Now they had to know that this one was going to start quite the controversy. There are some analyst out their saying that Patrick Peterson may be the best “overall” player in the draft yet still others would tell you that a guy like A.J. Green or Von Miller will have the biggest impact. As far as the folks at EA Sports are concerned, they already know the answer and it brand new Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson out of LSU. Peterson will be the top rated rookie in Madden 12 which we learned courtesy of ESPN who detailed his full ratings set as the projected starter debuts with an 82 overall rating.
97 speed, 96 agility, 93 acceleration, 93 jumping, 77 catching (highest for any rookie CB), and 91 return. In terms of his defensive skill set, Peterson clocks in with 89 man coverage, 82 zone coverage, and 90 press.
The overall 82 rating represents a drop from last year when three different rookies got an overall rating of 85. If Peterson is the high water mark this year then that means that very few rookies have a shot of cracking 80 overall from the jump. The few that could do it are probably A.J. Green who I think will have a huge impact this year if he stays healthy, Von Miller who is just as solid as they get and possibly guys like Julio Jones and Mark Ingram though I don’t know if they are “complete” enough players to do it. What do you think, did EA get it right, is Patrick Peterson the best rookie in this year’s class? What do you think of his ratings, personally I think his jumping and zone coverage is a bit low and his man coverage and return are a bit high.