With training camp on the horizon, EA Sports released their rookie rankings for the latest Madden game, and the Oakland Raiders rookies got some love.
The Oakland Raiders held three first round picks, and with those selections, they brought in talented players who could fight for starting jobs in Year one. On Monday, EA Sports released the Madden rankings for all the rookies in the NFL, and we take a look at how they rated the newest members of the Silver and Black.
Two first round draft picks were the highest-rated Raiders rookies, as both Clelin Ferrell and Josh Jacobs came in at a rating of 74. The 74 rating made Jacobs the highest-rated rookie running back in the game, while Ferrell is the third-highest defensive end, coming in just behind San Francisco’s Nick Bosa, and Jacksonville’s Josh Allen.
One big surprise was how high the game decided to rank Hunter Renfrow, who was a fourth round pick of the Raiders, and got a rating of 70. Renfrow was the third-highest rated Raiders rookie in game, leapfrogging Johnathan Abram and Trayvon Mullen, who were both selected before him in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Renfrow is expected to make a major impact as a rookie, playing in the slot, and has demonstrated that he has some of the softest hands of any player coming into the league this Fall.
Mullen and Abram both received a rating of 69, as did tight end Foster Moreau from LSU. Maxx Crosby and Isaiah Johnson came in at a 67 rating, while the Raiders seventh-round selection, Quinton Bell got a 61, and he took to Twitter to talk about it.
Of course, none of this matters in the grand scheme of things, but it was interesting to see how the people at EA Sports viewed this Raiders rookie class. There are definitely some impact players on the roster this season, and it is possible that all nine draft picks play some kind of role for the 2019 Raiders.
New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was rated the highest rookie in the game, getting an 80, which makes sense considering how talented a player he is. The highest-rated offensive rookies were Baltimore wideout Marquise Brown, and Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson, who finished behind Ed Oliver, Bosa, and Allen with a ranking of 77.