The initial rookie ratings for Madden 21 are out. Only the numbers for incoming quarterbacks and wide receivers have been released, but we’ll go over some of the most important ratings worth taking a look at here.
Joe Burrow was the top pick in the 2020 draft, so it’s not surprising to see that his 76 overall is tied for the top mark among all first-year players. He has better short (88), medium (84), and deep (85) throw accuracy than every other signal caller. He’s also the best at breaking breaking out of sacks, throwing under pressure, and throwing on the run. He’s essentially the cream of the crop in everything aside from throwing power.
Among quarterbacks, Burrow is trailed by the Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and the Green Bay Packers’ Jordan Love. Tagovailoa has a 73 overall rating and is second to Burrow in short and medium throw accuracy. Love has a 71 overall rating and has the edge on Tagovailoa in deep throw accuracy. Justin Herbert’s powerful arm was a common topic of discussion ahead of the draft, but his 92 throw power rating is second to Jacob Eason’s 93 among rookies. Jalen Hurts’ shares a top speed rating of 86 with two other quarterbacks.
Las Vegas Raiders wideout Henry Ruggs III is the only player who can match Burrow’s overall rating of 76. The Alabama product is the fastest incoming rookie with a blazing 98 speed rating. While his 83 catching isn’t the highest mark among receivers, his 97 acceleration and deep route running (80) can’t be matched. Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy has the best route running on short (80) and medium (79) among wideouts while Buffalo Bill receiver Isaiah Hodgins has the best catch rating (86).