EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise has been huge for the video game and football fan community. It’s become such a big deal that some fans will just look at the overall ratings or attributes that the video game assigns to a specific player in an effort to better understand the tier that player is on. In this two-piece series, I will look to assign my own overall ratings for each player on the Rams.
Elite: 90 – 99
Great: 85 – 89
Good: 80 – 84
Average: 75 – 79
Below Average: 70 – 74
Replacement Level: 69 <
Starter: Jared Goff – 88 OVR (Madden: 83 OVR)
Goff at this point is like Marc Bulger at his best. Bulger received the 88/89 type of rating when he was right on the cusp of something in St. Louis, but of course Goff is only 24-years old and has already played in a Super Bowl. The reason for giving Goff this overall rating is because it represents where I feel he is on the tier chart right now. He’s my seventh-overall quarterback in the NFL and while he’s almost there, he’s not quite elite yet. However, an 88 overall rating speaks to how he’s more than just a guy that is getting things done in the right system. Goff is a difference maker and can surely win a Super Bowl this upcoming season. When you look at his accuracy across all areas of the field, his arm strength, and his awareness, Goff gets the 88 overall with a ceiling to move up to as high as 94 this year alone.
It is worth noting that Madden rated Goff at an 83 and as the 14th best quarterback in the league which is a clear indication of the fact that Goff is quite simply underrated at this point in time.
Backup: Blake Bortles – 78 OVR (Madden: 76 OVR)
Backup: John Wolford – 64 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Brandon Allen – 61 OVR (Madden: 61 OVR)
Starter: Todd Gurley – 98 OVR (Madden: 95 OVR)
A reminder that overall ratings are not dictated on an injury. Todd Gurley is the best running back in the NFL right now and was well on his way to breaking the total touchdown record for a running back this past season even while he was already hurt. Gurley will likely not end up logging 30 touches in a game ever again, but scoring 56 total touchdowns in four years deserves recognition. Gurley has been the driving force for the Rams offense. I wouldn’t put him at 99 overall because I believe there are only one or two players that deserve such a rating, but Gurley checks in just below with a 98 overall.
Backup: Malcolm Brown – 80 OVR (Madden: 73 OVR)
Backup: Darrell Henderson – 79 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: John Kelly – 71 OVR (Madden: 70 OVR)
Backup: Matt Colburn II – 70 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Justin Davis – 69 OVR (Madden: 70 OVR)
Starter: Robert Woods – 89 OVR (Madden: 87 OVR)
Robert Woods is a model of consistency and reliability. He’s the jack of all trades and master of none. He’s not the fastest, the most explosive, the strongest nor the quickest – but he excels in all areas of the position. It’s why in just a short time he’s been with a true quarterback, offensive system and a legit team, he’s put himself over the edge. Woods has exactly 2,000 yards on 142 receptions and 11 touchdowns since joining the Los Angeles Rams. He does it all, but he’s not quite elite. He’s right on the borderline so he gets the borderline elite rating. There aren’t many wideouts that you would take over Woods.
Starter: Brandin Cooks – 88 OVR (Madden: 88 OVR)
Brandin Cooks is one of the best young receivers in the league, but like Woods he’s not quite elite and is just a tad below Woods in terms of route running and blocking. Cooks, however, is one of the fastest wideouts and is always a threat to take it the distance. Cooks, in his first year with the Rams finished with his best season to date. A few more of those and Cooks could get past that borderline as well.
Starter: Cooper Kupp – 87 OVR (Madden: 84 OVR)
Cooper Kupp finished the season on injured reserve, but again, an injury does not affect an overall rating. Madden gets it wrong assuming that there is that much of a disparity between the top three Rams wideouts because that is not the case. Kupp falls at 87 to me due to his lack of long speed the other two have. Overall, Kupp is a very talented receiver that has it all. He’s a security blanket for Goff and someone that helps move the chains. The Rams will definitely be happy to have him back this season.
Backup: Josh Reynolds – 81 OVR (Madden: 75 OVR)
Backup: KhaDarel Hodge – 70 OVR (Madden: 66 OVR)
Backup: Austin Proehl – 69 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Mike Thomas – 68 OVR (Madden: 63 OVR)
Backup: Alex Bachman – 66 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: N’Simba Webster – 66 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Johnathan Lloyd – 64 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Jalen Greene – 64 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: JoJo Natson – 62 OVR (Madden: 60 OVR)
Starter: Gerald Everett – 82 OVR (Madden: 79 OVR)
Gerald Everett gets the surprising 82 overall rating from me because I believe he’s better than the stats show. It’s not his fault he was drafted early in the 2nd round to a team that would soon-after make him the fifth option behind the aforementioned Gurley, Woods, Cooks, and Kupp. Without Everett, the Rams might not have defeated the Chiefs last season. He’s had a small sample size, but improved in every way in 2018. Right now, I think the 82 overall rating is fair, but Madden’s 79 rating is fair as well.
Starter: Tyler Higbee – 80 OVR (Madden: 79 OVR)
This is another example of Madden getting their rating right or close to it. Tyler Higbee entered that 80 overall for me last season. He’s turned himself into a good blocking tight end, but also a tight end that has the ability to make big plays downfield if need be. He’s also held back for being in such an elite offense. If Higbee went to another team that used him more as a primary weapon somehow, he could be a 750-plus yard tight end. Higbee had almost identical seasons the last two years, but has improved his blocking and his catch percentage immensely.
Backup: Keenen Brown – 68 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Romello Brooker – 67 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Kendall Blanton – 67 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Johnny Mundt – 66 OVR (Madden: 66 OVR)
Starter: Andrew Whitworth – 92 OVR (Madden: 94 OVR)
Andrew Whitworth is a future Hall of Famer but I would actually lower his overall rating from what it was in the latest Madden rating. It seems strange to do so, but I have seen a sharp decline in Whitworth as great as he’s been. Many forget how great he was to the point where his tier fall would be at the bottom of the elite tier. He’s that good, and while this is likely his last year, he’s still done plenty to stay in the 90’s club.
Starter: Rob Havenstein – 85 OVR (Madden: 82 OVR)
Big Rob Havenstein has never received the credit he truly deserves. He’s been one of the best right tackles in the league over the last couple of years and it shows. The Rams noticed though and they quickly locked up Havenstein and gave him an extension. When looking at Havenstein you see a player that isn’t athletic enough to combat against the quickest guys off the edge, but just about everyone else he does well. He’s the guy who is very good but not borderline elite, which could, of course, change. Havenstein has started 59 games in his career and while he’s missed five other games, he’s still established a certain level of consistency and durability.
Backup: David Edwards – 76 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Bobby Evans – 74 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Brandon Hitner – 69 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Matt Kaskey – 67 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Starter: Austin Blythe – 84 OVR (Madden: 82 OVR)
Austin Blythe is a former waiver claim that was originally a seventh-round selection made by the Indianapolis Colts. Blythe found a home with the Rams and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has led him as well as others to the next level. Blythe could have been graded higher but he simply did not finish the season on the highest of notes. However, I couldn’t take away from the fact he was arguably the best guard in the league aside from Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin for the first 11 games of the season. After that stretch, his play faltered, but still, Blythe gets a two-point ratings increase from his rating by Madden.
Starter: Joseph Noteboom – 76 OVR (Madden: 68 OVR)
The former third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft saw some limited snaps last year on the offensive line. Rodger Saffold has left in free agency which makes Joseph Noteboom the starting left guard. Noteboom is a very athletic offensive lineman with some mechanical flaws. In his limited time last year, he made the most of it and really looked sharp. Due to his athleticism alone, Noteboom earns a solid starter rating of 76 overall. Madden is way too low on Noteboom placing him under the 70 overall mark.
Backup: Aaron Neary – 70 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Jamil Demby – 68 OVR (Madden: 65 OVR)
Backup: Chandler Brewer – 63 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Starter: Brian Allen – 72 OVR (Madden: 65 OVR)
The former Michigan State Spartan is now going to have his opportunity to start at center in the NFL. The Rams decided to move onto the sophomore center over veteran John Sullivan this year. Allen played extremely limited snaps, but I still believe Madden started him off with too low of an overall. I decided to give Allen a starting position of 72 overall in this one which makes him the lowest rated Rams starting offensive lineman. However, Allen can greatly improve on that number moving forward.
Backup: Jeremiah Kolone – 66 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Backup: Vitas Hrynkiewicz – 64 OVR (Madden: N/A)
Which player ratings do you like? Which player ratings do you not like? Let us know down below! The final part of this piece will follow.
Jake is a 23-year old sportscaster from Upstate New York that co-hosts the Downtown Rams podcast, is the founder of Downtown Rams and Downtown Sports Network LLC. He covers the Rams and NFL Draft for the website.