Let's face it. When it comes to Madden, quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning aren't nearly as fun to use in the game as their more athletic counterparts.
Sure, Brady and Manning can carve up defenses on the non-virtual playing field and carry impressive ratings in the game, but finding an athletic quarterback who can recreate Fran Tarkenton-like scrambles on a down-to-down basis is infinitely more fun.
From the unstoppable Michael Vick circa Madden 2004 to today's next generation of scramblers, finding a quarterback who can make plays outside of the pocket is something that always gives you an edge when taking your game online or trying to win a Super Bowl in career modes.
With the prevalent trend of the pistol and read-option, these quarterbacks are only going to be more valuable for gamers in this year's historic 25th edition of the famous video game. Here's a look at how the best dual threats stack up in terms of athleticism and passer ratings.
All ratings used via playerratingspro.com.
It's been nearly a decade since Michael Vick's video game counterpart was ridiculously unstoppable on the virtual gridiron. Yet, he still makes the list.
He's clearly the elder statesman of this bunch, but with a speed rating of 92 and agility of 93, there are fewer quarterbacks in the game who can do more damage once they abandon the pocket. Vick can shake defenders out of their shoes with his spin and juke ratings of 93.
Throw Power: 96
Throw Accuracy: 74
Throw on the Run: 87
With a throw power rating of 96, he also has one of the strongest arms of any quarterback in the game. His accuracy won't impress, but you should be able to create plenty of one-on-one coverage opportunities with his ability to run.
Combine that with Chip Kelly's new spread offense with the Eagles, and you still have one of the most fun quarterbacks to use in the game.
Colin Kaepernick emerged as one of the fastest risers in the 2012 season after taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl with his ability to both run and pass. Now he's one of the highest-rated dual-threat quarterbacks in the game this year.
Kaepernick doesn't have the blazing speed of Vick, but he's not far behind his running back in Frank Gore (90), and his agility makes him dangerous in the open field. Where Kaepernick lags behind Vick in moves, he makes up for it in toughness, which is rated at 94.
Throw Power: 96
Throw Accuracy: 84
Throw on the Run: 87
Here's where Kaep separates himself from Vick. He can push the ball downfield just as well, but does it with more accuracy. Those looking to hit Vernon Davis on the seam route against Cover 2 will be able to do it with ease. Even if Kaep is running for his life.
Wilson, Kaepernick and RGIII all took the league by storm last season with their ability to pass with the best of the pros and take off when necessary. Now they all reap the rewards with their Madden rating this year. All three come in at 89.
Of the four quarterbacks on this list, Wilson may be the closest to a pure passer. His 86 speed rating isn't blazing fast, but it's the perfect speed to evade the pass rush and deliver a beautiful ball downfield. That being said, if you do find yourself tucking and running with the Seahawks signal-caller, his 86 spin move and 88 juke rating will be useful in shaking defenders.
Throw Power: 93
Throw Accuracy: 86
Throw on the Run: 89
Just like his real-life counterpart, the virtual Russell Wilson excels when he's asked to throw the ball outside of the pocket. The Seahawks utilize Wilson on designed rollouts all the time, and that's sure to be an effective strategy for gamers to use in the game.
Once out of the pocket, you can chose to deliver an accurate strike to an open receiver or take off and put Wilson's elusiveness to good use. You may want to prepare yourself for the controller that will soon be flying through the air from your opponent's frustration.
Rounding out the triumvirate of young dual-threat quarterbacks is Robert Griffin III. His electrifying rookie campaign earned him an overall rating of 89 thanks to his abilities as a passer and runner.
RGIII may just be the closest thing to Madden 2004 Michael Vick. His speed rating of 92 might not be any better than the current Vick, but once he tucks and runs, he's going to be very difficult to bring down in the open field. His ball-carrier vision rating of 95, 92 spin move and 82 juke are close to many of the running backs on the game.
Throw Power: 95
Throw Accuracy: 87
Throw on the Run: 92
Here's where Griffin resembles the infamous Vick from 2004. Not only can you make pass-rusher after pass-rusher miss, but then you can hit that wide-open receiver roaming down the field completely uncovered 50 yards away. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may be the highest-rated quarterbacks in the game, but they certainly can't do that.