The one question no one seems to be asking is whether EA Tiburon has fixed the broken draft logic prior to Madden 19. As everyone (including yours truly) got jacked about the announcement that Madden 19 would have custom draft classes we seemed to forget that there were quite a few issues under the hood that needed to be fixed before anything was added.
First and foremost, one of the biggest problems that Madden CFM has faced since forever has been lackluster draft logic by CPU teams. A lot of this issue comes from what seems to be a lacking interaction between CPU logic between team needs and coach schemes. If you pay attention in your CFM you will see what we see every year – coaches get fired and players age/retire. The breakdown in Madden draft logic stems from this moment and then snowballs as each draft pick is made.
This means that no matter how great your custom draft class might be, it will most likely be thwarted by an AI that is too stupid to use it wisely.
Coaching schemes to this point haven’t changed how a team fluctuates between coaches. If the CPU controlled Browns were to fire Hue Jackson and his West Coast scheme and bring in someone with a Power Run or Vertical Pass scheme it wouldn’t change their draft logic from the initial setting under Jackson. This means scouting players by archetypes as the user will work nicely if you follow those relative guidelines. The CPU will not follow that same logic if you go by what history has shown us.
It leaves me with a bit of a pit in my stomach as I think about how great Madden could be if the basic functions were sound. Sadly, I have a feeling that we will have to pump the brakes on the hype train as it rolls into the station this summer.
It won’t stop me from creating draft classes that will be focused on OBJECTIVE FUNCTION through fiction rather than subjective replication of potential draft classes in real life. I doubt many people outside of Tennessee Volunteer fans would have given a star or superstar rating to Alvin Kamara prior to the beginning of the 2017 season. That same logic will be present in the NoobTubeTV draft classes for Madden 19.