There won’t be a lot of attention directed toward the team picking at No. Cam Neely Authentic Jersey 28 in the 2018 NFL Draft. That team does not hold multiple first-round picks, and it is not likely to make a bold move up the draft board to grab a highly touted quarterback. TV cameras rarely are perched in its draft room.
Show me another NFL GM with that draft record. Yet Colbert has never been named NFL Executive of the Year. And knowing Colbert’s low-key personality, I doubt he cares. He believes the Steeler way is for team success to supersede individual glory. After all, he’s a Pittsburgh guy who was born and bred in the Steel City. He spent his teenage years watching the beginning of the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s that won four Super Bowls.
A solid track record on first-round picks is most important for a GM to keep his job. What impresses me even more is a guy like Colbert who can pick great players in every round and even find hidden gems among undrafted players.
That hasn’t been the case, however, with the Madden NFL franchise since 2012, thanks to its team-building mode and agreement with the NFLPA. The incredibly popular Madden Ultimate Team now features freshly drafted rookies introduced in conjunction with the NFL Draft for its seventh year running with Madden NFL 18.
The players enter with cards reflecting the type of ratings they may start with in the next game (Madden NFL 19 will release in August) along with special future editions that rate them at their estimated potential. The new rookies are obtained through card packs or the Auction House and those can be put towards sets that award the Future Star versions.
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Elite Drew Bledsoe Jersey It’s important at this point in the year for any new cards introduced to Ultimate Team to be souped-up, otherwise they would be irrelevant, thus justifying the high-90 rated editions of each player. While certain attributes can provide insight to how they’ll be rated in Madden NFL 19, they’ll be coming in much lower than either of the two versions introduced to commemorate the draft. Last year the highest rated rookie ended up being an 82 overall.
Here’s a look at the 32 rookies who are now found in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team and the ratings categories in which they excel. While their overall ratings are based on when they were selected, the individual attribute ratings are unique to each player.