1. Larry Ogunjobi, DT — 77 Overall
This last one just feels criminal. Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Charlotte and had a breakout campaign in his second season. Ogunjobi was second on the team with 5.5 tackles and also posted a respectable 52 tackles.
While the tackles seem solid for a defensive tackle, the sacks are where he really stood out. Generating pressure from an interior position is a hard thing to do and when teams can do that, it makes life really hard on opposing quarterbacks.
Ogunjobi did that all season and could have been even better had he not had a couple of sacks taken away due to penalties in the New Orleans game all the way back in Week 2. He made life miserable on Drew Brees as Cleveland nearly knocked off the Saints, but the veteran quarterback was bailed out by penalties away from the play.
To be fair, the makers of Madden 20 don’t seem to hate Oginjobi’s game as there’s no area where they have him rated incredibly low, but it just seems as though they didn’t give him enough credit in each major area. For example, a 78 in tackling and 79 in power moves aren’t terrible, but to have him below an 80 on each is pretty comical.
The opinion of Cleveland’s defense overall in 2018 is that there was a lot of room for improvement. It’s possible that this belief could have carried some weight in this rating but it really shouldn’t have. This kid is set to be a star and should be much higher.