So the first round of the Madden NFL 12 cover vote is over and we have the results for you right here. We can’t say we exactly saw all these coming but it proves that anything is possible. Today we have found out the 16 NFL players that will advance through to the next round of the Madden NFL 12 Cover Vote campaign. So before we give you our picks for Round 2, let’s get you recapped on Round 1 and let us know what you think about the winners.
· 72% Aaron Rodgers / 28% Ndamukong Suh
· 57% Sam Bradford / 43% Larry Fitzgerald
· 61% Hakeem Nicks / 39% Brian Orakpo
· 62% Danny Woodhead / 38% Steve Johnson
· 66% Maurice Jones-Drew / 34% Dwight Freeney
· 64% Jamaal Charles / 36% Tim Tebow
· 62% Peyton Hillis / 38% Ray Rice
· 89% Matt Ryan / 11% Jordan Gross
· 67% Philip Rivers / 33% Darren McFadden
· 57% Adrian Peterson / 43% Julius Peppers
· 55% Mark Sanchez / 45% Jake Long
· 56% Drew Brees / 44% Josh Freeman
· 76% Michael Vick / 24% DeMarcus Ware
· 69% Andre Johnson / 31% Chris Johnson
· 54% Patrick Willis / 46% 12th Man
· 72% Hines Ward / 28% Carlos Dunlap
Our Round 2 Picks:
Aaron Rodgers vs Sam Bradford
Winner: Aaron Rodgers should take this one, I mean we love Sam Bradford but Rodgers just let the Pack to a Super Bowl, it shouldn’t even be close.
Hakeem Nicks vs Danny Woodhead
Winner: Gotta go with Danny Woodhead. Hakeem Nicks had an awesome season but Woodhead’s following is on the verge of cult status. It might be close but I think Woodhead pulls it out.
Maurice Jones-Drew vs Jamaal Charles
Winner: Jamaal Charles is definitely coming into his own and I have no doubt that one day he will be the beast in this matchup but not right now. Right now, it’s all about MJD and he should win this one easily.
Peyton Hillis vs Matt Ryan
Winner: Peyton Hillis had a major upset in Round 1 knocking out Ray Rice but we think this is where his luck runs out. Matt Ryan is a beast and his Atlanta Falcons will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC South this season, if there is a season.
Phillip Rivers vs Adrian Peterson
Winner: I so want to pick A.P. here but something tells me that the folks out on the West Coast just won’t let this happen so I think Rivers win in a close one.
Mark Sanchez vs Drew Brees
Winner: While we don’t think Drew Brees will win two years in a row we don’t think that the Who Dat Nation will let him lose this early.
Michael Vick vs Andre Johnson
Winner: Mike Vick absolutely crushed Demarcus Ware in the first round as you can see and I don’t think this round will be any different. Johnson is definitely a Top 5 WR but he has been injured a lot over the last few years and doesn’t get the kind of exposure he needs in Houston.
Patrick Willis vs Hines Ward
Winner: I think Patrick Willis takes it here because well we just don’t like Hines Ward. Patrick Willis is the prototype MLB and football player, he just goes out and does his job and you can’t hate on that.
Round 2 voting is now open and fans can make their selections exclusively at www.ESPN.com/MaddenVote to determine which of the 16 NFL players advance to the next round of the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete voting campaign. So now you know what we think, tell us what you think.