Ravens: 4 players who could pull a Shohei Ohtani and play both ways

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Ravens, Patrick Queen
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4. Patrick Queen, LB –> RB, Ravens

Patrick Queen may be one of the most promising young players on the Ravens defense, but it wasn’t long ago that he was one of the best young running backs in the country.

Queen starred at Livonia High School in Louisiana as an All-State running back. While he played both sides of the football, Queen didn’t start a game on defense until his senior season of high school.

For that reason, many recruiting outlets had the four-star prospect listed as a running back coming out of high school. Queen was ranked as the 30th-best running back in the country by ESPN.

That was ahead of future college football stars and NFLers Jonathan Taylor, Michael Carter, Chuba Hubbard, and A.J. Dillon.

Other outlets listed him as a linebacker or even just a general athlete, but the LSU coaching staff ultimately made the decision to switch him to defense in college.

Given that he would develop into a future first-round pick, it’s safe to say that they made the correct decision.

Queen definitely has the speed and athleticism to be an NFL running back having run a 4.50 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Combine. For reference, Gus Edwards ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day.

If the Ravens run into a slew of injuries at the running back position, they could do a lot worse than lining up Queen next to/behind Lamar Jackson in the backfield.