Before the August release of Madden NFL 21, we spend the week unveiling the rankings and rankings of the best players in the league.
We’ll start with the shifts on Monday and finish with the wide receivers later this week, ending with a SportsCenter special on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app, which will break down the scoring process and include player interviews . Check out First Take, SportsCenter and Get Up this week to see more Madden interviews and debates.
Let’s enter the Madden NFL 21 QB rankings, which will be launched to fans on August 25:
There’s a new 99 overall and the old quarterback guard, for the most part, is starting to wane. Four new quarters have entered the top 10, and they are expected to remain on this list for most of the next decade.
That includes cover athlete Lamar Jackson and a bunch of other 20s who will be the faces of the league in the 2020s.
1. Patrick Mahomes, chefs (99 in total): Mahomes is the first unnamed quarterback Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers in ten years to get an overall rating of 99 to start a season. Last year’s cover athlete and highest-ranked quarterback for the second year in a row, Mahomes threw for 287.9 yards per game and led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory.
2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (97 total): Wilson played at an MVP level last year and might have won the award if Lamar Jackson hadn’t had a transcendent season. Wilson threw for more than 4,000 yards for the first time since 2016 and had more than 30 touchdown passes for the third consecutive year, dropping from a total of 91 to start last year and from sixth to a second among the quarters.
3. Lamar Jackson, Ravens (94 in total): Jackson, this year’s Madden cover athlete, has taken a huge leap from the start of last season, when he was 76 overall and 25 quarterback to his current place as the No. 3 quarterback of the match. After an MVP season in 2019, the question will be whether the developers of Madden made it too good – Michael Vick-style in Madden ’04 – theoretically breaking the game.
4. Drew Brees, Saints (93 in total): Showing age does not affect the start of the game, Brees actually improved one point from where he started last season, in 92 in total (T-4). One of the most accurate passers-by of all time, Brees made 70% or more of his shots for the fourth consecutive season in 2019.
5. Tom Brady, Bucs (90 total): Twenty years after it appeared as QB # 12 in Madden ’01, it will be a first for the future Hall of Famer again – a new team. Moving from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady saw his overall score go from 96 last year to 90 this season (his worst starting score since the early 2000s), and went from second to fifth place in the QB rankings. It makes sense after Brady had one of his worst statistical seasons in 16 games (4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns, 60.8% of passes completed) in a decade. However, this could be a note that jumps quickly, given the offensive options he has around him.
6. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (89 total): Two years ago, Rodgers was a total of 99. Last season he started the year as 90. Now, for the first time in more than a decade, Rodgers will start a season below 90 to 89 – this is where he ended the season last. Rodgers’ completion percentage has dropped in each of the past four seasons, and he has not thrown 30 touchdowns in a season since 2016. Yet Rodgers has moved up one place in the overall ratings Last season’s QB, in part due to the drop in Philip Rivers and the retirement of Andrew Luck.
7. Matt Ryan, Falcons (87 total): Ryan lost two ranking points and has climbed one place since leaving last season (89 overall, eighth overall) after a season in which he had his highest total of interceptions (14) since 2015.
Tre’Davious White and Lamar Jackson are among the NFL stars who are waiting to know how they will be classified for Madden 21, which will be unveiled from July 13 to 17 on ESPN.
8. Deshaun Watson, Texans (86 in total): Watson, after his second Pro Bowl appearance, jumped four ranking points, even though he had a lower completion percentage, fewer yards and more interceptions than in 2018. But Watson is clearly a player ascending, and his grade reflects that.
T-9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (84 total): While discussions on Prescott’s contract will not affect his playing at Madden, his performance on the field a year ago saw him jump three points. Prescott threw 30 touchdowns for the first time in his career and 4,902 yards, more than 1,000 yards better than his previous record. Like Watson, think it will continue to climb the QB rankings in the years to come.
T-9. Carson Wentz, Eagles (84 total): Wentz took a two-point jump in odds and climbed three places in the QB ranking at # 10 after playing 16 games for the first time in his rookie season and throwing more than 4,000 yards for the first time of her career.
Dropped from last year’s top 10: No. 3 Philip Rivers; T-4. Andrew Luck (retired), # 9 Ben Roethlisberger; N ° 10 Cam Newton.
Discover other position papers to come this week.