5. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Linebacker is a position the Cleveland Browns will address in the 2020 NFL Draft, the only question is, when will the organization do something about it?
Recent history suggests the analytically driven front office doesn’t place a high value on the position, as it let Joe Schobert walk in free agency, and released veteran Christian Kirksey, who did have an injury history.
Schobert was a third-round pick in 2016, who quickly found himself playing a lot of snaps for some very bad Browns’ teams. He wasn’t the most physically gifted player, but his football IQ helped him overcome a lot.
Needless to say, the Browns have to replace him, and unfortunately, as a whole, the linebacker position doesn’t offer a ton of value in the second round. That said, there’s a player worth taking in LSU’s Patrick Queen.
While projections have Queen playing outside linebacker in the pros, he played on the inside for the Tigers and there’s a sect who believe he could do the same in the NFL..
Queen can drop into coverage, as he never allowed a reception longer than 20 yards in 488 coverage snaps. Plus, he’s very athletic, and has drawn comparisons by some websites as being just a tick below Isaiah Simmons in that department.
In drafting Queen, the Browns will have a very unique prospect who fills a major position of need.