Jerry Tillery: 74
It makes sense that the Chargers’ first-round pick is the highest rated of their rookies. While taking into account everything that was said before, it’s not a bad rating.
Among rookie defensive tackles, Tillery is the fifth highest rated after Quinnen Williams (80), Ed Oliver (79), Dexter Lawrence (76) and Christian Wilkins (75). What stands out is his speed and acceleration. With 75 and 84 respectively, only Williams and Oliver have a higher rating for the position.
Nasir Adderley: 71
Adderley’s rating is somewhat disappointing, as he was widely seen as a first-round talent. It seems EA based their ratings mostly on draft position, with the notable exception of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who was given a 63, (lower than undrafted QB Tyree Jackson, 64).
He is the second-highest rated safety after Green Bay’s Darnell Savage Jr (72), so maybe it’s not so bad after all.
Drue Tranquill: 69
The third-highest rated Charger was their fourth selection in the draft. Tranquill, listed as a middle linebacker, is the third-highest rookie middle linebacker in the game, after Devin White (74) and Devin Bush (72). He is tied for third with Ben Burr-Kirven and Jahlani Tavai, who also have a 69 rating.
Ty Long: 64
The fourth-highest rated rookie Charger is… not a rookie. Or is he? He played for the Washington Redskins during the 2015 preseason as a kicker but did not make the roster. After a pair of successful CFL seasons, he now comes to the Chargers as a punter.
On the NFL website, under experience, most rookies have the label “rookie”, while Long has “first season”.
For what it’s worth, Long is the fourth-highest “rookie” punter in this year’s Madden NFL, after Mitch Wishnowski (68), Jake Bailey (66) and Jack Fox (65).
Cortez Broughton: 63
Broughton is not a finished product, but he still is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the class. His 63 rating makes him the 14th-highest defensive tackle.
As with Tillery, his high speed and acceleration ratings (73 and 79 respectively) stand out.