It’s July which means we’re right around the corner from the latest installment in the Madden franchise.
Ratings for the 2019 iteration of the game dropped on Tuesday, and they’re interesting to look at. While this is ultimately just a video game, there is an entire company of people who work diligently to have it mirror the reality of the National Football League.
We are constantly trying to rank and evaluate different things in the NFL, so how good of a job did Madden do of it? Here are their top 20 Dallas Cowboys, in order:
- Travis Frederick
- Sean Lee
- Zack Martin
- Tyron Smith
- Ezekiel Elliott
- DeMarcus Lawrence
- Chris Jones
- David Irving
- Dak Prescott
- Chidobe Awuzie
- Cole Beasley
- Allen Hurns
- Tavon Austin
- Dan Bailey
- Tyrone Crawford
- Byron Jones
- Kony Ealy
- Jourdan Lewis
- Terrance Williams
- Taco Charlton
Would this be your top 20 ranking of the Cowboys?
Is there any way, with any respect to any particular subject, that you would rank the Cowboys players in this order? It’s hard to imagine that the answer is yes.
Looking at the top of the list, you can certainly make the argument that Travis Frederick is the best player on the team (in terms of evaluating how good they are at their specific craft). Perhaps you’d take Tyron Smith or Zack Martin over him, but the point is it stands to reason.
People will laugh at Chris Jones being so high, but the reality is he’s absolutely in the top 10 Cowboys at their respective positions. Dan Bailey is astonishingly low coming in at 14th, there’s no way that he’s the 14th-best Cowboys player even if he is coming off of a bad end to last season.
It’s kind of nice to see Taco Charlton creep into the top 20, Leighton Vander Esch is right behind him, but Jaylon Smith is the 29th-ranked Cowboy. The highest-rated tight end on the team is Geoff Swaim at 32nd, and honestly that feels about right considering that position group.
Madden has select attributes that players have ratings on besides their overall rating. Here are the top five for the Cowboys in each respective category:
- Awareness: Travis Frederick, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin
- Speed: Anthony Brown, Tavon Austin, K.D. Cannon, Ezekiel Elliott, Darius Jackson
- Acceleration: Tavon Austin, Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Deonte Thompson, Anthony Brown
- Agility: Byron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Tavon Austin, Cole Beasley, Jourdan Lewis
- Strength: Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Richard Ash
Madden tends to favor speed more than anything in terms of its overall rankings, so the slower guys that may be better football players are inhibited by this. It’s interesting to look at how people that do this for a living perceive the Cowboys to see how close and far away it feels to the actual team.
What do you think, BTB? Did they rank the Cowboys in any way that you approve?