We're just days away from the release of Madden NFL 15 in North America on August 25, and EA Sports has released all of the player ratings to whet the palettes of Madden enthusiasts who can't wait for the release.
Most rookies have some work to do to improve their rating before next year's edition, and many of the household names lead their positions with near-perfect ratings. With that said, more than a few emerging stars have been recognized for dominating the gridiron in recent seasons.
Here's a look at all of the top players in each position, per the Madden 15 player ratings.
|Peyton Manning, DEN||Denver Broncos||98|
|Aaron Rodgers, GB||Green Bay Packers||98|
|Drew Brees, NO||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Russell Wilson, SEA||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|John Kuhn, GB||Green Bay Packers||93|
|Mike Tolbert, CAR||Carolina Panthers||92|
|Marcel Reece, OAK||Oakland Raiders||92|
|Anthony Sherman, KC||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Top Running Backs||Team||Rating|
|Adrian Peterson, MIN||Minnesota Vikings||98|
|LeSean McCoy, PHI||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Jamaal Charles, KC||Kansas City Chiefs||97|
|Matt Forte, CHI||Chicago Bears||95|
|Top Tight Ends||Team||Rating|
|Jimmy Graham, NO||New Orleans Saints||97|
|Rob Gronkowski, NE||New England Patriots||96|
|Vernon Davis, SF||San Francisco 49ers||94|
|Jason Witten, DAL||Dallas Cowboys||93|
|Top Wide Receivers||Team||Rating|
|Calvin Johnson, DET||Detroit Lions||99|
|Brandon Marshall, CHI||Chicago Bears||96|
|Andre Johnson, HOU||Houston Texans||95|
|A.J. Green, CIN||Cincinnati Bengals||95|
|Top Offensive Linemen||Team||Rating|
|Joe Thomas, CLE||Cleveland Browns||98|
|Evan Mathis, PHI||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Josh Sitton, GB||Green Bay Packers||97|
|Trent Williams, WAS||San Francisco 49ers||95|
|Top Defensive Ends||Team||Rating|
|J.J. Watt, HOU||Houston Texans||99|
|Robert Quinn, STL||St. Louis Rams||97|
|Cameron Wake, MIA||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Calais Campbell, ARI||Arizona Cardinals||96|
|Top Defensive Tackles||Team||Rating|
|Ndamukong Suh, DET||Detroit Lions||97|
|Geno Atkins, CIN||Cincinnati Bengals||96|
|Gerald McCoy, TB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||95|
|Kyle Williams, BUF||Buffalo Bills||95|
|Top Middle Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Patrick Willis, SF||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|NaVorro Bowman, SF||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Luke Kuechly, CAR||Carolina Panthers||94|
|Derrick Johnson, KC||Kansas City Chiefs||91|
|Top Outside Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Von Miller, DEN||Denver Broncos||96|
|Aldon Smith, SF||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Justin Houston, KC||Kansas City Chiefs||93|
|Lavonte David, TB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||93|
|Richard Sherman, SEA||Seattle Seahawks||99|
|Darrelle Revis, NE||New England Patriots||97|
|Joe Haden, CLE||Cleveland Browns||95|
|Patrick Peterson, ARI||Arizona Cardinals||93|
|Top Free Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Jairus Byrd, NO||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Earl Thomas, SEA||Seattle Seahawks||95|
|Devin McCourty, NE||New England Patriots||94|
|Eric Weddle, SD||San Diego Chargers||94|
|Top Strong Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Kam Chancellor, SEA||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|Troy Polamalu, PIT||Pittsburgh Steelers||93|
|T.J. Ward, DEN||Denver Broncos||91|
|Eric Berry, KC||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Top Kickers and Punters||Team||Rating|
|Brandon Fields, MIA||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Matt Prater, DEN||Denver Broncos||95|
|Andy Lee, SF||San Francisco 49ers||95|
|Robbie Gould, CHI||Chicago Bears||93|
Note: All Madden 15 player ratings courtesy of EASports.com
Top Player Ratings
NaVorro Bowman, MLB, 49ers: 96
Before his unfortunate injury in last year's NFC title game, NaVorro Bowman was taking the league by storm.
The 26-year-old entered the 2013 postseason coming off three first-team All-Pro seasons, the last two of which earned him Pro Bowl appearances. After recording 10 tackles and a forced fumble against Green Bay in the playoffs, he followed up with 11 tackles and a sack against Carolina the week after.
Who is San Francisco's best defensive player?
Of course, Bowman went on to tear his ACL and MCL against the Seahawks—an injury that is expected to keep him out half of the upcoming season, per Washington Post's Mark Maske. But before it happened, he was making a strong case as the NFL's best middle linebacker.
A healthy Bowman in Madden should prove to be unstoppable. With their full-strength attack, the 49ers will boast Aldon Smith, Bowman and Willis to overload offensive lines and wreak havoc on quarterbacks.
It's only fitting that he's rated neck-and-neck with Willis, who he's outplayed much of the last few seasons, as the top middle linebacker.
Kam Chancellor, SS, Seahawks: 93
Is anyone surprised that the "Legion of Boom" boasts the top cornerback, second-best free safety and top strong safety in Madden this year?
Chancellor takes the honors of being the game's highest-rated strong safety, tied with Troy Polamalu at 93 overall. As arguably the league's hardest-hitting safety, the 26-year-old earned a 97 hit power rating.
Richard Sherman is the man in the Seahawks' secondary with a 99 overall rating as the team's lockdown corner, but Chancellor is actually better suited for picks and hits in Madden. Deep balls are of the norm, and safeties are given many more chances to make plays on the ball than the cornerbacks.
No news yet on his quarterback rating, but don't be surprised if EA Sports gives Chancellor's throwing accuracy a boost after this from NFL on ESPN:
Is Kam Chancellor switching positions? "Right now, I'm the fifth-string quarterback. I'm working my way up." http://t.co/dPFEUsLOYq— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 14, 2014
Add Chancellor's potential for picks and the ability to jar footballs loose with big hits, and he becomes one of the more entertaining defensive players to control in Madden.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: 98
The former Madden poster boy has still got it. Even after all this time, there's no more entertaining player to hit the sticks with than All Day.
Adrian Peterson has long made the otherwise hapless Vikings a popular Madden team with his near-perfect running stats. He tops the running back charts once again with a 98 overall rating, but also has 97 speed, 97 agility and has the highest strength among running backs.
Here are his top stats, per EA Sports Madden NFL:
You can take it anywhere from off-tackle to out wide to up the gut with AP, and it will probably yield positive results. His speed can burn nearly any defender on the outside, but the ability to break tackles and stay on his feet allows him to be effective up the middle.
Plus, with Teddy Bridgewater now in town and Cordarrelle Patterson having broken out, the Vikings now have some weapons in the passing game to supplement AP's rushing—at least in the game.