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Madden 22 ratings could be big for NFL rookies

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Madden 22 is still several months away, but that won't stop speculation about how this year's ratings might turn out.

Whether it's the incoming rookies that just got picked in the NFL Draft or the mainstays poised to top the charts, let's look at how the Madden 22 ratings might turn out.

Madden 22 Ratings

One of the most highly anticipated pieces of information each year for the Madden franchise is how the ratings sort out at the beginning of the year.

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LOOKING AHEAD: See who might be ready to thrive in Madden 22

Players will inevitably argue they should be rated higher, but that's to be expected when considering the competitiveness of the league itself.

There's plenty of time for things to change between now and the Madden 22 release date, but let's see how things are looking so far.

NFL Draft Rookie Predictions

The biggest focus when it comes to rookie ratings in Madden 22 is likely to be the #1 Overall Pick in the NFL Draft.

Trevor Lawrence, who was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars, is receiving the most rookie quarterback hype since Andrew Luck, and Luck actually has the highest Madden rating ever for a rookie quarterback with an 83 OVR his first year in the game.

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FRANCHISE QB: Lawrence is hoping to be the answer in Jacksonville

While he might not get quite that high, Lawrence looks poised to make a really strong impact in-game and could manage an 81 OVR rating when Madden 22 is released.

Patrick Sewell, the #7 Overall Pick by the Detroit Lions, could end up being one of the highest rated rookies and has major potential as a long-term offensive tackle in the league.

The third and final NFL rookie likely to land near the top of the heap with an 80+ OVR rating in Madden 22 is Kyle Pitts, who looks like a next level tight end and has the potential for great things with the Atlanta Falcons.

One other big question about Madden 22 is which player ends up chosen as the title's cover athlete, and we took a look at the contenders here.

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Best Team Rating Prediction

Determining which teams are most likely to be highest rated in Madden 22 will inevitably begin by looking at two key factors from the past year.

The first is how things looked last year when it comes to team ratings in Madden 21, and the second is how those teams each performed in the last NFL season.

Madden 22 Ratings Best Team Rating Ranking
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THE CHAMPIONS: The Bucs have a solid claim for a top rating

Being the defending Super Bowl Champions isn't a guarantee for being the highest rated team in the game, as the Kansas City Chiefs were third behind the 49ers and Saints in Madden 21 following their Super Bowl victory.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 7th last year, but should be on the rise considering their strong 11-5 season and a Super Bowl winning playoff run that included wins over the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs.

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SAINT NO MORE: Brees has retired and left a gaping hole in New Orleans

The Saints are also all-but-guaranteed to be in for a struggle this year following the retirement of longtime quarterback Drew Brees, so expect their team rating to fall significantly.

Despite their 31-9 loss in the Super Bowl, it still looks like the Kansas City Chiefs are most likely to be the highest rated team in Madden 22, but the top teams should also include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens.

The first time players get their hands on Madden 22 will likely be with a potential EA Play Trial, and we've got all the details on when we should know more about that here.

Ultimate Team (MUT 22)

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Operating separately from the main roster ratings used in Franchise Mode and core parts of Madden 22, Ultimate Team works in its own ecosystem.

Ultimate Team ratings aren't always the same as main roster ratings, and the frequent addition of new content means that players will end up with multiple versions of themselves in MUT 22.

There's no indication yet about how MUT 22 could vary from MUT 21, but we'll definitely see Ultimate Team returning this year with new powerful ratings on special cards once again.

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