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Madden '12 Ratings: A Closer Look At Tamba Hali, Eric Berry And Kansas City Chiefs Defense

In an earlier post, we already examined the ratings for the Chiefs offensive unit, including quarterback Matt Cassel, rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin and running back Jamaal Charles. But that also leaves questions about the defensive unit and how stars like Eric Berry and Tamba Hali look in Madden ’12, the upcoming release from the familiar NFL video game series.

Along the defensive front, players like Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith are still available as Chiefs at 81 and 75 overall respectively. Glenn Dorsey is the best defensive end at 81 and Tyson Jackson comes in at 76. Rookie Jerrell Powe is a 60 overall, so apparently the makers of Madden ‘12 don’t hold the same view of his potential as most Chiefs fans. Allen Bailey is a 62 overall, and surprisingly, Wallace Gilberry is a 64 — an incredibly low number for the second leading sack total on a 10-win team.

Tamba Hali is tied with the best overall defensive rating on the team at 91 (tied with Brandon Flowers), and he has strong ratings in Block Shedding (95), Pursuit (96), Tackling (92) and Acceleration (90). Derrick Johnson comes in at 86 overall and from there the linebacking corps drops off considerably. Mike Vrabel has yet to retire, so he’s available at 77. Up next is Jovan Belcher (76), Demorrio Williams (76) and Andy Studebaker (75). Other notable names aren’t so lucky with Cameron Sheffield at 65 and Justin Houston at 64. Perhaps he has a hidden rookie holdout rating the game knew about in advance.

The secondary is strong with Flowers sitting at 91 (as already mentioned) and Eric Berry at 88 overall. Berry’s abilities across the board have incredibly high ratings but they’re anchored by a 66 awareness, hence the reason he’s not as high as Flowers or even higher. Brandon Carr is an 81, while Jon McGraw is at 74. Other notable names include Javier Arenas and Kendrick Lewis, who are both at 73.