The Bears didn’t have any picks in the first two rounds of the draft this year, but that didn’t stop them from coming away with a solid haul. In addition to finding a handful of draft picks with long-term upside as starters, they brought in one of the best groups of undrafted free agents in the league.
If the recent release of rookie ratings in the upcoming Madden NFL 20 video game says anything, though, the folks at EA Sports aren’t as high as Chicago’s group of rookies as fans are.
As predicted, third-round running back David Montgomery leads the Bears’ rookies in overall ratings. However, he came away with only a 71 overall rating. The rating ties for the fifth-best overall for a rookie running back, with the Redskins’ Bryce Love sharing the rating. For reference, last year’s fifth-best rookie running back—the Browns’ Nick Chubb—had a 76. No rookie at the position topped that rating in this year’s Madden.
Among Montgomery’s notable category ratings are an 84 speed, 87 acceleration, 85 agility, 79 ball-carrier vision and 71 catching. His well-rounded skillset should make him a good fit for Madden players whose playing style mirrors that of the Bears’ offense.
The one Bears rookie who did receive a favorable rating, though, was undrafted wide receiver Emanuel Hall. The Missouri product was given a 67 overall, the third-highest on the team. He comes away with a 93 speed, 94 acceleration, 86 agility and 95 jumping, but he only has a 54 awareness and lacks a route-running attribute above 74.
Hall’s 67 is only two lower than fourth-round pick Riley Ridley and is four higher than Giants quarterback Daniel Jones—the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Here’s the full list of Bears rookie ratings:
- RB David Montgomery - 71
- WR Riley Ridley - 69
- WR Emanuel Hall - 67
- TE Dax Raymond - 63
- RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. - 63
- CB Duke Shelley - 62
- CB Stephen Denmark - 60
- LG Alex Bars - 57
Madden NFL 20 comes out on August 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.