The first-round picks have received their highly-anticipated overall ratings for Madden 22. These players are going to make an impact for Franchise and Exhibition gamers alike.
This year’s top-rated rookie, without a doubt, is Kyle Pitts, who comes in with a whopping 81 overall rating. Last year’s first overall pick, Joe Burrow, was assigned a 76 overall rating.
The quarterback had an amazing season, climbing to a 79 overall rating before suffering a devastating ACL injury, which eventually sunk his overall rating to 77.
Some of the new rookies already rate higher without having played an NFL snap, sparking a bit of controversy. There is one thing that’s certain, though, and it’s that this year’s rookies are extremely talented, and we can’t wait to utilize them in Madden 22.
Madden 22: Top 10 rated rookies
Below, you can find Madden 22’s highest-rated rookies:
- Kyle Pitts, 81 Overall, TE, Atlanta Falcons
- Trevor Lawrence, 78 Overall, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jaylen Waddle, 76 Overall, WR, Miami Dolphins
- Patrick Surtain II, 76 Overall, CB, Denver Broncos
- Zach Wilson, 75 Overall, QB, New York Jets
- Ja’Marr Chase, 75 Overall, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
- DeVonta Smith, 75 Overall, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Penei Sewell, 75 Overall, OT, Detroit Lions
- Trey Lance, 74 Overall, QB, San Francisco 49ers
- Justin Fields, 74 Overall, QB, Chicago Bears
Kyle Pitts, 81 OVR
Coming out of a historic season with the Florida Gators, Kyle Pitts was the top tight end in the nation lining up for the NFL draft. He made headlines by becoming the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history. Pitts has the ideal build for a TE, standing 6’5’’ and weighing 245lbs, while also running a 4.44s 40-yard dash.
Pitts displayed total dominance, although he did only play eight games in 2020, recording 12 touchdowns, 770 yards, and averaging an impressive 17.9 yards per reception. The Atlanta Falcons took Pitts fourth overall and signed him up to a four-year contract worth $32.9 million.
There isn’t any argument that Pitts is the best athlete in this class, and fans appear to be happy with him achieving such a high rating in Madden 22.
Trevor Lawrence, 78 OVR
Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick, scores a 78 overall rating in Madden 22. “Sunshine” went into the draft as one of the best quarterbacks in NCAA history, having led the undefeated 2019 Clemson Tigers to a National Championship as a freshman.
Lawrence continued with his winning ways, only losing two games: the 2020 National Championship and the 2021 Sugar Bowl. The 6’6’’ QB was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars to take the reins of the team and help them rebuild the franchise. He’s regarded as a once-in-a-generation talent – a billing that we hope he lives up to in the NFL.
Looking back on his achievements, a 78 overall rating seems too low for a QB with an insane amount of talent and an incredibly high ceiling.
Jaylen Waddle, 76 OVR
Speed is one of the most important traits in Madden, and Waddle certainly has speed. The rookie WR was assigned a 97 speed rating despite only having a 76 overall rating.
Waddle is an explosive and dynamic player with impressive speed and elusiveness. His NFL comparison is Tyreek Hill, and we’ve seen the success that Hill has had with his velocity.
Waddle proved himself to be a core feature of the Alabama Crimson Tide, but in 2020, he only played six games due to a severe ankle injury. He was taken sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins and reunited with his old quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
Jaylen Waddle is the highest-rated rookie WR, outscoring his Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith and LSU Tiger Ja’Marr Chase.
Patrick Surtain II, 76 OVR
The son of the legendary Patrick Surtain comes to take over the NFL and Madden 22. He is the only defenseman in the top ten rookies, being given a 76 overall rating. Surtain II was selected by the Denver Broncos with the ninth-overall pick and is expected to be a key asset to their secondary.
Coming out of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Surtain II was regarded as the top cornerback of the 2021 class. The winner of the Defensive MVP award of the 2021 Rose Bowl impressed scouts with his athleticism and coverage skills, earning his early selection.
With an impressive performance in college, we expect Surtain II to become an impressive rookie and increase his Madden 22 rating as the season progresses.
Zach Wilson, 75 OVR
Zach Wilson is the second-highest-rated rookie QB in Madden 22. This was a shocker that sparked lots of debate between fans arguing for and against his 75 overall rating.
The other two quarterbacks taken in the first round (Trey Lance and Justin Fields) are rated just one overall point lower (74), so EA must not mean to disrespect these athletes.
Wilson was an impressive QB at BYU, breaking Steve Young’s completion percentage record by finishing the 2020 season on 72.5 percent. He also recorded 3,692 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. The New York Jets drafted him second overall, hoping that he’ll lead the offense in this upcoming season.
Zach Wilson is already a fantastic athlete, but only time will tell which rookie QB will end up having the most success in the NFL and the Madden game series.
These are the top rookies to look out for in Madden 22. With a new and improved Franchise Mode, we can’t wait to see what these players have to offer.