Madden NFL 2004 Fantasy Draft Strategy Guide
Version 1.0
by DrFunkenstein
Copyright 2004 Jordan Chavez

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Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. How it Works
3. Player Listings
4. Draft Strategy
5. First Round Picks
6. Version History
7. Legal



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1. Introduction
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Welcome to my Madden NFL 2004 fantasy draft strategy guide. The purpose of this
guide is to help you draft an effective team for your franchise. This guide
explains the draft mechanics, draft strategy, and gives a comprehensive listing
of good players and the rounds they are usually drafted.

The player listings are for the latest EA roster update, but should still be
useful for earlier updates as only a few players experience significant changes
between updates. The draft strategy is applicable to any version.

Suggestions, criticisms, or comments go to jchavez@vt.edu.


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2. How it Works
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The fantasy draft works by creating a draft pool of all current NFL players. All
32 teams start with an empty roster and choose one player each round for 49
rounds. Any number of teams may be human controlled, including none of them,
which automates the entire draft. When the draft starts the order in which the
teams get to pick is randomly generated.  Note that the fanatsy draft order has
no relation to the college draft order.The team order is reversed each
subsequent round: for example if you get 1st pick in round 1 then you will get
32nd pick in round 2, 1st pick in round 3, 32nd pick in round 4, etc. This keeps
the draft fair and balanced and no team has an advantage over another after the
draft is completed. The draft is 49 rounds long and requires you to fulfill the
minimum 49-player roster.  You can pick any player you want in any round, as
long as you complete your roster.

Specifically you must draft:

3 Quarterbacks
3 Halfbacks
1 Fullback
5 Wide Recievers
3 Tight Ends
4 Offensive Tackles
4 Guards
2 Centers

4 Defensive Ends
3 Defensive Tackles
2 Middle Linebackers
4 Outside Linebackers
5 Cornerbacks
2 Strong Safeties
2 Free Safeties

1 Kicker
1 Punter

After the draft you can sign free agents as usual but since the free agency pool
consists of everyone who didn't get drafted you usually won't see anyone worth
taking.



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3. Player Listings
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This section lists the rounds in which particular players are drafted. The
purpose is to allow you to maximize the value of your draft picks by taking a
given player in the latest round possible. This information is most helpful when
drafting talented young players, as you cannot determine their value merely by
their OVR statistic. Age and years of experience are equally important with such
players, as they will often increase OVR by 4 or more points in their initial
NFL years. I once took Andre Johnson from 85 OVR as a rookie to 99 OVR by the
start of his 3rd season. Clearly he was a good choice as a round 5 pick!

Because listing every player in Madden 2004 is a waste of time and space, I
only list the players I consider good. Here is my definition of good:

Age  Yr  OVR
21    R   70
22    R   72
22    1   74
23    R   74
23    1   76
23    2   77
24    R   76
24    1   78
24    2   79
24    3   80
25    1   80
25    2   81
25    3   82
25    4   83
Any   -   85

The OVR column is the minimum OVR that a player must have to be considered good.
So a 24 year old player with 2 years in the league must have OVR 79 or higher.
Brett Favre is good even at the age of 33 since his OVR of 94 is >= 85.

My goal is to list good young players (the kind I like to draft) and good
players overall (the kind everyone likes to draft). This system leaves out a few
good players, for example Quincy Carter, but for the most the players not listed
will go late in the draft and are not hard to get.

Pos = position
OVR = player overall statistic
Age = player age
Yr = years in league, R means rookie
Rd = round the guys is taken in, 1/2 means either round 1 or 2

Pos  Name              OVR  Age  Yr  Rd
QB   Steve McNair       96   30   8   1
QB   Peyton Manning     95   27   5   1
QB   Daunte Culpepper   94   26   4   1
QB   Brett Favre        94   33  12   1
QB   Michael Vick       93   23   2   1
QB   Rich Gannon        90   37  16   1/2
QB   Trent Green        93   33   8   1/2
QB   Brad Johnson       92   34  11   1/2
QB   Patrick Ramsey     85   24   1   1/2
QB   David Carr         83   24   1   1/2
QB   Kerry Collins      92   30   8   2
QB   Jeff Garcia        91   33   4   2
QB   Tom Brady          91   26   3   3/4
QB   Chad Pennington    88   27   3   3
QB   Drew Bledsoe       89   31  10   4
QB   Joey Harrington    80   24   1   4
QB   Donovan McNabb     89   26   4   5
QB   Byron Leftwich     81   23   R   5/6
QB   Marc Bulger        88   26   3   6
QB   Jake Plummer       88   28   6   6
QB   Matt Hasselbeck    85   27   4   8
QB   Aaron Brooks       86   27   4   9
QB   Tommy Maddox       85   31   6   9
QB   Carson Palmer      79   23   R  12/13
QB   Kyle Boller        78   22   R  12/13
QB   Rex Grossman       73   22   R  16


Pos  Name                OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
HB   Priest Holmes        96   29   6    1
HB   Jamal Lewis          95   24   3    1
HB   LaDainian Tomlinson  95   24   2    1
HB   Clinton Portis       93   21   1    1
HB   Ricky Williams       94   26   4    1/2
HB   Stephen Davis        94   29   7    2
HB   Marshall Faulk       94   30   9    2
HB   Deuce McAllister     92   24   2    2
HB   Michael Bennett      88   25   2    3/4
HB   Ahman Green          92   26   5    4
HB   Tiki Barber          88   28   6    4
HB   Shaun Alexander      91   26   3    5
HB   Fred Taylor          90   27   5    5/6/7
HB   Eddie George         87   29   7    6
HB   Travis Henry         88   24   2    6/7
HB   Moe Williams         87   29   7    7
HB   William Green        86   23   1    7/8
HB   T.J. Duckett         80   22   1    7/8
HB   Kevin Barlow         82   24   2    7/8/15
HB   Charlie Garner       89   31   9    8
HB   Edgerrin James       88   25   4    9/10
HB   Curtis Martin        87   30   8   10
HB   Deshaun Foster       77   23   1   10
HB   Brian Westbrook      76   23   1   11/12
HB   Maurice Morris       76   23   1   12/13/14
HB   Corey Dillon         85   27   6   13
HB   Garrison Hearst      85   32  10   15
HB   Onterrio Smith       73   22   R   16/17
HB   Rudi Johnson         79   23   2   25/26
HB   Lamont Jordan        79   24   2   25/26
HB   Domanick Davis       78   22   R   25/26
HB   Willis McGahee       76   21   R   26/27
HB   Lamar Gordon         76   23   1   26/27


Pos  Name               OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
FB   Mike Alstott        93   29   7   19
FB   James Hodgins       91   26   4   19
FB   Lorenzo Neal        92   32  10   20
FB   Fred Beasley        89   28   5   20
FB   William Henderson   87   32   8   20
FB   Tony Richardson     87   31   8   20
FB   Jon Ritchie         86   28   5   20
FB   Cory Schlesinger    86   31   8   20
FB   Richie Anderson     86   13  10   20
FB   Rob Konrad          86   26   4   20
FB   Mack Strong         85   31   9   20
FB   Justin Griffith     80   23   R   21/22
FB   Heath Evans         79   24   2   22


Pos  Name              OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
WR   Marvin Harrision   99   31   7    1
WR   Randy Moss         98   26   5    1/2
WR   Terrel Owens       98   29   7    1
WR   Chad Johnson       89   25   2    2
WR   Eric Moulds        93   30   7    2/3
WR   Reggie Wayne       88   24   2    2/3
WR   Torry Holt         94   27   4    3
WR   Laveranues Coles   91   25   3    3
WR   Anquan Boldin      86   22   R    3
WR   Chris Chambers     86   25   2    3
WR   Plaxico Burress    90   27   3    3/4
WR   Rod Gardner        88   25   2    3/4
WR   Koren Robinson     88   23   2    3/4
WR   Hines Ward         94   27   5    4
WR   Joe Horn           92   31   7    4
WR   Amani Toomer       91   28   7    4
WR   Quincy Morgan      84   25   2    4
WR   Santana Moss       84   24   2    4
WR   Derrick Mason      91   29   6    5
WR   Isaac Bruce        91   30   9    5
WR   Andre Johnson      85   22   R    5
WR   Charles Rogers     84   22   R    5
WR   Donte Stallworth   84   22   1    5
WR   Marty Booker       90   27   4    5/6
WR   Ashley Lelie       82   23   1    5/6
WR   Rod Smith          89   33   8    6
WR   Jerry Porter       85   25   3    6
WR   Steve Smith        82   24   2    6
WR   Jabar Gaffney      80   22   1    6
WR   Antonio Bryant     80   22   1    6
WR   Jimmy Smith        89   34  10    7
WR   Jerry Rice         89   40  18    7
WR   Darrel Jackson     85   24   3    7
WR   Tim Brown          86   37  15    7
WR   Muhsin Muhammad    85   30   7    7
WR   Josh Reed          77   23   1    7/8
WR   Donald Driver      88   28   4    8
WR   Keenan McCardell   88   33  11    8
WR   Robert Ferguson    78   23   2    8/9
WR   Troy Brown         88   32  10    9
WR   Peerless Price     87   26   4    9
WR   Antwaan Randle El  80   23   1    9
WR   Tyrone Calico      77   22   R    9
WR   David Boston       86   25   4   10/11
WR   Bryant Johnson     76   22   R   10/11
WR   Ike Hilliard       86   27   6   11
WR   Nate Burleson      74   22   R   11
WR   Joey Galloway      85   31   8   12
WR   Taylor Jacobs      74   22   R   12
WR   Dante Hall         75   24   3   26/27
*Dante Hall doesn't meet the criteria but he is such a value
that I couldn't leave him out.


Pos  Name             OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
TE   Tony Gonzalez     97   27   6   15
TE   Jeremy Shockey    92   23   1   17/18
TE   Todd Heap         90   23   2   18
TE   Marcus Pollard    90   31   8   18
TE   Randy McMichael   84   24   1   18/19
TE   Daniel Graham     82   24   1   19
TE   Shannon Sharpe    90   35  13   20
TE   Alge Crumpler     86   25   2   20
TE   Bubba Franks      86   25   3   20
TE   Erron Kinney      85   26   3   20
TE   Jeremy Stevens    79   23   1   20
TE   Doug Jolley       79   24   1   20
TE   Dallas Clark      77   24   R   20
TE   Teyo Johnson      73   21   R   21
TE   Jason Witten      80   21   R   22/44


Pos  Name             OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
LT   Jonathan Ogden    98   29   7    1
LT   Orlando Pace      98   27   6    1
LT   Tra Thomas        95   28   5    1/2
RT   Lincoln Kennedy   96   32  10    1/2
LT   Walter Jones      96   29   6    1/2
LT   Willie Roaf       95   33  10    1/2/3
LT   Chris Samuels     94   26   3    2/3
LT   Alan Faneca       94   26   5    3
LT   Briant McKinnie   90   23   1    3
RT   Kyle Turley       92   27   5    3/4
RT   Jon Tait          92   28   4    3/4
RT   Mike Williams     88   23   1    3/4
RT   Jon Jansen        91   27   4    4
LT   Tarik Glen        90   27   6    4
LT   Derrick Deese     89   33  11    4
RT   Ryan Diem         87   24   2    4/5
LT   Bob Whitfield     90   31  11    5
LT   Luke Pettigout    90   27   4    5
RT   Willie Anderson   90   28   7    5
LT   Brad Hopkins      90   32  10    5/6
LT   Jason Fabini      89   29   5    6
LT   Flozell Adams     88   28   5    6
RT   Mark Tauscher     88   26   3    6
LT   Wayne Gandy       88   32   9    7
LT   Barry Sims        88   28   4    7
LT   Adam Meadows      86   29   6    7
RT   Scott Gragg       86   31   8    7
LT   Mark Dixon        85   32   5    7
RT   Jordan Gross      80   23   R    7
LT   Levi Jones        82   23   1    7/8
LT   Todd Steussie     86   32   9    8
RT   John Runyan       87   29   7    8
RT   Fred Miller       86   30   7    8
LT   Jeff Backus       83   25   2    9
LT   Matt Light        81   25   2   10
RT   Kareem McKenzie   80   24   2   10
RT   Kenyatta Walker   80   24   2   11
LT   Wade Smith        75   22   R   11/12
LT   Kwame Harris      72   21   R   15


Pos  Name               OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
RG   Will Shields        98   31  10    3
LG   Ruben Brown         97   31   9    4
LG   Larry Allen         97   31   9    5
RG   Ron Stone           96   32  10    5
RG   Leonard Davis       95   24   2    5
RG   Randy Thomas        93   27   4    5/6
RG   Dan Neil            92   29   6    5/6
RG   LeCharles Bentley   89   23   1    7
RG   Jermane Mayberry    91   30   7    7/8
LG   Damien Woody        90   25   4    7/8/9
LG   Brian Waters        92   26   4    8
RG   Marco Rivera        90   31   7    9
RG   Benji Olson         90   28   5    9/10
LG   Edwin Mulitalo      90   28   4   10
LG   Zach Pillar         89   27   4   10
RG   Adam Timmerman      89   32   8   10
LG   Kerry Jenkins       88   29   5   10
RG   Kendall Simmons     84   24   1   10/11/12
LG   Mike Wahle          87   26   5   11
LG   John Welbourn       87   27   4   12
RG   David Dixon         87   34   9   12
LG   Marvel Smith        86   25   3   12/13
LG   Chris Liwienski     86   28   5   13
RG   Ray Brown           86   40  17   13
LG   Steve Hutchinson    85   25   2   13
LG   Dave Fiore          85   29   7   14
LG   Frank Middleton     85   28   6   14
LG   Rex Tucker          85   26   4   14
RG   Mo Collins          85   26   5   14
LG   Toniu Fonoti        79   22   1   15
RG   Steve Sciullo       79   23   R   15/16
LG   Eric Steinbach      78   23   R   15/16
RG   Cosey Coleman       82   24   3   16/17
LG   Vince Manuwai       77   23   R   16/17
LG   Eric Heitmann       77   23   1   17
RG   David Diehl         72   22   R   18/19


Pos  Name              OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
C    Kevin Mawae        97   32   9   17
C    Olin Kruetz        96   25   5   17
C    Tom Nalen          94   32   9   18
C    Matt Birk          93   27   5   18
C    Casey Weigmann     92   28   7   19
C    Jeremy Newberry    91   27   5   19
C    Justin Hartwig     86   24   1   19/20
C    Pete Kendall       88   30   7   20
C    Jeff Hartings      87   30   7   20
C    Hank Fraley        86   25   3   20
C    Donald Willis      85   30   5   20
C    Jeff Mitchell      85   29   6   20
C    Gennero Dinapoli   85   28   5   20
C    Barret Robbins     85   30   8   20
C    Mike Compton       85   32  10   20
C    Jeff Saturday      85   28   4   20
C    Matt Lehr          84   24   2   20
C    David Koppen       80   25   R   21
C    Roberto Garza      79   24   2   21
C    Jeff Faine         76   22   R   21/22/42


Pos  Name                  OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
RE   Jason Taylor           98   28   6    1
LE   Michael Strahan        98   31  10    1
LE   Simeon Rice            97   29   7    1
LE   Trevor Pryce           95   28   6    1
LE   Julius Peppers         94   23   1    1
RE   Dwight Freeney         93   25   1    1/2
RE   John Abraham           95   25   3    2
LE   Greg Ellis             94   28   5    2
RE   Vonnie Holliday        93   27   5    2
RE   Mike Rucker            92   28   4    2
LE   Marcellus Wiley        92   28   6    2
RE   Andre Carter           91   24   2    2
LE   Patrick Kerney         92   26   4    2/3
RE   Justin Smith           89   23   2    2/3
LE   Shaun Ellis            92   26   3    3/4
RE   Jevon Kearse           91   26   4    4
LE   Robert Porcher         89   34  11    4
LE   Kevin Carter           88   29   8    4
LE   Gary Walker            87   30   8    4
LE   Leonard Little         89   28   5    5
RE   Hugh Dougless          88   32   8    5
RE   Courtney Brown         88   25   3    5
LE   Kevin Williams         83   23   R    5/6
RE   Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila   88   25   3    6
RE   Charles Grant          81   24   1    7/8
LE   Joe Johnson            87   31   9    8
LE   Antonio Cochran        85   27   4    8
LE   Brad Scioli            85   26   4    8
RE   Chad Bratzke           85   31   9    8
RE   Grant Wistrom          87   27   5    9
LE   Aaron Smith            87   27   4    9
LE   Tony Brackens          86   28   7    9
LE   Darren Howard          85   26   3    9
RE   Calvin Pace            77   22   R    9
RE   Kalimba Edwards        78   23   1    9/10
RE   Carlos Hall            78   24   1   10
LE   Robert Mathis          76   22   R   12/13
LE   Anthony Weaver         78   23   1   13
RE   Jerome McDougle        76   24   R   13
RE   Michael Haynes         75   22   R   13
RE   Tyler Brayton          75   23   R   13/14


Pos  Name                OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
DT   La'Roi Glover        97   29   7    1
DT   Bryant Young         94   31   9    1/2/3
DT   Kris Jenkins         95   24   2    2
DT   Corey Simmons        95   26   3    2
DT   Pat Williams         93   30   6    2
DT   Chris Hovan          94   25   3    3
DT   Casey Hampton        93   25   2    3
DT   Richard Seymour      93   23   2    3
DT   Warren Sapp          93   30   8    3
DT   Albert Haynesworth   91   22   1    3
DT   Anthony McFarland    90   25   4    3/4/5
DT   Daryl Gardener       90   30   7    3/5/7
DT   Luther Elliss        90   30   8    5
DT   John Henderson       85   24   1    5/6
DT   Ryan Sims            83   23   1    5/7
DT   Norman Hand          89   30   8    6
DT   Gerard Warren        86   25   2    6/7/8
DT   John Randle          90   35  13    7
DT   Tim Bowens           88   30   9    7
DT   Jamal Williams       88   27   5    7
DT   Larry Tripplett      83   24   1    7/8/9
DT   Darwin Walker        89   26   3    8
DT   Keith Traylor        87   33  11    8
DT   Ted Washington       87   35  12    8
DT   Jason Fisk           86   30   8    8
DT   John Parrella        87   33  10    9
DT   Sam Adams            85   30   9    9
DT   Dewayne Robertson    79   21   R    9
DT   Roderick Coleman     86   27   4   10
DT   Cletidus Hunt        87   27   4   10
DT   Shaun Rogers         85   24   2   10/11
DT   Ryan Pickett         80   24   2   10/11/12/13
DT   Jason Ferguson       87   28   6   25
DT   Brentson Buckner     87   31   9   25
DT   Cornelius Griffin    86   26   3   25
DT   Tony Williams        85   29   6   25
DT   Chad Eaton           85   31   6   25
DT   Ellis Johnson        85   29   8   25
DT   Marcus Stroud        84   25   2   25
DT   Willie Blade         83   24   2   25
DT   Jonathan Sullivan    76   22   R   25
DT   Jimmy Kennedy        76   23   R   25/26
DT   Wendell Bryant       76   22   1   25/26
DT   William Joseph       74   23   R   25/26
DT   Robaire Smith        83   25   3   25/26
DT   Ty Warren            74   22   R   26
DT   Anthony Adams        74   23   R   26


Pos   Name               OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
ROLB  Derrick Brooks      98   30   8    1
LOLB  Lavar Arrington     97   25   3    1  listed as LOLB #53
ROLB  Takeo Spikes        96   26   5    1/2
LOLB  Jason Gildon        96   31   9    2
ROLB  Joey Porter         95   26   4    2
ROLB  Donnie Edwards      91   30   7    2
ROLB  Keith Bulluck       95   26   3    2/3
LOLB  Julian Peterson     94   25   3    3
ROLB  Shawn Barber        93   28   5    3
ROLB  Peter Boulware      92   28   6    4
ROLB  Sam Cowart          90   28   5    4
LOLB  Anthony Simmons     92   27   9    4/5
ROLB  Chad Brown          91   33  10    4/5
LOLB  Rosevelt Covin      90   25   4    5
ROLB  Brian Simmons       89   28   5    5
ROLB  Dexter Coakley      88   30   6    6
ROLB  Jessie Armstead     87   32  10    6
ROLB  Junior Seau         87   34  14    6
LOLB  John Mobley         86   29   7    6
LOLB  Scott Fujita        85   25   1    6
ROLB  David Thornton      85   25   1    6
ROLB  Chris Claiborne     89   25   4    6/7
ROLB  Tommy Polley        83   25   2    6/7/8
ROLB  Warrick Holdman     86   27   4    8
LOLB  Raynoch Thompson    85   25   3    8
LOLB  Marcus Washington   85   24   3    8
ROLB  Na'il Diggs         85   25   3    8
ROLB  Eric Barton         87   25   4    8/9/10
ROLB  Levar Fisher        78   23   1    9/10
ROLB  Ben Taylor          81   25   1   10
LOLB  Boss Bailey         77   23   R   10/11/12/13
ROLB  Ian Gold            85   25   3   11/12
LOLB  Kevin Bentley       80   23   1   11/12
ROLB  Will Witherspoon    78   23   1   11/12
ROLB  Nate Wayne          85   28   5   12
LOLB  Terrell Suggs       80   21   R   12
LOLB  Akin Ayodele        78   23   1   12/13
ROLB  Dhani Jones         82   25   3   15
ROLB  Isaiah Kacyvenski   82   25   3   15/16
LOLB  Victor Hobson       75   23   R   15/16
LOLB  Pisa Tinoisamoa     76   22   R   16


Pos  Name               OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
MLB  Ray Lewis           99   28   7    1
MLB  Brian Urlacher      98   24   3    1
MLB  Keith Brooking      94   27   5    1/2/3
MLB  Kendrell Bell       93   23   2    3
MLB  Al Wilson           92   26   4    3/4
MLB  Zach Thomas         91   29   7    3/4
MLB  Micheal Barrow      91   33  10    3/4
MLB  Ronald McKinnon     90   29   7    4
MLB  Randall Godfrey     90   30   7    4/5
MLB  Nick Barnett        86   22   R    4/5
MLB  Earl Holmes         89   30   7    5
MLB  Jamie Sharper       91   28   6    5/6
MLB  London Fletcher     90   28   5    6/7
MLB  Andra Davis         84   24   1    7/8
MLB  Rob Morris          89   28   3    8
MLB  Jeremiah Trotter    87   26   5    8
MLB  Dat Nguyen          89   27   4    9
MLB  Mike Peterson       89   27   4    9
MLB  Napoleon Harris     83   24   1    9
MLB  Edgerton Hartwell   87   25   2    9/10
MLB  Derek Smith         88   28   6   10
MLB  Greg Bierkert       86   34  10   10
MLB  Tedy Bruschi        86   30   7   10
MLB  Dan Morgan          85   24   2   11/12
MLB  E.J. Henderson      74   23   R   15/25


Pos  Name               OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
CB   Champ Bailey        98   25   4    1
CB   Ty Law              97   29   8    1
CB   Ronde Barber        94   28   6    1/2
CB   Patrick Surtain     93   27   5    1/2
CB   Aaron Glenn         94   31   9    2
CB   Bobby Taylor        93   29   8    2
CB   Troy Vincent        93   33  11    2
CB   Chris McAlister     93   26   4    3
CB   Sam Madison         92   29   6    3
CB   Terrance Newman     86   24   R    3
CB   Samari Rolle        92   27   5    3/4
CB   Charles Woodson     91   26   5    4
CB   Brian Kelly         90   27   5    4
CB   Antoine Winfield    90   26   4    4
CB   Mike McKenzie       90   27   4    4/5
CB   Shawn Springs       90   28   6    5
CB   Nate Clements       87   23   2    5
CB   Marcus Trufant      84   22   R    5/6
CB   Quentin Jammer      84   24   1    5/6
CB   Anthony Henry       86   26   2    6
CB   Will Allen          86   25   2    6
CB   Andre Dyson         86   24   2    6
CB   William Peterson    86   24   2    6
CB   Lenny Walls         82   23   1    6/7/8
CB   Ahmed Plummer       87   27   3    7
CB   Derek Ross          82   23   1    7
CB   Fred Smoot          84   24   2    7/8
CB   Marcus Coleman      86   29   7    8
CB   R.W. McQuarters     86   26   5    8
CB   Mario Edwards       85   27   3    8
CB   Daylon McCutcheon   85   26   4    8
CB   Phillip Buchanon    82   22   1    8/9/10
CB   Fernando Bryant     86   26   4    9
CB   Nick Harper         85   28   3    9
CB   Duane Starks        85   29   5    9
CB   Donnie Abraham      85   29   7   10
CB   Gary Baxter         80   24   2   10/11
CB   Jamar Fletcher      80   24   2   12
CB   Asante Samuel       78   22   R   12
CB   Mike Rumph          77   23   1   12
CB   Travis Fisher       77   23   1   12/13
CB   Rashean Mathis      77   23   R   13/14
CB   Ken Lucas           79   24   2   13/14
CB   Lito Sheppard       75   22   1   14/15
CB   Andre Woolfolk      74   23   R   15/16
CB   Charles Tillman     72   22   R   26/27


Pos  Name              OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
FS   Brian Dawkins      99   29   7    6
FS   Darren Sharper     98   27   6    6
FS   Roy Williams       95   23   1    8
FS   Rod Woodson        95   38  16    8/9
FS   Aeneas Williams    95   35  12    9
FS   Lance Shulters     91   28   5   10/11
FS   Mike Brown         88   25   3   13/14
FS   Ken Hamlin         84   22   R   13
FS   Brock Marion       89   33  10   14
FS   Dexter Jackson     88   26   4   14
FS   Dwight Smith       83   25   2   14/15
FS   Idrees Bashir      84   24   2   15
FS   Tebucky Jones      86   28   5   17
FS   Jerome Woods       86   30   7   17
FS   Sam Brandon        79   24   1   17
FS   Eugene Wilson      76   23   R   18
FS   Deon Grant         80   24   3   19


Pos  Name              OVR  Age  Yr  Rnd
SS   Lawyer Milloy      96   29   7    6/7
SS   Rodney Harrison    96   30   9    7
SS   Darren Woodson     93   34  11   10/11
SS   Ed Reed            92   24   1   10/11
SS   John Lynch         91   31  10   11/12
SS   Robert Griffith    91   32   9   11/12
SS   Sammy Knight       91   27   6   12
SS   Shaun Williams     92   26   5   12/13
SS   Adam Archuleta     90   25   2   12/13
SS   Tony Parrish       90   27   5   13/14
SS   Reggie Tongue      89   30   7   14
SS   Tank Williams      86   23   1   14/15
SS   Cory Chavous       88   27   5   16
SS   Greg Wesley        87   27   3   16
SS   Michael Lewis      82   23   1   16
SS   Donovan Darius     87   28   5   17
SS   Adrian Wilson      85   23   2   17
SS   Mike Doss          83   22   R   17
SS   Marques Anderson   81   24   1   17/18
SS   Coy Wire           79   24   1   17/18
SS   Mike Minter        85   29   6   18
SS   Troy Polamalu      78   22   R   18/19
SS   Terrence Kiel      72   22   R   35/36



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4. General Draft Strategy
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- Always take a player as late as possible, otherwise you are wasting a pick.

- Don't draft old guys since they will get worse and cost a lot.

- Do draft young guys since they will improve and don't cost much.

- For positions where SPD is relevant, try to get guys with high SPD since this
  stat is generally fixed for the player's lifetime; other stats can be
  improved.

- The 3-4 is harder to draft than the 4-3 since the CPU picks MLBs earlier than
  DTs.

- The CPU drafts certain positions very late, use this to your advantage by
  drafting that position right before the CPU starts drafting it to get the best
  players. This also means you can focus your early picks on the hard-to-get
  positions.

- Spend your early picks on on top players for positions that are difficult to
  improve (OT for example), and spend your late picks on talented rookies for
  positions that are easy to improve.

- When selecting a particular player, keep in mind what stats can be improved
  through the minicamp.  QB is a good example of this, you can improve THA and
  THP easily, but SPD and AWR are much more difficult.

- In another vein, get good at the minicamp! Achieving gold on all-madden gives
  your player 7 points to work with. This can bring many positions up 3-4 points
  OVR! Proper minicamp usage ensures you one star player in each facet of your
  game: QB, HB, WR, DE, LB, and CB. An offensive line drill is on my wish list
  for Madden 2005.

- Plan your early picks; a bad round 1 pick hurts a lot more than a bad round 10
  pick.

- QB, HB, WR, T, DE, MLB, OLB and CB are the hard-to-get positions. These
  guys start going from round 1.

- Guards are easier to get, they don't start going until round 3.

- Defensive Tackles are a bit strange; they start going from round 1, but there
  are still DTs with 87 OVR left in round 25! The CPU appears to pick the very
  best DTs in rounds 1-10, then waits until rounds 25 and 26 to pick the rest of
  them. This means that unless you want a top DT, wait until 24 or 25 to make
  your picks.

- Safeties don't start going until round 6.

- Fullbacks/Tight Ends/Centers/Kickers/Punters: The CPU always takes FB/TE/C in
  rounds 16-22, mostly in 20-22. Use this to your advantage by spending your
  normally worthless round 16-18 picks on the top players from these positions.
  Getting Olin Kruetz (C, OVR 96, Age 25) in round 17 is a pretty good deal!
  Kickers and punters go in rounds 22-23; use a similar strategy.

A simple, effective way to draft:
1. Decide what kind of team you want (i.e. strong running game, strong pass
   coverage, etc.)
2. Decide which specific players will fulfill your goals. Since you know what
   rounds they will go in, these rounds are your "fixed picks".
3. For any round that is not a "fixed pick" just take the best guy available,
   provided you can't get him in a later round.
This method maximizes the value of your picks, while creating the type of
team you want.



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5. First Round Picks
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Your 1st round pick is your most important pick. Never pick a FB, TE, G, C, FS,
SS, K, P in the first round.I recommend only spending your 1st round pick on one
of the following players:

QB
Steve McNair
Peyton Manning
Daunte Culpepper
Michael Vick

McNair has the best OVR but is 31 years old. IMHO any of the other 3 are better
choices. Who is tops? In this case it really depends on how you play QB.

HB
Priest Holmes
Jamal Lewis
LaDainian Tomlinson
Clinton Portis

At 21 Portis is clearly the winner. Lewis and Tomlinson are tied for 2nd. Like
McNair at QB, The Priest has the best OVR but is a bit old.

WR
Marvin Harrision
Terrel Owens
Randy Moss

Moss, Owens, Harrison, in that order. Speed and youth are king, and Moss wins
in both categories. The funny thing is many times you can get Moss in the 2nd
round! This actually happens fairly often, maybe 33% of the time.

T
Jonathan Ogden
Orlando Pace

Tackles in round 1? Yes, either of these guys add a lot to your offense. Pace is
superior because of his age.

DE
Jason Taylor
Michael Strahan
Simeon Rice
Julius Peppers

It's either Taylor or Peppers. I'd probably pick Peppers because he's younger
and faster. If both of them are gone, Rice tops Strahan because 2 years is worth
much more than a point of OVR.

DT
La'Roi Glover

He is the only DT worthy of a 1st pick.

OLB
Derrick Brooks
Lavar Arrington (LOLB #53)
Takeo Spikes

LOLB #53 is the best choice. If he's gone, I'd take Spikes over Brooks.

MLB
Ray Lewis
Brian Urlacher

Ray's 99 OVR doesn't tell the whole story. It should really be 104 OVR (see my
OVR stat FAQ for why this is), but Madden caps OVR at 99. So he's really 6 OVR
points ahead of Urlacher. I think these guys are equally good choices.

CB
Champ Bailey
Ty Law

Baily is clearly better, but both are excellent corners.

Notice a pattern? That's right, speed+youth beats OVR.

Here are my personal favorites:

Michael Vick
Clinton Portis
Randy Moss (only if I can't get him in round 2)
Julius Peppers
Lavar Arrington
Ray Lewis
Brian Urlacher
Champ Bailey



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6. Version History
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1/31/04 v1.0
- initial release



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