Madden 21 Ratings: The most athletic players to dominate Franchise Mode with


The Madden 21 ratings are out, and so is the NFL 100 list.

This always causes a stir amongst players, who wanted to be rated the best.

You don't become a professional athlete without being incredibly competitive. And the NFL is no different.

So that leaves us wondering who are actually the most athletic players in Madden 21?

Defining athleticism in Madden 21

Athleticism can be defined in many ways, its the reason they are called professional athletes.

For the purposes of this review, we will focus on the core sense which in Madden means being hard to catch or equally being hard to get away from.

Something NFL WR's are always joking with each other about.

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But we don't want to be biased to attacking players so we left out the Juke and Spin move stats and focused on the physical aspects that apply to both sides of the ball.

We took the Madden 21 ratings for speed, acceleration, agility, and change of direction to create total 'athlete points'.

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Stamina could have been included in this, but we left it out as it appears to have little relevance to performance in the game.

Change of direction is a new stat that is being applied alongside the new gameplay styles and therefore could have a big impact.

So who are the top five?

Tyreek Hill (WR, Chiefs)

99 speed, 99 acceleration, 98 agility, 99 change of direction - 395 out of 396

He's know as the Cheetah for a reason.

Hill is one of the most athletic players to ever play in the NFL. Ask any fan who you think will top the list and they will probably name him.

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That will be why EA have nearly given him the perfect score.

He's fast, but more impressively he can cut and change direction almost effortlessly which supports his release from defenders.

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Expect to see plenty of Hill in MUT.

Lamar Jackson (QB, Ravens)

96 speed, 96 acceleration, 95 agility, 95 change of direction - 382 out of 396

The reigning league MVP has changed the QB position.

There has been a slow transition to having more mobile QBs in the NFL, but Jackson has accelerated this further, and the fact he's 2nd on this list is a testament to that.

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Being the cover star will mean he's likely to transition these slick skills well in the game.

Avonte Maddox (CB, Eagles)

93 speed, 94 acceleration, 96 agility, 98 change of direction - 381 out of 396

If Hill was an obvious choice, Maddox is the opposite. He's the surprise on this list.

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Avonte Maddox is just outside the top elite for speed and acceleration but is definitely up there for agility and change of direction.

At 78 overall he could represent a steal in franchise mode where these stats will help him to be a shutdown corner.

Odell Beckham Jr (WR, Browns)

93 speed, 94 acceleration, 98 agility, 96 change of direction - 381 out of 396

Since being on the cover of Madden 16, OBJ has been quieter. His stats have slowly dropped from being one of the highest in the game.

But hes still considered a top WR, and his athleticism scores back that up.

It's no surprise the former punt returner has great agility and change of direction scores like Maddox.

Denzel Ward (CB, Browns)

95 speed, 95 acceleration, 95 agility, 96 change of direction - 381 out of 396

The final spot of the list goes to another defensive player.

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Denzel Ward instantly improved the Browns secondary when he was taken 4th overall in 2018.

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The 23 year old has a bright career ahead but already boasts impressive ratings.

The consistency across all the metrics is striking and Ward is going to be a match for just about every WR in the game.

Best of the rest

There are plenty of honourable mentions in the list.

It's also worth pointing out there are players with higher total scores than some of those in the below list.

This list represents the best players under each rating. So if you value speed and acceleration you can get an absolute steal with a player like Rico Gafford.

Player
Position
Team
OVR
SPD
ACC
AGI
COD
Athlete Points
Tyreek Hill
WR
Chiefs
96
99
99
98
99
395
Lamar Jackson
QB
Ravens
94
96
96
95
95
382
Avonte Maddox
CB
Eagles
78
93
94
96
98
381
Odell Beckham Jr
WR
Browns
91
93
94
98
96
381
Denzel Ward
CB
Browns
86
95
95
95
96
381
Marquise Brown
WR
Ravens
80
97
94
96
92
379
Christian McCaffrey
HB
Panthers
99
92
93
97
96
378
Adoree Jackson
CB
Titans
83
93
94
96
95
378
Brandin Cooks
WR
Texans
85
94
91
94
98
377
Jaire Alexander
CB
Packers
90
93
93
94
97
377
Tyler Lockett
WR
Seahawks
88
93
92
97
95
377
Donte Jackson
CB
Panthers
82
96
93
95
93
377
Stephon Gilmore
CB
Patriots
99
93
94
94
95
376
Saquon Barkley
HB
Giants
91
93
93
96
94
376
Grant Haley
CB
Giants
71
91
91
97
96
375
Byron Jones
CB
Dolphins
88
92
94
96
93
375
Deandre Carter
WR
Texans
69
91
93
93
97
374
John Ross III
WR
Bengals
76
96
95
93
89
373
Marquise Goodwin
WR
Buccs
78
97
96
91
89
373
KJ Hamler
WR
Broncos
70
94
95
93
90
372
Henry Ruggs III
WR
Raiders
76
98
97
87
88
370
Mecole Hardman
WR
Chiefs
76
97
95
91
87
370
Jonathan Jones
CB
Patriots
83
94
95
86
89
364
Darrel Henderson
HB
Rams
71
89
95
88
79
351
Rico Gafford
WR
Raiders
55
96
94
80
78
348

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