Whether you're a gamer or not, one of the surest signs that football is nigh is the annual release of the latest Madden game.
While the game itself won't be released until late August, we did get a little taste this week with the release of the game's full player ratings, including this year's class of rookies and all of the Buckeyes throughout the league.
Four former Ohio State players earned ratings of 90 or above with Michael Thomas leading the way at 94, following by Joey Bosa and Cameron Heyward at 92 and Nick Bosa behind them at 90.
There were six more players ranked in the high 80s, with Terry McLaurin and Denzel Ward coming in at 89, Ezekiel Elliott and Corey Linsley checking in at 88, Marshon Lattimore rated 87 and Chase Young given an 86.
Justin Fields and Trey Sermon led all Ohio State rookies with debut ratings of 74 overall in the game. They were the only two Buckeye rookies with ratings above 70 overall.
Here's a look at how every Ohio State player is rated in the upcoming Madden 22, which is scheduled for release on Aug. 20.
It's worth noting a few Buckeyes – even veterans who will likely be playing in the NFL this year – did not receive a rating, presumably because they were recently unsigned free agents. That includes names like Malik Hooker, John Simon and Marcus Baugh, along with those who remain unsigned like Gareon Conley and Nate Ebner.
Devin Smith has a 67 overall rating in the game, but was recently released by the New England Patriots.