With the announcement of the AFC North team ratings, we have insight into some of the newest Ravens and some of our favorites.
Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (73 OVR) and tight end Maxx Williams (74 OVR) come in at decent ratings for rookies and could improve greatly depending on how they perform during the 2015 season and Madden reevaluates their ratings. Running back Justin Forsett doesnt crack the 90 with an 87 overall rating, but does have two of the best guards in the business with Marshal Yanda (98 OVR) and Kelechi Osemele (90 OVR) blocking for him. I think that matches up pretty well with how things really are as Forsett is a good back but runs behind a dominant offensive line that makes him look better.
Defensively, the ratings are a little on the weak side in my opinion. The biggest diss is the rating of Defensive Rookie of the Year runner up C.J. Mosley with an 88 overall rating. One of the best inside linebackers last season, Mosley will have a full season under his belt along with a true offseason for the first time where he should be able to slow the game down a bit and play less on instinct and talent and use his football mind to do the work for him. Daryl Smith ranks as a 90, which also seems unfair, but fits with Smith's underrated status on the Ravens.
After that, the Ravens' pass rush duo of Elvis Dumervil (88 OVR) and Terrell Suggs (93 OVR) seem to be in the right spot. Many fans would want to rank Doom higher, but since he doesnt play the run often or very well, his rating should drop below a 90 granted that the Madden producers keep other pass rush specialists at a lower rating than all-around players.
With Matt Elam now likely done for the season, Will Hill should be penciled in as the starter by default. Madden agreed with that by rating Hill as an 88 overall at the strong safety position.
With some of the lower than deserved ratings, the Ravens could have been ranked even higher than the 85 they were, which was tops in the AFC North.Follow @MatthewS_balt