‘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

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Players who fit the description of “steady” performers aren’t merely those who grade well in terms of consistency metrics, such as those found in my Consistency Ratings. Those measures do generally identify the game’s most reliable players, but role changes and injuries have an impact, so each player’s entire profile should be considered.

Wholesale Kawann Short jersey Each steady performer includes “Tristan’s ADP take,” listing the player’s ADP in ESPN leagues as of July 24, as well as my opinion on how worthy the pick is at that spot.

Devonta Freeman jersey jersey, RB, Atlanta Falcons jersey: Since taking over as the Falcons’ starting running back in Week 3 of 2015, he has scored the second-most non-PPR (456.9) and PPR (576.9) fantasy points. Freeman’s path to getting there, however, reveals the kind of consistent approach that made him an underappreciated yet reliable weekly RB1 last season. Only six times in his 29 career starts has he posted a PPR score in single digits (with only three of those beneath eight points), and only four of Freeman’s non-PPR games have resulted in fewer than five fantasy points. His receiving ability, which fueled the third-best target total among running backs during that same time span, makes him one of the position’s most reliable weekly plays despite the presence of Tevin Coleman jersey jersey.

Tristan’s ADP take: 10th overall (10.6 average) is a completely fair spot to select Freeman, as he’s absolutely first-round material.2017 Fantasy Football Draft KitEverything you need to have a successful fantasy football season. Draft Kit

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Pierre Garcon jersey, WR, San Francisco 49ers jersey: This one is speculating ahead more than it is drawing upon last season, though in Garcon’s defense, he was consistently closest to his fantasy points-per-game average (7.6 in non-PPR, 41st; 12.6 in PPR, 31st) among wide receivers in 2016. He’s highly likely to capture the team lead in targets in San Francisco. In fact, he could rival his numbers from 2013, when he finished as the No. 13 wide receiver in non-PPR and No. 11 in PPR fantasy points. Garcon is one of the more obvious low-ceiling, high-floor receivers on draft boards this year.

Tristan’s ADP take: 64th (69.0) is about right for Garcon.

Frank Gore jersey jersey, RB, Indianapolis Colts jersey: He’s now 34 years old and is coming off consecutive years with a yard-per-carry average below 4.00, but a look at the Colts’ running back depth chart shows a remarkable lack of competition for Gore’s carries. He has managed at least 15 carries in 20 of his 32 games since joining the Colts after the 2014 season, and is the only running back in football to have started all 32 games over the past two seasons. Despite his so-so rushing rates, he finished 10th in non-PPR and ninth in PPR fantasy scoring at his position during that two-year span. When it comes to Gore, the perception is that (mostly due to age) he’s a low-ceiling, low-floor performer. The truth is that he’s actually one of the higher-floor players at his position.

Tristan’s ADP take: 61st (66.5), or in the middle of the flex-play tier, is just about right.Editor’s PicksThese fantasy players could make or break your seasonBoom-or-bust players can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy football leagues. The key is recognizing them and drafting them at the right time.

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Jarvis Landry jersey jersey, WR, Miami Dolphins jersey: In the past two seasons, he has finished 13th and 16th among wide receivers in non-PPR fantasy points (and eighth and 14th in PPR fantasy points) despite the fact that he scored exactly four receiving touchdowns in each of those years. That’s a challenging feat to accomplish — only five other receivers this century have scored at least as many PPR fantasy points in a season with four or fewer receiving touchdowns — and it shows how stable a WR2 Landry can be on a weekly basis. It also demonstrates how much profit potential he has if he’s just a little bit luckier in the touchdown department in 2017.

Tristan’s ADP take: 34th (36.3) is solid value for Landry, who makes a case for a third-round pick in PPR.

Matt Ryan jersey jersey, QB, Atlanta Falcons jersey: He’s an obvious candidate for regression in 2017: Ryan put up a 69.9 percent completion rate, 7.1 percent touchdown rate and 9.3 yards-per-attempt rate last season, all of which were well above his career numbers (64.9, 4.7 and 7.4). The appeal with Ryan, however, is his consistency. From wholesale jersey 2014-16, he managed a fantasy point total between 15 and 22 on 20 occasions, third-most among quarterbacks; 13 of those occurred in 2014-15, good for sixth-best at the position. Although he’ll have a new offensive coordinator this season in Steve Sarkisian, Ryan shouldn’t see much change in an offense that returns most of its primary playmakers.

Tristan’s ADP take: 36th (42.3) is far too early a pick for my taste, as weekly upside rather than consistency is paramount in single-quarterback leagues. In leagues where Ryan lasts three-plus rounds longer, he’d be a welcome pick.

Delanie Walker jersey, TE, Tennessee Titans jersey: With many leagues moving to some variety of PPR (half- or full-point) scoring in recent years, Walker has become an increasingly handy and often underrated asset in such formats. In the past three seasons combined, he has 333 targets, 38 shy of Greg Olsen jersey jersey for the position lead despite playing three fewer games than Olsen. What’s more, Walker has managed at least five targets in 37 of 45 games played during that time, and at least eight targets in 21 contests, showing how high his weekly statistical floor is. Though the Titans have added some weapons to their receiving corps during the offseason that could cut into Walker’s target total, he’s still an integral part of their game plan. Moreover, a healthy year from Marcus Mariota jersey could result in a sizable step forward in terms of team pass attempts (504 last season, 28th in the NFL).

Tristan’s ADP take: 59th (63.5) is great value for Walker, who annually seems to get overlooked.

Saints to put Dannell Ellerbe on IR, cut him once foot heals



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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints jersey plan to cut veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe jersey jersey once he heals from a minor foot injury, a source confirmed to ESPN.

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Ellerbe, 31, will be placed on injured reserve to start wholesale jersey training camp. But the source said he is expected to be healthy within about three weeks.

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Ellerbe’s loss is a disappointment because he had been a dynamic playmaker at times when healthy over the past two years. But it won’t be a devastating blow for the Saints, who loaded up on linebacker depth this offseason and adapted to playing without Ellerbe as he dealt with a series of nagging injuries.

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Ellerbe had 83 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble in two years with the Saints. In his eight-year career, he has 368 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also had an interception in the AFC Championship Game during Baltimore’s Super Bowl run.

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The Saints also signed third-year player Kristjan Sokoli on Tuesday, his agent Brett Tessler said on Twitter. Sokoli, 25, spent the past two years with the Seattle Seahawks jersey and Indianapolis Colts jersey, appearing in just one game. He has primarily played on the defensive line, but the Saints plan to convert the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder to the offensive line.

New Orleans also signed veteran offensive lineman Martin Wallace jersey, his agent said on Twitter, and undrafted rookie cornerback Dejaun Butler. Wallace, 27, has bounced around the NFL since originally signing with the Cleveland Browns jersey as an undrafted rookie in 2013, appearing in only one career game. Butler, who played at Hawaii, auditioned with the Saints during minicamp tryouts this summer.

Reuben Foster’s health will help shape 49ers’ linebacker group



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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers jersey will report for training camp July 27, with the first practice slated for the following day.

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As we head toward the start of camp, we’re previewing each position for the 49ers and the competitions that could ensue. Today we look at the linebackers, where, much like on the defensive line, there are more qualified players than there will be roster spots available. Special-teams ability and versatility will go a long way toward determining who stays and who goes.

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Bowman is returning from a season-ending Achilles injury, but he was pretty much full go in the spring and looked like he was rounding back into form by the end of the offseason program. While Foster will almost certainly one day become the Niners’ middle linebacker, it probably won’t happen right away, as Bowman returns to his usual spot.

Foster will find himself in a more intriguing competition this season against Smith. The Niners signed Smith to a fairly lucrative deal that raised some eyebrows, but to his credit, Smith had a strong spring and made his case for the weakside linebacker job while Foster was still recovering from a shoulder injury. Foster’s shoulder will replace that of quarterback Colin Kaepernick jersey as the most watched in this year’s training camp. Foster is expected to be ready to go when camp opens, after he was unable to do anything that could create contact in the spring. Both Foster and Smith should help the 49ers in some capacity this season. Foster is expected to be the starter somewhere along the way, but Smith is a proud veteran who won’t cede that job easily.

The Sam linebacker spot belongs to Brooks, but there will be a heated battle for the backup role. Harold got reps with the first team when Brooks was given down time in the spring. Harold, who is probably on his last chance to deliver on his potential, felt more comfortable in coordinator Robert Saleh’s attacking defense. Watson could push Harold for the spot behind Brooks and might have a leg up because of his ability to be an impact special-teams player. And we can’t rule out Gilbert, who was a dynamic pass-rusher in college and could also push for a spot. It’s possible San Francisco could keep Harold and either Watson or Gilbert, but the Niners might look to go a little lighter at linebacker, given the restructured defense.

As for the other backup spots, Coyle has the inside track to be No. 2 behind Bowman in the middle and also brings special-teams value. But Coyle is not a lock, because the Niners could easily move Smith or Foster inside, should something happen to Bowman. In addition, Newsom is an intriguing prospect who turned a few heads in the spring.

On the weakside, it could be an uphill battle for Armstrong, even though the Niners signed him to a contract extension in December. Like with Coyle and Watson, Armstrong can make a difference on special teams, and that might be his ticket to earning a roster spot, with Foster and Smith ahead of him on the depth chart.

All told, the Niners will probably keep six or seven linebackers. The players who stay as depth will need to have the ability to perform at multiple positions and contribute on special teams. The ones who do that the best should be positioned to win what could be one of camp’s most interesting roster competitions.