I know this is a slider thread but, for me the ratings and slider making go hand and hand. So I think this is important to sliders.

I don't know why but, I really started trying to figure out how Madden comes up with overall ratings. I wondered what ratings they use for each player and how much each rating mattered. I am far from cracking the code but, I thought with a little help I might be able to.

I wanted to know why, just to see what ratings they use and this could lead to finding out what ratings matter the most for each position. So far I am looking at the OL.

I was very surprised how few of the ratings actually affected the overall.

This is what I did to test the importance that EA places on each rating. I created on OL player and just raised and lowered each rating to see if the overall was raised or lowered.

The only ratings that had any impact on the overall for the test player was Strength, Agility, Speed, Acceleration, Awareness, Pass Block, Run Block, and Impact Block.

I then needed to find out how many clicks it took to raise or lower the over all by one point. Here are the findings.

Strength took 5 clicks

Agility 22 clicks

Speed 22 clicks

Acceleration 22 clicks

Awareness 4 clicks

Pass Block 2 clicks

Run Block 3 clicks

Impact Block 12 clicks

You can go and test these yourself.

As you can see EA counts certain ratings as much more important to an OL players.

The next thing I did was find the percent of those ratings out of 99.

Strength 19.8%

Agility 4.5%

Speed 4.5%

Acceleration 4.5%

Awareness 24.75%

Pass Block 49.5%

Run Block 33%

Impact Block 8.25%

This gives you the percent number as far as the importance it has on overall rating for OL.

I still don't know how to use all this and get the overall but, I got pretty close.

I took Donald Penn 87 overall. I took all those ratings that apply and multiplied them by the percent.

For example: 95 strength multiplied by .198 equals 18.81. Then I added all the numbers up and got 129.70. This is not 87 of coarse. I decided then to round the numbers down or up and came up with 130. I took that number and subtracted 87 (his overall) and got 43. I did this for another player that had and overall of 65. His total was 108. I subtracted 43 and got 65. I tried it again but, I was off by two.

I don't know how they come up with the overall but, I think I am on to something. If this helps anyone then great. If you can help me figure it out then great.