Madden 15 tackles top linemen, cornerback ratings

Last week, EA Sports dished out its player ratings for the top NFL rookies and positions like quarterbacks and running backs for Madden NFL 15. The athlete-ranking countdown to the game's launch continues with ratings for the top players at six positions: Offensive line, defensive end, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and cornerback. Madden 15 attempts to settle the debate as to who is the best corner in the league by giving Seahawks star and cover athlete Richard Sherman a 99 overall rating. The game's top defensive end, J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans also came away with a 99 rating.

EA ranked two San Francisco 49ers players at the top of the middle linebacker position as well: Both Patrick Willis and teammate NaVorro Bowman bested Panthers linebacker and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly with 96 overall ratings compared to Kuechly's 94. Head past the break for the full list of ratings provided by EA Tiburon. Madden 15 will launch August 26 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game will attempt to turn players into better students of the sport and emphasizes improved defensive control.

  1. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks (99)
  2. Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots (97)
  3. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns (95)
  4. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals (93)
  5. Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts (92)
Middle Linebacker:
  1. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers (96)
  2. NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers (96)
  3. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers (94)
  4. Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs (91)
  5. Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots (91)
Outside Linebacker:
  1. Von Miller, Denver Broncos (96)
  2. Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers (96)
  3. Justin Houson, Kansas City Chiefs (93)
  4. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (93)
  5. Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (93)
Defensive End:
  1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans (99)
  2. Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams (97)
  3. Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins (96)
  4. Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals (96)
  5. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints (93)
  6. Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets (93)
Defensive Tackle:
  1. Ndamakong Suh, Detroit Lions (97)
  2. Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals (96)
  3. Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (95)
  4. Kyle Willilams, Buffalo Bills (95)
  5. Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans (93)
Offensive Line:
  1. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns (98)
  2. Evan Mathis, Philadelphia Eagles (97)
  3. Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers (97)
  4. Trent Williams, Washington Redskins (95)
  5. Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers (94)
[Image: EA Sports]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.