Patrick Queen was the first LSU player designed by Ravens, but he was part of a general theme in this year’s class.
Queen is from the SEC, one of the “Power Five” conferences that almost wiped out the Baltimore draft this year. Nine of the 10 players designed by Ravens came from Big Ten, SEC or Big 12. The exception was the sixth round wide receiver James Proche, who played for high school at the American Athletic Conference.
Baltimore’s preference for players from the power conference was more predictable this year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of most pro days and all pre-draft visits to team facilities. There is no sure way to predict which players will come out, but choosing players from top programs is usually a safer bet. Why not rely on players who appear at top conferences, playing in many of the biggest college football matches?
“I think one of the themes this year with us is, we brought some people from a truly extraordinary and successful program – people who played in big games, the playoff type atmosphere in college,” said General Manager Eric DeCosta. “Guys like it [J.K.] Dobbins and Malik [Harrison], people like Patrick [Queen]. [They] will be able to enter and, I think, really rather get used to it quickly. Especially with Harrison, he is a man who really looks like an NFL midfielder. “
The Ravens liked the way the Queen rose on the occasion in two LSU football playoff wins which won the national title for the Tigers. He has eight tackles against Oklahoma and Clemson and he has six tackles and one sack in the SEC championship game against Georgia.
Playing in the NFL is a higher level of football, but Queen believes her SEC experience would be better prepared for that. Fourteen players from LSU were selected in this year’s draft, including the first five rounds. At least one LSU linebacker has been designed for eight years in a row. Last year was Devin White, who finished fifth overall and had a prominent year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“This is like the standard at LSU that we are trying to maintain,” Queen said. “Every day we come in, the first thing we say is LBU (university back midfielder). It’s just a matter of respect, really that we are trying to follow.”
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