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Madden 15: Top Player Ratings by Position and Release Date

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Steven CookContributor IIIAugust 18, 2014

We're just days away from the release of Madden NFL 15 in North America on August 25, and EA Sports has released all of the player ratings to whet the palettes of Madden enthusiasts who can't wait for the release.

Most rookies have some work to do to improve their rating before next year's edition, and many of the household names lead their positions with near-perfect ratings. With that said, more than a few emerging stars have been recognized for dominating the gridiron in recent seasons.

Here's a look at all of the top players in each position, per the Madden 15 player ratings. 

Madden 15 Top Player Ratings
Top Quarterbacks Team Rating
Peyton Manning, DENDenver Broncos 98
Aaron Rodgers, GBGreen Bay Packers 98
Drew Brees, NONew Orleans Saints 96
Russell Wilson, SEASeattle Seahawks 93
Top Fullbacks Team Rating
John Kuhn, GBGreen Bay Packers 93
Mike Tolbert, CARCarolina Panthers 92
Marcel Reece, OAKOakland Raiders 92
Anthony Sherman, KCKansas City Chiefs 90
Top Running Backs Team Rating
Adrian Peterson, MINMinnesota Vikings 98
LeSean McCoy, PHIPhiladelphia Eagles 97
Jamaal Charles, KCKansas City Chiefs 97
Matt Forte, CHIChicago Bears 95
Top Tight Ends Team Rating
Jimmy Graham, NONew Orleans Saints 97
Rob Gronkowski, NENew England Patriots 96
Vernon Davis, SFSan Francisco 49ers 94
Jason Witten, DALDallas Cowboys 93
Top Wide Receivers Team Rating
Calvin Johnson, DETDetroit Lions 99
Brandon Marshall, CHIChicago Bears 96
Andre Johnson, HOUHouston Texans 95
A.J. Green, CINCincinnati Bengals 95
Top Offensive LinemenTeam Rating
Joe Thomas, CLECleveland Browns 98
Evan Mathis, PHIPhiladelphia Eagles 97
Josh Sitton, GBGreen Bay Packers 97
Trent Williams, WASSan Francisco 49ers 95
Top Defensive Ends Team Rating
J.J. Watt, HOUHouston Texans 99
Robert Quinn, STLSt. Louis Rams 97
Cameron Wake, MIAMiami Dolphins 96
Calais Campbell, ARIArizona Cardinals 96
Top Defensive Tackles Team Rating
Ndamukong Suh, DETDetroit Lions 97
Geno Atkins, CINCincinnati Bengals 96
Gerald McCoy, TBTampa Bay Buccaneers 95
Kyle Williams, BUFBuffalo Bills 95
Top Middle Linebackers Team Rating
Patrick Willis, SFSan Francisco 49ers 96
NaVorro Bowman, SFSan Francisco 49ers 96
Luke Kuechly, CARCarolina Panthers 94
Derrick Johnson, KCKansas City Chiefs 91
Top Outside Linebackers Team Rating
Von Miller, DENDenver Broncos 96
Aldon Smith, SFSan Francisco 49ers 96
Justin Houston, KCKansas City Chiefs 93
Lavonte David, TBTampa Bay Buccaneers 93
Top Cornerbacks Team Rating
Richard Sherman, SEASeattle Seahawks 99
Darrelle Revis, NENew England Patriots 97
Joe Haden, CLECleveland Browns 95
Patrick Peterson, ARIArizona Cardinals 93
Top Free Safeties Team Rating
Jairus Byrd, NONew Orleans Saints 96
Earl Thomas, SEASeattle Seahawks 95
Devin McCourty, NENew England Patriots 94
Eric Weddle, SDSan Diego Chargers 94
Top Strong Safeties Team Rating
Kam Chancellor, SEASeattle Seahawks 93
Troy Polamalu, PITPittsburgh Steelers 93
T.J. Ward, DENDenver Broncos 91
Eric Berry, KCKansas City Chiefs 90
Top Kickers and Punters Team Rating
Brandon Fields, MIAMiami Dolphins 96
Matt Prater, DENDenver Broncos 95
Andy Lee, SFSan Francisco 49ers 95
Robbie Gould, CHIChicago Bears 93
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Note: All Madden 15 player ratings courtesy of EASports.com

 

Top Player Ratings

NaVorro Bowman, MLB, 49ers: 96

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Before his unfortunate injury in last year's NFC title game, NaVorro Bowman was taking the league by storm. 

The 26-year-old entered the 2013 postseason coming off three first-team All-Pro seasons, the last two of which earned him Pro Bowl appearances. After recording 10 tackles and a forced fumble against Green Bay in the playoffs, he followed up with 11 tackles and a sack against Carolina the week after. 

Of course, Bowman went on to tear his ACL and MCL against the Seahawks—an injury that is expected to keep him out half of the upcoming season, per Washington Post's Mark Maske. But before it happened, he was making a strong case as the NFL's best middle linebacker.

A healthy Bowman in Madden should prove to be unstoppable. With their full-strength attack, the 49ers will boast Aldon Smith, Bowman and Willis to overload offensive lines and wreak havoc on quarterbacks. 

It's only fitting that he's rated neck-and-neck with Willis, who he's outplayed much of the last few seasons, as the top middle linebacker. 

 

Kam Chancellor, SS, Seahawks: 93

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Is anyone surprised that the "Legion of Boom" boasts the top cornerback, second-best free safety and top strong safety in Madden this year?

Chancellor takes the honors of being the game's highest-rated strong safety, tied with Troy Polamalu at 93 overall. As arguably the league's hardest-hitting safety, the 26-year-old earned a 97 hit power rating.

Richard Sherman is the man in the Seahawks' secondary with a 99 overall rating as the team's lockdown corner, but Chancellor is actually better suited for picks and hits in Madden. Deep balls are of the norm, and safeties are given many more chances to make plays on the ball than the cornerbacks

No news yet on his quarterback rating, but don't be surprised if EA Sports gives Chancellor's throwing accuracy a boost after this from NFL on ESPN:

Add Chancellor's potential for picks and the ability to jar footballs loose with big hits, and he becomes one of the more entertaining defensive players to control in Madden. 

 

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: 98

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The former Madden poster boy has still got it. Even after all this time, there's no more entertaining player to hit the sticks with than All Day.

Adrian Peterson has long made the otherwise hapless Vikings a popular Madden team with his near-perfect running stats. He tops the running back charts once again with a 98 overall rating, but also has 97 speed, 97 agility and has the highest strength among running backs. 

Here are his top stats, per EA Sports Madden NFL:

You can take it anywhere from off-tackle to out wide to up the gut with AP, and it will probably yield positive results. His speed can burn nearly any defender on the outside, but the ability to break tackles and stay on his feet allows him to be effective up the middle. 

Plus, with Teddy Bridgewater now in town and Cordarrelle Patterson having broken out, the Vikings now have some weapons in the passing game to supplement AP's rushing—at least in the game. 

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