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Saquon Barkley leads the way in rookie skill-position Madden 19 ratings

Saquon Barkley

FILE - In this Monday, June 4, 2018, file photo, New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley warms-up during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Speed, power, quickness, smarts, good hands. The Penn State product and No. 2 pick overall in the draft has it all. What he needs is knowledge. He has to learn a new playbook for coach Pat Shurmur and then pick up all the little adjustments that turn a college star into one of the NFL’s elite. And it has to be done in roughly four months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


Rookies typically enter the league with relatively low Madden ratings. Of this year’s class, the second overall pick leads the way.

Via, Giants running back Saquon Barkley received an 82 in the game, the highest rating for any first year player. (But check the update below.) Next comes Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, both of whom have an 81.

Three defensive players registered an 80, including Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb.

The second-highest rookie quarterback rating went to the last player taken in round one, with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson at 79. Following him are Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (78), Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (75), and Bills quarterback Josh Allen (74).

Ratings change throughout the year, with numbers going up and down based on actual performance. Then there’s the Ultimate Team format, that typically has multiple versions of the same player with different ratings, culminating in a rash of 99s that become available in the slower months of May, June, and July.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. ET: Apparently, overlooked Colts guard Quenton Nelson, who received an 83 rating. So Barkley has the highest rating of any skill position player.