Madden NFL 21 participant rankings have begun to slowly trickle into social media over the previous week, however on Monday the floodgates opened.
Madden College leaked all 32 groups‘ top-10 gamers, and the Minnesota Vikings rankings had been… let’s say a combined bag. Just a few had been on the nostril, a couple of had been a bit overrated, however many had been simply horribly undervalued.
Right here’s the checklist of all 10 Vikings gamers leaked.
- Harrison Smith – 95
- Dalvin Prepare dinner – 91
- Michael Pierce – 91
- Adam Thielen – 90
- Eric Kendricks – 89
- Danielle Hunter – 89
- Kyle Rudolph – 84
- Anthony Harris – 83
- Kirk Cousins – 82
- Anthony Barr – 82
Now, let’s break it down.
Anthony Harris Slept On
Full disclaimer: Most of those leaked launch week participant rankings match their Madden 20 end-of-season rankings, making the leak not a lot as a shock, however a reminder of how Madden views the Vikings. Many participant rankings climbed fairly a bit from their launch week numbers, which is probably going the thought behind leaving it to the gamers to show their rankings in 2020.
However Anthony Harris at 83 total? Harris led the NFL with six interceptions final season. Harris has been broadly regarded — on the very least — a top-five security within the league if not the most effective. Harris owns the very best security grade by Professional Soccer Focus.
For many who wish to argue that 2019 was a flash within the pan, Harris, who was undrafted in 2015 and has performed in 31 video games in his five-year profession, has both intercepted or damaged up 21 passes on 53 targets, in accordance with Purple Insider’s Matthew Coller. Earl Thomas in his prime (2012-2015) broke up 22 passes on 95 targets — he was rated an 88 this season at age 31. Status has performed an element as Madden has but to acknowledge Harris getting into his prime.
Harris just lately ranked because the fourth-best security within the NFL by CBS Sports activities, but was ranked decrease than all 9 different safeties who made the checklist.
Room to Develop Whereas Some Might Regress
Eric Kendricks had among the best seasons of any protection linebacker within the NFL final season and was given an 89 total. He’s the third-highest rated linebacker, behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lavonte David (90) and the Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner (98). Kendricks is deserving of the rank and possibly even a bit increased of a score after setting what’s believed to be essentially the most go breakups (12) ever by a linebacker final season, per PFF. Kendricks climbed 11 factors from his launch week score to the tip of the season in Madden 20.
Kirk Cousins at one level was an 83 in Madden 20 however had his score knocked all the way down to 82 in Week 17 — a sport in opposition to the Chicago Bears the place he didn’t play together with the remainder of the Vikings starters. His postseason efficiency was not accounted as he begins the season at 82 total. His score is comparatively correct, given solely 5 quarterbacks are above 90, nevertheless it wouldn’t be surprising to see his score climb if he builds off his success in 2019.
Simply two QBs over a 95. Rodgers outdoors the 90s membership.
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Danielle Hunter at 89 additionally has room to develop after rising from an 86 total on the launch of Madden 20. He’s the youngest participant to achieve 50 sacks in his profession and has but to achieve his prime as a 25-year-old.
Defensive sort out Michael Pierce is a curious score at 91 total. Pierce was a significant piece to the Baltimore Ravens run protection however has but to crack any top-10 place rankings checklist from any sports activities retailers. He’s tied because the third-highest rated defensive sort out within the sport. Final 12 months Pierce was rated 92 total and The Recreation Haus instructed his score be adjusted to 86.