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Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game


Madden NFL 20 player ratings: How each 49ers rookie ranks in video game

After winning the 40 Yards of Gold title on Saturday, which featured some of the fastest players in the NFL, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin decided his video game likeness didn't measure up to his real-life self.

Specifically, Goodwin thought his Madden NFL 20 rating should be higher.

Well, when you win $1 million for outracing the other fastest players in the league, people take notice.

As a result of his performance in the 40 Yards of Gold competition, Goodwin saw his speed rating increased to 98 (out of 99) and acceleration rating increased to 97.

As for the agility and jump ratings, perhaps Goodwin will see those improve if he qualifies for the 2020 Summer Olympics, as he has made clear is his goal.

Speaking of Madden NFL 20 ratings, the 49ers' rookie class recently received theirs. Much like Goodwin, you can be sure they all feel shortchanged in some way.

Oh well. It's just a game -- well, depending on who you ask.

As you can see, the overall ratings of the 49ers' rookies go in the same order in which they were picked. Nick Bosa, whom San Francisco selected with the No. 2 overall selection, leads the pack with an overall rating of 78. That's the third-best rating among all NFL rookies, behind the Jets' Quinnen Williams (80) and Buffalo's Ed Oliver (79).

Assuming he stays healthy, Bosa is widely expected to contend for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and if he does, that rating will skyrocket in a hurry.

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Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd -- San Francisco's second and third round picks, respectively -- were given overall ratings of 71 and 68, which should provide for some good-natured trash-talking between the two rookie wide receivers.

But if any 49ers' rookie has a right to complain, it's San Francisco's fifth-round selection Dre Greenlaw. Either that or they grow super fast punters in Australia.

Greenlaw, listed as a middle linebacker, was given a speed rating of 83. San Francisco's fourth-round selection -- punter Mitch Wishnowsky -- was given a speed rating of 84.

Don't be surprised if Greenlaw and Wishnowsky are forced to go head-to-head in a 49ers' edition of 40 Yards of Gold come training camp.

49ers' George Kittle rated as top tight end in NFL, per Sporting News

49ers' George Kittle rated as top tight end in NFL, per Sporting News

Who is the best tight end in the NFL?

Well, believe it or not, 49ers GM John Lynch isn't 100 percent confident saying George Kittle deserves that title.

Nevertheless, Sporting News declared the 25-year-old is the best guy in the league at the position -- and there is plenty to back up that statement.

Last season, the Iowa product set the 49ers franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,377. He also averaged 15.6 yards per catch, which Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer dubbed as "ridiculous." And he's not wrong. 

Kittle should benefit even more from a full season with Jimmy Garoppolo, who also will have new pass-catching weapons Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd and Jordan Matthews at his disposal. 

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Kittle finished his 2018 campaign with 88 receptions, five touchdowns, and well, you know the yardage.

Kaden Smith ready to learn from, and eventually compete with George Kittle

Kaden Smith ready to learn from, and eventually compete with George Kittle

Kaden Smith’s stock as a draft prospect dropped at the NFL Scouting Combine when he ran the second-slowest 40 time among all tight ends.

The 49ers ended his fall on the third day of the NFL draft when they selected Smith with the first of their three sixth-round draft picks.

Shortly thereafter, 49ers tight end George Kittle, who set the NFL single-season record for tight ends last season with 1,377 receiving yards, reached out to welcome Smith to the organization.

“Right after I got drafted, he texted me: ‘Good luck. He’s happy I’m on the team,’” Smith said of Kittle. “He’s pumped up.”

Smith is plenty excited, too.

Smith played college football just up the road at Stanford. After having contact with the 49ers just once during the pre-draft process and not attending the team’s local pro day in Santa Clara, the 49ers came out of nowhere to select him with the No. 176 overall pick.

The 49ers were determined to add depth behind Kittle, and Smith ended up being the guy they tabbed to give coach Kyle Shanahan more options for two-tight end formations.

“I saw what he did last year, and I’m really excited to come in and learn under him, eventually fight for his spot,” Smith said of Kittle. “I’m not really sure what my role is, yet. I’m just going to go play football, enjoy it, have fun and keep learning.”

Smith (6-foot-5, 248 pounds) declared for the draft after a two-year career at Stanford in which he caught 70 passes for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed the final three games of last season with a foot injury and ran a disappointing time of 4.92 in the 40-yard dash.

“I ran at the combine and ended up not running at pro day,” Smith said. “I was just ready to get back to football and figured a team would draft me, based on my skills and I was ready to go.”

Shanahan said Smith’s speed – or lack thereof – is not much of a concern for him. General manager John Lynch, who played his college football at Stanford, watched Smith routinely come up with big catches as part of Stanford's NFL-style offense.

“When your speed isn't great, I'm not going to send him on a bunch of speed routes,” Shanahan said. “But there’s a lot of good tight ends who run around there. Some guys who got drafted early aren't that much faster than him. Speed's not the issue depending on how you want to use him. He's effective in the pass game and we think he could be a good blocker for us, too.”

Said Smith, “I get open. At Stanford through nine games, I had 47 catches, so separation isn’t really a problem for me. And blocking, too. Understanding staying low and going against some bigger guys and doing well against them.”

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Seven-year veteran Garrett Celek was the 49ers’ top backup tight end last season. But his production dropped, as he caught just five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games.

Ross Dwelley, who appeared in 11 games last season as an undrafted rookie, and Tyree Mayfield, an undrafted rookie from Wyoming, are the only other tight ends on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.