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Madden 21 rookie development traits

Which Rookies Have Development Traits in Madden 21 Franchise Mode

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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4 years ago

Chase Young needs Edge threat as a rookie or at least the ability to pull off the same animations that “edge threat” players can. He was shown doing an “edge threat” move against Tyron smith of the Cowboys and beating him with ease and sacking Prescott. There has to be excitement when drafting rookies. Make 1 or 2 rookies have the ability to do the same animations as superstars in the league. They can develop if they make big plays or stay the same if they pull off those animations but don’t get a big play often.

Kham love
Kham love
4 years ago

Okudah, Simmons, Brown should have had xfactor. Becton shouldn’t have been the only superstar lineman

3 years ago

No one should have gotten x-factor. They’re rookies!

3 years ago

First off where is eagles rookie Jalen Reagor on this list and Jaylen hurts? EA always doing the eagles dirty 2nd off Jeudy should be an X-Factor im a reciever i know when soeone is good Jerry Jeudy is the next Julio it might not look like it but look at the numbers he has had so far with a qb thats in the 50 overalls cmon and reagor is also a superstar hes only played 2 games nut he is the most electric player on this entire rookies draft class

3 years ago

Why isn’t justin Jefferson who has beat randy moss for franchise receptions in a rookie season not x factor

3 years ago
Reply to  Eli

exactly haha. these superstar wr rookies should be star instead of superstar. justin jefferson is surefire superstar if not xfactor.

3 years ago

jordan love should be a star

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