‘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.

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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.

Dolphins sign Alterraun Verner, place Koa Misi on IR



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To make room for the move, Miami placed former starting linebacker Koa Misi jersey jersey on injured reserve. Misi is still recovering from a neck injury that forced him to miss 13 games last season.

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The Dolphins were looking for veteran depth in the secondary before training camp and worked out several cornerbacks in recent days.

Wholesale Lamarcus Joyner jersey “So many people tell me you can’t find enough corners,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said earlier Tuesday before signing Verner. “So we’re checking guys out, but we do that quite a bit with a lot of positions.”

Alterraun Verner jersey will continue his NFL career in Florida with the Dolphins instead of the Buccaneers, who released him earlier this year. Cliff Welch/Icon SportswireMisi underwent surgery on his neck in the offseason. He accepted a pay cut earlier this season to stay with the team.

The Buccaneers released Verner on Feb. 23. He started just three games during the 2016 season.

The arrival of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who was drafted 11th overall last year, and the signing of Brent Grimes jersey jersey had signified that the Buccaneers would likely part ways with Verner under defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

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David Johnson’s workload could have long-term implications



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Arizona Cardinals jersey coach Bruce Arians has said since March that he wants running back David Johnson jersey jersey to average 30 touches per game this season. It’s been done once in NFL history, when former Tampa Bay running back James Wilder averaged 30.8 touches in 1984. And since Johnson led the NFL in total touches (373) and was third in per-game average (23.3) last season, the idea didn’t seem far-fetched.

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David Johnson jersey jersey led the NFL in total touches (373) and was third in per-game average (23.3) last season. Keith Birmingham/Zuma Press/Icon SportswireSince Wilder in 1984, seven players — all running backs — have averaged at least 28 touches per game, led by Ricky Williams’ 29.2 in 2000, when he played in 10 games for the New Orleans Saints jersey. Former Kansas City Chiefs jersey running back Larry Johnson jersey averaged 28.6 touches per game in 2006, which is the most since Wilder during a full 16-game season, according ESPN Stats & Information.

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However, with the exception of Bell, the running backs who averaged more than 28 touches per game generally saw a decline in their production the next season with a slight rebound in the year after that. The reasons varied. Some, like Larry Johnson jersey in 2007 or DeMarco Murray jersey in 2015 were injured. Others, like Eddie George jersey in 2001, just didn’t have their number called as often.

However, nobody, with the exception of Edgerrin James in 2001, increased their per-game average during the season after their historic workload. James went from 28.1 touches per game in 2000 to 29.2 in 2001, when he played in just six games. Four running backs, though, rebounded from those down seasons with higher averages two years after averaging 28 touches per game.

Though it’s possible for Johnson to increase his average from 23.3 to 30, it could come with a price.

Three running backs who averaged more than 28 touches per game were injured during the next season. Four were injured during the season after that — including Larry Johnson jersey and James.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer jersey jersey believes in trying to get Johnson 30 touches a game, but he’s also a realist.

“I think getting him 30 touches is the plan until he’s sore or he loses a little bit of flexibility or whatever it may be as things pop up during the season,” Palmer said. “Ideally that’s great. I think that’s the plan. If something changes, like it can in this game, and you have a hamstring or shoulder or the thing that comes up, the plan changes, but it’s a great plan to start with.”

And it could lead to the best offensive season in NFL history.

If Johnson’s 2016 numbers — 373 touches for 2,118 scrimmage yards, an average of 5.68 yards per touch — were prorated to reflect 30 touches per game, Johnson would’ve averaged 170.4 yards per game and totaled 2,726 scrimmage yards for the season. That would’ve passed the current single-season mark of 2,509 scrimmage yards, which teammate Chris Johnson jersey set in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans jersey.

LaDainian Tomlinson jersey jersey led the NFL in touches during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. AP Photo/Tony GutierrezBut just one player since 2001 has led the league in touches in back-to-back seasons: LaDainian Tomlinson jersey jersey. As Johnson revealed to ESPN, he talked to Tomlinson about repeating that type of workload during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and what Johnson learned could be the key to leading the league in touches again in 2017.

However, neither Johnson nor Arians are concerned about the long-term effects of averaging 30 carries per game.

“No, not at all,” Johnson said. “I’m focused on right now, getting better, helping out the team. If that comes with having 25, 30 carries, then so be it.”

Arians said there’s a significant difference between Johnson averaging 30 touches in 2017 and Wilder doing it 33 years ago. Wilder saw his production drop off in the two consecutive seasons after his record-setting pace in 1984. He averaged 26.1 touches in 1985 and 19.4 in 1986 while playing in just 12 games because of a chest injury.

“James Wilder ran the ball 30 times,” Arians said. “(There’s) a big difference in catching 10 passes than running the ball 30 times. If you’re going to run the ball 30 times, you’re not going to last long in this league. We all know that. But 20 runs, and not all up-the-middle type things, just getting his hands on the ball where he can create in space, those tackles, they don’t take much out of you.”

Johnson tailored his offseason workouts with the intent of preparing for a heavier workload, thanks in part to the conversation with Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, who led the NFL in touches in 2001, 2002 and 2007, told Johnson the key to his longevity and durability was stretching. Johnson responded by losing a few pounds and picking up yoga this offseason.

Johnson noticed late last season that his body wasn’t responding as well as it had earlier in the season. His legs felt heavier, like they were dragging, causing him not to run as fast.

He can already feel the difference this season.

“I feel like my body won’t fatigue so fast toward the end (of the season),” Johnson said. “I feel like my muscle will be able to last a little longer where I’m able to feel more energized, feel more flexibility to do stuff.”

But what about after this season? What kind of toll can 30 touches a game — if he gets there — take on him, regardless of how well he’s conditioned?

Even if Johnson doesn’t average 30 touches a game but leads the NFL in touches, he’ll still be giving his body a beating every week.

A year after Adrian Peterson jersey jersey led the NFL in touches in 2015, averaging 22.3 per game, he suffered a lateral meniscus injury and went on IR. In 2013, after Arian Foster jersey jersey led the NFL in touches, he had back surgery and was placed on IR. Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a left foot injury in 2012, the year after he led the NFL in touches. And Larry Johnson jersey had a foot injury in 2007, the season after he averaged 28.5 touches per game.

Were their injuries related to their previous season’s workload? It’s tough to tell. But there’s a difference between these backs and Johnson, who will be wholesale jersey used as a receiver more, limiting the number of between-the-tackle hits he receives.

Of the four running backs who played in all 16 games the season after they led the league in touches — LeSean McCoy jersey jersey in 2014, Chris Johnson jersey in 2010, Peterson in 2009 and Tomlinson in 2008 — none topped their totals from the league-leading year.

But they all came close, which could be the path Johnson takes in 2018.

McCoy had 340 touches in 2014, just 26 fewer than the season before. Johnson led the NFL with 408 touches in 2009 and had 360 in 2010. Peterson dropped from 384 in 2008 to 357 in 2009. Tomlinson finished 2008 with 344, 31 fewer than the previous season.

Johnson has proven he can produce when the ball is in his hands. Reaching Arians’ goal of 30 touches per game or even just leading the NFL in touches will be a matter of whether he can stay healthy.

“That’s going to be a lot of offense,” Arians said. “When he has his hand on the ball, either as a wide receiver, coming out of the backfield, in the slot and running, that’s a lot of potential offense for us.”