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2020 Draft Profile: LSU LB Patrick Queen is a high-tempo playmaker who 'should impact all three downs'

LSU LB Patrick Queen

2019 stats: 15 games, 85 tackles (637solo), 3.0 sacks, 12.0 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, one interception, two passes defended

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 229 lbs

Accolades: CFP National Champion (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #15

Giants current depth at LB: Blake Martinez, David Mayo, Ryan Connelly, Devante Downs, Josiah Tauefa, Nate Harvey, Mark McLaurin, Chris Peace

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Queen is an undersized linebacker with outstanding burst, instincts and coverage ability. Against the pass, he is very fluid in his drops and his change-of-direction ability is excellent. He has good instincts to jump routes and he closes to the flat in a hurry. He is a very dynamic blitzer (see him flat-back an offensive guard in the Texas A&M game). In the run game, he is quick to key/read and shoot gaps. He does get uprooted at times because of his size, but he usually finds a way to beat blockers to spots. Overall, Queen is a high-tempo playmaker at the second level and should impact all three downs.

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NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: While other Tigers received more attention, Queen has some of the most eye-opening tape of the bunch. He plays fast, physical and with impressive field confidence for a one-year starter. His ability to diagnose and flow are both very rapid, and he operates with excellent body control and balance to gobble up runners as an open-field tackler. His inexperience will show itself in taking on blocks and finding optimal pursuit angles, but that will get cleaned up in time. Queen is next up from LSU's linebacker factory, possessing the same three-down ability to hunt, cover and tackle as those before him. He's an early starter with a sky-high ceiling.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: The more I watched LSU's defense last season, the more I liked Queen. He just constantly showed up on the film, making sure tackles and penetrating into the backfield. And he was great in the Tigers' two College Football Playoff games, with four tackles for loss and 16 total tackles. Queen is a run-and-hit middle linebacker who has some coverage skills, though he can still improve there. He'll be an instant starter as a rookie.

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