2020 NFL Draft: 3 Baltimore Ravens picks with the most upside
The Ravens must feel good about what they accomplished in the 2020 NFL draft. They drafted ten players and they found some that really play like Ravens. Here are three players from the 2020 draft that have the highest upside.
1) Patrick Queen:
The Ravens acquired Patrick Queen with the 28th pick and must be excited that a player of this caliber fell to them. Not only was Queen usually rated above players like Kenneth Murray and Jordyn Brooks, but many thought that he was a top-20 player. Queen fills a huge need for the Ravens and they didn’t need to trade up to get him. That is a giant win for the Ravens, and in Queen, they are getting a linebacker of the future. Out of all the things to like about Queen, the best part might be that he is only 20 years old.
Not only will Queen continue to grow, but his speed can also propel him to being a top 5 linebacker in the NFL. Queen ran 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash, that type of speed at 230 pounds is hard to find. Queen should become a player who can stay on the field for all three downs and eventually wear the green dot to command the defense. Even though he only started for one year at LSU, he got better as the season went on. I am very excited to see what Queen can become at the next level.
According to Lance Zierlein’s NFL.com draft profile of Queen, some of the knocks against Queen are:
"One-year starter, Needs better downhill timing to squeeze the gap Inconsistent block-slipper on the second level Room for improvement with route recognition from zone"
The good part is that these are completely correctable problems, and there are few better organizations at coaching up linebackers than the Ravens.
The only thing that could become a problem is his ability to get off blocks. Because he is undersized he could get pushed out of a play from time to time, but the Ravens always do a good job of adding to their defensive line. Which is why Justin Madubuike was such a good pick.