Create a player at the position you want to play at. Make sure he is a rookie and set his overall to 99. Save your roster. Next, go to Career mode and select "Become a Superstar". Next, select "Play as NFL Rookie". Your superstar should be at the top of the list.
In Franchise mode off-season, after re-signing your players, save the game and enter Free Agent mode. If you do not like the free agents available (for example, if you need a top wide receiver and there are none), reload the game until the players that are available are ones you want. You can also do this to make your division easier. For example, if you are the Jets and Randy Moss goes from the Patriots to the Rams then you do not have to worry about facing a player like that twice a season.
With the salary cap off, choose a player you want (for example, Calvin Johnson) and go to "Edit Player". Then, change him to a QB. His rating will drop to 12. Press Start and select to keep the player without saving. Trade your lowest rated WR for him. The trade will be accepted. Go back in and edit him back to a WR. You will now have Calvin Johnson without losing anyone important.
To trade a low rated player for a player who's rating is much higher, first turn off the salary cap. Select the player you want to trade for, go to "Edit Player", and change his position to one that he does not normally play. For example, if he is a wide receiver, then change his position to a quarterback. You will now be able to trade your lowest rated player for him. After you make the trade go back to "Edit Player" and change his position back to his original position.
When re-signing players, go to your "Player Management" screen first and change the player that you want to re-sign to another position, such as a kicker or punter (the worst overall possible). Go back to re-sign that player for much less. Note: You cannot save the change unless you have enough players at that position after you change the player's position. For example, to change a cornerback to a kicker you must have four other cornerbacks remaining.
To get the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pick of round 1 in each Franchise draft, do the following. Note: This trick works 99% of the time on Franchise mode on either Madden 2010 or Madden 2011. The probability of the glitch working may be higher if you finish the season with a better record. (Note: this is all has to be done before entering the playoffs.)
Step 1 After week 17's games are completed, go to NFL Standings and find the teams in 32nd, 31st, and 30th.
Step 2 Start following trade to CPU 1st Round Pick (your team) for 1st Round Pick (32nd place team), 2nd Round Pick (32nd place team), 3rd Round Pick (32nd place team)
Step 3 Start following trade to CPU; 2nd Round Pick (from 32nd Team), 2nd Round Pick (your team), 3rd Round Pick (your team) for 1st Round Pick (31st place team), 2nd Round Pick (31st place team), 3rd Round (31st Team)
Step 4 Start the following trade to CPU; 2nd Round Pick (from 31st Team), 2nd Round Pick (32nd Team), 3rd Round Pick (31st team) for 1st Round Pick (30th place team)
When all is said and done, you should end up with the following;
Round 1 - Pick 1, 2, 3 Round 4 - normal Round 5 - normal Round 6 - normal Round 7 - normal
ACHIEVEMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK Sprint 2 Minute Drill (30 points) - Win after being behind in the final 2 minutes of a game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. All Day No Way (40 points) - Record 3 tackles for a loss on Adrian Peterson. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Buzzkill (40 points) - Intercept a pass intended for Randy Moss. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Fight for the Fumble (30 points) - Win possession of the ball after a fumble pile-up. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. From Me To You (40 points) - Complete a pass for a TD with your partner in an Online Co-op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Frozen Tundra (30 points) - Win at Lambeau Field in freezing weather. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. The Gang's All Here (50 points) - Trigger a gang tackle with 7+ players. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Go Back to Basketball (40 points) - Tackle Antonio Gates inside the 5 yard line. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Go Bag Some Groceries (40 points) - Force Kurt Warner to fumble on a sack. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Have to Be This Tall to Ride (40 points) - Stiff arm or juke Bob Sanders. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Hey Buddy! (50 points) - Complete a lateral with your partner in an Online Co-Op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Larry Stickyfingers (40 points) - Get 10 user catches (no drops) with Larry Fitzgerald. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Laser Arm? (40 points) - Intercept Peyton Manning 3 times. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Look what I found! (80 points) - Win a fumble pile-up in the end zone for a TD. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Mr. Not-So-Perfect (40 points) - Intercept a Tom Brady pass. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Nano (50 points) - Sack the QB before he can hand the ball off. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Nothing Without the Dark Visor (40 points) - Force a LaDanian Tomlinson fumble. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Pocket Monster (80 points) - Stay in the pocket for at least 10 seconds. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Super Bowl MVP-like (50 points) - Catch a TD to take the lead with under 30 seconds left. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Why Can’t We Be Friends? (75 points) - Complete an online Co-Op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Wounded Duck (50 points) - Complete a pass to an unintended receiver. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. Mature Newbie (10 points) - Create a player or Superstar at the oldest possible age. Safety Inspection Required (10 points) - Create a team from Springfield. Well played. Really. (5 points) - Throw the ball away on 4th down. 5 min qtrs, All Pro.
"AFL Legacy Pack" trophies Blast From The Past (30 points) - Win an AFL-themed Madden Moment with AFL presentation turned on. Orange Sherbet Anyone? (30 points) - Win an exhibition game with AFL presentation turned ON. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. AFL Invades Franchise Mode (30 points) - Win an offline franchise AFL Legacy game with AFL presentation turned on. AFL Goes Online (30 points) - Play online wearing AFL jerseys. 5 min qtrs, All Pro. The Ultimate Ten Point Swing (30 points) - Return a missed field goal for a TD with AFL presentation turned ON. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op).