The Madden 19 ratings have arrived.
While EA Sports dynamically adjusts player’s ratings throughout the season in response to their real world performance, it’s always interesting to see who sits atop the mountain in these initial rankings.
In terms of overall ratings, there are currently seven players ranked 99 overall. They are Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Aaron Donald, Rob Gronkowski, Luke Kuechly, Von Miller and Aaron Rodgers. But when it comes to attributes like speed and strength, who comes out on top?
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill boasts both the highest speed and the highest acceleration ratings of any player, at 98 and 97, respectively. It’s hard to argue with this assessment. Hill, who’s nickname is appropriately “Cheetah,” was a standout track athlete at Coffee High School (Douglas, Georgia), earning USA Today All-American honors in 2012. His 200-meter PR of 20.14 was just one hundredth of a second slower than the national high school record, and he once clocked a wind-assisted 9.98 in the 100-meter dash. At Hill’s Pro Day ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, he recorded a 4.25 40-Yard Dash. Hill hit a ballcarrier speed of 23.24 mph on a kickoff return during his rookie season, which is the fastest ballcarrier speed by any player in Next Gen Stats history.
When it comes to strength, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and his 98 rating reign supreme. You won’t hear any arguments from us. When STACK captured Suh training ahead of the 2010 NFL Combine, he wowed us with his incredible upper and lower-body strength. Suh and his teammate Aaron Donald, who boasts a 97 strength rating, are going to give opposing offenses some serious headaches this season.
Other top-rated players in major athletic attributes include Byron Jones and Richard Sherman, who are tied for the highest jump rating among players with 98 a piece. It’s a three-way tie for the highest agility rating, as Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown and Hill all sport 98 ratings in the category.
You can view the full player ratings for Madden 19 at EASports.com.
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