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Clowney tops Manziel, Bortles in Madden 15; Russell Wilson ties Tom Brady in QB rankings
We know who's on the cover. Now we know how good the rest are. (Well, some of them anyway.)
Every year, EA Sports slowly drips out its player rankings for its next Madden video game, and 2014 is no different. The company has already revealed its top rookies for Madden 15 – which will be released on August 26, 2014 – as well as its top quarterbacks.
(View EA Sports's video for its top rookies above.)
Clowney top rookie; Bortles beats Manziel
No surprise, No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney (Houston Texans) is the game's top rookie, ranked first ahead of No. 3 Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders) and No. 2 Greg Robinson (St. Louis Rams).
Clowney also has a 95 hit power, according to some deeper research by The Big Lead.
Blake Bortles was the first quarterback taken in this year's NFL Draft – No. 3 by the Jacksonville Jaguars – and he's the best rookie quarterback in the digital world, too, finishing 10th overall with an overall 78 and throwing power of 92, and throw accuracy of 86.
2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel wasn't ranked in the Top 10 and wasn't ranked in EA Sports's rookie preview. However, the Cleveland Browns' new quarterback does have the NFL's highest-selling jersey so far this summer, with his No. 2 coming in ahead of Seattle slinger Russell Wilson.
Other rookies of note include Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans at #12 overall (with a 78 rating), Green Bay safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at #8 overall (with a 79 rating), and Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins at #4 overall (with an 80 rating).
Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson tied with Tom Brady
Winning a Super Bowl in your second year as a starter will vault you up a lot of lists.
In Madden 15, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shot up to fourth overall, tying New England Patriots pivot Tom Brady – he of three career Super Bowl victories – behind Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning.
Brees is alone in third with a 96 overall ranking, and Rodgers and Manning are tied atop the heap with a 98 overall.
Here's some decent insight from CBS Sports writer Will Brinson:
"The best part about this rating? It's going to make EVERYONE mad. 49ers fans will be mad because Russell is this high, Patriots fans will be mad because Brady is this low and Seahawks fans will be mad because everyone is mad at them! It's ingenious really."
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