Development traits can make or break a player in franchise mode. They are especially important for rookies because they will impact how quickly a player develops.

As a refresher, all players are categorized into 1 of 4 different development traits; Normal, Star, Superstar, and Superstar X-Factor. These development traits are determined by the Madden 21 ratings team.


Superstar and Superstar X-Factor players develop the fastest. So when you train these players or get XP in games, their overall ratings will go up very quickly.

Star players develop 25% slower than Superstar or Superstar X-Factor players. Each upgrade point requires more XP than it would if that same player had a Superstar or Superstar X-Factor rating.

Normal players develop 50% slower than Superstar or Superstar X-Factor players and 25% slower than star players.

In any reasonable franchise, if your player has normal development and stays there, he will never get to 90+ overall.


These dev traits can be increased by having excellent seasons, or by triggering in-season development scenarios but these can often be difficult and are by no means guaranteed. Young players though usually will have a couple opportunities to increase their developmenet traits so they aren’t necessarily stuck forever where they are.

Remember that players with Superstar and X-Factor development traits have access to Superstar and X-Factor abilities. For rookies, these are hidden and not displayed until 500 snaps are played. As of now, we do not know which abilities the Superstar rookies have.

Below we compiled a list of the development traits for rookies rated 70 overall or higher. Rookies rated below 70 overall are very likely to have “Normal” development although it isn’t guaranteed.

Please remember that like everything else, these things can change over the course of the year.

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Superstar X-Factor Rookies

  • Chase Young – RE Redskins

Superstar Rookies

  • Joe Burrow – QB Bengals
  • Jerry Jeudy – WR Broncos
  • Isaiah Simmons – SS Cardinals
  • Ceedee Lamb – WR Cowboys
  • C.J. Henderson – CB Jaguars
  • Mekhi Becton – LT Jets
  • Jeff Okudah – CB Lions
  • Derrick Brown – DT Panthers
  • Henry Ruggs – WR Raiders

Star Rookies

  • Jaylon Johnson – CB Bears
  • Netane Muti RG – Broncos
  • Jedrick Willis Jr. – LT Browns
  • Grant Delpit – FS Browns
  • Tristan Wirfs – RT Buccaneers
  • Antoine Winfield Jr. – FS Buccaneers
  • Kenneth Murray Jr. – ROLB Chargers
  • Justin Herbert – QB Chargers
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire – HB Chiefs
  • Jonathan Taylor – HB Colts
  • Michael Pittman Jr. – WR Colts
  • Tua Tagovailoa QB – Dolphins
  • Jalen Reagor WR-  Eagles
  • Marlon Davis LE – Falcons
  • Brandon Aiyuk WR – 49ers
  • Javon Kinlaw DT – 49ers
  • Andrew Thomas LT – Giants
  • Xavier McKinney FS – Giants
  • Laviska Chenault Jr. – WR Jaguars
  • Braden Mann – P Jets
  • D’Andre Swift – RB Lions
  • Yetur Gross-Matos – RE Panthers
  • Terrell Burgess – FS Rams
  • Cam Akers – RB Rams
  • J.K. Dobbins – HB Ravens
  • Patrick Queen – MLB Ravens
  • Devin Duvernay – WR Ravens
  • Cesar Ruiz – RG Saints
  • Justin Jefferson – WR Vikings

Normal Rookies

  • Tee Higgins – WR Bengals
  • A.J. Epenesa – DE Bills
  • Zack Moss – HB Bills
  • K.J. Hamler – WR Broncos
  • Willie Gay Jr. – ROLB Chiefs
  • Trevon Diggs – CB Cowboys
  • Noah Igbinoghene – CB Dolphins
  • Raekwon Davis – RE Dolphins
  • A.J. Terrell – CB Falcons
  • K’lavon Chaisson – RE Jaguars
  • Denzel Mims – WR Jets
  • Ashtyn Davis – FS Jets
  • Jordan Love – QB Packers
  • A.J. Dillon – HB Packers
  • Jeremy Chinn – SS Panthers
  • Josh Uche – ROLB Patriots
  • Kyle Dugger – SS Patriots
  • Damon Arnetter Jr. – CB Raiders
  • Jordyn Brooks – MLB Seahawks
  • Chase Claypool – WR Steelers
  • Ross Blacklock – RE Texans
  • Kristian Fulton – CB Titans
  • Jeff Gladney – CB Vikings

If you don’t see a rookie on this list, that means there is a very good chance he has normal development.


Which rookies are you most excited to use in Madden 21? Let us know in the comments or check out all of the Superstar and X-Factor abilities in this year’s game.

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