THE CASE FOR: PATRICK QUEEN
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
Sideline to Sideline Grit with a Dash of Tiger Speed. Geaux Time.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Patrick Queen #8 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a huge defensive stop against Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
6’0” | 229 lbs
40-yd dash: 4.50 (4)
Bench: 18 reps (T-14)
Vertical: 35 in. (T-11)
Broad Jump: 125 in. (8)
Sideline to sideline speed, sharp natural instincts, good at recognizing offensive patterns, great coverage, good blitzer.
Undersized, limited experience, zone coverage lapses, poor block shedding, sometimes takes poor angles to the ball.
Analysis: Patrick Queen, a one-year starter at LSU, is a name many haven’t even heard. Get to know him, he’s a skilled linebacker with the speed of a safety. Shadowed by the greatness of this year's Tigers Championship team, Queen didn’t receive all of the proper recognition, but this guy can ball. I see value in his versatility, as many teams shift away from the run game and to a spread offense. Queen on multiple occasions showed his ability to cover multiple positions. Queen can cover both backs and tight ends. That’s the kind of player who you can leave on the field for all three downs. The value of a versatile linebacker in today’s NFL cannot be understated. While there isn’t much gametape on Queen because of his status as a one-year starter, he displayed his quick learning ability in part due to his impressive game instincts and football I.Q.. Queen is a coachable player, and a player head NFL coaches will come to love.
Best Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens.
Jacksonville, despite having the NFL’s top defense just a few years ago, found themselves with 6 linebackers this season who played 200 or more snaps, and only one received a PFF grade over 50, Leon Jacobs (68.1). Myles Jack, who was a defensive leader in their campaign, only managed a score of 46.1. They could really use a speedy, young, energetic spark plug who can cover backs and blitz the quarterback
The Panthers have struggled so far to find a defensive replacement for Luke Keuchly, a future Hall of Famer. With a new defensive-minded coach, Matt Rhule, who came over from Baylor, he can ease Queen into his defensive scheme and make up for some of the experience he didn’t get at LSU.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Patrick Queen #8 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a huge defensive stop against Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Baltimore doesn’t have a pressing need for a Linebacker, but Queen would be a perfect fit. They are a fast defense that loves to blitz, one of Queen’s strengths. Since he is also sharp in coverage, he would be a great swiss army knife for Harbaugh to disguise blitzes and coverages and take that defense to the next level.
Projection: Late 1st/Early 2nd.
Baltimore could grab him if he falls to them. If Jacksonville or Carolina trade down to acquire picks, look for them to have an opportunity as well.