Highest-rated Madden offensive linemen: 49ers’ Trent Williams makes history joining Madden’s 99 club

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Trent Williams saved some of his best football for his age-33 season.

The 49ers’ left tackle was one of the best blockers in all of football during the 2021 NFL season and graded as the No. 1 tackle in the NFL per Pro Football Focus. He posted an elite-level grade of 96.6 and allowed just one sack and 16 pressures on 508 pass-blocking snaps.

Williams got an AP All-Pro first-team nod — the first of his career — as a result of his stellar play. Now, he is getting a unique accolade that no other offensive lineman in NFL history has received.

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On Thursday, it was revealed that Williams would be the first offensive lineman to ever join Madden’s 99 club. The exclusive honor is reserved for only the very best NFL players who deserve the top possible rating in Madden’s game.

It makes sense that Williams would be the first 99-overall lineman. He has experienced something of a career renaissance with the 49ers after he skipped the 2019 season while searching for a trade away from Washington. The former No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has been a rock-solid blocker and has made the Pro Bowl during each of the last nine seasons in which he has played.

That said, it is somewhat hard to believe that Madden hasn’t put a 99-overall offensive lineman into its game before. What is the closest that they have gotten? Here’s a breakdown of Madden’s top-rated offensive linemen over the last decade.

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Highest-rated Madden offensive linemen since 2013

Madden offensive linemen haven’t gotten a lot of love over the years, but a select handful of them have been rated highly by Madden’s ratings adjustors. Williams is currently the only lineman to ever receive a natural 99 grade, but several players have rated 96 or higher in recent years.

Before Williams’ elevation, he and Zack Martin rated as the league’s best overall blockers with a rating of 98. There have been six total 98 ratings for offensive linemen since Madden 25, which was released in advance of the 2013 NFL season.

During that span, only 10 players have initially graded at 96 or higher on the offensive line. That said, there have been 23 ratings of 96 or higher, so the offensive linemen that stay highly rated tend to keep those high-end grades long-term.

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Below is the full list of offensive linemen with 96 or better ratings since the release of Madden NFL 25.

Player Team Rating Game
Trent Williams 49ers 99 Madden 23
Trent Williams 49ers 98 Madden 22
Zack Martin Cowboys 98 Madden 22, 21
Tyron Smith Cowboys 98 Madden 17
Marshal Yanda Ravens 98 Madden 16
Joe Thomas Browns 98 Madden15
Evan Mathis Eagles 98 Madden 25
David Bakhtiari Packers 97 Madden 20, 19
Marshal Yanda Ravens 97 Madden 17, 25
Josh Sitton Packers 97 Madden 16, 15
Evan Mathis Eagles 97 Madden 15
Joe Thomas Browns 97 Madden 25
Zack Martin Cowboys 96 Madden 20, 19
Marshal Yanda Ravens 96 Madden 18
Joe Thomas Browns 96 Madden 17
Jason Peters Eagles 96 Madden 16
Josh Sitton Packers 96 Madden 25
Joe Staley 49ers 96 Madeen 25

It’s worth noting that this list will probably expand shortly. The full ratings for Madden 23 have yet to drop and once they do, a couple of blockers may be tacked onto this list. In particular, Tristan Wirfs and Quenton Nelson should be monitored as those young, dynamic linemen inch closer toward their prime.

But it would be a surprise to see another 99-overall lineman join Williams atop the list any time soon. That honor is reserved only for the best of the best.

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