After emerging during LSU's national championship run, Patrick Queen has positioned himself as one of the top linebacker prospects for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. One of the top athletes at his position, Queen also possesses the instincts that should help him adapt to whatever assignment he's given.
Patrick Queen Draft Profile
One of LSU’s true breakout stars in the Tigers’ national championship season, Queen finally forced his way to the top of a linebacker depth chart loaded with veterans. He’s ultra-athletic, a scrape linebacker with true sideline-to-sideline range and the ability to get to where he’s going before blockers can get to him. His exceptional change-of-direction skills allow him to work through traffic, and he’s a twitched-up athlete who packs some pop as a tackler. But where he stood out most last season was in coverage. He’s a fast and fluid mover who can hold his own against running backs and most tight ends in man coverage, and in zone coverage he showed much-improved instincts, with the ability to anticipate and close down passing lanes quickly. He’s disruptive as a blitzer as well, with a good sense of timing and the speed to finish plays.
He’s undersized, and in the run game, he will need to be kept clean; when a blocker gets to him, he’s usually done. He’s a solid tackler, but power-running teams will surely test him. There’s also a lack of length, which shows up in his take-on skills, but also when guarding tight ends in coverage.
The combination of instincts and speed allows Queen to play at a breakneck pace. His ability in coverage and as a blitzer will make him an immediate asset in sub packages and should allow him to take on a full-time workload early on. As long as he’s kept clean, he’ll hold his own on running downs. He has scheme versatility, and there is Pro Bowl potential if his development continues on the same trajectory.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round