During the 2010 NFL Draft, Donny Moore (aka the guy in charge of player ratings) released his preliminary ratings for this year’s rookie class.  It seems that the players were rated well before the draft even started.  Players that fell in the draft seemed to still have high ratings based on mock drafts and publicity.  A key example of this is Demaryius Thomas being drafted 2 spots ahead of Dez Bryant.  Thomas’ rating is 74 overall while Bryant’s rating is 80 overall.  A 6 point overall differential is huge in madden. 

Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and mock draft experts have way too much influence on the preliminary madden ratings.  NFL general managers who know what they are doing should be used as the guide for how to rank madden rookies, not a talking head on ESPN.  After the first or second roster update of the next season, things should sort themselves out and the rookies who deserve the high ratings should get them.

  • St. Louis – Sam Bradford – QB, Oklahoma – 80
  • Detroit – Ndamukong Suh – DT, Nebraska – 85
  • Tampa Bay – Gerald McCoy – DT, Oklahoma – 84
  • Washington – Trent Williams – OT, Oklahoma – 79
  • Kansas City – Eric Berry – S, Tenn., – 85
  • Seattle – Russell Okung – T, Okla. St. – 85
  • Cleveland – Joe Haden – CB, Fla. – 79
  • Oakland – Rolando McClain – MLB, Alabama – 79
  • Buffalo – CJ Spiller – RB, Clemson – 79
  • Jacksonville – Tyson Alualu – DT, Cal – 65
  • San Francisco – Anothony Davis – OT, Rutgers – 75
  • San Diego – Ryan Matthews – RB, Fresno State – 77
  • Philladelphia – Brandon Graham – OLB, Michigan – 78
  • Seattle – Earl Thomas – S, Texas – 81
  • New Yourk Giants – Jason Pierre-Paul – DE, USF – 79
  • Tennessee – Derrick Morgan – DE, Ga. Tech – 79
  • San Francisco – Mike Iupati – OL, Idaho – 84
  • Pittsburgh – Maurkice Pouncey – OL, Fla. – 76
  • Atlanta – Sean Weatherspoon – LB, Mizzou – 75
  • Houston – Kareem Jackson – CB, Alabama – 70
  • Cincinnatti – Jermaine Gresham – TE, Okla. – 78
  • Denver – Demaryius Thomas – WR, Ga. Tech – 74
  • Green Bay – Bryan Bulaga – OL, Iowa – 78
  • Dallas – Dez Bryant – WR, Okla St – 80
  • Denver – Tim Tebow – QB, Fla. – 70
  • Arizona – Dan Williams – DT, Tenn. – 76
  • New England Devin McCourty – CB, Rutgers – 74
  • Miami – Jared Odrick – DT, Penn State – 76
  • New York Jets – Kyle Wilson – CB, Boise State – 76
  • Detroit – Javhid Best – RB, Cal – 74
  • Indianapolis – Jerry Hughes – DE, TCU – 74
  • New Orleans – Patrick Robinson – CB, Florida State – 75