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Madden 15 cover vote starts, rookies packed into Ultimate Team

EA Sports kicked off its cover athlete vote for Madden NFL 15 during the first round of the NFL Draft last night, and is slated to end after four rounds of voting on June 6. The vote features just 16 candidates this year instead of the standard 32, which is an even more rapid decrease from Madden 25's two brackets of 64 football players. The first round's eight match-ups can be found after the break.

The developers at EA Tiburon also celebrated the first round of the NFL Draft by inserting each of the first round's 32 draftees into Madden Ultimate Team card packs in Madden 25, starting today. It makes for a fine opportunity to check out the digital versions of each recruit without having to wait to play as them in Madden 15, which is due to arrive August 26 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Just don't trust Madden to predict which rookies will be picked by teams in the draft, it won't go well.
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Madden NFL 25 (2014 NFL Draft Ultimate Team Cards)

Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote, Round One:
  • CB Richard Sherman (Seattle) versus WR Alshon Jeffery (Chicago)
  • TE Jimmy Graham (New Orleans) versus RB Eddie Lacy (Green Bay)
  • WR Demariyus Thomas (Denver) versus LB Luke Kuechly (Carolina)
  • QB Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco) versus QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia)
  • QB Cam Newton (Carolina) versus WR Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh)
  • RB Jamaal Charles (Kansas City) versus WR A.J. Green (Cincinnati)
  • RB LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia) versus WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis)
  • QB Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) versus RB Alfred Morris (Washington)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.