Madden NFL 23 Rookie Ratings, Rookie of Year Futures Odds
Madden video games have become such a significant part of football culture, each release is celebrated like a holiday by fans and gaming enthusiasts. This year’s edition celebrates the life of John Madden, who the game is named after. Madden died on Dec. 28 and will grace the cover for the first time since 2000.
One of the anticipated features of each Madden is the rookie ratings. It’s an early look at how the new players look in their new uniforms and stack up against the established pros. Here are the Madden ratings for each of the first-round draft picks, along with their odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Offensive linemen do not receive any recognition from the sportsbooks since a bet on them to win would be pointless, so those players do not have future odds for the award.
All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Travon Walker, Jacksonville, DE
76 Overall, +800 Defensive Rookie of the Year
The No. 1 overall pick comes in at 76 overall on Madden. Walker’s explosiveness is highlighted in the game with a 92 acceleration rating and 88 speed to go along with 88 strength. His odds of winning Defensive Rookie of the Year are the third shortest.
Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit, DE
77 Overall, +500 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Hutchinson is the favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year at DraftKings at +500. Walker and Hutchinson were compared all throughout the draft, and Madden gives Hutchinson a slight edge in its preseason ratings.
Derek Stingley, Houston, CB
77 Overall, +1200 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Stingley was touted as a top prospect after one year at LSU, but injuries limited him to just 10 games over the last two seasons. Still, many consider him to have one of the highest ceilings of the rookie class, and Madden evaluators and sportsbooks seem to agree.
Sauce Gardner, New York Jets, CB
78 Overall, +1000 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Three rookies earned a 78 – the highest for a first-year player in this Madden – and Gardner is one of those players. The Jets rookie cornerback is also near the top on the odds board, in large part because he didn’t allow a single touchdown over two seasons at Cincinnati.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants, Edge
75 Overall, +550 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Thibodeaux was a favorite to go No. 1 before falling to the Giants. But sportsbooks see him as a favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, with the second-best odds. Thibodeaux is the first instance of a discrepancy between the Madden rating and sportsbook odds, with Thibodeaux having a lower rating than many on this list but better overall odds for the end of the season award.
Drake London, Atlanta, WR
75 Overall, +1400 Offensive Rookie of the Year
London was the first skill player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. Wide receiver was considered a loaded position for this draft, so it’s telling London was taken first. However, he’s further down the odds board compared to other players at his position and has a lower Madden rating.
Garrett Wilson, New York Jets, WR
76 Overall, +1400 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Chris Olave, New Orleans, WR
76 Overall, +1000 Offensive Rookie of the Year
The Madden ratings team didn’t see much difference between the pair of Ohio State receivers that were drafted back-to-back in the first round. Both come in at 76, but Olave has slightly better odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jameson Williams, Detroit, WR
78 Overall, +2000 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Williams is the highest-rated rookie in the game, coming in with a 78. He’s also the second-fastest player in the game with 98 speed. Only Miami wide receiver Tyreek Hill is faster with 99 speed.
Jordan Davis, Philadelphia, DT
78 Overall, +1400 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Davis is the third rookie to reach the 78 mark. At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, one of Davis's best traits is his mobility and Madden didn’t short him in that area. His 81 speed is the fourth-best among defensive tackles and he’s tied with Buffalo’s Ed Oliver with the best acceleration rating for their position (87).
Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore, S
76 Overall, +800 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Hamilton playing on a Super Bowl contender could help him in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race. Voters like winners, and if Baltimore succeeds as Hamilton plays well, expect his name to be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year.
Jahan Dotson, Washington, WR
75 Overall, +2000 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Six wide receivers were taken in the first round with the first five only separated by one Madden rating point.
Treylon Burks, Tennessee, WR
73 Overall, +1400 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Burks ends the run of wide receivers taken in the first round and is the lowest-rated first-round pick at the position with a 73 rating. But his rookie of the year odds are better than Williams and Dotson.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, QB
68 Overall, +1000 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Pickett’s rating to his rookie of the year odds are the biggest difference of any player on this list. The quarterback class was considered weak this year, so Pickett’s rating isn’t that much of a surprise. But the potential to succeed gives him one of the best chances to win rookie of the year. Quarterbacks are the most critiqued group in sports, and if Pickett plays well, he could run away with this award. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s joining an established playoff team.
Trent McDuffie, Kansas City, CB
76 Overall, +1600 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Quay Walker, Green Bay, LB
73 Overall, +1000 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Kaiir Elam, Buffalo, CB
73 Overall, +2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year
McDuffie, Walker and Elam benefit in the same way Hamilton does: They’re all joining Super Bowl contenders. Their impacts will be noticeable, which should help them with awards.
Jermaine Johnson, New York Jets, DE
74 Overall, +1200 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Devin Lloyd, Jacksonville, LB
73 Overall, +1500 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Devonte Wyatt, Green Bay, DT
73 overall, +2500 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Johnson, Lloyd and Wyatt each have the distinction of being the second defensive player taken in the first round by their teams. Gardner went to the Jets earlier, while Walker was No. 1 for the Jaguars, and the Packers took Walker.
George Karlaftis, Kansas City, Edge
74 Overall, +1600 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Karlaftis was the fifth defensive end taken in the draft and the second defensive first-round selection by the Chiefs.
Daxton Hill, Cincinnati, S
75 Overall, +3500 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Out of all the first-round picks, Hill has the longest odds to win a rookie of the year award.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Favorite
The favorite at DraftKings for Offensive Rookie of the Year was not selected in the first round. Breece Hall, running back out of Iowa State, was taken at No. 36 during the second round and is the favorite at +850. Hall is rated at 76 overall on Madden.
First-Round Picks With No Future Odds
Ikem Ekwonu, Carolina, OT, 76 Overall
Evan Neal, New York Giants, OT, 77 Overall
Charles Cross, Seattle, OT, 73 Overall
Kenyon Green, Houston, OL, 72 Overall
Zion Johnson, Los Angeles Chargers, OL, 73 Overall
Trevor Penning, New Orleans, OT, 72 Overall
Tyler Smith, Dallas, OT, 70 Overall
Tyler Linderbaum, Baltimore, C, 74 Overall
Cole Strange, New England, G, 70 Overall
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