Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote Now Underway; A.J. Green vs. Jamaal Charles in Round 1

A.J. Green, Richard Sherman, Cam Newton and More Take their Shot at the cover.

Tonight at the 2014 NFL Draft, Electronic Arts Inc. and ESPN officially announced the details of the Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote. This year's competition sees 16 of the game's best young stars in the game squaring off in a bracket to determine who will adorn the cover.

Fans can now vote once per day at ESPN.com/maddenvote, and discuss and debate on social platforms such as @ESPNNFL and the NFL on ESPN Facebook page with the hashtag #MaddenCover. Every Thursday, the results of each round of voting will be announced during NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN accompanied by expert analysis and conversation.

Players in the running will also make special appearances on ESPN programming and platforms throughout the vote, campaigning for their right to be on the cover of Madden NFL 15.  The two finalists will appear and the overall winner will be announced live from LA LIVE Plaza in a special segment during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6.

Here's the full breakdown of first-round matchups, as well as each player's seeding in this year's bracket:

(1) Richard Sherman (CB, Seattle Seahawks)

vs.

(8) Alshon Jeffery (WR, Chicago Bears)

(1) Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)

vs.

(8) Antonio Brown (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)

(2) Colin Kaepernick (QB, San Francisco 49ers)

vs.

(7) Nick Foles (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)

(2) Andrew Luck (QB, Indianapolis Colts)

vs.

(7) Alfred Morris (RB, Washington Redskins)

(3) Demaryius Thomas (WR, Denver Broncos)

vs.

(6) Luke Kuechly (LB, Carolina Panthers)

(3) LeSean McCoy (RB, Philadelphia Eagles)

vs.

(6) T.Y. Hilton (WR, Indianapolis Colts)

(4) Jimmy Graham (TE, New Orleans Saints)

vs.

(5) Eddie Lacy (RB, Green Bay Packers)

(4) Jamaal Charles (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

vs.

(5) A.J. Green (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

"The Madden NFL Cover Vote is always a special time of year," said EA Senior Director of North American Marketing Randy Chase. "I'm curious to see if the 12th Man can propel Richard Sherman to the cover, or if the 49ers fans get their revenge and knock him out of the competition. No matter what, there are going to be some great matchups and intense rivalries."

"Every year, ESPN and EA SPORTS continue to go bigger with the Madden NFL Cover Vote,  and there's no better way to kick off the vote for Madden NFL 15 than having last year's winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders announcing it on stage at the NFL Draft," said Raphael Poplock, vice president of games and partnerships for ESPN.  "We are building on our momentum over the last three Madden NFL Cover Votes to deliver an engaging experience that puts the cover in the hands of the fans, which have resulted in some of ESPN's most successful social activations to date."

Madden NFL 15 delivers everything fans need to own their rivals on both sides of the field, including the most immersive defensive gameplay control in franchise history.

Fans will also experience an entirely new broadcast presentation that delivers Madden NFL game day like never before with dramatic all-new camera angles, as well as dynamic pre-game and halftime features. It's not just football, it's Madden Season.

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