Madden NFL 15 Franchise Gem: LB Telvin Smith
Madden NFL 15 is less than a week away from release, and that means now is as good a time as any to start combing over player ratings and find those hidden gems on each and every team, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Who stands out as the most intriguing young players to develop in franchise mode this year? We took a deep look to find out.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a bit lacking in talent over the years, but perhaps never more so than the last two seasons as the Jags have been purging their roster of past players and supplanting them with new ones. This past offseason, however, has been a particularly productive one for the Jags as they added a ton of new talent both young and old.
In looking over the full Madden 15 Jaguars ratings, there is one player more than any that stands out to me as a hidden gem. In fact, he may very well turn out to be one of the elite few linebackers in the entire game in franchise mode.
Madden NFL 15 Gem: LB Telvin Smith
Selected in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL draft, it’s hard to believe just how good Telvin Smith is on the Madden NFL 15 field, and yet, the numbers don’t lie: He’s a freak.
As far as linebackers go in Madden, this rookie is an absolute beast, and all indication from Jags camp seems to be that he’s been even better than they expected so soon in his career, which could bode well for franchises that like to start a few weeks into the season when ratings updates start making their way into the game.
Telvin Smith possesses a ludicrous 90 speed and 95 acceleration, instantly making him one of the fastest linebackers in the game, but that becomes even more impressive when you consider he also has 88 agility, which means players will not only be able to dart all around the field with Smith, but do so with a level of nimbleness that’s more on par with a cornerback than that of a linebacker.
While Smith is certainly lacking in some important skills at linebacker (only 68 tackling and 61 blockshed), his physical skills make him a jaw-dropping talent that’s worth spending extra game prep time developing. It helps that Smith starts out with a pretty respectable 75 zone coverage and 72 catching, which will allow him to be fitted in nicely in nickel packages where the pass is more likely.
When slotted in at number two LOLB along with a starting gig at ROLB, you can also get Smith on the field for kick return coverage, where his impressive speed and good-but-not-great 82 hit power will certainly find a use in containing those dangerous returners in Madden NFL 15.