Defensive ends can be one of the most exciting positions in the sport. And if you are a novice Madden user, the chances are that you will user one of your DE’s when on defense.
The best player for you will depend on whether you run a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. If you have a 4-3, you will want speed and high pass rushing stats from your ends. If in a 3-4, then ‘its better to have bigger, stronger ends that can fill the gaps.
With that in mind, who are the best players to sit on the right side of the defensive line in Madden 20?
Madden 20 hits the shelves on 2 August (or already available for those with EA Access).
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (99 OVR)
Best Stats: Awareness (99), Strength (99), Power Moves (99), Play Recognition (99), Pursuit (98), Block Shedding (97), Finesse Moves (96), Tackle (93), Impact Blocking (93), Acceleration (90)
One of 4 players in Madden’s 99 Club, Aaron Donald is an absolute monster. He’s one of the best in the game and can play several positions on the line. Since being drafted 13th overall in 2014, Donald has been selected for five Pro Bowls and been named First Team All-Pro four times. One of the few players to win back-to-back Defensive Players of the Year, Donald had a huge 20.5 sacks last year.
What sets Donald apart is that he has an unbelievable technique in combination with brute strength (99). His power moves (99) and finesse moves (96) both lead the league, despite being very different styles. His play recognition (99) means he won’t fall for play actions and block shedding (97) means even the best linemen will struggle.
Donald has no real weaknesses in Madden, but he will cost you a lot to get and to keep.
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns (91 OVR)
Best Stats: Power Moves (93), Awareness (92), Play Recognition (90), Acceleration (90), Pursuit (88), Block Shed (88), Impact Blocking (87), Finesse Moves (86), Tackle (81)
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Garrett was so impressive in college that the Browns used the 1st overall pick on him in 2017. Even though the best is yet to come, Garrett already has a Pro Bowl to his name and 20.5 sacks in 2 years.
Garrett is a pass rusher at 6’4″ and 272lbs, mainly using power moves (93), and acceleration (90) off the line. His play recognition (90) and awareness (92) is high for a young player which allows him to diagnose the play quickly. His pursuit (88) means that no play is dead until it’s over.
Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles (89 OVR)
Best Stats: Impact Blocking (93), Power Move (91), Awareness (91), Tackle (91), Pursuit (91), Play Recognition (91), Hit Power (88), Block Shed (87), Strength (86), Finesse Move (85), Acceleration (85)
Brandon Graham has been with the Eagles for all 9 of his seasons since being drafted 13th overall in 2010. He’s been consistent, averaging 4-5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles a season and was a key player in winning Super Bowl LII.
Graham is a power move (91) pass rusher and uses strength (86) and block shed (87) to get passed defenders. He has decent finesse moves (85) too. Once he catches a runner, his hit power (88) means a good chance of forcing a fumble.
Melvin Ingram III, Los Angeles Chargers (88 OVR)
Best Stats: Finesse Moves (94), Awareness (91), Play Recognition (89), Pursuit (87), Acceleration (87), Impact Blocking (87), Strength (83), Tackle (83), Power Moves (81), Block Shed (80)
While the drop off from Donald and Garrett is pretty big, there’s still huge value in someone like Melvin Ingram III. Having been to the last 2 Pro Bowls, Ingram has established himself as one of the best players at the position.
He is second in the league at finesse moves (94), which when combined with acceleration (87) and impact blocking (87) means he will hunt the opposition down in the backfield using his pursuit (87). The drop off is clear with tackling (83) and strength (83). Block shed (80) is also a clear drop from elite peers, but enough to be dangerous with the other stats.
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Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers (87 OVR)
Best Stats: Strength (94), Play Recognition (93), Impact Blocking (91), Tackle (90), Awareness (89), Pursuit (86), Finesse Moves (84), Acceleration (83)
Mike Daniels has had an interesting offseason, being cut by the Packers and picked up by the Lions. For now though Madden 20 still has him on the Packers roster. He only has 29 sacks in 7 seasons, but at 310lbs he’s more of a run stuffing type of defensive end.
They reflect this in strength (94), impact blocking (91) and tackle (90). Decent play recognition (93) and awareness (89) means he will be clever against the run as part of a 3-4 defense.
Trey Flowers, Detroit Lions (87 OVR)
Best Stats: Power Move (91), Awareness (91), Impact Blocking (90), Play Recognition (89), Acceleration (88), Strength (87), Pursuit (87), Tackle (86), Block Shed (85)
A new addition to the Lions defensive line, Trey Flowers cashed in big this offseason when he signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Detroit Lions. An early 4th round draft in 2015, Flowers is a younger player at the position. Despite this, he has won 2 Super Bowls in 4 seasons.
Averaging 7 sacks per playing season, Flowers uses decent Power Moves (91), impact blocking (90), and block shed (85) to get off a block and at the QB. His awareness (91) and play recognition (89) are good for a younger player. While his acceleration (88) is enough to beat any offensive lineman, especially at 265lbs, and pursuit (87) means slower running backs aren’t getting away on the edge.
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Justin Houston, Indianapolis Colts (87 OVR)
Best Stats: Play Recognition (92), Awareness (90), Hit Power (89), Tackle (87), Acceleration (87), Impact Block (86), Pursuit (86), Block Shed (84)
Another person on the list moving this off season, Justin Houston is at the Colts after 8 seasons with the Chiefs. Houston came very close to breaking the single season sack record in 2014 with 22 sacks, so he’s no surprise to this list. The 4x Pro Bowler has had injury problems through his career and hopefully a new location can help him recapture some form.
He is used to be the edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, so this will be new for him. His hit power (89) is impressive, alongside tackle (87), expect to see plenty of fumbles from him. Acceleration (87) is quick, and pursuit (86) and block shed (84) give him a lethal combination for chasing the QB down.
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