The release of the player ratings for the EA Sports flagship series, MADDEN NFL, is an unofficial holiday for NFL fans and gamers. If you were on Twitter yesterday you could look at any NFL team account and see not only graphics for their highest rated players but also LIVE REACTION pieces from said players, who usually complain about being rated too low.
Per ESPN, Iowa has an impressive 37 players in the NFL but only 28 were fortunate enough to receive MADDEN 20 ratings. They are:
|C.J. Beathard||San Francisco 49ers||Quarterback||59|
|Austin Blythe||LA Rams||Center||81|
|Ike Boettger||Buffalo Bills||Guard||51|
|Bryan Bulaga||Green Bay Packers||Offensive Tackle||85|
|Adrian Clayborn||Atlanta Falcons||Defensive End||77|
|Mike Daniels||Green Back Packers||Defensive Tackle||87|
|James Daniels||Chicago Bears||Center||77|
|Carl Davis||Cleveland Browns||Defensive Tackle||68|
|Andrew Donnal||Detroit Lions||Offensive Tackle||53|
|Noah Fant||Denver Broncos||Tight End||74|
|James Ferentz||New England Patriots||Center||50|
|Adam Gettis||Atlanta Falcons||Offensive Tackle||60|
|Anthony Hitchens||Kansas City Chiefs||Linebacker||77|
|T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||Tight End||77|
|Amani Hooker||Tennessee Titans||Safety||68|
|Micah Hyde||Buffalo Bills||Safety||86|
|Josh Jackson||Green Bay Packers||Cornerback||75|
|Josey Jewell||Denver Broncos||Linebacker||71|
|Jaleel Jackson||Minnesota Vikings||Defensive Tackle||67|
|Desmond King||LA Chargers||Cornerback||86|
|Christian Kirksey||Cleveland Browns||Linebacker||75|
|George Kittle||San Francisco 49ers||Tight End||90|
|Casey Kreiter||Denver Broncos||"Tight End"||40|
|Greg Mabin||San Francisco 49ers||Cornerback||67|
|Anthony Nelson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Linebacker||66|
|Ben Niemann||Kansas City Chiefs||Linebacker||60|
|Riley Reiff||Minnesota Vikings||Offensive Tackle||67|
|Brandon Scherff||Washington Redskins||Guard||87|
|Marshal Yanda||Baltimore Ravens||Guard||91|
A new notes:
It comes as no surprise that Yanda continues to be Iowa's best rated player. The veteran guard is not only one of the best guards in the NFL but one of the best guards of all time.
George Kittle's ascension was faster than the speed of light.
In addition to Yanda, three other offensive lineman have ratings of above 80: Blythe, Bulaga and Scherff.
Hockenson is the highest rated rookie. Fant checks in right behind him.
Micah Hyde still getting mad respect.
James Ferentz? Still getting that MADDEN money.
Desmond King is only getting better, right?
Casey Kreiter at 40? No respect for the art of long snapping SMH.
- C.J. Beathard with a rating of 59? Pistols at dawn, EA Sports.
You can take a look at the ratings here.