Former Alabama running back has tremendous favor among Crimson Tide fans, especially after this touchdown return in the championship game last season, but the folks at EA Sports didn’t get the memo.
The Electronic Arts company, which produces the Madden NFL video game series, rated Drake as 69 — the highest rating is a 99 — heading into his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins. This is after Drake beat out other top rookies in the Madden Bowl championship, which featured members of the 2016 draft class compete against each other in the game, at the 22nd NFL Rookie Premiere.
From the Palm Beach Post:
But since winning that video game tournament, the Dolphins’ third-round pick lost the only Madden game he has played since to fellow rookie Rashawn Scott from the University of Miami.
“I’ve literally only played one Madden game and ironically I lost that game,” Drake said Tuesday with a smile. “I got a lot of mess because of that. But it’s a video game, I’m not going to win every game just because I won a little tournament in LA. I’m supposed to win every game now. That’s a little unfair to me.”
When asked if he’s excited to find out his rating in Madden 17, Drake shook his head in disapproval.
“I already know my rating and it’s not good,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about that.”
It’s not uncommon for rookies to receive relatively low ratings, regardless of how successful their college careers were, simply because it’s unknown how good the players will perform compared to current NFL players, who already have pro experience.
Fortunately for Drake, a third-round pick, he will have a chance to improve his rating for Madden 18 if he performs well during his rookie campaign with the Dolphins.