Madden 23 recently released its preliminary player ratings ahead of the ultra-popular video game’s release slated for August 19.
Player ratings are a hotly-debated topic among fans of the franchise as they fluctuate throughout the season to reflect player development or regression. The median player rating is approximately 73, while the NFL’s elite are scored at 85 or higher.
Below we’ve listed the top ten Canadian player ratings from the game. If you’re looking to build a team stacked heavily with homegrown players, be sure to target the ones listed below.
1. FS Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins — 83 overall
The former second-round pick had an excellent rookie year in 2021, recording 69 total tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, ten knockdowns, two interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. He is tied for the seventh-ranked player on the Dolphins and tied for the ninth-ranked free safety in the NFL. He was the fifth-ranked Canadian player in Madden 22 with a rating of 74.
2. DL David Onyemata, New Orleans Saints — 80 overall
The University of Manitoba product missed the first six games of the 2021 season due to a suspension but still made 34 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks, and one fumble recovery. He is the twelfth-ranked player on the Saints, who are expected to have one of the league’s best defences again in 2022.
3. WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers — 78 overall
The former second-round pick’s production declined slightly this past year but he still managed to record 59 receptions for 860 yards and two touchdowns. He is tied for the eleventh-ranked player on Pittsburgh’s roster and is the team’s fastest receiver with a speed rating of 92.
4. RB Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers — 74 overall
The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. started ten games as a rookie, rushing for 612 yards and five touchdowns. He is the third-fastest running back in the NFC South behind Christian McCaffrey and Cordarrelle Patterson and will look to improve on a lacklustre 3.6-yard-per-carry average heading into his second year.
T-5. WR John Metchie III, Houston Texans — 73 overall
The second-round pick out of Alabama made a heartbreaking announcement on Sunday when he revealed that he had been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, which will likely cause him to miss the entire season. Despite being a rookie, Metchie is already tied for the fifteenth-ranked player on his own team.
T-5. DL Brent Urban, Baltimore Ravens — 73 overall
The Mississauga native is back where it all began after rejoining the team that drafted him in 2014. Urban played six games as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, recording three total tackles and one knockdown. He is Baltimore’s fourth-ranked defensive lineman.
T-7. DL Neville Gallimore, Dallas Cowboys — 72 overall
The former third-round pick missed most of last season due to a dislocated elbow and made 13 total tackles, three tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in five games. The Ottawa native has a solid strength rating of 84 and is the Cowboys’ fourth-ranked defensive lineman.
T-7. WR N’Keal Harry, Chicago Bears — 72 overall
The Toronto native has never lived up to the hype following his selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, making just 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns over 33 career games. He was recently traded from New England to Chicago where he is the Bears’ fourth-ranked wide receiver.
T-7. LB Alex Singleton, Denver Broncos — 72 overall
The former Calgary Stampeder is coming off a strong season with the Philadelphia Eagles during which he made a career-high 137 total tackles, four tackles for loss, four knockdowns, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He is Denver’s second-ranked middle linebacker behind Josey Jewell.
T-10. DL Christian Covington, Los Angeles Chargers — 71 overall
The son of all-time CFL sack leader Grover Covington dressed for 16 game with the Chargers last year, making three starts and recording 52 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble. He is L.A.’s fourth-ranked defensive lineman.
T-10. WR Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers — 71 overall
The former third-round pick had a solid rookie campaign in 2021, making 33 catches for 353 yards and four touchdowns over 17 games with five starts. Despite a respectable rating, he remains the fifth-ranked receiver on the Chargers.
Ratings for other Canadian players are as follows: Washington DB Benjamin St-Juste, 70; NYJ DL Nathan Shepherd, 69; LAC DB Tevaughn Campbell, 68; LAR DL Michael Hoecht, 65; LAC DB Deane Leonard, 65; Arizona LB Jesse Luketa, 63; Buffalo DL Eli Ankou, 62; Houston TE Antony Auclair, 62; LAR OL Alaric ‘AJ’ Jackson, 61; LAC OL Ryan Hunter, 55; LAC LB Amen Ogbongbemiga, 55; Seattle OL Dakoda Shepley, 50.
There are no ratings currently available for New England OL Drew Desjarlais, free agent OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Dallas kicker Lirim Hajrullahu; Chicago TE Rysen John, Buffalo DL Daniel Joseph, New England punter Jake Julien, Indianapolis TE Nikola Kalinic, Denver DL Jonathan Kongbo, free agent OL Pier-Olivier Lestage, Atlanta TE Brayden Lenius, free agent kicker JJ Molson, and Indianapolis OL Carter O’Donnell.