Trevor Lawrence deserved a higher Madden rating than Kyle Pitts

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence (Photo by Aubrey Lao/Getty Images)
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence (Photo by Aubrey Lao/Getty Images) /

Some of the ratings for Madden 22 have been released and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence wasn’t the top-rated rookie.

There are different ways to enjoy your NFL fandom. There’s a good chance you like to get together with friends and watch games or maybe you like to collect memorabilia. Others prefer to play Fantasy Football and there are those who like to play the Madden video game franchise. If you belong to the latter group and are also a Jacksonville Jaguars fan, you didn’t probably agree with some of the ratings they recently released.

EA Sports recently dropped the ratings for the top ten rookies in Madden 22 and surprisingly, Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, not Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, was at the top of the list. The Florida product registered a blazing 40-dash time and was arguably the most talented non-quarterback prospect of the draft. The Falcons certainly believed so and made him the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history.

On the bright side, Lawrence was the highest-rated rookie passer, beating Zach Wilson (75),  Justin Fields (74), and Tray Lance (74). Mac Jones, the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft fell short of the top ten with a 71 overall rating. Here are the top ten rookie ratings in Madden 22:

  • Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts – 81 OVR
  • Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence – 78 OVR
  • Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle – 76 OVR
  • Denver Broncos CB Patrick Surtain – 76 OVR
  • New York Jets QB Zach Wilson – 75 OVR
  • Cincinnati Bengals WR  Ja’Marr Chase – 75 OVR
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith – 75 OVR
  • San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance – 74 OVR
  • Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields – 74 OVR

Trevor Lawrence plays a more important position than Kyle Pitts.

There’s no doubt Kyle Pitts could become a tight end in the mold of George Kittle or Darren Waller. However, quarterbacks have a bigger impact in today’s NFL, that’s why you won’t probably see running backs Najee Harris or Travis Etienne at the top of any top rookie rankings.

Pitts will benefit from the presence of quarterback Matt Ryan in Atlanta. Although the first overall pick in 2008’s draft is in the twilight of his career, he can still sling the pigskin and the former Gator should thrive in the Falcons’ pass-happy offense. On the other hand, Lawrence is in a position to succeed right out of the gate. Although he suffered a hamstring injury during the Jags’ organized team activities. The former Tiger won’t have any restrictions in training camp and is set to make his NFL debut in Week 1 despite the fact that the team hasn’t officially named him the starter.

Like any other rookie, Lawrence will experience growing pains. Nevertheless, he should also help the Jaguars win a close few games and give them a reason to be optimistic in 2021 in the foreseeable future. If he plays up to his potential, not only will he win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, he will also be the first Jaguars player ever to grace the cover of the Madden video game.

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