Madden 16: Review of Rookie Player Ratings and Overall Franchise Rankings

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2015

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Madden 16 gamers who want to play with the Chicago Bears' Kevin White or the St. Louis Rams' Todd Gurley will likely have to wait to take them online.   

White is battling a shin injury and could miss the entire 2015 season, per Laurence Holmes of 670 The Score.

Gurley is in better shape. He's only expected to miss the first two games of the season, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. As you can see by this list of top-rated rookies in Madden 16, Gurley and White were two of the best. If you just have to play with Gurley and/or White, you can turn injuries off (cheaters) and use them in exhibition or Connected Franchise.

Top-Rated Rookies in Madden 16
RankPlayerPositionTeamRating
1Amari CooperWROakland Raiders82
2Jameis WinstonQBTampa Bay Buccaneers81
3Todd GurleyHBSt. Louis Rams80
3Leonard WilliamsDENew York Jets80
3Brandon ScherffRTWashington Redskins80
6Dante Fowler Jr.DEJacksonville Jaguars79
7Melvin GordonHBSan Diego Chargers78
7Kevin WhiteWRChicago Bears78
7Marcus MariotaQBTennessee Titans78
10Vic Beasley Jr.DEAtlanta Falcons77
EASports.com

Oakland Raiders fans can only hope that Amari Cooper stays healthy. As it stands, the Alabama Crimson Tide product is the top-rated rookie in Madden 16. With he and Michael Crabtree on the outsides, it might actually be fun playing with the Silver and Black this year.

You won't get much of an argument from anyone when you take a look at the highest rated rookie quarterbacks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston and Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota are easily the cream of the crop at their position.

Mariota's speed and ability to throw on the run in Madden should make him an early favorite of gamers looking to build a team in Connected Franchise. Mariota's throw-on-the-run rating is a 90—which is the fourth-highest in the game—and his speed is set at 88.

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That's third highest among signal-callers in the game behind Robert Griffin III and Terrelle Pryor, who is still listed as a QB on Madden's ratings spreadsheet.

As promising as Mariota is, the Titans are still the lowest-rated team in the game. Here's a list of all of the team ratings:

AFC East

  • New England Patriots: 91
  • Miami Dolphins: 81
  • Buffalo Bills79
  • New York Jets76

AFC North

  • Baltimore Ravens85
  • Pittsburgh Steelers84
  • Cincinnati Bengals84
  • Cleveland Browns75

AFC South

  • Indianapolis Colts87
  • Houston Texans79
  • Jacksonville Jaguars73
  • Tennessee Titans72

AFC West

  • Denver Broncos89
  • Kansas City Chiefs82
  • San Diego Chargers82
  • Oakland Raiders74

NFC East

  • Dallas Cowboys86
  • Philadelphia Eagles84
  • New York Giants77
  • Washington Redskins75

NFC North

  • Green Bay Packers90
  • Detroit Lions83
  • Minnesota Vikings77
  • Chicago Bears75

NFC South

  • Carolina Panthers80
  • New Orleans Saints78
  • Atlanta Falcons77
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers74

NFC West

  • Seattle Seahawks91
  • Arizona Cardinals82
  • San Francisco 49ers78
  • St. Louis Rams78

Prepare yourself for a plethora of online games against the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The two are among the highest-rated teams in the league. Both are stacked with weapons.

Gamers who want a dominant defense that features a secondary with three players rated 94 or above, the top-rated running back and the second-best tight end will go for Seattle.

Richard Sherman (97), Earl Thomas (95) and Kam Chancellor (94) are just plain nasty. Marshawn Lynch (96) has a 99 stiff-arm rating and 98 in trucking. The newly acquired Jimmy Graham (95) gives QB Russell Wilson (89) a weapon that makes the Seahawks' ball-control offense almost unstoppable.

If the Seahawks' attack is almost unstoppable, the Packers might have the artillery to remove the "almost,"

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of three players to receive a 99 overall rating. He throws the ball to Jordy Nelson (93) and Randall Cobb (91), hands it to Eddie Lacy (90) and gets protected by an offensive line that features Josh Sitton (97).

Good luck slowing them down. What team will be your Packers and Seahawks buster? Tell us in the comments section.


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