Trading up for Devin Bush proved to be one of the savviest moves, the Steelers have done in recent memory. Bush made an immediate impact on the defense. He made play after play on the field in his rookie season, and when he speaks people listen. I have no doubt he is the field general the team has needed ever since the devastating Ryan Shazier injury.
Outside of Bush, the linebacker unit could use an influx of young talent. With Mark Barron and Vince Williams both in their 30’s and clearly slowing down, adding a young athletic player like LSU’s, Patrick Queen, would be a smart move for the Steelers.
Queen played a big role in this year’s National Champions. Queen started at middle linebacker for the Tigers, displaying his prowess as an all-around linebacker. Queen finished the season with 85 total tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT, and 2 pass deflections. Those numbers show that Queen can make an impact at the line of scrimmage and is no slouch when put in coverage.
Queen also proved that he can step up in big moments. He was outstanding in this year’s College Football Playoffs. Queen had 16 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and half a sack in the playoffs. He is not afraid of big moments and can be an immediate impact player on any defense in the NF
Pairing him up with Devin Bush, would give the team two outstanding young linebackers that will run the defense for years to come.