Minnesota Vikings Complete Madden 21 Ratings Revealed [LOOK]

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The Minnesota Vikings full Madden NFL 21 launch ratings were released Monday.

While Madden NFL 21 is just a video game, it does give fans a look at how an outside source sees their team and favorite players.

The Minnesota Vikings entire roster’s ratings were released on Monday, and there’s plenty to breathe in. Safety Harrison Smith was the highest-rated safety overall with a 95 rating, while Dalvin Cook was fifth-highest rated running back at 91 overall.

How did EA do with the rest of the roster this season? Let’s find out below.

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The Top Five

As mentioned, Smith and Cook were among the top-five at their positions.

Name Position Overall rating
Harrison Smith SS 95
Dalvin Cook HB 91
Michael Pierce DT 91
Adam Thielen WR 90

A surprise was Michael Pierce, whom the Vikings acquired from free agency at 91 overall as the third-best defensive tackle in the league. He was vital the Baltimore Ravens run defense a season ago but has yet to be ranked inside the top-10 of any positional rankings lists. Last year, Pierce was rated 92 overall and The GameHaus suggested his rating be adjusted to 86.

Adam Thielen was considered to be snubbed by fans as his stats in the past three seasons are comparable to his former partner in the passing game Stefon Diggs, who was rated 92 overall.

The Rookies

The Vikings’ 15-man 2020 draft class ushered in a new era as several rookies will be expected to make major contributions early after the team released seven starters in the offseason.

Name Position Overall rating
Justin Jefferson (LSU)
WR 74
Jeff Gladney (TCU) CB 71
Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi St.) CB 66
Ezra Cleveland (Boise State) LT 66
D.J. Wonnum (South Carolina) RE 65
Josh Metellus (Michigan) FS 65
K.J. Osborn (Miami) WR 65
Troy Dye (Oregon) MLB 65
Harrison Hand (Temple) CB 64
James Lynch (Baylor) DT 64
Kenny Willekes (Michigan St.) LE 64
Brian Cole II (Mississippi St.) SS 62
Kyle Hinton (Washburn) LG 60
Blake Brandel (Oregon State) RG 58
Jack Browning (Washington) QB 53
Nate Stanley (Iowa) QB 53

Justin Jefferson was the fifth-highest rated rookie wide receiver as the successor to Diggs’ position as a top-two receiver on the team.

Check out his reaction to his and other Vikings ratings.

The Underrated

Here’s where it gets subjective. While an 89 overall player may be virtually the same as a 90 overall, it matters to fans just as much as the recognition of good versus great. And while many Vikings were given good ratings, there are some who are deserving to be great.

Name Position Overall rating
Danielle Hunter LE 89
Eric Kendricks MLB 89
Anthony Harris FS 83
Kirk Cousins QB 82

Danielle Hunter and Anthony Harris are obvious candidates to at least be bumped up a few points. Hunter the youngest player to reach 50 sacks in his career due to his consistency and keeps getting better, while Harris led the NFL with interceptions last season.

Eric Kendricks had one of the best seasons of any coverage linebacker in the NFL last season and was given an 89 overall, good for third-bet among NFL linebackers. He could use Kendricks is deserving of the rank and maybe even a bit higher of a rating after setting what’s believed to be the most pass breakups (12) ever by a linebacker in a single season in 2019, per PFF.

Kirk Cousins at one point was an 83 in Madden 20 but had his rating knocked down to 82 in Week 17 — a game against the Chicago Bears where he didn’t play along with the rest of the Vikings starters. His postseason performance was not accounted as he begins the season at 82 overall. His rating is relatively accurate, given only five quarterbacks are above 90, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see his rating climb if he builds off his success in 2019.

The Rest

With many second- and third-year players expected to get involved this season, there could be several candidates who’ll grow their rating throughout the season. That’s the one thing on defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo’s mind as he called for the NFL to put player safety first so he can improve his “underwhelming madden score.”

Here’s the entire roster from the highest to lowest ratings:

Harrison Smith SS 95
Dalvin Cook HB 91
Michael Pierce DT 91
Adam Thielen WR 90
Danielle Hunter LE 89
Eric Kendricks MLB 89
Kyle Rudolph TE 84
Anthony Harris FS 83
Kirk Cousins QB 82
Anthony Barr LOLB 80
Britton Colquitt P 78
Garrett Bradbury C 77
Dan Bailey K 76
Brian O’Neill RT 75
Irv Smith Jr TE 75
Tajae Sharpe WR 75
Alexander Mattison HB 74
Justin Jefferson WR 74
Mike Hughes CB 74
C.J. Ham FB 73
Anthony Zettel LE 72
Pat Elflein LG 72
Ameer Abdullah HB 71
Ben Gedeon ROLB 71
Eric Wilson ROLB 71
Holton Hill CB 71
Jeff Gladney CB 71
Riley Reiff LT 71
Ifeadi Odenigbo RE 70
Shamar Stephen DT 69
Olabisi Johnson WR 68
Armon Watts DT 67
Chad Beebe WR 67
Dru Samia RG 67
Eddie Yarbrough RE 67
Jaleel Johnson DT 67
Mike Boone HB 67
Brett Jones C 66
Cameron Dantzler CB 66
Ezra Cleveland LT 66
Cameron Smith MLB 65
D.J. Wonnum RE 65
Jalyn Holmes LE 65
Josh Metellus FS 65
K.J. Osborn WR 65
Nate Meadors CB 65
Troy Dye MLB 65
Aviante Collins LT 64
Dillon Mitchell WR 64
Harrison Hand CB 64
James Lynch DT 64
Kenny Willekes LE 64
Tony Brooks-James HB 64
Tyler Conklin TE 64
Davion Davis WR 63
Rashod Hill RT 63
Brian Cole II SS 62
Kris Boyd CB 62
Alexander Hollins WR 61
Hercules Mata’afa DT 61
Olisaemeka Udoh RT 61
Dakota Dozier LG 60
Kyle Hinton LG 60
Mark Fields CB 60
Brandon Dillon TE 59
Blake Brandel RG 58
Sean Mannion QB 54
Jake Browning QB 53
Nate Stanley QB 53
Austin Cutting TE 26

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Trevor Squire is a Heavy contributor covering the Minnesota Vikings and journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Connect with him on Twitter @trevordsquire and join our Vikings community at Heavy on Vikings on Facebook.

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