What has been more consistent over the past decade than the Cowboys’ offensive line? One reason for that was a stud center in Travis Frederick, but his retirement left the team in desperate need of a replacement. They drafted Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin, the same college Frederick played at.
The 2020 fourth-round pick was thrust into the starting role after then-starter Joe Looney went down with an injury. While his play hasn’t been perfect, he has progressed year after year to be, at the very least, a starting-caliber center.
Credit will be taken away from him due to the best right guard in the NFL, Zack Martin, playing beside him, but don’t let that take away from what Biadasz has done thus far. It may shock you.
The former Badger has played quite admirably compared to other centers in the NFL. That is primarily due to him being one of only four centers that played more than 600 snaps not to give up a single sack last season.
Other than that, the now third-year pro ties for 16th with 2.5 tackles for a loss allowed on run plays and ranks 11th, giving up a 2.75 pressure percentage. The downside is he has the most penalties with 11.
With that in mind, I would expect Biadasz to be in the middle of the pack for a center. Judging by Tyler’s overall, those at EA Sports think lowly of him. The center ties for 24th among those at his position.
Ted Karras was an offseason signing by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played guard for the New England Patriots last season. He has a 0.16 lower pressure percentage allowed and nine fewer penalties than Biadasz, but that’s all he has to his advantage.
Karras had three more sacks allowed and two more tackles for a loss allowed and didn’t play center. That was supposedly enough for Madden to award him a 75 overall. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s four more than Biadasz and ten spots higher in the rankings.
A 75 overall would adequately suit the Cowboys center. It is a starting-caliber rating and places him in the middle of the league among those playing his position.
A note about Cowboys LB Micah Parsons
I quickly want to address hybrid defender Micah Parsons’ ratings because it definitely caused an uproar amongst Cowboys fans. The main reason I didn’t put him on this list for his 88 overall is that I believe he is where he should be.
The Penn State product ties for the 12th-highest ranked linebacker in Madden. He also ranks as the highest-rated sophomore in the game. It’s never a good idea to hype up a rookie after one season due to a possible sophomore slump, or maybe the player’s advantage was the element of surprise.
The right move is to give him the honor as the best second-year player with a borderline elite rating. While his performance last season is enough reason to be in the 90s already, another dominant season will see Parsons up there with the best.
What’s great about the game is they actively adjust player ratings according to how the player performs during the season. The players listed playing as expected should eventually achieve their rightful rating.
Let me know if you agree with these players in the comments below.