Madden 24 Ratings Week is here, and the game’s player ratings are being released. Like I said in the Top SafetiesTop Cornerbacks, Top Defensive Tackles, and Top Defensive End entries, while many people focus on offensive ratings for players, it’s equally important to observe the evaluations of defensive players. Therefore, I will be delving into the defensive ratings in the game, with this one focused on the defensive tackles in the league, to identify the Top 10 Overall Linebackers in Madden 24, according to EA Sports.

10. Matthew Judon, New England Patriots, Overall 89

Matthew Judon has been a significant acquisition for the Patriots, and his impact on the team has been outstanding. Achieving career-best stats with 15.5 sacks and contributing with 3 pass deflections showcases his versatility and ability to make plays on the field.

Beyond his on-field performance, Judon’s leadership qualities have made him a crucial leader on the squad. Strong leaders play a pivotal role in shaping team culture and fostering a winning mentality, which is essential for long-term success. A good argument can be made by having him in the 90 overall rating.

9. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks, Overall 89

It felt weird seeing Bobby Wagner in a Rams uniform not only in Madden, but in real life. Luckily he has returned to the Seattle Seahawks and it just feels right. his rating is fair too, because Wagner was solid last season with 140 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions. I have no complaints with his rating.

8. Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles, Overall 90

What a complete turnaround for Haason Reddick. He looked like he was going to be out of the league during his time with the Arizona Cardinals. Luckily, a change of scenery helped when he joined the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Reddick has become a valuable piece of the Eagles’ defense, recording 49 tackles, 16 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 pass deflections. With such impressive performance, he definitely deserves a 90 overall rating, and if he continues to play well, he could even receive a higher rating in the future.

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7. Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints, Overall 90

While the Saints have been lackluster since both Drew Brees and Sean Payton departed the team, he has been a phenomenal linebacker his entire career. As a fan of the New York Jets I really miss seeing this man play for the team. His success in New Orleans is not ignored with this rating and had a career best in sacks (6.5), interceptions and length (1 for 4 yards), and assistant tackles (55).

6. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Overall 91

No complaints here as Lavonte David is one of the leaders on the Buccaneers’ defense, and his rating is fair considering his consistent and strong performances. Making 124 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery is an impressive display of his versatility and impact on the field.

As the Buccaneers navigate the post-Tom Brady era and plan for their future, keeping players like Lavonte David on the squad for his entire career would be a wise decision. Experienced and talented players like David provide valuable leadership and stability to the team. He also could be useful if the Bucs decide to rebuild.

5. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers, Overall 91

Joey Bosa is undoubtedly a fantastic player when he is healthy, but it’s understandable that you feel his current rating might be a bit high considering he missed a majority of the previous season due to a groin injury. An high 80s rating could be more appropriate given the circumstances. It’s frustrating when injuries impact players’ performances and affect their ability to contribute to the team’s success, as was the case with Bosa missing crucial games and clearly not being 100% in the playoff game against the Jaguars where they blew a 27-0 lead. Remind me why Brandon Staley is still the head coach of this team again?

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4. Roquan Smith, Baltimore Ravens, Overall 92

2022 was a significant year for Roquan Smith. Getting traded to the Baltimore Ravens midseason and receiving the well-deserved financial recognition were major milestones in his career. Smith’s consistent performance with at least 100 tackles in every season showcases his talent and reliability as a linebacker.

While he might not have as many sacks as some other linebackers, Smith makes up for it with his ability to provide pressure, stop the run effectively, and even excel in coverage. His all-around skills make him a valuable asset to any defense. As for his current rating, it may be solid, but it should be higher.

3. TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers, Overall 94

An argument can be made that TJ Watt should be the number one ranked linebacker/defensive end in the league. He is the most important player on the Steelers defense. When he is not on the field, this defense is an absolute mess. I have no problem whatsoever with Watt’s overall rating.

2. Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders, Overall 94

Hey Madden, you do realize that Maxx Crosby plays the defensive end position right? Why in the world is he listed as a linebacker in this game? I don’t mind the overall rating, but come on you have to put players in the right position.

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1. Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers, Overall 96

No question, Fred Warner has the highest overall rating among linebackers in Madden 24, and he is widely considered the best at his position. The San Francisco 49ers should continuously express their gratitude to the Bears for making the unfortunate Mitchell Trubisky trade-up. One of the picks acquired in that trade turned into Fred Warner, and the 49ers gained immensely from it. Warner has become one of the key pillars of their defense, and his impact has been profound.

So that is the ranking of the Top 10 Linebacker Overall rating in Madden 24. Do you agree with the ratings given? Let me know in the comment section who you believe should be in the Top 10 Overall Rated Linebackers in this game.

Madden 24 is available August 24 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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