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Predicting The Top Five Eagles In Madden: Who Has The Highest Overall Rating?

Who’s excited for the new Madden?

This year offers significant nostalgia and mourning. Legend of the game John Madden passed away in late 2021, leaving with him a legacy that rivals the sport itself. Synonymous with football and its beauty, the former legendary coach and broadcaster is well known also for his influence on the massively successful franchise, Madden.

Thus, there will be tangible anticipation for what is sure to be a pivotal year for the franchise. There will be a significant tribute to the late John Madden and his contribution to football.

Furthermore, the game comes after the most volatile offseason in recent memory. Superstars changed teams and the balance of power shifted significantly. Gamers everywhere will be itching to try out their team’s new additions on the virtual field.

We at Fly Eagles Nation take a look at the depth chart and predict the overall ratings of some of the best Eagles. These are my top five projections for the Philadelphia Eagles in Madden 23.

5. Fletcher Cox – 86 Overall

Fletcher Cox seemed to regress in 2021.

Last season saw the veteran defensive tackle snap his phenomenal six-year streak of Pro Bowl appearances. Although still achieving a solid 23 quarterback pressures, seven tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks, Cox certainly looked less immortal. The tenacious big man struggled mightily in adjusting to the Eagles’ new defensive scheme. He publicly criticized rookie defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s style, stating his grievances with his passivity.

Down the stretch, however, Cox finally seemed to find his feet in the new role. He had a dominant eight quarterback pressures and 2.5 sacks in his final three starts. As a result, it is fair to question whether he regressed or simply needed time to adjust to a new defensive scheme.

Therefore, his performance in 2021 bears closer analysis and patience. EA will not be afforded this luxury and will want to penalize his production with a modest dip. An overall in the mid 80s is going to look strange next to Fletcher Cox’s name.

4. Jordan Mailata – 86 Overall

Jordan Mailata is one of the more unlikely superstar left tackles in the NFL.

The Australian mammoth had an outstanding 2021 NFL Season. After getting snaps for the Eagles in 2020 following a slew of injuries that led to a revolving door on the offensive line, Mailata established himself as the starter above 2019 first-round selection Andre Dillard.

Mailata’s brilliance in 2021 is evidenced by his sensational PFF blocking grade of 87.4 overall. He was solid in both run blocking (87.8 PFF grade) and pass protection (83.3 PFF grade). In 914 snaps, Mailata allowed just three sacks and 20 pressures, seven of which came in one particularly difficult game versus the Raiders. Thus, Mailata’s other 13 starts yielded an average of just one pressure per game, which is fantastic for a starting left tackle.

While the young budding star must improve his discipline after accumulating seven penalties, he has all the makings of a perennial Pro Bowl left tackle. The Eagles are stoked about his development as a former seventh-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft and rewarded him with a huge extension.

He will anchor the blind side of the Eagles’ quarterback and be recognized as one of the game’s best for years to come.

3. Haason Reddick – 87 Overall

Haason Reddick is an absolute beast.

He exploded as a household name in 2020 with a single game. The New York Giants faced a truly unrelenting monster who racked up five sacks, three forced fumbles, and seven pressures in a single game. Reddick earned himself a one-year “prove it” deal with the Panthers to see if his production was a mere aberration or serious stardom. Unfortunately for Carolina, they were priced out of the answer.

2021 only further galvanized his league standing. Reddick used his elite edge speed and bend to consistently produce last season. He did not have more than two sacks in a single game, yet still produced a sensational 11.0 on the year. This consistency earned him a three-year deal up to $45 million from the Philadelphia Eagles. He has the benefit of joining the fifth-best pass-rushing graded team according to PFF, with Jordan Davis, to make one of the most feared frontlines in the NFL.

The former Panther is one of the league’s most formidable edge defenders. He is a ferocious pass rusher who is relentless and unfathomably productive. His last two seasons have seen a statistical explosion that rivals what is even possible in video games. He has racked up 23.5 sacks, 27 TFLs, 67 quarterback pressures, and a ridiculous eight forced fumbles.

Reddick is a truly game-wrecking edge rusher. His new Madden overall rating prediction reflects that.

2. Darius Slay – 91 Overall

“Big Play” Slay is back.

The Eagles’ cornerback struggled mightily in his first season in Philadelphia. The 2020 NFL Season saw him not only give up a poultry 76.7% completion rate when targeted but also a quarterback rating of 111.9 when the ball came his way.

2021 was quite the redemption.

The superstar cornerback returned to his dominant playmaking style, forcing turnovers and blanketing receivers on route to his fourth-career Pro Bowl. Slay led all defenders with an astonishing three touchdowns scored. He racked up three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, nine passes defended, and five tackles for loss.

Slay also graded extremely well in coverage for the year. He had a phenomenal 83.9 PFF pass-coverage grade in 2021 and allowed just a 74.4 quarterback rating when targeted. Furthermore, Slay figures to only improve further with the addition of James Bradberry across from him in a more familiar zone scheme. A year under Gannon’s system should prepare Slay for another Pro-Bowl season.

Thus, the superstar veteran gets to occupy the 90+ overall group. There is only one other Eagle that we predict will make that mark.

1. Jason Kelce – 92 Overall

Well, it is very rare for a 34 year old to be the highest overall player in Madden, isn’t it?

That being said, it is even rarer that the player is a former sixth-round selection. Nothing about Jason Kelce is conventional. He is undersized at his position yet plays with a physicality that is still imposing and unrelenting. His reliability and excellence were the primary reasons for the dominant success of the Eagles’ offense in 2021.

The Eagles have brought back the veteran superstar for the 2022 NFL Season. He anchors the league’s best rushing attack and personifies the toughness of Philadelphia. The city’s beloved center displayed impossible athleticism all season from the middle of the line. His knack for exploding to the second level and completely dismantling defenders with ease has been elite for quite some time.

The 2021 season was no different. Unsurprisingly, Kelce allowed just one sack and 17 pressures all season, despite appearing in 993 snaps. Reliable as ever, he ended the season with a truly elite 89.4 PFF run-blocking grade. He has shown no signs of slowing down. His leadership skills and unselfishness led to the creation of the league’s most physically dominant offensive line.

Furthermore, Kelce’s unselfishness even extends to his willingness to assist in finding his inexorable replacement. He had a large role in the selection of Cam Jurgens, who will likely succeed him after his retirement.

On the field, Kelce is a beacon of developmental mentorship for the young pieces across the trenches. He has the ability to impart wisdom and teaching in the twilight of his career whilst being an elite people mover in the middle.

Furthermore, his dependability allows the Eagles to continue relying heavily on their rushing attack. Kelce’s incredible athleticism allows Philadelphia to use him in a myriad of different ways. That added versatility is instrumental in making them the best rushing team in the NFL.

In summary, Kelce’s impossibly incredible physical tools, as well as sensational production, allow him to top this list. Madden evaluators know that he will have one last dominant season on route to a legendary retirement parade.

Which player is your favorite to play with in Madden? Do you agree with these predictions?

Let us know in the comments below.

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