The 2018 NFL Draft was loaded with talent on both sides of the football, adding a unique group of talent to this year’s installment of Madden. Here is a list of the top-5 rookies in Madden 19 under 79 overall.
Derrius Guice, HB, Washington – 78 OVR
Many teams refused to take a chance on Guice in the first-round, which is a travesty in its own. After-all, the LSU product had quite a productive college career rushing for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns. Washington ultimately took a chance on the talented running back, and likely won’t regret it.
He’s the perfect mixture of speed (89 SPD) as well as strength (80 STR), and can truck over defenders (91 TRK) with ease. Outside of Saquon Barkley, Guice is the best all-around running back in this year’s game.
Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona – 78 OVR
Experts were torn on which rookie quarterback was the best in this class. Cleveland obviously thought it was Baker Mayfield, while others preferred Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. However, the quarterback that could finish his NFL career the best in this class, is Josh Rosen.
Rosen is an accurate passer (SAC 89, MAC 85, DAC 77) and has the arm strength (93 THP) to make all of the throws. His football intelligent is second to none, and is the key to the Cardinals’ current and future success. The man nicknamed “The Chosen One” is exactly that, the chosen one.
Sony Michel, HB, New England- 78 OVR
Running backs always seem to make the most impact early on, and the same remains true in Madden. New England very rarely spends a first-round pick on a running back.
The last time the Patriots invested a first-round pick on a running back, it was Laurence Maroney (21st overall) in 2006. Michel is a special running back with legit speed (90 SPD). His juke (88) and spin move (77) makes him difficult for opposing defenses to contain.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta – 77 OVR
Atlanta’s high-octane offense got better this offseason when they drafted Alabama rookie wide receiver, Calvin Ridley 26th overall. During his time in Tuscaloosa, Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Furthermore, he’s the top rookie wide receiver in this year’s game. Ridley is the perfect mixture of speed (93 SPD) and precise route running. (78 SRR, 79 MRR, 82 DRR) He is sure to thrive in Atlanta’s offense or on your Madden Ultimate Team.
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Buffalo – 75 OVR
Offensive players have dominated this top-5 list, but not for long. The 20-year old Phenom from Virginia Tech, recorded 213 tackles, 10 sacks, and 1 interception during his collegiate career. Edmunds possesses the speed (87 SPD) and strength (84 PWR) to make an impact in both facets of the game.
His ability to shed blocks (84 BS) on his way to tackling the ball carrier (85 TAK) is an art form. Edmunds most improve in coverage but should quickly become one of the more dominant linebackers in Madden 19.
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Kerryon Johnson running behind a revamped o line that features first round (pick) G/C Frank Ragnow, should give defenses an honest ground game to think about–you would think. The Lions running game will be vastly improved, so I hope this reflects in Madden as well.