Will any Dallas Cowboys player receive the coveted 99 Madden grade?
By Angel Torres
Injuries have taken their toll on this mighty warrior but he just may have gained a lifeline that could keep him around the top for a few more years. I took a guess about what kind of injury Tyron Smith could have been dealing with and it looks like it has taken a favorable turn.
Tyron Smith dealt with neck pain that I assume affected his extremities to the point replacing Smith could have crossed the front office’s mind. It sounds like Tyron is done dealing with that pain and is ready to have a huge season.
I thought Dak Prescott was too low but I think keeping Tyron as a 91 is spot on. When Tyron plays and apparently playing with severe pain, he is still amongst the top left tackles in the game. I cannot wait to see how Tyron looks this season but I hope EA shares my opinion.
A bounceback season for Tyron could not only keep him in the ’90s but it could also vault him near the top of the list. Tyron is the sixth-rated tackle and the fifth-best left tackle according to the Madden ratings. Kansas City right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has a 94 rating.
The top four left tackles ahead of Tyron are David Bakhtiari (96) from Green Bay, New Orleans Terron Armstead (94), San Francisco’s left tackle Trent Williams (94), and Baltimore’s Ronnie Stanley (93). All five of those guys when healthy could be argued as the league’s best-left tackle so having Tyron as a top-five player is just right.
Without hesitation, I personally would take a healthy Smith over two of those rated ahead of him but that topic is for another day.
Smith did not play much last season so a big dip in rankings shouldn’t be expected. Running back Christian McCaffrey only played in three games last season and his 99 rating was reduced midseason to 98. If injuries aren’t a major factor for Madden, Smith should once again be considered amongst the best tackles in the game.