No one likes to be told they're overrated. They like it even less when they're tricked into saying it themselves.
EA Sports once again rustled up a bunch of NFL rookies and asked them what they reckon their Madden NFL 16 rating should be. Then they sprung the trap, revealing the actual score. Jameis Winston looks like he's taking the Wonderlic all over again.
As always, the fun is in seeing guys completely overshoot the landing strip on their overall rating. This year's winner is the Indianapolis Colts' Phillip Dorsett — no relation to Tony, either in family or in ratings. Dorsett pegged himself at a 95. Son, the highest rated rookies in last year's game, at the end of the year, were 90s (Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack and New York receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., this year's cover star.)
Dorsett isn't even in the top 10 of this year's class of rookies, which means his overall rating is less than a 77. The top overall rookie going into this year is Mack's Raider teammate Amari Cooper, at 82 overall. Winston, the Tampa Bay quarterback, came probably the closest to guessing his rating at 81.
Tennessee's Marcus Mariota never looked so sad to get a 78, while Chicago's Kevin White never looked so happy. Recalling my own college days, I'm with Kevin.
For those wondering, here are the top 10 rookies, by overall rating, on the roster shipping with the Madden NFL 16 disc:
- Amari Cooper, receiver, Raiders: 82
- Jameis Winston, quarterback, Buccaneers: 81
- Todd Gurley, running back, Rams: 80
- Leonard Williams, defensive line, Jets: 80
- Brandon Scherff, offensive line, Redskins: 80
- Dante Fowler Jr., defensive end, Jaguars: 79
- Melvin Gordon, running back, Chargers: 78
- Kevin White, receiver, Bears: 78
- Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Titans: 78
- Vic Beasley Jr., defensive end, Falcons: 77
Madden NFL 16 launches Aug. 25 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more, see Polygon's preview from E3 2015.