6 NFL Players Who Suck in Madden … But Are Good in Real Life
There may be nothing more interesting than breaking down how EA Sports’ yearly Madden ratings compare to how NFL players actually perform on the field. Whether players are overrated or didn’t get nearly enough love, everyone likely has something to say about the grade they were handed down from the creators of the popular game.
With that out of the way, we’re going to take a look at six players who didn’t get very good grades in Madden, and probably aren’t going to help boost your team’s overall rating, but are actually really good NFL players. The key stipulation here is that each player must be graded as an 80 or lower in order to qualify.
1. David Bakhtiari, LT, Green Bay Packers
Madden rating: 79
Bakhtiari didn’t get his four-year, $51.67 million contract extension this offseason for being mediocre. Unfortunately, the Packers starting left tackle was given a grade of less than 80 in Madden 17, which is pretty surprising. Bakhtiari has been a strong point of Green Bay’s offensive line since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He’s been a consistent starter and has missed just two games in his career.
2. Alec Ogletree, MLB, Los Angeles Rams
Madden rating: 79
Ogletree is the signal caller and leader of this Rams defense and has proven to be a consistent player throughout his career. What may have impacted Ogletree’s Madden 17 rating is the fact that he played in just four games in 2015. With that said, he still managed to total 42 combined tackles and two sacks in those four games. Over his four-year NFL career, Ogletree has totaled 291 combined tackles, 24 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions through 38 games. He deserves a higher grade than a 79.
3. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Madden rating: 78
Gordon earned this grade himself by missing all of the 2015 season and 11 games in 2014 for off-field issues. Even with that being said, there’s no denying that he’s physically gifted and an excellent wide receiver. In 2013 we saw Gordon catch 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Expect him to get right back to that once he hits the field in 2016, and for his rating of a 78 to begin trending upwards right around that time as well.
4. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Madden rating: 75
There’s little question that any doubts surrounding Fuller’s game and how it’ll transition to the NFL level have already been put to bed. Through his first two NFL games, Fuller totaled nine receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown, receiving 18 targets in the process. He has speed, playmaking ability, and can go across the middle with ease. A rating of 75 for him is simply way too low, and it may take all the way until Madden 18 is released for that number to be set correctly.
5. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans
Madden rating: 75
Sharpe has gone from being a fifth-round draft pick out of Massachusetts, to being the Tennessee Titans’ No. 1 wide receiver. In his first NFL game, he caught seven passes for 76 yards and followed that up with four catches for 33 yards in the second game. With such a young offense and room to improve, his Madden rating may be around what you’d expect currently, but purely as a football player, his skill set should be graded higher than that.
6. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Madden rating: 74
Prescott avoids mistakes, plays smart football, and looks as poised as a five-year veteran. While Cowboys fans were disheartened to see veteran Tony Romo suffer another injury in the preseason, Prescott has stepped up and led the charge. For a rookie, fourth-round draft pick to completed 62.7 percent of his passes and show the type of field awareness that Prescott has, it’s hard to not hand him a grade higher than 74. The more games that Prescott winds up starting for the Cowboys, the more likely it is that he’ll wind up seeing that rating continue to improve.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN