The release of Madden 20 is less than a month away and every year it’s always a treat to see what the developers at EA thought of a team’s draft class. Throughout previous years the Dallas Cowboys have boasted some of the best rookie ratings with players such as Ezekiel Elliot (80), Leighton Vander Esch (77), Taco Charlton (78), La’el Collins (78) and Jaylon Smith (76) all landing towards the top of their position groups in their respective draft classes.
This year, EA introduced a new, more spread out ratings based system, that has only one rookie in the 2019 draft class sneaking their way into the 80-overall club (DT Quinnen William, 80). Here are the madden 20 launch ratings for the Dallas Cowboys.
DT Trysten Hill, RD 2 – PK 58, (72)
Hill comes in as the sixth-highest defensive tackle overall and the Cowboy’s number one rated rookie at a 72. His 67 awareness is third-highest of the Cowboys rookies, but where he will contribute the most is with his 86 strength, 83 acceleration, 81 tackling and 81 hit power. Not too many attributes jump off the board for Hill, but he can be a solid piece to play with if developed.
HB Tony Pollard, RD 4 – PK 128, (68)
If you’re someone who’s been hoping for the day the Cowboys add speed then you’ll enjoy Pollard. Though only a 68, Pollard will be the fastest drafted rookie running back on launch with 93 speed. Sitting as the 10th best rookie runner overall, there isn’t much separation from him and the top dog Josh Jacobs as he is only 74 overall himself. Pollard seems to come in with nice opening attributes as his 94 acceleration, 85 carrying and 82 juke move compliments nicely with his speedy style of play.
CB Michael Jackson Sr., RD 5 – PK 158, (66)
Jackson comes in as a 66 overall for the Cowboys. Posting a height of 6’1 with 90 speed, 85 agility and 91 jumping shows why Kris Richard saw him as his “prototype cornerbacks.” However, though Jackson does possess the athletic traits to one day be a solid contributor, his sub-70 overall ratings in both man and zone coverage along with his 63 awareness means this is not someone you want to stick out on an island by themselves. He probably won’t see any burn upon launch for Cowboys users.
RE Joe Jackson, RD 5 – PK 165, (64)
Keeping it in the Jackson family, not really, comes Miami defensive end Joe Jackson who sits at a 64. At 6’4 275, Jackson has the build of a prototypical NFL defensive end, but his madden ratings will surely place him on the back burner for now. 81 hit power, 81 strength, 77 speed and 80 acceleration gives him the bare physical tools to eventually work with. But boasting 61 awareness, 70 block shed and sub-70 rated pass rushing moves he won’t be someone relied upon to consistently beat offensive tackles.
OG Connor McGovern, RD 3 – PK 90, (64)
With all the hype surrounding how McGovern could have second-round talent the people at EA sure didn’t buy into it. McGovern comes in as a 64, which is good for the sixth-best rookie guard. 66 pass block and 69 run block would insure you would need to have a backup quarterback ready to go in years past, but with madden proclaiming the ratings have been drastically shifted it will be intriguing to see how he stacks up against the other Cowboy offensive linemen. His 88 strength does make him one of the strongest rookies overall entering this season, so at least he comes in with the ability to push people off the ball.
Remaining rated Dallas Cowboys Rookies:
HB Mike Weber, (64 OVR)
DT Daniel Wise, (62 OVR)
LE Jalen Jelks, (61 OVR)
SS Donovan Wilson, (60 OVR)
RT Brandon Knight, (53 OVR)
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