Baltimore Ravens rookies get their numbers: 3 big things
3. Patrick Queen can make 48 distinctive:
If you look around the NFL there aren’t a lot of star linebackers with numbers in the 40’s. While Baltimore recognizes 48 for Patrick Onwuasor, Onwuasor will be largely forgotten in a few years. Queen has a chance to make the number 48 his own. He has a chance that few players ever have coming into the NFL. If Queen is the star that we think he’s going to be, he will become the definitive 48. He will become the first player you think about when you see or hear the number 48.
The USA Today put together a list of the greatest player in NFL history at each number. The greatest 48 listed in Jim Reineking’s USA Today article was Darryl Johnston. Johnston was a great fullback for the Cowboys. That being said, if I didn’t Google the best NFL players to wear the number 48, I wouldn’t have ever thought of Johnston. That’s the point. Queen has a chance to become the most recognizable number 48 in NFL history. Queen only needs to be remembered as a good player to accomplish this. He has a chance to be a great player too, which makes becoming the most distinctive number 48 a very viable goal for his career.
The Ravens gave Malik Harrison the number 40 jersey. The entire point of drafting Harrison was to pair with Queen. The Ravens are going to have both of their inside linebackers of the future wearing a number in the 40’s.
Considering that this is possibly the last big news the Ravens offseason could give us for a while, making a big deal out of rookies numbers seems warranted. We may not even have OTA’s and mini camps this offseason. The Ravens just have to hope that training camp and the preseason goes as planned.