The Ravens made a bold decision in drafting a wide receiver with their 2023 first-round pick. Following Lamar Jackson's contract extension, the arrival of new OC Todd Monken, and the addition of veteran wideout Odell Beckham Jr. Baltimore went all-in on offense and added the ultimate weapon to their roster by picking rookie Zay Flowers out of Boston College.
Flowers, who some folks out there consider the most talented player at his position entering the NFL as part of the 2023 class, has been compared to supremely talented pros already, including former Vikings star and current Bills receiver Stefon Diggs.
Turns out the nerds coding Madden 24 ratings are of the same thinking, judging by how they rated Flowers for the upcoming edition of the world-renowned videogame.
The developers of Madden 24 have assigned a speed rating of 93 to Ravens rookie WR Zay Flowers, making him the fastest rookie receiver in the game and the 38th fastet wideout without regard for experience.
Flowers will debut in Madden sharing a speed rating on par with that of Calvin Ridley, Brandin Cooks, Chris Olave and D.J., Moore just to name a few, and clearly above the likes of Justin Jefferson and Deebo Samuel, both already considered true WR1 in the NFL.
Right before the draft, at the NFL Combine, Flowers run a 4.42 40-yard dash. That tied the ninth-best time tracked at the event. Looking at all-time data, including Pro Days, Flowers' time would have him in the 88th percentile among WRs in the 40-yard dash. Not bad if you ask me.
On top of his speed rating, Flowers got assigned a more reasonable 77 OVR, bound to fluctuate through the season as Madden updates their numbers regularly and on a weekly basis depending on the players' performances on the actual football field.
Flowers' OVR rating is only trailing fellow freshmaN Jaxon Smith-Njigba's, who got assigned a 78 OVR rating by the folks coding Madden, albeit coming in with a lower speed score.
In case you're not familiar with Madden's rating system, and for context, EA Sports has Flowers ranked as a better player overall than veterans such as Chase Claypool, Russell Gage, Jamison Crowder, and Zach Pascal among many others.