Tyreek Hill – 99 OVR
Madden 20 changed the landscape that the game had developed for years by releasing with only four playersr rated 99 OVR. As the game was updated and changed, only five players had a 99 OVR: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, and Luke Kuechly. This was huge, since previous titles in the series notoriously had a large number of 99 OVR players, with some titles even having 100 OVR players.
Madden 21 may follow the formula of the previous title, with keeping the number of 99 OVR players low, but without football in the fall, I actually doubt that.
With no football to base adjustments and new ratings on, Madden 21 would be wise to rate players higher early on, so as to appease fans. Sure, they could try and do social media polls to see which players get ratings boosts, but that only really benefits teams in large population areas (California-based teams specifically). By starting characters with higher overalls, you give yourself room to nerf and decrease their overall if it breaks the game. Overall just makes for a more fun experience.
That is where Tyreek Hill as a 99 OVR comes in.
Hill is the fastest player in the league. His catch radius is about three times larger then his body, and he made Jet Chip Wasp what it was. Now that the character assassination is over, giving him a 99 overall makes perfect sense, especially considering how the Chiefs are increasing in popularity and Madden players are choosing them more and more often. Adding another high-caliber talent on the roster would make the Chiefs even more exciting.
With Hill, Madden shouldn’t stop at a 99 OVR rating, but instead they should go as far as to give Hill an X-Factor ability, highlighting his speed and ability to get past safeties. Making an X-Factor ability (which if EA would humor me, I would like to suggest calling “Down-Hill Momentum”) would further help make the game even more exciting and matches the high intensity, fast paced play of the Kansas City Chiefs.
It also helps that Tyreek Hill is a huge Madden fan, and played in the Checkdown’s Madden 20 tournament. He made it to the finals before he was destroyed by Derwin James of the L.A. Chargers. EA loves highlighting players that play nice with their company, and this means the Hill has a great chance to make the 99 Club.