas’s defense will be impossible to run against, and there’s really nothing Parsons can’t do. He can rush the passer, blitz up the middle, and even prove to be solid in coverage. He’s also fast, like Madden-cheese fast.

I look forward to protecting the middle of the field with Micah Parsons in Madden 22.

Projected Overall: 74

Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Atlanta Falcons

If Kyle Pitts is overpowered in real life, I can’t imagine what type of shenanigans he will be in Madden. I mean, running seam routes all day or flexing Pitts out wide to match up one-on-one with a linebacker or slot corner spells trouble for everyone. Pitts is the ultimate offensive chess piece, and he should be one of the hardest players to stop in this year’s game. Think of all the times you targeted your big-bodied tight end in the passing game, or how angry you’d get trying to step a Travis Kelce or George Kittle — Darren Waller’s name comes to mind as well. Heck, even the next tier of tight ends always seem to be unstoppable in Madden. Kyle Pitts will be no different.

This may quickly become one of the cheesiest players we’ve ever seen in Madden.

Projected Overall: 76

Madden 22 top 10 rookies

Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

There was no debate about who the top wide receiver was in this year’s draft class, and now that Ja’Marr Chase is reunited with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati, there’s an excellent chance the two players are going to pick up exactly where they left off. See, before DeVonta Smith’s improbable season, Chase was dominating every wide receiver that lined up opposite of him. Think Dez Bryant, but a different breed. He bullies players at the line of scrimmage and can win in multiple ways. Chase is going to be an exciting player to watch for many years. It will be interesting to see how inflated his special catch rating is, in addition to his release.

Chase is a special player who some forgot because he chose to opt-out in 2020. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase is a duo we should all get used to seeing.

Projected Overall: 75

Jaelan Phillips, Outside Linebacker, Miami Dolphins

Miami’s defense is oozing with young talented players, especially in the secondary. But the one position the team desperately needed to add talent to this offseason was off the edge (OLB/DE). Enter Miami Hurricanes pass rusher Jaelan Phillips, the 6-foot-5 pass rusher who can set the edge, and stop the run, and get to the quarterback. Phillips has a full toolbox of pass-rush skills. He can swim like Michael Phelps or hit a spin move that would make Tony Hawk blush. Jaelan Phillips will bring speed off the edge unlike anything Dolphins fans have seen since Cam Wake or even Jason Taylor. And let’s not forget, Miami’s secondary should be among the best in the game. Adding a game-changing pass rusher should be overpowered and perfect for those critical third-and-long, pass-rush situations.

Yes, I’m going to be that guy on third and long.

Projected Overall: 74

Madden 22 top 10 rookies

Justin Fields, Quarterback, Chicago Bears

The Bears have been searching for a quarterback for as long as I can remember. Adding a dual-threat like Fields, who can make all the throws on the field, should be exactly what the doctor ordered, especially on the virtual gridiron. What will be most exciting for gamers is how fast he plays. Fields reportedly ran in the 4.4s at his pro day(s), which is definitely among the league’s best. They really don’t make too many players with size, speed, and arm talent. Maybe Cam Newton during his run was one of Madden‘s cheesiest, but I don’t know. Best of all, he’s walking into a team with some perfect weapons, and we all know Allen Robinson is thankful.

This is the perfect marriage for both Fields and the Bears.

Projected Overall: 72

Madden 22 top 10 rookies

Najee Harris, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Harris is now the second running back on this list but lands in the better spot to me. Maybe the offensive line isn’t great, but with all of the weapons on the outside, Najee Harris should have room to eat the same way he did at Alabama. In fact, thinking about what Najee Harris will do in the black and yellow is giving me flashbacks to the NFL Gameday era. Jerome Bettis was unstoppable, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Harris has a similar toughness. There are plenty of highlights of Najee Harris trucking through defenders, leaping over defenders, and even shaking defenders with a vicious juke.

He’s the total package, and if you’re like me and rely heavily on the run game, there’s not going to be too many running backs you’d rather have in Madden 22. 

Projected Overall: 73

Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

I hate to have two Miami Dolphins players on this list, but when you think about the Tyreek Hill comparisons for Jaylon Waddle and how hard it is to stop that when squaring off against the Kansas City Chiefs or playing anyone online in Ultimate Team, you would understand he had to make this list. Waddle is only 5-foot-10, but every time he touches the football magic happens. Waddle can be an asset in the return game as well (most players can return kicks with a simple re-ordering of the depth chart). During his Alabama tenure, they found ways to get him involved in several ways — jet sweeps, bubble screens, you name it. Waddle is an explosive playmaker.

Adding him to a Dolphins offense that has Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Lynn Bowden Jr., Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, and of course Tua Tagovailoa should make Miami’s offense formidable.

Projected Overall: 71

Trey Lance, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers / Zach Wilson, Quarterback, New York Jets

I know I cheated, but I figured I should lump these two players together because they both fit the build of young, mobile quarterbacks who can make unorthodox throws from various angles. They are not the same player, but in Madden, they might as well be. Lance and Wilson both have above-average arm strength, but as I mentioned above, it’s their ability to run and manipulate the pocket that should leave gamers most excited.

Zach Wilson? Trey Lance? Both players should be fun to control in Madden 22. 

Projected Overall: Trey Lance: 70/ Zach Wilson: 71

Which rookie draft pick are you most excited to use in Madden 22? Also if you want to check out some of these rookies, be sure to check out this PS5 roster here, or this Xbox roster here.

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  1. It’s crazy Fields is a 72 and Trev a 77 and their college numbers aren’t that different and Fields was the more accurate player bias huh that gap isn’t that far between the two
    Why are we acting as if there will be any difference in gameplay that will make using these rookies worth talking about. I wonder what back of the box item they are cooking up right now thats going to tick me off for 22. The all new QB Evade Stick that we took out is back. If they want to make me smile, how about putting back some what you took out of the game from any last gen effort. Then maybe we can talk about what rookies we will play with. How about giving us a few different running motions for rB's and wr's and then maybe i'll care. But when Saquan Barkeley and some third string guy from the Bengals have the same running style, well, you get my point!!!
    drugsbunny
    Why are we acting as if there will be any difference in gameplay that will make using these rookies worth talking about. I wonder what back of the box item they are cooking up right now thats going to tick me off for 22. The all new QB Evade Stick that we took out is back. If they want to make me smile, how about putting back some what you took out of the game from any last gen effort. Then maybe we can talk about what rookies we will play with. How about giving us a few different running motions for rB's and wr's and then maybe i'll care. But when Saquan Barkeley and some third string guy from the Bengals have the same running style, well, you get my point!!!
    Can we avoid taking the thread down this road, please?
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    MoneyOvaHuds
    It’s crazy Fields is a 72 and Trev a 77 and their college numbers aren’t that different and Fields was the more accurate player bias huh that gap isn’t that far between the two

    They probably projecting to what they might do in the pros
    mvb34
    They probably projecting to what they might do in the pros

    That’s the thing Fields upside just as high a Trevor they have been 1A and 1B their entire career until this point swapping spots .
    MoneyOvaHuds
    That’s the thing Fields upside just as high a Trevor they have been 1A and 1B their entire career until this point swapping spots .

    Well maybe because one got drafted at number one and the other at 11...
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    “Above average arm strength?” Really? How much film do you guys watch?
    https://mobile.twitter.com/JL_Chapman/status/1340327075920531456
    https://mobile.twitter.com/QbFilm/status/1385324198697000961
    Lance can make throws flat footed that take Fields two hitches. Lance has a cannon and CHOOSES to float deep balls with a bunch of touch because he thinks it makes it more catchable.
    MoneyOvaHuds
    It’s crazy Fields is a 72 and Trev a 77 and their college numbers aren’t that different and Fields was the more accurate player bias huh that gap isn’t that far between the two

    The thing is, what makes Lance better in real life (sorry Fields fan bois) doesn’t much translate to Madden. Lance is better because he played in a pro-style offense , with NFL style verbiage, NFL style protection calls at the line, and NFL style pre-snap and post-snap reads.
    But none of that matters in Madden because QB AI is what it is, and when users play, doubly so.
    Also, Lance doea NOT have an “above average arm.” It’s a straight cannon. Not sure where this garbage is coming from, other than one particular scouting report from a guy who clearly just watch a few highlights.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/JL_Chapman/status/1340327075920531456
    But yeah, we’ll see. But one thing for sure: Lance aint no 70.
    MoneyOvaHuds
    It’s crazy Fields is a 72 and Trev a 77 and their college numbers aren’t that different and Fields was the more accurate player bias huh that gap isn’t that far between the two

    The rating will never take that into consideration, they just rate rookies by draft position
    MoneyOvaHuds
    It’s crazy Fields is a 72 and Trev a 77 and their college numbers aren’t that different and Fields was the more accurate player bias huh that gap isn’t that far between the two

    That's not crazy, right or wrong Lawrence is considered the best QB prospect in a generation. Since Andrew Luck, basically. There was definitely a wide gap in how they are perceived by almost everyone and that should be reflected by OVR.
    Your point about accuracy is definitely valid, however. Fields was a more accurate thrower in terms of his on-target passes. EA usually just uses accuracy rating to mean "better QB" since equally important QB characteristics such as reading defenses pre-snap and post-snap decision-making, really do not come through at all in ratings since it's basically just the user. So if they rated accuracy TRULY like in real life, you're probably right that SAC/MAC for Fields should be slightly higher than Lawrence, Lawrence would probably get the edge on DAC, and thus the gap for actually usering the two would be non-existent--and since Fields is faster he'd actually be better in Madden.
    That's a tough design problem EA faces with QBs, because there's just no question that Lawrence is considered a meaningfully better prospect, yet how do you actually reflect that in ratings?
    I think it's hilarious Madden hypes up ratings for rookies and other players then throws it all out the window for MUT where those ratings aren't even relevant.
    The Packers are gonna have a scary secondary though. Jaire, King, and now Stokes.
    Rodgers at Receiver gives Green Bay 6 playmakers at receiver with Adams, MVS, Tonyan, and Lazard. Aaron Jones is pretty dangerous out of the backfield as well.
    The Packers assuming they have Rofgers will be a blast to play in Madden.
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    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    “Above average arm strength?” Really? How much film do you guys watch?
    https://mobile.twitter.com/JL_Chapman/status/1340327075920531456
    https://mobile.twitter.com/QbFilm/status/1385324198697000961
    Lance can make throws flat footed that take Fields two hitches. Lance has a cannon and CHOOSES to float deep balls with a bunch of touch because he thinks it makes it more catchable.

    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    The thing is, what makes Lance better in real life (sorry Fields fan bois) doesn’t much translate to Madden. Lance is better because he played in a pro-style offense , with NFL style verbiage, NFL style protection calls at the line, and NFL style pre-snap and post-snap reads.
    But none of that matters in Madden because QB AI is what it is, and when users play, doubly so.
    Also, Lance doea NOT have an “above average arm.” It’s a straight cannon. Not sure where this garbage is coming from, other than one particular scouting report from a guy who clearly just watch a few highlights.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/JL_Chapman/status/1340327075920531456
    But yeah, we’ll see. But one thing for sure: Lance aint no 70.

    Man...no need to be so defensive. :lol:
    It was a good QB class and the Niners got one of them. It'll be okay and they'll all be good to use in Madden.
    SmashMan
    Man...no need to be so defensive. :lol:
    It was a good QB class and the Niners got one of them. It'll be okay and they'll all be good to use in Madden.

    Lol I know right? I love Fields as a QB. Tough as nails and very accurate. He will be good. I wouldn’t be surprised if all five make noise in a few years.
    Hell. Wouldn’t be surprised if Mond and Trask do well too.

I like video games and the miami dolphins.

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