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Madden NFL 15: Full ratings for 49ers players released

We discuss the ratings Donny Moore and the folks at EA Sports gave to San Francisco 49ers for this year's iteration of Madden NFL. ALSO WE RIOT

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I have a complicated relationship with the Madden NFL series. I'm generally always convinced that I'm ready to quit it given that the games aren't ... particularly great video games, thanks to EA's exclusive license with the NFL. Yet just a couple days ago, I ordered an Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle -- granted at the same price I was already going to pay for an Xbox One -- and I'll, obviously, play Madden before I play anything else.

The last post I wrote on ratings, I said that I wasn't too excited about the game -- and that's true -- but that I always love the pre-release ratings bonanza -- that's also true. On Wednesday, EA finally came out with the final divisions, which included the AFC and NFC West. This means we finally have the full ratings for the San Francisco 49ers, which means I get to do my yearly "this sucks and this sucks and this is OK I guess" look at them.

At the bottom of this post, I have the full overall ratings for the 49ers roster, and you can find the full ratings with all of the attributes at this document here. But let's take a look at some of the interesting stuff below ...

The Good

-There are 11 49ers players ranked 90 or better, three of whom are ranked 96 -- NaVorro BowmanPatrick Willisand Aldon Smith. But I'm concerned with the guy who comes in fourth on the team with a 95 overall rating .... punterAndy Lee! YEAH BUDDY! [Aside: They absolutely should put a punter on the cover of next year's game, you know, to honor Ray Guy]

-Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has a titanic catch rating of 96. That's four points higher than Anquan Boldin. Boldin is rated higher overall, though.

-Safety Antoine Bethea comes in with an 87 overall rating. There's not a ton of standout strong safeties in the NFL, and the good ones all hold higher-than-you-might-think ratings on the Madden games. I'm glad Bethea's sound play has him rated so highly.

-All of the 49ers' big newcomers seem to be rated well. Bethea comes in at 87, Stevie Johnson at 86, Brandon Lloyd at 78, etc.

-A quiet year for Ray McDonald and Bruce Miller haven't hurt hem much. Both players come in with an 87 rating.

The Bad

-To me, the 83 overall rating for Alex Boone sticks out like a sore thumb. I think Boone is an excellent player and he has shown, over the past two seasons, to be among the NFL's best at the guard position. Please -- for the love of all that is good and pure -- do not present a counter-argument in the form of a link to Pro Football Focus' ratings. Just don't.

-It's a little odd that Bowman's speed rating (83) is so much lower than Willis' speed rating of 90. This isn't horrible, but I can't imagine Donny Moore and the ratings guys going over tape and actually coming up with an argument for a seven-point differential in speed. If you don't know, speed is one of the most important ratings on Madden and seven points is a mighty swing.

-As usual, Madden thinks Michael Crabtree is the slowest receiver in the NFL. OK, not really, but his 88 rating in speed is laughable.

-Truthfully, I don't see how Mike Iupati is a 90 overall. I personally feel as though he and Boone should swap ratings, though I think an 85-87 is most appropriate for Iupati at the end of the day. I assume this statement is the one you guys are going to freak out about, right?

-We can talk about him impressing at training camp all day long, but a week before camp started, not a single person here thought Brandon Lloyd had anything to offer an NFL team anymore. A few practices doesn't change that. I still maintain that Lloyd will only make the roster in case of an injury, and think a 78 overall rating is mighty generous in Madden.

-A 79 rating for Chris Cook seems totally random as well. He's a fringe player one spot above Chris Culliver in the ratings. I suppose that's understandable for Culliver given his injuries and general lack of experience, though.

-I feel like safety Eric Reid is a little underrated. He comes in at 81 overall and his hit power is 93, which is respectable but lower than Willis and Bowman, which I think is off. Reid is probably the hardest hitter on the team, especially with Donte Whitner departing in free agency.


The Interesting

-I think amid the holdout and everything else, it's kind of easy to forget that tight end Vernon Davis is, you know, really good. I expected him to be in the 89-91 range, but he's fifth on the team, along with Joe Staley, with a 94 overall rating.

-While I think the toughness attribute is dubious and probably useless at the end of the day, it's worth noting that Boldin has the highest rating on the team in that attribute: a 99.

-Bowman is the best tackler on the team with a 99 rating, with Willis, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks all posting higher than 90 as well.

-Cornerbacks Darryl Morris, Dontae Johnson and Keith Reaser are all faster than running back LaMichael James. They're rated 94, 93 and 94 respectively, with James coming in at 92, tied with Bruce Ellington.

-I expected Justin Smith to take a bigger hit in rating than he did. He started last season around a 97 rating, and plummeted when injured (an idiotic trend with these games). I was expecting them to drop him to around 89, but he comes in at 92 overall.

-Tramaine Brock comes in at just 82 overall. I'm not going to list this under "the bad" because I think I might be biased (you tell me), but I was under the impression that Brock had more than a half season of top-level play last year. He's got a lot more to prove, granted, but I was expecting something in the 86 range.

-The weak point on the team: center. Daniel Kilgore ranks 75 overall, while rookie Marcus Martin comes in at 71.

-I feel like there's a lot of players ranked in the low eighties and high seventies that should be ranked in the mid-eighties, and a lot of players ranked in the mid-seventies that should probably be ranked in the sixties.

NaVorro Bowman MLB 53 96
Aldon Smith ROLB 99 96
Patrick Willis MLB 52 96
Andy Lee P 4 95
Vernon Davis TE 85 94
Joe Staley LT 74 94
Justin Smith RE 94 92
Anquan Boldin WR 81 90
Phil Dawson K 9 90
Frank Gore HB 21 90
Mike Iupati LG 77 90
Michael Crabtree WR 15 89
Colin Kaepernick QB 7 89
Anthony Davis RT 76 88
Antoine Bethea SS 24 87
Ray McDonald LE 91 87
Bruce Miller FB 49 87
Stevie Johnson WR 13 86
Ahmad Brooks LOLB 55 84
Alex Boone RG 75 83
Tramaine Brock CB 26 82
Eric Reid FS 35 81
Chris Cook CB 22 79
Glenn Dorsey DT 90 79
Chris Culliver CB 29 78
Kendall Hunter HB 32 78
Brandon Lloyd WR 84 78
Daniel Kilgore C 67 75
Dan Skuta ROLB 51 75
Craig Dahl SS 43 74
Carlos Hyde HB 28 74
Tony Jerod-Eddie LE 63 74
Adam Snyder RG 68 74
Jimmie Ward SS 25 74
Ian Williams DT 93 74
Chris Borland MLB 50 73
Tank Carradine RE 95 73
Brandon Thomas LG 60 73
Blaine Gabbert QB 2 72
Quinton Patton WR 11 72
C.J. Spillman FS 27 72
Perrish Cox CB 20 71
Josh Johnson QB 8 71
Corey Lemonier LOLB 96 71
Marcus Martin C 66 71
Vance McDonald TE 89 71
Al Netter RT 65 71
Marcus Lattimore HB 38 70
Jonathan Martin LT 71 70
Bubba Ventrone SS 41 70
Michael Wilhoite MLB 57 70
Jonathan Baldwin WR 82 69
Bruce Ellington WR 3 69
LaMichael James HB 23 69
Dontae Johnson FS 36 69
Ryan Seymour RG 62 69
Garrett Celek TE 88 68
Will Tukuafu FB 48 68
Darryl Morris CB 40 67
Kassim Osgood WR 14 67
Keith Reaser CB 31 66
Derek Carrier TE 46 65
Jewel Hampton HB 33 65
Joe Looney LG 78 65
Trey Millard FB 42 65
Kenneth Acker CB 37 64
McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB 5 64
Quinton Dial DT 92 64
Demarcus Dobbs RE 83 64
Kaleb Ramsey LE 97 64
Aaron Lynch LOLB 59 61
Nick Moody MLB 54 61
Kevin McDermott TE 47 57