The Baltimore Ravens got a potential starter in the middle of their defense by selecting linebacker Patrick Queen out of LSU with the 28th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Queen had 85 tackles, three sacks and an interception to help the Tigers win the national championship last season. Over his three-year career he amassed 131 career tackles, including 17 1/2 for a loss and four sacks.
Queen opted to put his name into the NFL draft after his junior season. He has the potential to step in and start immediately, as evidenced by his 16 tackles in the Tigers’ two College Football Playoff games.
In the second round Friday night, the Ravens selected running back J.K Dobbins from Ohio State. In 2019, Dobbins became the first running back in school history to surpass 2,000 yards.
The Ravens’ busy third round of the draft kicked off by selecting Texas A&M University defensive tackle Justin Madubuike. The defensive lineman had double-digit tackles for a loss in his sophomore and junior seasons, the former of which he won his team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player Award.
University of Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay followed Madubuike on Baltimore’s draft board, who was a first-team All-Big 12 selection his senior year with 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns.
Malik Harrison from Ohio State University was taken six picks after Duvernay as the third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten linebacker joins the Ravens.
And the final pick of the third round for Baltimore was Mississippi State University guard Tyre Phillips. The Mississippi native played tackle his senior year in college but identified as a guard upon his selection by the Ravens.
Baltimore opened Day 3 of their draft by selecting Michigan guard Ben Bredeson with the 143rd overall selection in the fourth round. Bredeson was a team captain and started every game the last two seasons for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. Now he’ll bring his compete for John Harbaugh’s Ravens.
Ben Bredesen will fit right in with that kind of competitiveness. 😤
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 25, 2020
In the fifth round, the Ravens selected Texas Tech defensive tackle Broderick Washington, Jr. with the 170th overall pick. Though considered undersized, Washington was a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and remarkably durable, playing all 35 games in his final three years in Lubbock.
Baltimore added another receiving threat in Round 6, using the 201st overall pick on SMU receiver James Proche. The 24-year-old was the most targeted receiver in college football last season, and registered 209 catches and 27 touchdowns his final two seasons. The sure-handed Proche also adds value as a punt returner after averaging 9.6 yards per return for the Mustangs in 2019.
The Ravens capped their draft with the seventh round selection of Iowa safety Geno Stone with the 219th overall pick. Stone is known for his “football IQ” and according to Pro Football Focus, he allowed the fewest first down conversions in coverage in all of college football.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.