Rookies all over the league have begun reporting to their respective NFL teams, and first-round pick Patrick Queen will soon join the Ravens after finally agreeing to terms.
Ravens announce that they have come to terms with first-round pick, Patrick Queen. That leaves just one more draft pick to get done: Third-round WR Devin Duvernay.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) July 22, 2020
Baltimore selected the LSU inside linebacker with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Queen is expected to contribute immediately on a defense that finished fourth in total yards and third in points allowed for the 2019 season. At only 20-years old, Queen was an instrumental component to the LSU Tigers on their path to an undefeated season and winning the College Football Playoff National Championship, a game in which Queen earned defensive MVP honors with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks.
Queen was viewed by many as the best inside linebacker in the 2020 class outside of the versatile Isaiah Simmons from Clemson. Queen was the fourth inside linebacker taken in the first round, however, with Simmons, Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray, and even Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks going before him in a surprising move by the Seahawks just a pick before the Ravens.
Queen finished his collegiate career at LSU with 135 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, two passes defensed, and a fumble recovery. His final season with the Tigers and only year as a starter was by far his best with 85 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, two passes defenses, and a fumble recovery.
Baltimore hopes that Queen will help to fill the void at linebacker left by C.J. Mosley, who signed with the Jets last offseason following five seasons with the Ravens after being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Alabama.
GM Eric DeCosta was able to salvage the position in 2019 after a rough start by signing veterans Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort off the street, but Queen has the playmaking ability to take the defense to a new level if he hits the ground running.