We all love Madden rookies. They’re new, fresh players we all look forward to playing with in the game. With the 2017 NFL Draft just hours away, we’ve been doing our homework here at Madden School trying to determine what the rookie players might look like when Madden 18 comes out in August. Here’s our 10 most interesting Madden 18 rookies.

Leonard Fournette RB

Fournette made the list of top rookies to look forward to in Madden 18, but that was before his impressive performance at the NFL Combine. Everyone already knows about Fournette’s size and power, but he also showed off his speed as he ran a 40 time of 4.51 seconds.

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That said, if you like to use a power running attack on offense, then you should certainly enjoy Leonard Fournette after Madden 18’s release. Fournette’s size, speed, and power attributes should all make him one of the more interesting Madden 18 rookies.

John Ross WR

Ross will likely be one of the first rookies you go check out after Madden 18 comes out this August. His record breaking 4.22 second 40 yard dash likely makes him one of the fastest, if not the fastest, players in Madden 18.

We’ll have to wait and see on Ross’s actual catching and route running ratings, but his speed should be at least a 95, if not higher. His speed alone makes John Ross one of the most interesting rookies in Madden 18.  

Mitchell Trubisky QB

Trubisky is a top rated quarterback prospect, and lately there’s been talk he might go first overall to the Cleveland Browns.

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That said, Trubisky ran an amazing 40 yard dash for a quarterback of his size. Carson Wentz ran a similar 40 yard dash for a sizeable quarterback, and his speed rating is in the 80’s. Trubisky also displayed decent arm strength during his college career, and that should serve him well in the Madden 18 ratings.

Trubisky is certainly one of the most interesting Madden 18 rookies, and he’ll likely be one of the first rookies you’ll want to go check out in August.

Deshaun Watson QB

Of course Deshaun Watson has to make the list of most interesting Madden 18 rookies. The speedy Watson promises to be a dual threat quarterback. If nothing else, Watson will be a popular choice for those of you who enjoy running quarterbacks who can move the pocket and make mid range throws.

Myles Garrett DE

Garrett is likely to be the number one overall draft pick in the 2017 draft. His speed coupled with his agility and pass rushing ability make him an intriguing player in next year’s Madden. Most number one draft picks start out rated somewhere in the 75-79 overall rating, unless they just have stellar preseason performances that warrant a higher overall.

When the game is released in August, Garrett will definitely be one of the most interesting Madden 18 rookies.

Jabrill Peppers LB

Jabrill Peppers is listed as a LB on the NFL draft boards across the league. But Peppers can play a wide range of positions and his college highlights resemble those of Tyrann Mathieu’s. Peppers also had an amazing combine where he ran well, and impressed scouts.

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It is possible that Peppers falls out of the first round in the 2017 draft, which would likely have a negative impact on his initial overall rating in Madden 18. Regardless, Peppers popularity and playmaking ability will make him one of the most interesting Madden 18 rookies.

Dalvin Cook RB

Rookie running backs are typically some of the first players that Madden lovers go check out. Well, you’ll definitely want to go check out Dalvin Cook when Madden 18 comes out.

Cook has all the tools to be one of the most versatile backs in the league, and in Madden. He can catch, juke, and run with power. Dalvin Cook had an impressive combine, and showed a lot of power in the bench press as he threw up 225 lbs. 19 times overall. That’s incredibly impressive given Cook’s size and stature. All of this makes Cook one of the most interesting Madden 18 rookies.

Solomon Thomas DE

If you watched the bowl game between UNC and Stanford, then you saw the way Solomon Thomas can absolutely wreck a game for opposing offenses. Thomas is an absolute beast with strong power moves.

Solomon Thomas is likely to get drafted pretty high, and should the second DE off the board behind Garrett, so the ratings should be fairly comparable between the two. Given Thomas’s size, power, and ability to rush the passer, he should definitely be one of the most interesting Madden 18 rookies.

Christian McCaffrey RB

“He is Madden ready,” Marshall Faulk said on NFL Network’s pre-draft coverage about Christian McCaffrey. And Faulk is likely to be dead on with that evaluation of the running back. McCaffrey’s catching ability will set him apart from Cook and Fournette when Madden 18 comes out this August.

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McCaffrey is certain to be a first round pick in the draft, which will definitely mean good things for his overall rating. McCaffrey is a second generation player as his dad played wide receiver for the Broncos. All that together makes Christian McCaffrey one of the best prospects and most interesting Madden 18 rookies.  

Mike Williams WR

Williams was a beast in college and caught 14 touchdowns last season for the Clemson Tigers. Mike Williams has the size, speed, range, and hands to be the best wide receiver in this year’s draft.

Williams should also be the first wide out taken off the board, and that will definitely translate into a solid Madden rating. When Madden comes out this August, Williams will definitely be one of the most interesting rookies that you’ll want to go check out right away. His abilities just scream “Madden Beast” for many years to come.

That just about does it for our 10 most interesting Madden 18 rookies. Certainly, these aren’t all of the top rookies we’re all excited to see in Madden. Any that you think we may have missed? As always, feel free to comment below.

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