New York Jets fans will undoubtedly appreciate the confidence Zach Wilson exuded in predicting his first-ever rating for the Madden games.
Wilson and several of his rookie quarterback compatriots visited The Checkdown’s Instagram page to predict their ratings on the original edition of Madden NFL 22, which is set to be released later this summer. The second overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft ends the brief video with the most optimism.
We had some of the new QBs predict their rookie Madden ratings.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) May 14, 2021
“My Madden rating should a 90,” Wilson said with a smile. “It’s ok, but it’s not great, because I haven’t done anything yet.”
Player ratings in EA Sports’ renowned Madden NFL franchise have become quite a contested debate in recent years.
According to the 2020-21 version of the game, Wilson’s rating of 90 would tie him with Deshaun Watson for the fifth-best ranking among quarterbacks and just ahead of future AFC East rival Josh Allen. Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers had the best ranking among 2020 draftees at 78.
Though Wilson is by far the most optimistic of his fellow freshman, it’s not like his projection was out of the ordinary. San Francisco’s Trey Lance gave himself an 88 while Wilson’s fellow division newcomer Mac Jones graded himself at 85.
Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears was slightly more realistic, ranging himself at “78 through 81.” Notably absent was top overall pick Trevor Lawrence.
The comments section found humor through digitized hope. Former Baltimore Ravens receiver remarked, “Boy their feelings are going to get hurt,” while Kansas City Chiefs rusher Darrel Williams replied only with a series of laughing while crying emojis.
On the Jets’ current side of things, defensive standouts C.J. Mosley and Marcus Maye are tied for the team lead Madden ratings with marks of 85 each.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags