Watch NFL rookies get taken down a peg by ‘Madden’ ratings

July 21, 2014

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was surprised to learn that EA Sports thinks he “can’t throw that accurately.” (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Hot-shot rookies often cry out to have the wind taken out of their considerable sails, and the folks at EA Sports were only too happy to do just that. As a promotion for the upcoming ‘Madden NFL 15′ game, the company asked some highly drafted rookies to say what they thought their ratings in various categories should be; needless to say, they all thought they’d have high numbers, what with being so great and all. Then the first-year pros were shown their ratings, and they reacted with delightful disappointment. See for yourself:

Bengals running back Jeremy “If my speed’s below 90, I might cry” Hill took the bad news in an admirably constructive way:

Blake Bortles shouldn’t be too bummed out, as EA Sports agreed with the Jaguars’ assessment (somewhat surprising at the time) that he was the top quarterback prospect in the draft, ahead of Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. In this promotional video showing the 10 most highly rated rookies (13 altogether, including some ties), Bortles is the only quarterback to make the cut.

Not too shockingly, Houston’s Jadeveon Clowney takes the top spot. Here are how EA Sports’ top rookies compare to their actual draft positions:

  • 10. Zack Martin, guard, Cowboys (drafted 16th overall)
  • 10. Mike Evans, wide receiver, Buccaneers (7th)
  • 10. Darqueze Dennard, cornerback, Bengals (24th)
  • 10. Blake Bortles, quarterback, Jaguars (3rd)
  • 6. Taylor Lewan, offensive tackle, Titans (11th)
  • 6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, safety, Packers (21st)
  • 6. Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Rams (13th)
  • 6. Calvin Pryor, safety, Jets (18th)
  • 5. Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Bills (4th)
  • 3. Jake Matthews, offensive tackle, Falcons (6th)
  • 3. Khalil Mack, linebacker, Raiders (5th)
  • 1. Greg Robinson, offensive tackle, Rams (2nd)
  • 1. Jadeveon Clowney, linebacker, Texans (1st)

Interestingly, Donny Moore, the man in charge of player ratings at EA Sports, said in an interview with CBS Sports that whereas Clowney’s rating as a linebacker is 83, it spikes to 92 if you move him in the game to defensive end. Before the draft, Clowney was viewed as a natural fit as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense; however, the Texans play a 3-4 defense and will thus put him at outside linebacker.


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Marissa Payne · July 21, 2014