SAM inside linebacker:
2020 first-round pick Patrick Queen is practically guaranteed the starting WILL inside linebacker spot. Who starts next to him has yet to be determined.
L.J. Fort should have a leg up on the competition due to experience, but he’s far from a difference-maker. Fort will be key to the unit’s depth throughout the season and he’ll at worst be the team’s third linebacker.
Jake Ryan presents an interesting case to start next to Queen after being signed this offseason. Ryan is two years removed from the stat sheet, but he had 163 tackles from 2016-2017 with the Green Bay Packers. Ryan was assuredly a depth move when the Baltimore Ravens signed him, but he’s still capable of playing some significant snaps with the team.
Ravens Flock is certainly hoping that rookie Malik Harrison can get on the field sooner rather than later after being selected in the third round of this past draft. Harrison is a run-stuffing, tone-setting ‘backer who compliments Queen’s game extremely well. While he is no doubt the plan for the future of this defense, it’s far from guaranteed that he’ll be the day one starter.
The Baltimore Ravens went into the 2020 offseason with a massive hole at inside linebacker and now have a great problem to have in terms of who should start. Queen is a lock at one of the spots, but who will be his running mate is yet to be determined. Let the competition begin!