Years ago, before Twitter was as popular as it is, one of my favorite parts about buying a new Madden game was seeing what the incoming rookie were rated.

I’d spend the first few hours of the game just looking at the rankings, not even really playing the game. I’d look at overall, then skill attributes, then intangibles, and even the gear they were wearing. Those little parts of the game are why I loved playing.

Nowadays, Madden gives us a little sneak peak at some of those rookie rankings by releasing the overalls for all 32 of the first round picks that will be featured in the upcoming. game.

Here’s what they are.

PICK NO.TEAMNAMEPOS.RATING
1Cleveland
Browns
Myles
Garrett
DE84
2Chicago
Bears
Mitchell
Trubisky
QB83
3San Francisco
49ers
Solomon
Thomas
DE83
4Jacksonville
Jaguars
Leonard
Fournette
RB83
5Tennessee
Titans
Corey
Davis
WR83
6New York
Jets
Jamal
Adams
S82
7Los Angeles
Chargers
Mike
Williams
WR82
8Carolina
Panthers
Christian
McCaffrey
RB82
9Cincinnati
Bengals
John
Ross
WR82
10Kansas City
Chiefs
Mahomes IIQB82
11New Orleans
Saints
Marshon
Lattimore
CB82
12Houston
Texans
Deshaun
Watson
QB82
13Arizona
Cardinals
Haason
Reddick
OLB/DE82
14Philadelphia
Eagles
Derek
Barnett
DE82
15Indianapolis
Colts
Malik
Hooker
S82
16Baltimore
Ravens
Marlon
Humphrey
CB82
17Washington
Redskins
Jon
Allen
DE/DT81
18Tennessee
Titans
Adoree'
Jackson
CB81
19Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
O.J.
Howard
TE81
20Denver
Bronocs
Garrett
Bolles
OT81
21Detroit
Lions
Jarrad
Davis
LB81
22Miami
Dolphins
Charles
Harris
DE81
23New York
Giants
Evan
Engram
TE81
24Oakland
Raiders
Gareon
Conley
CB81
25Cleveland
Browns
Jabrill
Peppers
S/CB81
26Atlanta
Falcons
Takkarist
McKinley
DE81
27Buffalo
Bills
Tre'Davious
White
CB81
28Dallas
Cowboys
Taco
Charlton
DE81
29Cleveland
Browns
David
Njoku
TE81
30Pittsburgh
Steelers
T.J.
Watt
DE81
31San Francisco
49ers
Reuben
Foster
LB81
31New Orleans
Saints
Ryan
Ramczyk
OT81

So , what do you think?

I certainly have my opinions, but who’s too high and who’s too low in your mind?

Let’s hear it!

*UPDATE: These are the rookies ratings just for Madden’s Ultimate Team, which might not necessarily be their overall in the game itself. They did this the year before where they just rated the prospects on draft position. Which, OK, but it’s still odd to release as such.*

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P.S. I’ve floated around the idea of having a “Pewter Report Madden Franchise League” for PS4 and Xbox One in the upcoming Madden 18. If any of you are interested in that, let me know!

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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jshumaker
3 years ago

You would spend hours reviewing Madden rookie rankings? You must not get out that much

Nicholas Micciche
3 years ago

Yes, definitely interested. How has that not been a thing yet?

Also, these rankings just look like they were lazy. Descending order from top pick 😯. 81 for Howard seems a couple points too low for me but that gives him a lot of room for improvement for next Madden ratings.

Michael Sylakowski
Reply to  Nicholas Micciche
3 years ago

I was thinking the same thing. Let’s be lazy and put in rankings based on where they were drafted. No qb or ol should even be on this list, based on scouts’ opinions before the draft. Rueben Foster is way too low. This guy is supposed to be the most complete lb to come out since Kuechly. Questions about his shoulder caused his stock to drop. BTW, I think Trubisky and Mahomes are ranked higher than Jameis and Mariota were as rookies. Ridiculous.

Sneedy16
3 years ago

I wonder what Jameis rating is, because they have Mitchell Trubisky is rated at 83.

Runole
3 years ago

The whole list is silly as others have mentioned. The harsh reality is about half of the first round will not be successful. Some of the early picks will be busts.

I remember reading Sapp stating that Garrett was very over rated. Could Sapp be wrong?
Possibly but I trust his evaluation more than whomever made that list.