6. Nate Herbig, OG, NY Jets (64 overall)
A similar story can be told for Jets guard Nate Herbig. Herbig was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in May after the young offensive lineman asked for his release to explore better opportunities.
With 17 starts under his belt at age 24, one would think that Herbig would be rated as a quality backup lineman, especially given that he finished as Pro Football Focus' 13th ranked guard in 2020 and earned another solid 68.1 (31st ranked) rating in 2021.
Instead, much like Sherwood, Madden seems to be convinced that Herbig is one of the worst players on the Jets roster. His 64 overall rating is the same as players like Javin White and Trevon Wesco and only one point higher than Lawrence Cager.
Herbig's rating likely deserves to be in the upper 60s, not down with the practice-squad-caliber players. This one makes no sense.
5. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, NY Jets (74 overall)
This entry is admittedly grasping at straws, at least a little bit. Alijah Vera-Tucker's 74 overall rating may seem low out of context, but it actually ranks him rather favorably as it compares to other guards in the game.
That 74 overall rating actually ranks Vera-Tucker as the 32nd overall guard in the NFL which is certainly fair after what was a promising rookie campaign. It's the rest that doesn't make sense.
Perhaps Madden's guard rating scale is just a bit off/harsh because that 74 rating makes Vera-Tucker the lowest-rated starting offensive lineman on the Jets, and it isn't particularly close.
That's the same rating as guys like Ashtyn Davis and Vinny Curry. Maybe that's comparing apples to oranges, but it sure feels like Vera-Tucker deserves to be at least a couple of points higher.