3. Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Queen flashed superstar potential in his rookie season, but mistakes and gaffes were far too common. The 2020 first-rounder still managed to finish third in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting, but it’s safe to say that he has plenty of room to grow.
Queen’s immense athleticism and range give him Pro Bowl upside if he could clean up his mistakes both in coverage and run defense.
And that fact that, despite an up-and-down rookie season, he still filled up the stat sheet and received national praise is promising for his Pro Bowl candidacy.
Queen already has a few things working in his favor.
He has the pedigree of being a former first-round pick. He’s a part of one of the most feared defenses in football which should help him receive plenty of attention. And his flashy style of play is perfect for the box score.
Queen showed up to spring practices in excellent physical shape and seems determined to improve his game this season.
The Ravens are going to give him every opportunity to blossom in 2021 as the returning leader of their linebacker corps. And if he could take the next step this season, it’s easy to see him earning the Pro Bowl nod.
Don’t be surprised if Queen is among the leaders in Pro Bowl votes by the halfway point of the season.