Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs:Texas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Florida
Report By: Cody Manning
Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 8.50
Playing Speed: 8.50
Position Versatility: 7.50
He has sideline to sideline speed, his quickness in open space allows him to close down on runners. He is able to open his hips and can flip them with ease to track down his man. His explosiveness allows him to blow past blockers or get up underneath their pads to drive them back. He keeps up the same playing speed throughout games, regardless of what the scoreboard says. He is better suited as an ILB as he can use his overall speed to the defensive advantage. He can be an off-ball linebacker because of his athleticism, but he shouldn't be used as an edge rusher often.
PASS RUSH ABILITY: 6.81
Initial Quickness: 8.25
Rush with Leverage: 7.00
Pass Rush Moves: 6.00
Pressure Consistency: 6.00
His initial quickness allows him to be effective as a blitzer as he can breeze by them to the quarterback or disrupt the pocket when he gets under the blocker's shoulders. If he can, he will use leverage to his advantage. That's all he really can do in the pass rush. He doesn't have a repertoire of moves that he can fall back on if he doesn't win with his initial move. If speed doesn't win, he will try to use leverage, otherwise, he falls back. He is hit and miss with his consistency in getting home.
Pass Drops: 7.75
Coverage Awareness: 8.50
M/M Coverage: 8.00
Zone Coverage: 7.75
He does a great job at dropping back into coverage, he can open up his hips, moves fluidly, and can turn to run with his man. Outstanding when it comes to recognizing the pass and doesn't fall for play-action much often. His athletic ability allows him to keep up with most of his assignments in man coverage. He does a solid job of patrolling his area when he is in zone coverage.
AGAINST THE RUN: 7.35
Play with Leverage: 7.50
Stack and Shed: 6.50
Run at Him: 7.25
Runs Away: 8.50
He does a good job of getting up underneath the blocker's pads and doesn't allow them to push him back. He does occasionally get driven to the ground by bigger lineman. I would like to see him stack and shed more often, he relies upon his athleticism to get around blocks, which does take him out of plays. He fills gaps quickly and can work his way inside the box to get to the runner to stop the play. He understands pursuit angles and he has the ability to track down runs outside the hashes.
In 29 career games, he accrued 131 tackles, 59 solo, 17.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 0 forced fumbles. He keeps up his effort throughout the games and will get into scrums to help end plays with his teammates.
His instincts really show out when he is in coverage, he picks up pass plays very quickly and finds himself in the correct spot. He is an effective communicator when getting everyone in place and he understands their roles within their defensive scheme. He locks in on his assignment.
Queen's athleticism will allow him to compete at the next level because of his sideline-to-sideline ability. His pursuit angles combined with his play speed allows him to track down runners. He is a great coverage linebacker and will fit what most teams are looking for in the position. His route recognition is outstanding which allows him to be in a position to make a play. He is very fluid when maneuvering inside the box and uses his quickness to fill gaps. Teams should look to use his initial burst on blitz packages.
He does depend on his athleticism a little too much. He will try to go around blockers instead of stacking them to shed them for the tackle. This does take himself out of plays and can open up running lanes for backs. He needs to break down more often, he can jump too early or he overpursues the runner which leads to a missed tackle. Outside a blitz, he shouldn't be depended on to get to the quarterback as a pass rusher, he lacks moves and depends on his speed to get by for the sack. His production in college wasn't outstanding so that is a little concerning.
In Year 1, Queen should be able to come in and start for a defensive unit. His athletic ability will convert to the next level. He can fly all over the field to make tackles. Plus, he is a 3-down player as his coverage ability is one of the stronger parts of his game entering the NFL. With the right defensive front, he could flourish as a rookie if he doesn't have to take on blockers that much. If he can just be an athlete as a rookie, then he will be in consideration as one of the best ones in the league. He will need to work on his stack-and-shed ability and not relying on his athleticism too often as he grows as a player. If he can work on the small things, then by Year 3, he has the capability to be considered as one of the best linebackers in the league. He offers a very high ceiling as a player. He can be used in the run and pass game, a great communicator, and can be a leader within a defensive unit.