Which team got the rookies it needed to be improve in Madden NFL 25? Many teams were just one or two skill positions away from really making themselves contenders. Last year a team like the Giants went with skill selections early, but never really got the boost. Other teams like SF waited to grab a skill player (LaMichael James), who ended up being a huge focus of their offense. Take a look at the power rankings for Madden NFL 13 and see just how many spots teams jumped up!
Winners: St. Louis Rams — The Rams were one of the lowest-rated teams last season. Their HB, Steven Jackson, was solid but not elite. QB Sam Bradford had very little help on the outside and suffered when reliable slot WR Danny Amendola was injured. Amendola and Jackson left, and the Rams had huge gaps at their skill positions. They were able to fill them and really move up the rankings for Madden NFL 25. They selected Tavon Austin, who is a Harvin/Cobb-type weapon. SGibs is projecting Tavon Austin to have a solid rookie rating for Madden NFL 25. Austin helps, but the Rams also got Stedman Bailey to work the outside. They got great value at LB with Alec Ogletree, and their safety selection, T.J. McDonald, should bring some decent hit power to the defense. The Rams are no longer the worst team in Madden NFL.
Green Bay Packers — The Packers have been a top three Madden team for years due to QB Aaron Rodgers, who just signed a new deal over the weekend. That move alone keeps them relevant; however, their commitment to draft a running back is what grabbed our attention. RB Eddie Lacey and his “99 Spin Move” will be coming to GB. While I don’t think he is enough to bump them up, they also drafted UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin, who fits more into a third-down-back role. This is where they were lacking, and picking up two potential fits that make them more balanced will be huge for the Packers in Madden NFL 25.
Cincinnati Bengals — The Bengals drafted Tyler Eifert, who is projected to have a nice Madden NFL 25 rating. Eifert has great size and will really stress opposing linebackers when he lines up with TE Jermaine Gresham. The Bengals are a slower, more methodical offense, and he will fit nicely into their scheme. They also picked up RB Gio Bernard, who should have elite agility and solid speed. This will give them a nice change of pace from “Law Firm,” who is a between-the-tackles runner.
Buffalo Bills — I have a soft spot for QB E.J. Manuel, who is a great physical talent and also a very good Madden player. I love seeing raw talent being selected, and the Bills desperately needed some. They have great talent at the HB position but really needed some explosiveness at WR. They did just that in the draft with WR Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin ran a blazing 4.27 time at the combine and should have the best Speed rating in the rookie class! He is a weapon to utilize with Manuel and gives the Bills great team speed along with C.J. Spiller! Woods is a solid all-around player and should be able to move up the depth chart quickly.
Who do you think improved the most via the NFL Draft? Leave it in the comments with your favorite selection!