The Ravens selected LSU linebacker Patrick Queen with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Queen and Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray were Baltimore’s first-round options at linebacker. Ultimately, here’s how I saw the first round playing out for the Ravens:

Round 1, Pick 28
Might Be: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Could Be: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Wouldn’t Shock Me: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU or Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Pick: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

What KZ thinks:

Queen is an instinctive, sudden and smooth linebacker. He is terrific on the blitz and is an above-average linebacker in coverage. He’s on the smallish side (229 pounds) but fits well in today’s NFL. He fits what the Ravens want to do, which is get more speed on both sides of the ball. Grade: A

What others are saying:

“I love this pick. I think Queen is going to be a star in this defense. I think this kid’s range is outstanding. He can go sideline to sideline.” (Pete Prisco, CBS Sports)

“While other Tigers received more attention, Queen has some of the most eye-opening tape of the bunch. He plays fast, physical and with impressive field confidence for a one-year starter. His ability to diagnose and flow are both very rapid, and he operates with excellent body control and balance to gobble up runners as an open-field tackler. His inexperience will show itself in taking on blocks and finding optimal pursuit angles, but that will get cleaned up in time. Queen is next up from LSU’s linebacker factory, possessing the same three-down ability to hunt, cover and tackle as those before him. He’s an early starter with a sky-high ceiling.” (Lance Zierlein, NFL.com)

“The LSU standout is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker with quick diagnostic skills. He is an exceptional ‘see ball, get ball’ defender with the speed, quickness and explosiveness to track down runners all over the field.” (Bucky Brooks, NFL.com)

“This guy just really fits us. He makes us so fast. I think he’s going to be great behind those guys we added.” – Ravens GM Eric DeCosta after the pick

Photo Credit: Courtesy of LSU Athletics

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