Madden 20 is a month away EA is starting to deliver the one thing fans really care about right now: player ratings. They started with the rookies, those players that were taken in the 2019 draft and have been much-hyped already.
Madden rookie ratings usually follow draft order, with the #1 pick leading the way in the 82-79 range. However, Madden 20 has promised a revised ratings system that will drastically change how individuals are ranked. Things like throw power will be more strictly rated for quarterbacks, and strength for wide receivers. All of this could well shake up the entire ratings system and surprise a lot of people.
We have been given a glimpse of that with the release of the Madden 20 rookie ratings. So who gets the highest rating? Where are the surprises? And how did your favorite team's rookies do?
Quinnen Williams, New York Jets (80 OVR)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Best Stats: Strength (89), Impact Blocking (88), Acceleration (86), Hit Power (84), Pursuit (84), Tackling (83), Agility (82), Block Shedding (81)
The top rated rookie in Madden 20 will be the #3 pick Quinnen Williams. The Jets were very happy to find the big Alabama defensive tackle still on the board when they made their pick. He was the highest graded defensive player in 2018 by Pro Football Focus and racked up 43 QB pressures and had a ridiculous 8 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss from his defensive tackle spot.
Williams has excellent strength (89) and impact blocking (88) that will help him with contact in the trenches. He has superb acceleration (86) and good tackling too (83). He will be an impact player from day 1 in Madden 20.
Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills (79 OVR)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Best Stats: Strength (89), Impact Blocking (88), Acceleration (87), Jumping (86), Agility (85), Tackling (84), Pursuit (84), Hit Power (81), Speed (81)
Not far behind Quinnen Williams will be #9 pick Ed Oliver. Buffalo's top pick made a big mark at his Pro Day, registering a 4.73-second 40-yard dash time, a stunning 4.22 short shuttle, and registering a 10-foot broad jump. Combine that with his 3 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2018 and it's not a surprise to see him rated so well.
Oliver has superb strength (89), impact blocking (88), and acceleration (87). His agility (85) will also make him deadly on broken plays and against average-to-poor offensive linemen. He's a good tackler (84) and has very good pursuit (84).
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers (78 OVR)
Position: Defensive End
Best Stats: Acceleration (91), Agility (86), Pursuit (85), Strength (84), Hit Power (84), Impact Blocking (83), Tackling (82), Pursuit (82), Jumping (81)
Nick Bosa, younger brother of Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, was taken #2 by the San Francisco 49ers to be their do-it-all edge defender. Bosa only played 3 games for Ohio State in 2018 but still picked up 4 sacks and 6 tackles for loss, taking his college career totals to 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Bosa tested excellently in the combine, with a 4.14-second short shuttle and a 33.5-inch vertical jump.
In Madden 20 Bosa has elite acceleration (91) for the position and good agility (86) and pursuit (85) too. His strength (84) is nice as is his tackling (82). Bosa's pass rush traits are not as polished in Madden 20 as they seem to be in real life, but undoubtedly he will develop quickly and become an elite rusher.
Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars (77 OVR)
Position: Defensive End
Best Stats: Acceleration (88), Speed (86), Impact Blocking (84), Tackling (83), Agility (83), Hit Power (82), Strength (82), Jumping (81)
A fourth defensive linemen atop the rookie rankings. Josh Allen was taken #7 by the Jacksonville Jaguars after an incredible 2018 season with Kentucky that saw him rack up 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. He backed up that on-field performance with a strong Combine, registering a 4.63-second 40-yard dash and a 9'10" broad jump.
In Madden 20 Allen has quality acceleration (88) and speed (86) to help him get around the edge. He is a good tackler (83) along with nice agility (83) and strength (82) too.
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (77 OVR)
Position: Wide Receiver
Best Stats: Speed (97), Agility (96), Acceleration (95), Juke Move (87), Ball Carrier Vision (85), Jumping (85), Elusiveness (84), Catching (81), Deep Route Running (81)
The top offensive rookie is Marquise Brown, who the Baltimore Ravens took #25 overall. In two years at Oklahoma Brown posted 132 catches for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. He staked his claim to being a first-round pick and impact player thanks to his big plays and electric speed, but missed the Combine and his Pro Day due to surgery.
Brown's strong Madden 20 rating is thanks to his elite athletic traits. His speed (97), agility (96), and acceleration (95) are unlikely to be matched by anyone but Tyreek Hill, making him a dominant force immediately. Brown will be deadly with the ball in his hand too thanks to his juke move (87) and elusiveness (84).
More rookie ratings
TJ Hockenson, Tight End, Detroit Lions (77 OVR)
Dexter Lawrence II, Defensive Tackle, New York Giants (76 OVR)
DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks (76 OVR)
Brian Burns, Outside Linebacker, Carolina Panthers (75 OVR)
Irv Smith Jr, Tight End, Minnesota Vikings (75 OVR)
Byron Murphy Jr, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals (75 OVR)
Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins (75 OVR)
Noah Fant, Tight End, Denver Broncos (74 OVR)
Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Oakland Raiders (74 OVR)
N'Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots (74 OVR)