The Brandon Aiyuk hype among 49ers fans has grown exponentially ever since he was drafted 25th overall in April.
The sixth receiver to come off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Aiyuk is expected to make an immediate impact with his elite breakaway speed, which he showcased numerous times during his two seasons at Arizona State.
But based on the just-released Madden 21 ratings, Aiyuk isn't even among the fastest wide receivers in his rookie class. In fact, he's just the sixth-best rookie wideout according to the video game's new ratings, checking in at 72 overall.
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The rookie receivers' overall ratings were almost identical to their draft positions, with the Denver Broncos' Jerry Jeudy and the Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb swapping places being the only alteration.
When it comes to speed, however, Aiyuk checks in as the 10th-fastest rookie wide receiver, behind a handful of players drafted well behind him.
Brandon Aiyuk is pretty far down among the fastest rookie WRs in Madden 21 pic.twitter.com/lTUeWsAAG1— Alex Didion (@alexdidion_) July 10, 2020
Aiyuk's 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine wasn't exactly elite (4.54 seconds), but during his senior season, he was tracked with a top in-game speed of 21.97 mph -- a mark bested by just three NFL players in 2019.
Game speed is different than track speed, and Aiyuk brings game speed in spades every time he takes the field.
Guessing those ratings might be adjusted once Aiyuk actually sees some on-field action in a 49ers uniform.