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Madden 21 rookie ratings: Joe Burrow leads quarterbacks; Henry Ruggs III tops loaded WR group

Sporting News logo Sporting News 7/17/2020 Joe Rivera

Rookies are players, too. 

With "Madden 21" ratings hitting the airwaves this week, rookies are at the forefront, with a few surprising choices for ratings among the quarterback and wide receiver groups already.

While former LSU Tiger and current Bengal wunderkind Joe Burrow unsurprisingly leads the group, Utah State's Jordan Love beats out Chargers QB Justin Herbert by a single point. No. 5 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa will enter the season comfortably in the No. 2 spot among rookie QBs with a 73 overall ranking.

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Things get interesting in the wide receiver bracket, with a loaded class of receivers entering their first year in the league in 2020. In total, 15 of the rookie receivers have an overall rating of 70 or higher, and at the top is Henry Ruggs III, the speedy Alabama wideout, with a 76 overall rating. Underneath Ruggs is Cowboys new No. 88 CeeDee Lamb with a 75 rating, and he's matched by Ruggs' former teammate and now division rival Jerry Jeudy, who also tops out at 75.

Here are the complete rookie ratings for "Madden 21," set to release later in the summer:

Madden 21 rookie quarterback ratings

All four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft have a rating of 70 or higher, with LSU product Joe Burrow leading the pack. 

Player Position Team Rating
Joe Burrow QB Bengals 76
Tua Tagovailoa QB Dolphins 73
Jordan Love QB Packers 71
Justin Herbert QB Chargers 70
Jalen Hurts QB Eagles 68
Jacob Eason QB Colts 63
Jake Fromm QB Bills 62
Cole McDonald QB Titans 60
James Morgan QB Jets 60
Jake Luton QB Jaguars 59
Jordan Ta'Amu QB Chiefs 58
Tyler Huntley QB Ravens 58
Ben Dinucci QB Cowboys 57
Anthony Gordon QB Seahawks 55
John Wolford QB Rams 55
Brian Lewerke QB Patriots 54
Tommy Stevens QB Saints 54
Jake Browning QB Vikings 53
Nate Stanley QB Vikings 53
Bryce Perkins QB Rams 53

Madden 21 rookie wide receiver ratings

In a bit of a surprise, Henry Ruggs III paces the group of wide receivers this year, with Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb and fellow former Crimson Tide wideout Jerry Jeudy rounding out the top three receiving threats.

Player Position Team Rating
Henry Ruggs III WR Raiders 76
CeeDee Lamb WR Cowboys 75
Jerry Jeudy WR Broncos 75
Justin Jefferson WR Vikings 74
Jalen Reagor WR Eagles 73
Brandon Aiyuk WR 49ers 72
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Jaguars 72
Devin Duvernay WR Ravens 71
Michael Pittman Jr. WR Colts 71
Tee Higgins WR Bengals 71
Bryan Edwards WR Raiders 70
Chase Claypool WR Steelers 70
Denzel Mims WR Jets 70
KJ Hamler WR Broncos 70
Van Jefferson WR Rams 70
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Washington 69
Gabriel Davis WR Bills 69
John Hightower WR Eagles 68
Tyler Johnson WR Buccaneers 68
Collin Johnson WR Jaguars 67
Joe Reed WR Chargers 67
Quintez Cephus WR Lions 67
Darnell Mooney WR Bears 66
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Browns 66
Isaiah Coulter WR Texans 66
James Proche WR Ravens 65
KJ Osborn WR Vikings 65
Quez Watkins WR Eagles 65
Dezmon Patmon WR Colts 64
Isaiah Hodgins WR Bills 64
KJ Hill WR Chargers 64
Freddie Swain WR Seahawks 63
Jauan Jennings WR 49ers 63
Omar Bayless WR Panthers 62
Stephen Sullivan WR Seahawks 60
Tyrie Cleveland WR Broncos 60
Malcolm Perry WR Dolphins 55

Madden 21 best rookie TEs

In a weaker TE draft class in 2020, Cole Kmet, the first tight end off the board (second round), paces the group with a 70 overall rating. Kmet is the only rookie with a 70 or higher rating.

Player Position Team Rating
Cole Kmet TE Bears 70
Devin Asiasi TE Patriots 69
Adam Trautman TE Saints 68
Harrison Bryant TE Browns 67
Josiah Degaura TE Packers 67
Albert Okwuegbunam TE Broncos 66
Dalton Keene TE Patriots 66
Brycen Hopkins TE Rams 65
Colby Parkinson TE Seahawks 65
Hunter Bryant TE Lions 64

Madden 21 best rookie RBs

J.K. Dobbins is the top-ranked RB in this year's class, earning a 75 overall. Dobbins was the fifth running back off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Player Position Team Rating
J.K. Dobbins RB Ravens 75
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Chiefs 74
D'Andre Swift RB Lions 74
Cam Akers RB Rams 73
Jonathan Taylor RB Colts 73
AJ Dillon RB Packers 72
Zack Moss RB Bills 70
Antonio Gibson RB Washington 69
Darrynton Evans RB Titans 69
Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB Buccaneers 69
Lynn Bowden Jr. RB Raiders 69
Anthony McFarland RB Steelers 67
JJ Taylor RB Patriots 67
Joshua Kelley RB Chargers 67
Jason Huntley RB Lions 66
La'Mical Perine RB Jets 66
Eno Benjamin RB Cardinals 65
Karan Higdon RB Texans 65
Deejay Dallas RB Seahawks 64
Raymond Calais RB Buccaneers 62

Madden 21 best rookie defensive players

As of July 15, only ratings for rookie cornerbacks have been released. CJ Henderson and Jeff Okudah pace the rookie field with impressive 76 overall ratings.

Player Position Team Rating
CJ Henderson CB Jaguars 76
Jeff Okudah CB Lions 76
Jaylon Johnson CB Bears 73
Jeff Gladney CB Vikings 71
AJ Terrell CB Falcons 70
Damon Arnette Jr. CB Raiders 70
Noah Igbinoghene CB Dolphins 70
Kristian Fulton CB Titans 69
Trevon Diggs CB Cowboys 69
Amik Robertson CB Raiders 68
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