The most obvious hole the Ravens needed to address early in the NFL Draft was inside linebacker, and they did just that Thursday night with the 28th overall pick when they selected LSU star Patrick Queen.
Queen is a speedy linebacker who excels in play recognition and coverage, and his surprise breakout season helped lead the LSU Tigers to their national title last January.
Queen was regularly mocked to the Ravens throughout the last couple months, and his selection was widely praised by experts both online and on the broadcast.
Here are five things to know about the newest Baltimore Raven.
1. He's the first player the Ravens have ever selected from LSU
The Ravens have never shied away from big-name programs. The two schools from which they have drafted the most players in their history are Alabama and Oklahoma, with 11 each. One powerhouse program they've never drafted from? LSU.
But that changed Thursday night.
Asking him about his fit in Baltimore at the Combine, Patrick Queen mentioned to me that it was a big goal of his that he wanted to be the first LSU player ever drafted by the #Ravens. He got his wishes.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 24, 2020
LSU is one of the premier programs in college football, playing in the vaunted SEC and, of course, coming off a national championship. Queen's visibility rose markedly along with LSU's run, and now the Ravens have a player very used to wearing purple.
2. He was the 2020 CFP National Championship Game Defensive MVP
Big time players make big-time plays, and there are no bigger plays than in the National Championship Game. Against Clemson in January, Queen registered 8 tackles, 2.5 TFL and 0.5 sacks.
His meteoric rise late in the season was a key part of their championship run, and that culminated with an MVP performance in the title game. The Ravens are hoping Queen will be able to make plays in the NFL postseason as well.
3. He's just 20 years old
One of the more exciting elements of adding Queen is the potential for growth. He played under Devin White in 2018, so he has only been a starter for one season.
4. He was almost as good at baseball as he is football
Is he allowed to play with the Orioles too?
Queen's athleticism has been apparent for years. He played on his high school baseball team - as an eighth-grader. He considered walking on to the LSU baseball team, which is annually one of the best in the country. But instead he decided to stay focused on football.
5. His dad told him he was going to LSU on the day he was born
When Queen was born, his father held him up and said to his son, "Louisiana State University Tigers is your destination." LSU was in his blood from literally day one. And while there was no prophecy about Queen one day joining the Baltimore Ravens, it's clear he is a perfect fit for the organization, both on and off the field.
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