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)