It's no shock who landed at the top, but we've got details on who else joins Aaron Donald in the top 10 for Madden 22.
Aaron Donald dominates Madden 22 ratings for Top 10 Defensive Linemen
After the reveal of Aaron Donald returning to the 99 Club for the fifth consecutive year in Madden 22, it was pretty much guaranteed that he'd be the best defensive lineman in the game.
However, there's still room in the top 10 for others to make their mark, and we finally know who rounds that group out with him.
The following were revealed as the top 10 defensive linemen in Madden 22:
- Vita Vea, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 88 OVR
- Stephon Tuitt, LE, Pittsburgh Steelers - 89 OVR
- Kenny Clark, DT, Green Bay Packers - 89 OVR
- Calais Campbell, RE, Green Bay Packers - 90 OVR
- Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings - 91 OVR
- Cameron Heyward, RE, Pittsburgh Steelers - 92 OVR
- DeForest Buckner, DT, Indianapolis Colts - 92 OVR
- Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs - 92 OVR
- Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles - 94 OVR
- Aaron Donald, RE, Los Angeles Rams - 99 OVR
While seeing Aaron Donald at the top of the list isn't a shocker, it is a bit surprising that he's a full 5 points ahead in his overall rating when compared to second place.
It really drives home the absolutely dominance and once-in-a-lifetime talent that Aaron Donald is when not a single player at his position in the league even feels close to comparable.
Who holds strong in attribute ratings?
While we know Aaron Donald is the clear number one when it comes to pure overall rating, let's take a closer look at the intangibles of some of these top defensive linemen.
Awareness (AWR) affects how quickly a blocker reacts to his surroundings, including responding to run plays and slip screens for defensive linemen.
These ten had the following Awareness ratings:
- Michael Pierce, 85 Awareness
- Vita Vea, 86 Awareness
- Kenny Clark, 90 Awareness
- Calais Campbell, 94 Awareness
- Fletcher Cox, 95 Awareness
- Chris Jones, 96 Awareness
- Stephon Tuitt, 97 Awareness
- Cameron Heyward, 97 Awareness
- DeForest Buckner, 97 Awareness
- Aaron Donald, 99 Awareness
Everyone has their on strengths and weaknesses, and for some their strength is, well, strength.
Aaron Donald drops in once again at the top with a 99 rating in Strength, but how do the other top linemen fare?
- DeForest Buckner, 91 Strength
- Calais Campbell, 92 Strength
- Chris Jones, 92 Strength
- Stephon Tuitt, 92 Strength
- Cameron Heyward, 94 Strength
- Fletcher Cox, 95 Strength
- Michael Pierce, 96 Strength
- Kenny Clark, 96 Strength
- Vita Vea, 97 Strength
- Aaron Donald, 99 Strength