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Madden 15 rankings released with some Ravens hits and misses

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Here's a look at the Ravens player rankings for this year's installment of the Madden video game franchise.

Leon Halip

With another NFL season on the horizon, it's also time for another Madden franchise video game.

This year's Madden 15 should once again be entertaining for those that like to play the virtual football game.

With the release date coming soon on Aug. 26, EA Sports has released each team's ranking per player. The Ravens have 69 players on the game's current roster, and here's their overall ranking:

Name Position Overall
Justin Tucker K 93
Haloti Ngata DT 92
Marshal Yanda RG 92
Elvis Dumervil ROLB 90
Terrell Suggs LOLB 90
Lardarius Webb CB 90
Eugene Monroe LT 89
Dennis Pitta TE 87
Steve Smith WR 87
Joe Flacco QB 86
Torrey Smith WR 86
Daryl Smith MLB 85
Chris Canty RE 84
Sam Koch P 84
Owen Daniels TE 82
Ray Rice HB 82
Jimmy Smith CB 82
Kelechi Osemele LG 81
Jeremy Zuttah C 81
Matt Elam SS 79
Jacoby Jones WR 79
Bernard Pierce HB 79
Darian Stewart SS 78
Courtney Upshaw ROLB 78
Pernell McPhee LOLB 76
Josh Bynes MLB 75
C.J. Mosley MLB 75
Marlon Brown WR 74
Justin Forsett HB 74
Kyle Juszczyk FB 74
Omar Brown FS 73
Arthur Brown MLB 73
Terrence Cody DT 73
Jah Reid LG 73
Rick Wagner RT 73
Terrence Brooks FS 72
Tyrod Taylor QB 72
Shaun Chapas FB 71
Crockett Gillmore TE 71
Timmy Jernigan LE 71
Jeromy Miles SS 71
Will Rackley LG 71
John Simon ROLB 70
Albert McClellan MLB 69
Lorenzo Taliaferro HB 69
John Urschel RG 69
Gino Gradkowski C 68
A.Q. Shipley C 68
Ryan Jensen C 67
DeAngelo Tyson RE 67
Brandon Williams LE 67
Chykie Brown CB 66
Michael Campanaro WR 66
Asa Jackson CB 66
Kapron Lewis-Moore RE 66
Deonte Thompson WR 66
Cierre Wood HB 66
Anthony Levine SS 65
David Mims RT 65
Reggie Stephens C 65
Phillip Supernaw TE 65
Brent Urban RE 65
Keith Wenning QB 64
LaQuan Williams WR 64
Kamar Aiken WR 63
Brynden Trawick FS 63
James Hurst LT 59
Morgan Cox TE 48

There are some hits and some clear misses. There are also a few players EA Sports may have gotten wrong, though those are forgivable since it's understandable that those putting the video game may not know every single detail per team.

The hits

To start with, the Ravens nailed Justin Tucker's ranking. As one of the best kickers in the NFL, his 93 score justifies this. In addition, he has a 98 kick power and 93 kick accuracy. Hard to argue with that.

It's good to see Marshal Yanda get some much deserved love with a 92 score, even after the down year the entire offensive line had. He's arguably the best right guard in the NFL and his ranking is appropriate as such.

The receivers all got fair grades. Steve Smith and Torrey Smith appear in the right spot at 87 and 86, respectively. Jacoby Jones got a 79 and Marlon Brown a 74. Those seem fair. Torrey Smith got a 95 speed rating and Jones was handed a 93. Those two figure to be fun to play with in the deep passing game.

Chykie Brown got a 66, and based on everything that's happened so far in camp, this appears accurate.

The misses

The first one, for me, that sticks out is DeAngelo Tyson getting a 67 ranking. But that's been the story of his career thus far — overlooked and unappreciated. Tyson's not flashy but he can make some plays. He did have two sacks a year ago as a member of the defensive line's rotation. I feel he made enough plays on the field a season ago to have warranted a ranking in the low-to-mid 70s.

Right behind Tyson would be a tie between Jimmy Smith and Ray Rice. Both were given 82 rankings. Smith finished the year quite strong in 2013 and probably deserved one in the 85-87 range. Rice may have had the worst season of his career but by no means should he have dropped down to an 82. That seems a bit far-fetched based on what he can still do as a football player. He ranked 94 a year ago.

Darian Stewart was given a favorable 78 ranking that could wind up being accurate. However, he's listed as a strong safety. In terms of playing the game, the hope would be that Stewart can be manually moved to play free safety and retain his 78 ranking, or at least something close to it. Otherwise, the starting free safety is Omar Brown, who was given what I'd say is actually a favorable 73, considering the EA Sports folks don't have much tape outside of his preseason film to go off of.

Forgivable

Based on how Kelechi Osemele has performed in training camp, he should be much better than the 81 ranking he was given. However, he missed most of the 2013 season with a back injury, so the EA Sports folks wouldn't have a way to anticipate his strong preseason thus far.

The same, for a different reason, applies for Brandon Williams. Listed as a left defensive end, Williams has a poor ranking at 67. However, he's slated to be the team's starting nose tackle. But based on how last season went, and the fact Williams didn't get that much playing time, it's highly probable there just wasn't enough known about him to give him a better score.

Morgan Cox is listed as a tight end with a 48 overall. It's funny, but the way the game is set up, there isn't a true long snapper position. You just put someone at a position at long snapper. So Cox had to be put somewhere. I would assume he's the top long snapper when you go set the depth chart, though there doesn't appear to be a criteria for snapping when you break the rankings down. Either way, it's a video game and the long snapper never screws up.