EA Sports has actually mastered the art of Madden hype. There's the annual cover vote within the spring, where fans and diehards choose who's going to be the subsequent face with the game. Then EA reveals each of the alterations they've created for this year's version with the game, like last year's capability for receivers to create possession catches or catch around the run and turn upfield (in the danger of having your clock cleaned by Earl Thomas III). Then, a couple of weeks just before the game lastly comes out, the player ratings get started coming out.

That's where we're at this week, and EA's just published a Top-5 guide for the five very best players at each and every position group for Madden 17, like the 5 ideal wide receivers, 5 best running backs, and so on. As you may expect, the New England Patriots represent fairly effectively on the (virtual) gridiron.

1st up, we've got Rob Gronkowski, the first-ranked tight end in the game at 99 general:

At quarterback, EA has Tom Brady featured because the third-best quarterback in the game at 94 overall, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton:

And rounding it out, and lastly acquiring the Madden credit he deserves, linebacker Dont'a Hightower is the fifth-best outside linebacker inside the game, behind Von Miller, Justin Houston, Khalil Mack, and Pernell McPhee. Boomtower checks in at a 90 all round this year.

In Hightower's case, it is worth noting that not just does that ranking involve both 3-4 and 4-3 OLBs (Madden has the Oakland Raiders as a 4-3, and everybody else around the Top-5 OLB list runs a 3-4), but there's no Top-5 list for inside linebackers. Oh, how instances alter.