Tuesday July 21st, 2015

The NFL's top rookies, including Tennessee's Marcus Mariota and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston, were filmed by EA Sports guessing, and then reacting to, their player ratings in the upcoming version of Madden NFL.

Their reactions ranged from rational positivity (see: St. Louis RB Todd Gurley), to elation (see: Carolina WR Devin Funchess), to crumple-up-this-sheet-of-paper disappointment (see: Cleveland RB Duke Johnson). 

EA has only revealed the in-game ratings of the 10 rookies with the highest ratings so far. But that won't stop us from breaking down the athletes' perception of themselves versus the Madden-determined reality of their digital abilities. To the chart!

Name, Position, Team  Prediction      Actual     Difference
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay “84 or 82” 81 “3 or 1”
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee 80 78 2
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland 86 82 4
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego 82 78 4
Kevin White, WR, Chicago 85 78 7
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis 85 80 5

Of the top 10 picks of the 2015 NFL draft, only the New York Giants' No. 9 draft selection, OT Ereck Flowers, does not have a Top 10 rating. 

Cooper, the 2015 NFL draft's No. 4 pick, has the highest rating of any NFL rookie, at 82. ​

And let's give a shout out to Tevin Coleman, the Atlanta RB drafted in the third round of this year's draft, for boldly predicting his personal rating to be a 92. It is at least 16 points lower than that, although it's probably lower, and with the drawn-out reveal we might not know for a while. 

The 17th iteration of the popular video game franchise is set to be released on Aug. 26.

- Will Green

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