Grading the pick of Malik Harrison:
This is an awesome pick just because of the value. Before you even think of it from a football perspective let’s just go through how much of a steal this was. Harrison was a player commonly linked to the Ravens as a second round prospect. I thought of him as the third best linebacker in this draft class behind Isiah Simmons and Patrick Queen. In my eyes, Harrison is a player who can be a three down linebacker. I thought he was clearly a top 25 player coming into Thursday night. The NFL over thought this and the Ravens are the winners for it.
Baltimore just turned a weakness into a strength. I would not at all be surprised if Queen and Harrison become a pair of Pro Bowl linebackers in the middle of the defense. They both have very high ceilings. Because the knock on Harrison was what he could offer in pass defense and his overall athleticism, he’s the perfect linebacker to pair with Queen.
Queen has incredible athleticism. He can fly around on the football field while Harrison is a downhill machine against the run. A linebacker rotation of Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison and L.J. Fort almost sounds too good to be true.
The Ravens drafted five players on Friday night and the first four will provide an instant impact. The duo of Queen and Harrison reminds me of the combination of Ray Lewis and Jamie Sharper. You have a guy who can make plays all over the place and a tackling machine that makes running the football a real hardship for the opponent. This is such a great pick by Baltimore that it almost makes my head spin. How did Eric DeCosta pull this draft heist off?