Madden NFL 15 Player Ratings: Most Startling Attribute for Top Rookies

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Madden NFL 15 Player Ratings: Most Startling Attribute for Top Rookies
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On July 21, we found out who the top-rated rookies would be in Madden NFL 15, but we were just given their overall ratings.

This week we found out each of the top-10 rookies complete ratings, and there are a few eye-popping numbers for the first-year players. Shopmaster of My Madden Pad posted a spreadsheet with the ratings.

In the video below, rookies reacted to their ratings in Madden

Most thought they should be a little higher, but there's a rhyme and reason to the process. In an interview with Madden ratings czar Donny Moore, we talked about some of the rookies who received stellar marks and part of the ideology for the ratings process.

Here's four of the more notable attribute ratings for the best rookies.

 

Jadeveon Clowney's Stamina Rating Is a 69

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The knock on Clowney in college was that he didn't have the greatest motor. NFL.com's Mike Mayock questioned Clowney's work ethic and conditioning. Mayock says: "There are red flags all over the place."

Apparently, the ratings makers at EA Sports bought into that claim.

Clowney is the top-rated overall rookie with an 83 rating, but his stamina mark is a modest 69. What does that mean for gamers who will control him?

Basically, Clowney will be a monster on first and second downs, but his attributes could drop on third. That's obviously when you'd most want his pass-rushing prowess.

If you have the game set to automatically sub out fatigued players, Clowney's backups will see a good amount of snaps.

 

Jadeveon Clowney's Speed (88) and Acceleration (92) Are Impressive

What do you get when you run a 4.53 40-yard dash as a 6'5" 266-pound defensive end? Wide receiver-like speed numbers in Madden.

Take this into consideration: Clowney's speed rating is equal to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans, and the South Carolina alum's 92 acceleration is two points better than Evans' mark.

Clowney's speed and acceleration numbers are also better than both of the top-rated safeties: the Green Bay Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and New York Jets' Calvin Pryor.

Clowney may not be on the virtual field for long periods at a time, but when he is, he'll be quick.

 

Mike Evans' Catch Rating Is a Spectacular 90

You know how gamers tend to hesitate when throwing the ball to a rookie who is being tightly covered? Well, ease your mind when throwing it Evans' way on Madden.

He might not be the fastest receiver, but if you need someone to find a rookie capable of making a difficult catch, Evans is the man.

The 6'5" stud athlete also has a jumping rating of 93 and a catch-in-traffic mark of an 89. Coupled with Vincent Jackson, the Bucs should have a decent passing game—at least in the video game.

 

Calvin Pryor's Hit Power Rating Is a 95

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Pryor has always been regarded as a big hitter and his Madden ratings will reflect that. 

Real-life fans may be concerned about Pryor's restraint and discipline on big hits. However, in Madden, no such discipline is required. 

Gamers can feel free to tee off on unsuspecting receivers attempting to make a catch in Pryor's area. Roger Goodell will not suspend your Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus account for hitting defenseless receivers... we think.

 

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