There isn’t just an argument out there that Khalil Mack should have been taken before Jadeveon Clowney in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s pretty much an accepted fact that Mack has been the better player so far.
In three seasons with the Raiders, Mack has 30 career sacks with a season-high 15 in 2015 and 11 last season. While that’s a high bar, it’s far from what his quarterback thinks Mack can do.
“If he doesn’t get held… If they start calling the holdings, if they start calling them like they should — I’m saying 30,” Derek Carr, now highest paid player in the NFL, said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio (via FanRag Sports).
Right on Brady’s heels this year, though, is Aaron Rodgers, who will begin the year rated 98 Overall. Rodgers finished “Madden NFL 17” rated higher than Brady but has surrendered the spot over the offseason. Rodgers’ Throw on the Run rating (97) is the best in the NFL.
Last year’s NFL MVP Matt Ryan comes in third with a rating of 96 Overall. Ryan was one of the biggest risers in ratings in “Madden NFL 17,” in which he began at 84 and finished at 95.
Drew Brees makes a jump into the fourth slot with a 92 Overall rating and matches Brady’s 99 in Awareness. Ben Roethlisberger is fifth at 91 Overall and is the most difficult QB in the league to take down thanks to his 82 Strength rating.
Tied at 90 Overall are the two star quarterbacks from the 2012 draft, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck.
Other notable QBs include Derek Carr (89 Overall), Cam Newton (88 Overall), Matthew Stafford (87 Overall) and Dak Prescott (86 Overall).
Ratings for “Madden NFL 18” are up across the board for QBs from the end of last season. Brady is +3, Rodgers +1, Ryan +1, Brees +3, Roethlisberger (no change), Wilson +2, Luck +3, Carr +1, Newton +4, Stafford +2, and Prescott +1.