Madden 23 rookies: Every Round 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson poses onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson poses onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) /

The 2022 NFL Draft kicked off this evening, ushering in a new class of rookies. For Madden, this represents a new group of players that we’ll soon get to control in Madden 23.

This year’s draft was widely considered to be rather weak at the quarterback position, and really offense in general. In fact, the first offensive player wasn’t taken until the 6th overall, and he was an offensive tackle. It wasn’t until the Falcons picked Drake London at No. 8 that the first offensive skill player was taken.

But if you enjoy playing defense in Madden, then there’s plenty to be excited about. After selecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall in 2021, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick this year. Walker figures to immediately help a Jaguars pass rush that has been among the worst in the league the past two seasons.

The Detroit Lions also got edge rush help with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. Both Hutchinson and Walker were considered among the best players in the draft. If you enjoy playing an edge rusher in Madden, then the Jaguars and Lions will have some nice new toys for you in Madden 23.

Let’s be honest though, Madden is all about offense. And if you are pass-happy, there are quite a few wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft who are worth getting excited about in Madden 23. Drake London went to the Falcons at No. 8, while Garret Wilson went to the Jets at No 10. This sparked a run on receivers that saw the Saints draft Chris Olave and the Lions draft Jameson Williams, back to back.

In a quarterback-driven league, the first QB in the draft wasn’t taken until the 20th pick. Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers who look to fill the void left by Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement. Pickett isn’t flashy like a lot of young quarterbacks in the league, but he’s a solid player that should provide a stable option for the Steelers in Madden 23.

There were also some blockbuster trades going on, some of which involved veterans. The Tennessee Titans traded star receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Eagles’ 18th and 101st overall picks. The Titans replaced Brown by drafting wide receiver Treylon Burks from Alabama. The Baltimore Ravens also traded wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals for their first-round pick.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Travon Walker (Edge, Georgia)
  2. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson (Edge, Michigan)
  3. Houston Texans – Derek Stingley Jr. (CB, LSU)
  4. New York Jets – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
  5. New York Giants – Kayvon Thibodeaux (Edge, Oregon)
  6. Carolina Panthers – Ikem Ekwonu (OT, NC State)
  7. New York Giants – Evan Neal (OT, Alabama)
  8. Atlanta Falcons – Drake London (WR, USC)
  9. Seattle Seahawks – Charles Cross (OT, Mississippi St.)
  10. New York Jets – Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio St.)
  11. New Orleans Saints (from Commanders) – Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)
  12. Detroit Lions (from Vikings) – Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)
  13. Philadelphia Eagles (from Texans) – Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
  14. Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)
  15. Houston Texans (from Eagles) – Kenyon Green (G, Texas A&M)
  16. Washington Commanders (from Saints) – Jahan Dotson (WR, Penn St.)
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Zion Johnson (G, Boston College)
  18. Tennessee Titans (from Eagles) – Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)
  19. New Orleans Saints – Trevor Penning (OT, Northern Iowa)
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
  21. Kansas City Chiefs (from Patriots) – Trent McDuffie (CB, Washington)
  22. Green Bay Packers – Quay Walker (LB, Georgia)
  23. Buffalo Bills – Kaiir Elam (CB, Florida)
  24. Dallas Cowboys – Tyler Smith (OT, Tulsa)
  25. Baltimore Ravens (from Bills) – Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
  26. new York Jets (from Titans) – Jermaine Johnson II (Edge, Florida State)
  27. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Buccaneers) – Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)
  28. Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
  29. New England Patriots (from Chiefs) – Cole Strange (G, Chattanooga)
  30. Kansas City Chiefs (George Karlaftis (Edge, Purdue)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals – Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)
  32. Minnesota Vikings (from Lions) – Lewis Cine (S, Geogia)

So there you have it, all 32 first round picks in the NFL Draft. Interestingly, this is the first time ever that no running backs or tight ends (combined) were selected in the first round. It seems the theme with this draft early on was defense and offensive line. How will that impact Madden 23?

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