Haskins' first Madden rating feels fair but Sweat's doesn't
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By By Peter Hailey

The Dwayne Haskins news you've all been dying to hear about is finally out. Yes, the wait is over. What you've been wondering about ever since he was drafted in April is, at last, official.

The rookie quarterback's first rating in Madden is a 72. That's one point lower than Kyler Murray's 73.

Digging deeper, Haskins' throw power checks in at an 89, a high number but one that seems deserved after seeing him uncork a few fastballs during OTAs and minicamp sessions in Ashburn. His short, middle and deep accuracy, meanwhile, are 85, 80 and 81 respectively.

Haskins, however, isn't the Redskins' highest-rated rookie. That distinction belongs to the team's other first-rounder, Montez Sweat, who earned a 73 overall from the popular video game. For someone as productive in college and as freakish as Sweat, though, that grade feels a bit disrespectful. 

Much like how it appears much of the NFL overlooked the edge rusher in the draft — whether it's because of his heart condition or some other concern — Madden might be as well. Sure, in these cases it's only a matter of a point or two too low, but a guy who put up double-digit sacks in back-to-back years in the SEC should be looked at the same as other defenders like Dexter Lawrence, Jeffrey Simmons, Brian Burns and Clelin...



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