Throughout the NFL draft process, you will see many names climb up the draft boards. Many players each year drastically improve their draft stock by a good performance at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Combine, and their school’s Pro Day. One player in particular who’s already rising up people’s draft boards is LSU Linebacker Patrick Queen.
Queen announced on January 15th that he would be forgoing his senior season at LSU and would enter the NFL draft. At the time, Queen was projected as an early to mid 2nd round pick, but just a few days ago, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah had Queen going 19th overall to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Queen is rising more than many thought he would, and deservedly so. Queen was a vital force on the Tigers defense, and a big contributor to the LSU Tigers Championship season.
He ended his 2019 campaign with 85 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Although those stats are quite good, you would think his stats may be a little bit better.
However, his stats really do not do him justice. When I get ready to scout a draft prospect, I always remember that stats are deceiving. Queen is a perfect example of this. He has a high motor, and anytime he has the chance to make a play, he does just that. He is a excellent tackler as well, and you’ll very rarely see him miss a tackle.
Something I like about Queen is his effort. He’s never going to give up on a play. He hustles every time regardless of if he will be part of the play or not. That is something NFL scouts pay attention to and will definitely remember come draft day.
I am very impressed with his ability to get to the QB. Queen had 3 sacks, but as I stated earlier, stats can be very deceiving. Queen’s ability to pressure the QB is impressive. Even though he may not be getting the sack, he is getting QB pressures and getting in the face of the QB, which could lead to an interception.
The one area where I can see Patrick Queen making improvements at is with man coverage. With an experienced coach, I believe that he can overcome it and adapt nicely to the NFL.
One thing for sure is that whoever drafts Patrick Queen will be getting a fantastic LB who will immediately help a defense.