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By Marc Lawrence — Pro Football Focus said that the selection of LB Patrick Queen at number 28 in this year’s NFL draft was one of PFF’s favorite picks of the first round, especially after the Los Angeles Chargers moved up to take a linebacker at pick 23 and the Seattle Seahawks went linebacker right in front of Baltimore at 27. The Ravens entered the draft with no starting-caliber linebackers in their roster. Queen is an elite athlete but only started one season at LSU and the Ravens have a complex matchup-zone schemes that requires players to make reads and adjustments on the fly. His explosiveness and smoothness as an athlete more than likely makes up for that. Meanwhile, the selection of S Geno Stone was one of the most underrated safeties in the draft class. His processing and quicks are a fit for every defense in the NFL. On his 883 coverage snaps over the last three years, Stone had put together one of the best coverage grades in the country at 91.8. For a complete review of the Ravens draft, including grades from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.

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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: FELEIPING THE SCRIPT: The Arkansas Razorbacks went through five quarterbacks on their way to a 2–10 record in 2019, matching 2018’s two-win effort. Through it all the Hogs started the 8th most underclassmen in 2019 (50.8%). Heading into a new era, Arkansas welcomes head coach Sam Pittman, and former Florida QB Feleipe Franks, as its new signal caller. Pittman was a four-year assistant at Georgia with a wealth of experience, having coached at seven different Power 5 schools during his 32 years of coaching. Together they’ll look to snap a 19-game SEC losing skid.

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There is plenty of speculation on the NFL opening virtual workouts, rookie camps and more in its 2020 offseason plan to prepare for a full season starting in September. Before it happens, though, they’ll need answers for these possible coronavirus bumps in the road – WHAT IF: they can’t practice; the officials don’t have their training seminar camps; the owners meetings May 19-20 don’t materialize; rookies can’t get acclimated; the preseason is shortened; and on and on. A lot of questions are looming on the horizon and the league needs answers – pronto.

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