When picking your team in franchise mode, it is helpful to know which rookies the team at EA blessed with development traits like Star, Superstar, or Superstar X-Factor.

We’ve put together a list with every rookies and what their hidden development trait is. If they aren’t on this list, assume they have normal development.


Remember, Superstar and SSX players develop twice as fast as normal players while Star players develop about 50% faster than normal 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 development 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.


Superstar X-Factor Rookies

  • Kyle Pitts – TE Falcons

Superstar Rookies

  • Trevor Lawrence – QB Jaguars
  • Trey Lance QB 49ers
  • Ja’Marr Chase WR Bengals
  • Jaylen Waddle WR Dolphins
  • Penei Sewell – RT Lions
  • Patrick Surtain II – CB Broncos
  • Najee Harris – HB Steelers

Star Rookies

  • Zach Wilson
  • Jaycee Horn
  • Devonta Smith
  • Justin Fields
  • Micah Parsons
  • Rashawn Slater
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker
  • Zaven Collins
  • Jaelen Phillips
  • Jamin Davis
  • Kadarius Toney
  • Kwity Paye
  • Caleb Fairley
  • Christian Darrisaw
  • Travis Etienne
  • Greg Newsome
  • Rashas Bateman
  • Elijah Moore
  • Javonte Williams
  • Jevon Holland
  • Landon Dickerson
  • Christian Barmore
  • Teven Jenkins
  • Treven Moehrig
  • Asante Samuel Jr.
  • Azeez Ojulari
  • Jeremiah Owusu -Koromoah
  • Creed Humphrey

If you didn’t see the rookie you were looking for on this list, he likely has normal development.

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