Given the Ravens’ lack of inside linebackers, LSU’s Patrick Queen could become the first-ever Tiger drafted by the Ravens later this month.
Although the Ravens have drafted their fair share of SEC players, particularly from Alabama, the organization has never drafted a player from out of the Baton Rouge, La., school in 24 years. Queen, a native of Ventress, La., does believe it is a “wild” fact, but he says the idea of playing in a defense coordinated by Don “Wink” Martindale is enticing.
“It’s just a crazy thought because we try the same thing with our team [at LSU] as far as sending blitzes from different directions and try to get the offense off balance and stuff,” Queen said on Glenn Clark Radio April 3. “There’s no limit to my game. So, I hope if I do end up there I’ll be able to move around and show different looks and be able to be that guy for them.”
The Ravens only have three inside linebackers on the roster after losing Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor to free agency. That would give Queen an opportunity to become an instant starter for a Ravens defense that ranked No. 2 in total defense last year.
Queen was only a one-year starter at LSU — he played behind Devin White in 2017 and 2018 — but the 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker totaled 131 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and four sacks during his three years at LSU. He finished his career by winning the national championship as a junior after the Tigers defeated the Clemson, 42-25, in January to cap off a 15-0 season.
Queen says winning the national championship game still doesn’t feel real.
“You see the winning atmosphere, the winning culture, the aggressive culture, the passion from fans and everything just correlates into one,” Queen said of bringing a national championship to Baton Rouge. “To be able to see all the fans and be able to bring something that big back to the state is something that you can only dream of. The feeling of winning that championship still doesn’t feel real to this day.”
Queen says personal accolades don’t matter as long as the team has a ring.
“Nobody wants to be a loser. Everybody wants to win,” Queen said. “So, my thing is accolades and all that is cool for just one person but if we’re winning, I really don’t care. As long as we get a ring, I’m good.”
Both the Ravens and Tigers have winning traditions. The Ravens boast an all-time record of 214-169-1; the Tigers, 782-402-47. Both have captured championships and both teams are coming off winning seasons, though the Ravens fell to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs.
But a key similarity Queen sees between the Ravens and the Tigers is their love for the game. From Ray Lewis to Ed Reed (a Louisiana native) to Earl Thomas, Queen says the Ravens exhibit a lot of passion on the field.
“The whole team itself just has got a lot of passion and that’s what I really like about them,” Queen said. “That’s how we are at LSU. I guess from the past teams, it’s just that one word — passion — that I see from [LSU and Baltimore], and that’s what I like.”
However, another player being linked to the Ravens is Oklahoma inside linebacker Kenneth Murray. Murray totaled 325 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in three seasons for the Sooners. Although there’s debate about who should be drafted first, Queen says he and Murray are close.
“Nothing’s personal between us. We’re close,” Queen said. “I would say we met at the Combine and talked a little bit. We still chat a little bit now. That’s my guy, and I’m hoping wherever he ends up, he’s the guy that they want.”
If drafted, Queen says the team that selects him will get a playmaker.
“I’m a playmaker. Whenever there’s a play that needs to be made, I’m there to make the play. I’m instinctive and have great football smarts. I can call out plays that are about to happen,” Queen said. “I play aggressive. Bigger than what my size is and my play speed is off the chart.”
But Queen adds there is still room for improvement.
“Everything that I do, I can improve on, so Day One, wherever I go, [I’m going to] just be ready to work,” he said.
For more from Queen, listen to the full interview here:
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