The Ravens were a top-five defense in 2019, which helped them make a strong push for the playoffs. However, they had a big need to fill with inside linebacker after C.J. Mosley left in free agency two seasons ago and now the Ravens are dealing with both Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor leaving. That’s why they selected LSU inside linebacker Patrick Queen to start immediately in the Ravens’ 3-4 defense.
At 6-0, 229 Queen is under the ideal weight and size, but he pursues the ball carrier well and has been known to get in the face of the quarterback. He’s a high energy guy, someone would can take the wheel of the defense and drive it and given the stages that he’s had to play on, by being on the LSU Tigers, the learning curve to the next level should not be that big for Queen.
Remember, one of the best moves by the Ravens pre-draft came when they acquired defensive end Calais Campbell. Imagine him driving the opposing offensive line back and towards the side that Queen is on to finish the play. I would consider Queen as an IDP staple in the making that will fly under the radar on draft day. However, with Queen and Campbell, the Ravens could have enough tweaks to keep them in the top five team defenses in 2020.