‘Madden NFL 18’ ratings for every 2017 NFL first-round pick

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The crew from “Madden NFL 18” released rookie ratings on Monday, and top pick Myles Garrett jersey — unsurprisingly — has the top overall rating in the video game. No. 2 might surprise you, however — it’s No. 19 pick O.J. Howard.

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Check out the overall ratings for all 32 first-round picks below, and go here to see them sorted by rating. “Stats to know” have been provided by ESPN Stats & Info.

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Stat to know: Garrett was a unanimous All-American in 2016 and had 32.5 career sacks at Texas A&M, which was the seventh most in SEC history.

Cheap Quinton Patton jersey 2. Mitchell Trubisky jersey, QB, Chicago Bears jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Tar Heel completed a Power 5-best 70.1 percent of his passes against the blitz last season.

3. Solomon Thomas jersey, DT, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Thomas had 27 quarterback hurries and 14 tackles for loss at Stanford last season, both of which ranked third in the Pac-12.

EA Sports4. Leonard Fournette jersey, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Fournette had 14 140-yard rushing games in his LSU career.

5. Corey Davis jersey, WR, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Davis finished his Western Michigan career as the only player in FBS history with at least 5,000 receiving yards and 50 receiving touchdowns.

6. Jamal Adams jersey, S, New York Jets jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: Adams was a first-team All-American and All-SEC in 2016 for LSU.

7. Mike Williams jersey, WR, Los Angeles Chargers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 79

Stat to know: Williams had 63 receptions resulting in a first-down conversion or touchdown for Clemson in 2016, wholesale jersey which was tops in the ACC.

EA Sports8. Christian McCaffrey jersey, RB, Carolina Panthers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 81

Stat to know: McCaffrey’s 6,191 combined all-purpose yards in 2015 and 2016 at Stanford are the most in a two-season span by any player in FBS history.

9. John Ross jersey, WR, Cincinnati Bengals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: The Washington Husky led the FBS with 12 red-zone touchdown receptions, and that was tied for second in a single season in the past five years.

10. Patrick Mahomes II jersey, QB, Kansas City Chiefs jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Mahomes led the FBS with 5,052 passing yards last season, and the Texas Tech quarterback had the most completions from outside the pocket (55) and under duress (59) in among Power 5 schools last season.

11. Marshon Lattimore jersey, CB, New Orleans Saints jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: At the combine, the Buckeye ran a 4.36 40 and had a 38?-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump, all three of which ranked in the top 10 among defensive backs.

12. Deshaun Watson jersey, QB, Houston Texans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Watson led all Power 5 players with 38 touchdown passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield over the past three seasons at Clemson.

13. Haason Reddick jersey, ILB, Arizona Cardinals jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Reddick had 22.5 tackles for loss at Temple last season, which ranked third in the FBS.

The Eagles are hoping Barnett is the premier pass-rusher they desperately need. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports14. Derek Barnett jersey, DE, Philadelphia Eagles jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Barnett had 69 total pressures for the Volunteers in 2016, best in the Power 5.

15. Malik Hooker jersey, S, Indianapolis Colts jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Hooker had three defensive touchdowns for the Buckeyes in 2016, which tied for first in the FBS.

16. Marlon Humphrey jersey, CB, Baltimore Ravens jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Humphrey had three forced fumbles and five interceptions in his career at Alabama.

17. Jonathan Allen jersey, DT, Washington Redskins jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Allen had seven career multisack games at Alabama, and all seven of those games came against AP-ranked opponents, which was the most by any FBS player since 2005.

18. Adoree’ Jackson jersey, CB, Tennessee Titans jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: At USC, Jackson had 24 career starts (21 at cornerback, one at safety, one at wide receiver and one concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).

EA Sports19. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 82

Stat to know: Howard caught 77.6 percent of his targets for the Crimson Tide in 2016, which ranked second in the SEC.

20. Garett Bolles jersey, OT, Denver Broncos jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 77

Stat to know: Bolles is the first Utah offensive player taken in first round since quarterback Alex Smith jersey jersey went No. 1 overall in 2005.

21. Jarrad Davis jersey, ILB, Detroit Lions jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: Despite missing four games because of injury, Davis ranked second on the Gators with 60 total tackles last season.

22. Charles Harris jersey, OLB, Miami Dolphins jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 73

Stat to know: Harris had 28 quarterback knockdowns for Missouri last season, which ranked third among Power 5 pass-rushers.

23. Evan Engram jersey, TE, New York Giants jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: At Ole Miss last season, Engram had 33 receptions of 10-plus yards, which was No. 1 among Power 5 tight ends.

24. Gareon Conley jersey, CB, Oakland Raiders jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Conley had eight pass breakups for the Buckeyes last season.

Peppers could also be a returner for the Browns. Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images25. Jabrill Peppers jersey, S, Cleveland Browns jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: Peppers took snaps at nine different positions for the Wolverines last season.

26. Takkarist McKinley jersey, DE, Atlanta Falcons jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: McKinley had 18 tackles for loss for the Bruins last season, which ranked second in the Pac-12.

27. Tre’Davious White jersey, CB, Buffalo Bills jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: White played 760 snaps on an LSU defense that allowed an FBS-best 16 touchdowns last season.

28. Taco Charlton jersey, DE, Dallas Cowboys jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 75

Stat to know: Charlton had 9.5 sacks for the Wolverines in 2016, third most in the Big Ten.

29. David Njoku jersey, TE, Cleveland Browns jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: Njoku led Power 5 tight ends with 480 yards after the catch for the Hurricanes last season.

30. T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 74

Stat to know: The Wisconsin pass-rusher led front-seven combine participants in the 60-yard shuttle (11.20) and co-led in the 20-yard shuttle.

31. Reuben Foster jersey, ILB, San Francisco 49ers jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 76

Stat to know: The Alabama linebacker had five games with 10-plus tackles last season, and all five were against ranked opponents.

32. Ryan Ramczyk jersey, OT, New Orleans Saints jerseyOverall Madden 18 rating: 78

Stat to know: Ramczyk was the first consensus All-American offensive lineman from Wisconsin since 2010.

All 32 first-round picks sorted by overall rating83: Myles Garrett jersey

82: O.J. Howard

81: Jamal Adams jersey, Christian McCaffrey jersey, Leonard Fournette jersey

79: Corey Davis jersey, Solomon Thomas jersey, Mike Williams jersey

78: David Njoku jersey, Ryan Ramczyk jersey, Tre’Davious White jersey

77: Garett Bolles jersey, John Ross jersey, Mitchell Trubisky jersey

76: Reuben Foster jersey, Malik Hooker jersey, Patrick Mahomes II jersey, Marshon Lattimore jersey, Jabrill Peppers jersey, Deshaun Watson jersey

75: Derek Barnett jersey, Taco Charlton jersey, Gareon Conley jersey, Evan Engram jersey, Marlon Humphrey jersey, Takkarist McKinley jersey

74: Jarrad Davis jersey, Adoree’ Jackson jersey, T.J. Watt

73: Jonathan Allen jersey, Charles Harris jersey, Haason Reddick jersey

Le’Veon Bell wants to be paid like a No. 1 RB and No. 2 WR. Is he worth it?

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Le’Veon Bell jersey is a confident man. The Pittsburgh Steelers jersey running back turned down what appeared to be a lucrative long-term contract to stay in Pittsburgh just before the franchise tag deadline last week, a move that means he’ll play out the one-year tender of $12.1 million before facing either a second franchise tag or unrestricted free agency next offseason. Just like Kirk Cousins jersey, Bell is betting on himself to exceed everyone’s expectations.

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Wholesale Cam Worthy jersey Unlike Kirk Cousins jersey, Bell isn’t a quarterback. That’s important because quarterbacks always get paid. As Dan Graziano noted on Twitter, Derek Carr jersey broke his right fibula last December and still got one of the biggest contracts in NFL history. Cousins will get his next offseason. Bell turned down an offer that would have made him the highest-paid running back in the league by a comfortable margin. He reportedly did so because he wants to be paid like the combination of a No. 1 running back and a No. 2 wide receiver.

The stakes are a lot higher for Bell’s bet than they are for Cousins. Was it the right call? Should the Steelers have capitulated? And how many players in the league deserve to be paid like two guys? Let’s answer some of the questions surrounding Bell to break down the entire situation.

Le’Veon Bell jersey had nearly 1,900 total yards in 12 games last season. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesHow good was the deal Bell turned down?We don’t know the specifics of the offer, but given what we know about how the Steelers structure deals and the current running back market, it looks to be very generous. Reports suggest the Steelers offered Bell a deal averaging more than $12 million per season, with $30 million due over the first two years and $42 million through three seasons.

The Steelers guarantee only the first year of their contracts and weren’t willing to make an exception for wide receiver Antonio Brown jersey, so it’s safe to assume they were intending to do the same with Bell. We don’t have exact figures, but a plausible five-year Bell deal given those baselines could have included a $15 million signing bonus and a $5 million base salary in Year 1 for $20 million in guarantees, with a $10 million unguaranteed base salary in Year 2 and a $12 million base in Year 3.

The $42 million figure is remarkable given the current state of running back contracts. Veteran running backs have signed 12 total deals since the merger that included $20 million or more spread over the first three seasons of the contract. Just two of those deals are currently active, with the top one being LeSean McCoy jersey jersey’s extension with the Bills, which calls for “Shady” to receive $27.3 million over its first three years.

Bell’s deal would have flown past that mark. The 25-year-old is well within his right to turn it down, of course, but we can’t make the same comments about Pittsburgh’s offer as we did about Washington’s desultory contract proposal to Cousins. If anything, it’s easier to make a case that the Steelers are offering Bell too much, given the fact that he has missed 20 of Pittsburgh’s 70 regular-season and playoff games since entering the league in 2013 thanks to injuries and suspensions.

Is Bell as productive as a top running back and a second wideout?I don’t think anybody will argue against the idea that Bell is an upper-echelon running back when healthy. He has averaged 93.7 rushing yards per game over the past three seasons; no other starting back who has been active for all three years over that time frame has topped 82 yards per contest.

As a receiver? It depends on your definition. The 48th most productive wideout in 2016 — the player who would presumably be an average No. 2 wide receiver — was Kenny Stills jersey jersey, who caught 42 passes for 726 yards. Other players in the area include Sterling Shepard jersey, Chris Hogan jersey, DeVante Parker jersey jersey and Ted Ginn jersey Jr jersey. They each have their relative merits, and that’s without offering any utility as a running back.

Bell saw the ball far more frequently than Stills as a receiver, catching 75 passes for 616 receiving yards despite missing four games. He’s a different sort of player than Stills, of course, but a more instructive figure might be targets. Stills generated 726 yards on 81 targets, an average of just under 9 yards per throw. Bell used 94 targets to rack up those 616 yards, an average of just 6.6 yards per pass attempt.

Le’Veon Bell jersey’s value as a receiver is similar to a slot WR like Sterling Shepard jersey. AP Photo/Seth WenigBell averaged only 8.2 yards per reception and is averaging 8.8 yards per catch over the course of his career, which isn’t really No. 2 wideout stuff. It’s closer to what we might see from a slot receiver like Shepard, who averaged 6.5 yards per attempt and 10.5 yards per catch. Jeremy Kerley jersey and Anquan Boldin jersey jersey are in the same ballpark, while Julian Edelman jersey jersey would be a high-volume version of the same player.

Those guys aren’t making a ton of money on the free market.

Bell’s point also ignores the fact that the vast majority of starting running backs do contribute something as a receiver. Take him out of the equation, and the league’s 20 most frequent rushers averaged 36 catches for 307 receiving yards last season. That’s more than most team’s fourth wideouts, so there’s already some amount of money for receiving ability baked into running back contracts. The difference between Bell and a typical back, when healthy, amounts to something like 40 catches and 360 yards.

It’s fair to say Bell is one of the best receiving backs in football, but if a team’s second wideout was averaging just 8.8 yards per catch, they would try to replace him. If Bell were averaging even 11 or 12 yards per catch, that would be a different story. In terms of production, I’d characterize Bell as a No. 1 running back and a slot receiver.

How much is that worth?Let’s take it one position at a time. If Bell is the best pure running back in football, he’s worth more than McCoy, whose three-year value is $27.3 million. That deal was signed in 2015, and it came with an older McCoy safely ensconced in a long-term contract, which should tell you a lot about how the Bills handled negotiations under former GM Doug Whaley. There are injury concerns, but let’s say Bell’s starting point as a running back is $35 million over the first three years of a new deal.

We can’t use that number, though, because the running back figures include some level of receiving ability, and we’re going to calculate Bell’s receiving value separately. Going through the top 20 rushers from 2016 again, you’ll find that 77 percent of their yards from scrimmage come on the ground. Let’s use that figure and round up to suggest that Bell is worth $27 million as a runner and blocker without including any money for receiving ability.

Slot receivers don’t make a ton of money on the free market. Shepard is on his rookie deal, but Boldin and Kerley were available for nothing and close to nothing for most of the summer last year. Boldin is again a free agent, while Kerley’s three-year deal in San Francisco averages $2.8 million per season. Players such as Jarius Wright jersey jersey and Cole Beasley jersey jersey are in the same neighborhood. Edelman attracted virtually no interest around the league during free agency in 2013 before re-signing with the Patriots on a four-year, $17-million pact. His recent extension is for two years and $11 million.

The one outlier is Tavon Austin jersey jersey, who took home $17 million in guarantees on the four-year, $42-million extension he signed with the Rams before last season on a deal that was widely panned at the time and hasn’t looked much better since. Taking an average of the three-year values of those five active veteran contracts (leaving aside Shepard and Boldin) gets us to $14.6 million. Combine those two figures and you get to $41.6 million over three years, which is right in line with what the Steelers offered Bell, $42 million.

Is Bell worth that much?I’d be skeptical, mostly because of the availability concerns. Bell has struggled with injuries throughout his professional career. He has been suspended twice, most recently for missing multiple drug tests. I think he’s the most talented running back in football when healthy, but it’s hard to say he’s the best pure runner in the game when he hasn’t even come within 350 yards of winning a rushing title during his first four years in the league.

There’s also the possibility that the running back market may have changed permanently. Bell’s $12.1 million franchise tag figure isn’t just the largest cap hit for any running back in football; it’s 36.6 percent more than the second-largest cap hit for a back (McCoy at $8.875 million) and 74.4 percent more than the third-largest figure (DeMarco Murray jersey at $6.95 million). If the Steelers franchise Bell again in 2018, he’ll make $14.5 million, which would be way ahead of McCoy and more than double the third-largest cap hit of Ezekiel Elliott jersey. (Devonta Freeman jersey jersey likely will jump into this top three.) At some point, as good as Bell is, even a healthy Bell isn’t worth twice as much as virtually every other back in football. Throw in the availability issues and it’s hard to buy Bell is worth what would amount to a reset of the running back market.

Le’Veon Bell jersey’s cap hit will be nearly 40 percent as much as LeSean McCoy jersey jersey’s in 2017. Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY SportsWould somebody pay Bell what he wants in unrestricted free agency?Former Steelers teammate Ike Taylor suggested Bell would have been willing to sign wholesale jersey a deal in the $15 million per year range, which is closer to the combination of what a top back and second wideout would make. That would peg the three-year value of Bell’s new deal at $45,000,000. The baseline three-year value for running back contracts right now is $23,898,377, which would mean that Bell’s deal exceeded the top 20 contracts at the position by 88.3 percent.

That would be the second most outsized contract in the league, jumping ahead of Eric Berry jersey jersey’s deal with the Chiefs. Berry might stand as a reasonable comparison for Bell, given the safety turned down what would have been a lucrative extension from the Chiefs last offseason before piecing together a career season and earning an unprecedented contract for a safety. If Bell is incredible in 2017 and the Steelers can’t justify paying Bell $14.5 million without any long-term security, it’s not out of the question to imagine Bell hitting $15 million per year on the open market.

A few possible destinations come to mind. We could start with the 49ers, who gave fullback Kyle Juszczyk jersey jersey jersey a deal that tops the outsized contract chart at 202.4 percent and could have a hole at halfback with Carlos Hyde jersey’s contract expiring after the season. They’ll have an easy $90 million in cap space to work with. The Jets could move on from Matt Forte jersey and will have $70 million in cap room; it’s not hard to imagine them justifying the need to grab a star for their famished offense. Washington has an uncertain situation at running back and might want to try and distract their fan base from Cousins’ possible departure. The Bucs will have in excess of $50 million in room if they move on from Doug Martin jersey.

The league probably won’t value Bell at $15 million per year, but it takes only one dissenting team to prove Bell right. It’s plausible — if not probable — somebody will pay Bell the record deal he wants.

Is anybody else in the league worth two players’ worth of contracts?It’s tough to say, in part because we don’t have statistics for the vast majority of positions and skills in the way that we do for Bell as a rusher and a receiver. I’d argue that the great quarterbacks in the league are underpaid and worth more because they can make average receivers look like superstar talents, but that’s not really the same sort of debate. Great return men also get paid for two sets of skills, but most dual-threat players who are great at their position and as return men often get moved off of return duties in an attempt to keep them healthy.

One quarterback who stands out is Cam Newton jersey jersey, who has been both an above-average passing quarterback and a wildly effective short-yardage back over the majority of his pro career. The latter isn’t especially valuable on its own — Mike Gillislee jersey jersey has been one of the most efficient power backs in the league over the past two seasons and the Bills didn’t match the two-year, $6.4-million offer the Patriots made to sign Gillislee away as a restricted free agent — but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Another notable two-position player is Rob Gronkowski jersey jersey, who’s the most devastating receiving force at the position and a wildly underrated blocker. You probably remember Gronk throwing Sergio Brown jersey out of the club, and he’s a consistent force when healthy as a run-blocker. The Raiders gave former Patriots tight end Lee Smith jersey a three-year, $9.4-million deal to serve primarily as a blocker, and it’s totally reasonable to value Gronkowski’s blocking at a similar level.

There are a few players who suit up on both offense and defense, most notably Falcons center Ben Garland jersey and former Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock jersey jersey. The best example of a player who produces like two men, though, is J.J. Watt jersey jersey. The Texans defensive end is such a productive pass-rusher when healthy that he might as well be two edge rushers in one. In 2014, Watt knocked down opposing quarterbacks 51 times; the Ravens were the only team in football to field a pair of pass-rushers who combined to top Watt’s total. In 2015, when Watt racked up 50 hits, just four teams boasted pairs of players with 51 or more knockdowns. Watt’s like two great pass-rushers rolled into one.