While the new features and gameplay modes are always highly anticipated by Madden fans on a yearly basis, it can be argued that the vast majority of gamers look forward to the release of the player ratings more than anything. After all, gamers plan on spending countless hours controlling these virtual players on the sticks, so they want to know precisely what they'll be working with.
Chris Littmann of Sporting News compiled the Madden 25 ratings nicely, so everyone can scout out which teams they're most likely to use prior to buying the game. It's no secret that guys like Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson are going to be rated highly, but there is always great deal of debate surrounding how well or poorly rookies should be rated.
Since the rookies are rated prior to playing a regular-season game, there isn't much to base things on. That doesn't make them any less fun to play as, though, so here are three rookies in particular who will find their way into the hearts of gamers in no time.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy wasn't the first back selected in the 2013 NFL draft, but he was certainly the most highly-touted one. Lacy was an absolute stud at Alabama, and he was a huge reason why they were able to win the national championship last season. The Packers are hoping his college success can potentially translate to a Super Bowl victory in the near future. It remains to be seen if that will happen, but Lacy should have no problem tearing up the turf in Madden 25.
With a modest overall rating of 76, Lacy isn't among the game's elite backs, but his skill set is perfect for the Precision Modifier system. In Madden 25, ball-carrier moves are more effective and rewarding than ever, and Lacy should make the most of him. He is more of a power back than anything with 87 speed and 88 agility, but his digital tools are tantalizing.
Opposing defenses will be forced to take a gang-tackle approach against Lacy as his 91 trucking will allow him to plow through essentially any defensive back in the game. Lacy also has a 96-rated spin move, which he can use to stymie linebackers who aren't as fleet of foot. It isn't often that 76 overall players are celebrated in Madden, but Lacy will outperform his rating by a significant margin.
It is a well-known fact that speed kills on offense in the game of Madden, but that applies to the defensive side of the ball as well. Because of that, gamers may be playing as the Miami Dolphins more so than they normally would this season. The Dolphins surprised a lot of football fans when they traded up to the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 draft, and they surprised even more people when they selected Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. The jury is still out with regards to the quality of that pick, but Jordan is guaranteed to succeed in Madden.
At 83 overall, Jordan is already a quality Madden starter despite never having played an NFL regular-season game. He promises to give opposing offensive tackles fits within the confines of Madden thanks largely to his 85 speed and 86 agility. Jordan's character model is likely to mirror its real-life counterpart as it will need to use speed and deception more than power. Jordan's measly 67 strength rating could be cause for concern, but offensive linemen will be toast once he gets the edge.
Bull rushing clearly isn't Jordan's forte as he only has a 64 rating in power moves, but with a 93 rating in finesse moves, he should still get to the quarterback with great regularity. Jordan will also be an asset against the run as his 93 pursuit rating will allow him to string out toss plays to the sidelines. Every Madden player loves to have a dominant defensive end, and Jordan already falls under that category.
The main knock on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin coming out of West Virginia was his diminutive size. It's possible that it will hamper him to a certain extent at the NFL level, but that simply isn't a concern in Madden. What Austin lacks in size, he more than makes up for with speed. Not only will it be great fun to send Austin on deep go routes, but he should be able to gash defenses with short drag routes and screens as well.
Austin obviously has some deficiencies as evidenced by his 76 overall rating, but most of his shortcomings will be overshadowed by blazing speed. With ratings of 95 and 98 in speed and agility respectively, Austin is a big play waiting to happen. His catching rating is a bit low at 82, but his speed will allow him to get so wide open on most occasions that it shouldn't really hamper him.
Perhaps most importantly, Austin will be absolutely deadly in the open field, just like he is in real life. With 95 elusiveness as well as a 96 spin move and 97 juke move, gamers will try to get the ball in Austin's hands as often as possible. Austin also has a respectable kick return rating of 85, so anyone using the Rams would be wise to make him the primary kick and punt returner. Sam Bradford isn't necessarily the ideal quarterback to get the ball in Austin's hands, but Austin will shine when he does.
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