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Top Rookies to Get Excited About in Madden 19

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Top Rookies to Get Excited About in Madden 19

Every year college football’s top prospects make the jump to the next level and find their virtual counterparts in EA’s latest installment of Madden. This year is no different, and there are several rookies who will have a significant role in this year’s game. Whether it’s because these players have elite speed, accuracy or the ability to make game-changing plays, these rookies will be some of the most popular among the Madden 19 community.

Here are a few of the top rookies I’m most excited to play with in Madden 19

QB Baker Mayfield

There’s a reason to be excited about the Cleveland Browns this season, and a large part of that has to do with Baker Mayfield. Unlike some other quarterbacks, Mayfield has the ability beat you with his arm as well as his legs. He is extremely accurate on the run, which can cause problems for opposing defenses. Brett Favre may be a lazy comparison, but it’s one that comes to mind every time the “Magic Man” makes plays out of seamlessly nothing. He should be a fan favorite in this year’s game.

HB Saquon Barkley

Over the past 20 years, there have been very few running backs as talented as Saquon Barkley. He’s an all-around running back who can make plays in both facets of the game, and should quickly become one of the NFL’s elite running backs. With Madden 19’s new RPM system, look for Barkley to be unstoppable as he jukes, spins and stiff arms his way to the end zone. Don’t believe me? Just check out E3’s Madden 19 hype video.

DE Bradley Chubb

Bradley Chubb may have been the best overall player in this year’s draft. However, due to a run on quarterbacks and other skill positions, Chubb fell into the Broncos’ lap at No. 5 overall. The elite pass rusher possesses an arsenal of both finesse and power moves that allow him to beat opposing offensive linemen at will. For users who prefer to manually control defensive linemen, Bradley Chubb should be one of their favorite players in Madden 19. Quarterbacks beware!

LB Roquan Smith

The linebacker position is very important and I use it exclusively when playing on defense. Roquan Smith was the best linebacker in this year’s draft, and he can do it all. He’s a natural run-stopper and can run stride for stride in coverage. He should be fun to play with, much like Luke Kuechly when he made his Madden debut in ’13.

WR D.J. Moore

The Panthers were already one of the most talented teams in Madden, and now that Cam Newton has a legit speed threat at his disposal the Panthers could be one of the more popular teams in this year’s game. Moore can take the top off of defenses with his elite 4.42 speed, and keep your opponent honest in coverage. If your opponent is foolish enough to single cover Moore, throw one deep for an easy touchdown.

HB Sony Michael

When the Patriots drafted Sony Michael, the rest of the NFL was put on notice. Michael is a speedy running back who ran a 4.54 at the combine. His ability as a pass catcher, in addition to being a natural running back, makes him a player defenses must account for on every play. I remember once putting up five touchdowns and 545 yards versus a friend in Madden 2008 with Reggie Bush, and that’s the type of impact Sony Michael could have. Speed kills.

QB Lamar Jackson

We all remember just how dominant Michael Vick was in some of the older installments of the Madden franchise. As soon as coverage broke down, users would take off and run with the speedy quarterback. And if you pulled a defender off his assignment, you would pay for it through the air. This is what we can expect from Lamar Jackson, who will instantly be subbed into the starting lineup if the Ravens are their team of choice. Jackson does things on the field that resemble a video game, and he will be nearly unstoppable in Madden 19.

TE Mike Gesicki

What Mike Gesicki did at the combine was unprecedented for a tight end. The 6-foot-6, 249-pound tight end is as athletic as they come, and should be a mismatch against smaller linebackers and cover safeties. In the red zone, Gesicki can motion out wide and have his way in one-on-one coverage. Ryan Tannehill will be happy to have Mike Gesicki, and you will too in Madden 19.

What rookies are you most excited for in Madden 19?

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  1. horrormaster
    Lamar Jackson will probably be easily abusable with scrambling and read-option. Still find it sad that ever since 2004 it has been that way.

    Dude, read option in nowhere near overpowered anymore. And scrambling QBs are easy to defend. Honestly, I love watching some kid thinks that his roll out and launch bombs all day strategy can work, when a spy and QB contain is enough to rack up sacks.
    But you see the strategy less and less because it is so easy to defend. Scrambling QBs can still be effective and productive, but in far more realistic ways now.
    Going off of college statistics and how PFF rated him, Mo Hurst should be a force despite falling so far due to the health issue.
    I'm actually also very interested in seeing how they present us with Arden Key. I lost Aldon, but replaced him with another big- quick, agile, and nasty #99 from the SEC (yuck, I'm actually complimenting them :y9:)
    I'm always tempted to grab guys I created in the previous Madden since they now really in the game. So Marcus Davenport, Antonio Callaway, Brandon Powell, and many more... I will find you... and I will trade for/sign you... at some point.
    JayhawkerStL
    Dude, read option in nowhere near overpowered anymore. And scrambling QBs are easy to defend. Honestly, I love watching some kid thinks that his roll out and launch bombs all day strategy can work, when a spy and QB contain is enough to rack up sacks.
    But you see the strategy less and less because it is so easy to defend. Scrambling QBs can still be effective and productive, but in far more realistic ways now.

    I'm not talking PvP as I never play that. All the videos I've watched has defenders not even attack the QB as he's running. They just simply freeze in place until you cross the line.
    I'm pretty excited about Sony Michel* since I'm a Pats fan but a guy like Roquan Smith should be a blast to play with on defense. Obviously Lamar Jackson is going to be a lot of fun to run around with but I've been tempted to play as the Giants - who I cannot stand - just because of Saquon Barkley. Lots of great choices!
    I would add:
    TE Hayden Hurst - Top 5 TE in the making IMO
    RB Guice - Round 1 talent taken by a team that really needs him. Many touches right away.
    SS Derwin James - if used correctly, dude will make plays all over the field. Sean Taylor-esque.
    QB Josh Rosen - precision QB with solid targets, can win OROY if you start him day 1.
    WR Ridley - he'll have endless opportunities to make plays given the other offensive weapons ATL has
    WR Kirk - major return game threat, ideal slot WR, shifty. Big play potential each touch.
    I completely disagree on DJ Moore and Sony Michel. Neither of their speed is what gets me excited about them because their speed isn't elite at their position.
    DJ Moore excites me because of his ability after the catch, he should be really elusive with good moves and have nice strength and decent trucking too. Based on watching him at Maryland, his top speed and deep route isn't his calling card and may be overrated even.
    Sony Michel excites me because of his ability to do it all and stay on the field the entire game. He can produce running, receiving, and protecting Brady, which means he won't be a giveaway to what you are trying to do on offense as the Pats. He's got decent enough speed to threaten on outside runs and the strength, trucking and BCV to dominate in between the tackles.
    Moore isn't going to be 95 speed and Michel isn't going to be over 90 speed. Their speed won't kill.
    This article and author lost all credibility with the Sony Michel piece. It clearly shows the author does not play or understand madden to any extent. Sony Michel will be a slow to average speed HB, and by no measure be elite. While I think he will be a terrific option in the Patriots offense in the real NFL, he will struggle to find a place on most madden teams where pass catching skills are very marginalized for the HB position.
    If you really want to write a piece on the top rookies to get excited about in the next madden. Go to the NFL Draft combine page, and sort each position by 40 yard dash time. List the top guy for each position. Your odds of getting the right guy will be pretty good.
    How do you not list griffin? EA animated out his hand and he has elite athletic ability for patrolling the field. Also (atleast beta) gave him a 79 FMV so he is not useless to blitz
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    The article was fine. For me, it's not about what their rating is on day one, but where it ends up as the season progresses. As I said, Patrick Mahomes is who I'm excited about, but he is not going to have a very good rating going into the season. But if things go as expected,,he's going to be a very fun player to use.
    I kind of just assumed this, since the ratings of all rookies are almost always mediocre, at best.
    As a Pats fan I know that Sony Michel is not an athletic freak but as the guy a few posts above stated he can do everything on the field at a pretty good level so he can be a three down back.
    I’m also a huge fan of Patrick Mahomes from his college days and would love to use him in M19. I feel like he’s more of a gunslinger type and that would be a huge change of pace for my play style. I typically value accuracy over power but I think this year I may make an exception to switch it up a bit.
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    Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Mason Rudolph, and Josh Allen I'm Keeping My Eye on All The QBs Real Talent At The QB Position Best QB Class Since Rivers Manning & Big Ben Only Potential Bust Out Of The Group I Mentioned Is Josh Allen. Saquon Barkley Should Crack At Least 1400 Yards Rushing For The New York Giants So That Should Be Fun To Watch To. Harold Landry Bradley Chubb Denzel Ward Vita Vea Rashaan Evans Roquan Smith All Look Like Playmakers Defensively. That's The Group I'm Keeping My Eye On and My Guys In Oakland(Kolton Miller, Brandon Parker, Arden Key, P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst, Marcell Ateman, Johnny Townsend, Eddy Pineiro, Nick Nelson, Azeem Victor, Chris Warren, Ryan Yurachek) :y220b: :y220b:
    Top 5 2019 Rookie Class: QB Drew Lock RB Bryce Love WR Collin Johnson DT Ed Oliver RB Justice Hill
    For me its not about the big names, but the surprise players. As a Cowboys guy, I'm really intrigued to see Gallup. I think he has big potential and could be a breakout type of guy. Maybe not to start the season, but by mid-late season he could really take shape.
    SilverBullet19
    For me its not about the big names, but the surprise players. As a Cowboys guy, I'm really intrigued to see Gallup. I think he has big potential and could be a breakout type of guy. Maybe not to start the season, but by mid-late season he could really take shape.

    Ya I could see Gallup do well. If used correctly, Chark on Jags could be similar although he's more of a "big play" guy.
    solmon
    I would add:
    TE Hayden Hurst - Top 5 TE in the making IMO
    RB Guice - Round 1 talent taken by a team that really needs him. Many touches right away.
    SS Derwin James - if used correctly, dude will make plays all over the field. Sean Taylor-esque.
    QB Josh Rosen - precision QB with solid targets, can win OROY if you start him day 1.
    WR Ridley - he'll have endless opportunities to make plays given the other offensive weapons ATL has
    WR Kirk - major return game threat, ideal slot WR, shifty. Big play potential each touch.

    Seeing this said always makes me want to puke.
    canes21
    Seeing this said always makes me want to puke.

    Because of what happened to Taylor or because you don't think James is even remotely comparable?
    solmon
    Because of what happened to Taylor or because you don't think James is even remotely comparable?

    The only reason they are ever compared is because both are athletic and both played in the same rivalry. They don't play similar and were not used similar.
    Derwin has a lot of work to do, especially in pass coverage, if he even wants to come close to the type of player that Taylor was. Right now the only comparable part of their games is both were able to play near the line and were good in the run game and rushing the passer if needed. Taylor was also an animal in pass coverage, James tended to be a liability.
    canes21
    The only reason they are ever compared is because both are athletic and both played in the same rivalry. They don't play similar and were not used similar.
    Derwin has a lot of work to do, especially in pass coverage, if he even wants to come close to the type of player that Taylor was. Right now the only comparable part of their games is both were able to play near the line and were good in the run game and rushing the passer if needed. Taylor was also an animal in pass coverage, James tended to be a liability.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective! I don't think he's THAT big of a liability in coverage for his age, but he's not as good as Taylor was at the same age. I think he's a better pass rusher than Taylor though.
    Why is it that every other year we act like the top running back is a once in a generation talent? Please don't mistake this as me hating on Barkley, I think he's going to be a beast. But it seems like people throw out the "once in a generation talent" line too often. Weren't they saying the same things about Zeke and Fornette?
    vstro
    Why is it that every other year we act like the top running back is a once in a generation talent? Please don't mistake this as me hating on Barkley, I think he's going to be a beast. But it seems like people throw out the "once in a generation talent" line too often. Weren't they saying the same things about Zeke and Fornette?

    Analysts have to hedge their bets too....or stack the odds....or take shots in the dark. Or is it to stack all their baskets into one egg?
    Point is if they say it enough times they can roll the B footage and say they knew it all along.
    vstro
    Why is it that every other year we act like the top running back is a once in a generation talent? Please don't mistake this as me hating on Barkley, I think he's going to be a beast. But it seems like people throw out the "once in a generation talent" line too often. Weren't they saying the same things about Zeke and Fornette?

    I agree here. More accurate would be "once in a draft type talent" lol
    CerysGriffin
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    Yeah I agree, he's going to be a monster in Madden.
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    horrormaster
    I'm not talking PvP as I never play that. All the videos I've watched has defenders not even attack the QB as he's running. They just simply freeze in place until you cross the line.

    Coach adjustments probably fixes this.
    JayhawkerStL
    The article was fine. For me, it's not about what their rating is on day one, but where it ends up as the season progresses. As I said, Patrick Mahomes is who I'm excited about, but he is not going to have a very good rating going into the season. But if things go as expected,,he's going to be a very fun player to use.
    I kind of just assumed this, since the ratings of all rookies are almost always mediocre, at best.

    He needs to have a very high throw under pressure rating. That's kind of what he does.
    pimpycraig
    Serious? May I ask why? I watch almost every BYU game, he never seemed special to me.

    He's pretty fast for the position, has good gap integrity, and is good in coverage for his position. That's pretty much it. He needs work as a tackler. He tends to try to judo tackle (by that I mean he'll avoid direct contact, then try to use the opponent's own momentum to bring him down).
    canes21
    The only reason they are ever compared is because both are athletic and both played in the same rivalry. They don't play similar and were not used similar.
    Derwin has a lot of work to do, especially in pass coverage, if he even wants to come close to the type of player that Taylor was. Right now the only comparable part of their games is both were able to play near the line and were good in the run game and rushing the passer if needed. Taylor was also an animal in pass coverage, James tended to be a liability.
    I agree in the real world he was lacking in results for his measurables. Don't know if it was because of the idiot DC at FSU or lack of motivation. James stuck up for and was friends with Kelly, so that's another knock against him.
    In Madden, the measurables make the ratings and the player, so he should be better than real life.
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    p_rushing
    I agree in the real world he was lacking in results for his measurables. Don't know if it was because of the idiot DC at FSU or lack of motivation. James stuck up for and was friends with Kelly, so that's another knock against him.
    In Madden, the measurables make the ratings and the player, so he should be better than real life.
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    Yea, measurables take you far in the Madden world. He struggled quite a bit too much in pass coverage for me to really think he's great at this point. He exceeded as a small pass rusher, but when he was left up top the defense struggled more. I do remember NCST picked on him a little in coverage(his open field tackle attempt in that game is a play Taylor would never do) and I know in the 2nd half of the Miami game they began throwing to his half of the field because he just seemed lost more often than not.
    If it was Charles Kelly's scheme that made him worse, I don't know, I just know that in pass coverage he showed nothing to get excited about.
    Being a biased Steelers fan, I'm excited to use two guys.
    In my CFM I'm looking forward to developing Mason Rudolph behind Big Ben.
    I'm also curious to get a feel for WR James Washington. I think I finally just adjusted to Juju.
    Aside from Pittsburgh, if you're a Ravens fan, you've got to be excited for QB Lamar Jackson. The speed he brings and the combination of his current attributes makes him a more than likely frustrating player to defend.
    steelheat226
    Being a biased Steelers fan, I'm excited to use two guys.
    In my CFM I'm looking forward to developing Mason Rudolph behind Big Ben.
    I'm also curious to get a feel for WR James Washington. I think I finally just adjusted to Juju.
    Aside from Pittsburgh, if you're a Ravens fan, you've got to be excited for QB Lamar Jackson. The speed he brings and the combination of his current attributes makes him a more than likely frustrating player to defend.

    I'm planning on running with the Browns because 1) I love their young core (although will prob play Tyrod year 1 or most of it) and 2) play against Lamar twice a year ha
    steelheat226
    Being a biased Steelers fan, I'm excited to use two guys.
    In my CFM I'm looking forward to developing Mason Rudolph behind Big Ben.
    I'm also curious to get a feel for WR James Washington. I think I finally just adjusted to Juju.
    Aside from Pittsburgh, if you're a Ravens fan, you've got to be excited for QB Lamar Jackson. The speed he brings and the combination of his current attributes makes him a more than likely frustrating player to defend.

    The existence of the sub-linebacker position should make the safeties the Steelers drafted this year potential day one starters on defense. Don't sleep on them, especially in CFM.
    stinkubus
    The existence of the sub-linebacker position should make the safeties the Steelers drafted this year potential day one starters on defense. Don't sleep on them, especially in CFM.

    If they allow safeties in that position
    stinkubus
    The existence of the sub-linebacker position should make the safeties the Steelers drafted this year potential day one starters on defense. Don't sleep on them, especially in CFM.

    I was thinking of this as well but as Solmon said hopefully they can be used the way the Steelers are intending on in real life.
    Until then as far as my CFM goes I'll be looking forward to the next year when I get Shazier back. 😯
    steelheat226
    I was thinking of this as well but as Solmon said hopefully they can be used the way the Steelers are intending on in real life.
    Until then as far as my CFM goes I'll be looking forward to the next year when I get Shazier back. 😯

    Shazier was indeed the man. M18 Shazier might be the best defender I've ever had the pleasure of using in Madden. 90 SPD for crossfire blitzes plus > 80 ZCV (easy to get him to 91 in the first year of a franchise).
    I will be hugely disappointed if you can't put safeties at sub linebacker. I can already easily sub out one LB if need be, so if the spot on the depth chart doesn't actually offer any flexibility what's the point?
    stinkubus
    Shazier was indeed the man. M18 Shazier might be the best defender I've ever had the pleasure of using in Madden. 90 SPD for crossfire blitzes plus > 80 ZCV (easy to get him to 91 in the first year of a franchise).
    I will be hugely disappointed if you can't put safeties at sub linebacker. I can already easily sub out one LB if need be, so if the spot on the depth chart doesn't actually offer any flexibility what's the point?

    Shazier's athletic ability & speed in the game single handedly kept me in a lot of games blitzing and in coverage. This year he dropped from 90 speed to 86 I saw. Ridiculous.
    I know many expect him to never play again and even if he does, not to be the same player but the guy is training hard to come back strong. I think he should've been left alone to atleast give him a strong benefit of the doubt. Leave him with the IR icon & off the depth chart if anything and let him have the option to be used in the second CFM year. Oh well.
    solmon
    Hurst is legit too...big upgrade on DL for OAK

    PJ Hall blew up the combine but was poorly graded( 6/7rd ) by the sources I read mostly so I hope his other attributes convey this
    Hurst however was more or less the opposite , could have easily been a 1st rounder , not sure how Madden has dealt with his situation , high OVR / low
    INJ ? Difficult to reproduce in Madden, but personally hope he has a long and successful career
    stinkubus
    Shazier was indeed the man. M18 Shazier might be the best defender I've ever had the pleasure of using in Madden. 90 SPD for crossfire blitzes plus > 80 ZCV (easy to get him to 91 in the first year of a franchise).
    I will be hugely disappointed if you can't put safeties at sub linebacker. I can already easily sub out one LB if need be, so if the spot on the depth chart doesn't actually offer any flexibility what's the point?

    Safeties are available for subbing into Sub LB.
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