With the 20th pick in the 1st round Coach Xipolar selected Trevon Diggs; A cornerback who has all the physical attributes you want out of a young corner. At 6’2″ with 89 jumping opposing quarterbacks will already find it difficult to place the ball over Diggs, but on top of that Diggs also brings a blazing 92 speed rating. The zone coverage abilities leave a little to be desired, but with solid coaching Diggs can be developed into a top corner.
CB, Neville Clarke, UCF 65 OVR
Coach Xipolar obviously felt a need to create some depth at the cornerback position. In this draft he selected 4 corners total, and Neville Clarke is the worst of the bunch. Being selected in the 7th round expectations aren’t incredibly high, but I don’t see Clarke making any noise this preseason. We all know speed is king in Madden, and at the corner position if you don’t have it you better make up for it with some stellar coverage abilities. Clarke has neither; At 88 speed he will have trouble keeping up with most wide receivers in the league. Pair that with sub par coverage abilities across the board (71 man, 60 zone, 65 press), and you have a recipe for a useless corner
RT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia 75 OVR
Coach HDLilTee has been pretty vocal about his disappointment in his offensive line as a whole; leaving no surprise when he took Andrew Thomas with the 4th pick of the first round. You have to applaud Coach HDLilTee for finding his guy and making it happen. Andrew Thomas likely would not have been available in the later half of the first round; something Coach HdLilTee realized and took the initiative to trade his round 1 pick 23 + round 1 pick 29 (acquired from a trade with the Raiders for Kareem Hunt) to move up and secure Thomas. Despite Coach HDLilTee’s complaints about the o line he only needed a few positions filled to have a complete o line. Thomas fills that need and should be an immediate difference maker.
HB,Cam Akers, Florida State/HB, Salvon Ahmed, Washington 69 OVR/66 OVR
Just to clarify I do not think both of these guys are busts. In fact, both of them are worthy NFL level talent. The reason they land on my bust list is because Coach HDLilTee’s decision to spend 3rd round draft capital on both backs when they have very similar skill sets confuses me. I feel as though Coach HDLilTee would have been better off selecting just one of these backs and spending the 3rd round draft capitol on other needs for the team. It was mentioned earlier that Coach HDLilTee was not happy with his offensive lines performance, and despite the Andrew Thomas selection there is still room to grown there. Demar Doctson was brought in through free agency to fill a gap at RG, but at age 34 their time with him is limited. If you look at the pick after Salvon Ahmed you see right guard Prince Tega Wanogho get selected by the San Francisco 49ers. At 69 OVR out the gate Prince would have been a great addition to develop behind Doctson and take over when the time comes. It will be interesting to see if/how both of these backs will have a role in this offense.
C, Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
One thing we can all agree on is if you block well for Lamar Jackson he is going to make something happen; rather it be with his feet or his huge arm. With the 7th pick in the 2nd round Coach Kingofmycraft added Tyler Biadasz to his offensive line to do just that. The Ravens literally had no one else at the center position and with this pick they gained a solid power blocker who should make an immediate impact on their team.
TE, Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
Coach Kingofmycraft was looking to add some depth behind a young talented group of Tight Ends, but unfortunately he completely missed the mark with his selection. In Madden it’s pretty common that vertical threats have good speed with good route running abilities, but they lack in the blocking department. In some rare cases you get a tight end with both, I.e. Austin Hooper and Albert Okwuegbunam. In this case Coach Kingofmycraft got a vertical threat with neither. With 77 speed and average to less than average route running it’d be hard to see Brycen Hopkins making any impact in the passing game, and with sub 60 blocking ratings you don’t want him trying to protect the quarterback either.
WR, Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
With the chances of Big Ben retiring coming soon Coach Dlloyd decided to use his 15th pick in the 1st round to give him another weapon. What he got was the highest overall rated WR in the entire draft class. Although, Laviska Shenault Jr. may not be that fastest WR; he brings great route running ability and very solid hands. Giving Big Ben a reliable target at any given moment. Nobody give Dlloyd the idea of sending Shenault to speed camps for a few preseasons……..OOPS
WR, Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Here we have another situation where it’s less about the players ability, and more about the Coach’s decision to ignore team needs. We already saw them add a weapon for Big Ben with the selection of Laviska Shenault Jr. That selection and the young talent already on the team with WRs such as: Juju Smith Schuster, James Washington, Ryan Switzer, and Diontae Johnson leaves me baffled with the decision to add another wide receiver to the mix. Especially when you could fill other needs such as gapping hole at the right tackle position.