It's a new year which means that a new Madden NFL video game is almost upon us. Madden 20 will be releasing on August 2nd, 2019 and will feature all of the new rookies who were drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agents in the days and weeks that followed. Many of these young guys are facing high expectations due to where and when they were drafted. Some of these picks will be busts, while others will eventually earn gold jackets and Pro Bowl selections. Let's take a look at 10 rookie ratings in Madden 20 that will explode by the end of the 2019 NFL season.
10 Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs is coming in with the weight of heavy expectations. He was taken with one of the picks the Oakland Raiders acquired during their trades with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys for Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper respectively. Oakland is looking for Jacobs to replace Marshawn Lynch as well as showcasing that the Raiders made the right decision trading two of their young star players. It's unclear how Jacobs will fit into Jon Gruden's system, but his college tape shows that his pure talent may make that worry irrelevant.
9 Noah Fant
When it comes to the tight end position there are very few teams who have the consistent and storied success that the Denver Broncos do. On top of the organization's successes, they now have a starting quarterback who has a tendency to look for his tight end more often than his wide receivers or running backs.
Noah Fant will look to build a bond with Joe Flacco and earn his trust throughout training camp. Noah Fant is super athletic and has the type of skill set that can make him a real threat in the red zone. Don't be surprised if Fant and Flacco connect all season long.
8 Jaylon Ferguson
Jaylon Ferguson was an under-the-radar talent who burst onto the scene as a possible 1st round draft pick as the 2019 NFL Draft approached earlier this year. Ferguson was ultimately drafted in the 3rd round by the Baltimore Ravens. The drafting of an edge rusher was exactly what the Ravens needed to do with the departures of several defensive ends and linebackers including future Hall of Famer, Terrell Suggs. Ferguson will be a part of a pass rush focused defense that uses confusion and multiple fronts to spark advantages. Do the Ravens have a new great player in waiting?
7 Quinnen Williams
Often times the rookies that get drafted to a team where there is a strong veteran presence at a position relative to them find success early in their career. Quinnen Williams had the pleasure of being drafted to the New York Jets and will now play alongside stud defensive end Leonard Williams. The Jets also managed to add inside linebacker C.J. Mosley to a defense that already included star safety, Jamal Adams. Don't be surprised if Quinnen Williams produces at an alarming rate due to his proven veteran teammates receiving the bulk of the attention.
6 Hakeem Butler
This will likely be the rookie player who comes out of nowhere and bursts onto the scene in a major way. Hakeem Butler is a receiver who attended Iowa State alongside running back David Montgomery and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
The great thing for Butler, outside of being paired with a quarterback who was the #1 pick in the draft, is that he will be in a very wide-receiver-friendly system thanks in large part to 1st-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. If Butler and Kyler Murray form a bond, they could be the next unstoppable offensive duo in the NFL.
5 D.K. Metcalf
D.K. Metcalf was one of the biggest questions and risks in the 2019 NFL draft due to his injury flags and his apparent lack of ability to be a complete receiver when it comes to route running. The Seattle Seahawks took a chance and felt Metcalf was physically gifted and warranted a chance to make a splash in the NFL. Most recently the Seattle Seahawks gave their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, a big new contract. With salary cap space tight and the retirement of Doug Baldwin, it looks like Seattle is banking on the Wilson to Metcalf connection to produce many touchdowns in the year to come.
4 Kyler Murray
It's easy to go ahead and put the star rookie quarterback that was taken #1 overall as the player most likely to see a dramatic upgrade in their Madden overall. Kyler Murray, however, is in a unique situation due to both the team that's surrounding him, and the unfamiliar make-up of his physical size and play style. The Arizona Cardinals had one of the worst offensive lines in 2018 and with little to no turnover or additions, it seems like it may follow suit in 2019. Can Kyler Murray overcome the concerns with his stature as well as the team around him?
3 N'Keal Harry
Being drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round of the NFL is quite a feat considering they're an organization that usually trades back in drafts to acquire a collection of picks in later rounds and in future drafts.
N'Keal Harry managed to do the impossible and not only be drafted by New England in the 1st round, but he had them selecting a receiver. Despite his age, Tom Brady still has the tools to get the ball to open receivers. Pairing Brady with a big bodied reliable receiver like Harry will likely result in productive years for both the wily vet and upstart rookie.
2 Devin White
Coming out of LSU Devin White was considered by most to be the can't miss prospect of the draft. Not only does White possess the prototypical skillset for an inside linebacker in the NFL, but he also has world-class speed which gives him the ability to cover sideline-to-sideline. He was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that lacked talent at inside linebacker with the departure of Kwon Alexander. Devin White is looking to come into the locker room and lead a young upstart defense that saw several staple starters leave. Can he make the most of the opportunity?
1 David Montgomery
David Montgomery was drafted in the 3rd round by the Chicago Bears. He was selected by the organization for the sole purpose of replacing their previous starting running back Jordan Howard, as he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. As an every-down running back the hope was that he would fit in and thrive in Matt Nagy's offensive system that requires versatile backs that can run and catch out of various formations. Many analysts are predicting Montgomery to hit the ground running and put up massive numbers in Nagy's system during the 2019-20 NFL season.