Tuesday marks the release of Madden NFL 15, and hardcore gamers and football fans are ready to get their hands on the latest edition of the classic series.
With a full crop of rookies ready to make teams better and the release of the overall ratings for every franchise, the fans who purchase the new Madden game every year will not be disappointed by this year's release.
Here are the full rookie ratings, franchise ratings and a focus on the most overrated team in the game.
|Madden NFL 15 Rookie Player Ratings|
|Jadeveon Clowney||OLB||Houston Texans||83|
|Greg Robinson||OL||St. Louis Rams||83|
|Khalil Mack||OLB||Oakland Raiders||81|
|Jake Matthews||OL||Atlanta Falcons||81|
|Sammy Watkins||WR||Buffalo Bills||80|
|Calvin Pryor||S||New York Jets||79|
|Aaron Donald||DT||St. Louis Rams||79|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Green Bay Packers||79|
|Taylor Lewan||OL||Tennessee Titans||79|
|Blake Bortles||QB||Jacksonville Jaguars||78|
|Darqueze Dennard||CB||Cincinnati Bengals||78|
|Mike Evans||WR||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||78|
|Zack Martin||OL||Dallas Cowboys||78|
|Madden NFL 2015 Overall Team Ratings|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||90|
|4||New England Patriots||88|
|5||Green Bay Packers||88|
|6||New Orleans Saints||86|
|12||San Diego Chargers||83|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs||82|
|20||New York Jets||78|
|22||St. Louis Rams||77|
|23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||77|
|25||New York Giants||76|
*Ratings via EASports.com.
Most Overrated Team in the Game: Baltimore Ravens
Overall Rating: 84
There are many teams in the game overrated by the EA Sports developers, but the Baltimore Ravens are ranked as the No. 10 overall team in the entire game and do not deserve the honor after finishing the 2013 season with a 8-8 record.
Baltimore lost several important pieces during the offseason as well. The biggest departure was franchise left tackle Michael Oher. While the Ravens signed former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Eugene Monroe to replace him along the line, this is still a serious loss for the franchise.
The turnover on the offensive line continued with a trade for center Jeremy Zuttah. The learning process for Zuttah, second-year right tackle Rick Wagner and Monroe will take time and could result in porous play to start the season. Baltimore may have added Steve Smith and Owen Daniels to the passing attack, but the moves are pointless if Joe Flacco isn’t protected.
On defense, the concerns are just as legitimate. Training camp began with a season-ending injury to cornerback Aaron Ross, but the secondary has continued to be major problem. With both Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith missing large chunks of time due to injuries, the defensive backs will struggle until the players can regain their endurance and find a rhythm.
The team will lean on the players entering their second year with the franchise (defensive end Brandon Williams and linebacker Daryl Smith) and will depend on rookies (safety Terrence Brooks and linebacker C.J. Mosley) to become instant difference-makers at the next level.
There is still immense talent on the defensive side of the ball with veterans like Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs, but the unit is still very young and will have its share of growing pains once again this season.
Instead of being rated as a top-10 team in Madden, the Ravens should be ranked closer to the Detroit Lions or Atlanta Falcons at No. 17 or No. 18 overall, respectively. Baltimore deserves no better than an 80 rating.