As the release date for EA Sports “Madden 2012” draws near (August 30th), player rating numbers are being floated around the blogosphere. For Redskins fans, commence the gnashing of teeth.
According to a post by author “EA Sports” on the official Madden 12 blog entitled “Madden NFL 12 Rookie Ratings: Top Wide Receivers,” Leonard Hankerson ranks eighth among rookie receivers and a 67 overall.
Ouch. For comparison’s sake, AJ Green of the Bengals was listed as an 80 overall, and Atlanta’s Julio Jones is a 78 overall. Is Hankerson really only 84 percent the player that Green is? Redskins and Miami University fans took to their keyboards in protest. Said one fan:
Another broke down the differential between Hankerson and Jones:
For old-school Madden fans, a 67 rating isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be. In the mid-2000s versions of the game, a 99 overall ranking was much more common, and average players typically ranked in the upper-70’s and 80’s. A 67 rating back then was bordering on sheer incompetence. Considering that EA Sports has deflated rating numbers across the board since Madden 10, Hankerson shouldn’t feel too offended.
Hankerson has a good approach and a track record of success. Ratings are based on some combination of previous and predicted performance, but how does a game project a player that’s never taken a pro snap? Hankerson proved his doubters wrong in college, flying up the depth chart to join an elite class of wide receiver alums from “The U.”
With such low expectations, Hankerson is almost guaranteed to exceed his rating in his rookie campaign. With undeniable tools and a little extra motivation, there’s no telling how good actual–and virtual–Hankerson can become.
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