Arden Key – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Arden Key

DE

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
DE LSU 49 JR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'5 232 4.74 6'4 238 33 1/2 10

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.85* 31 9'9 DNP 7.16 4.25

Overview:

Key ended his career at LSU by playing in 31 career games, with 129 tackles, 24.5 for loss, and 20.0 sacks. He also had 4 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumbles recovered. He is a nice tall edge rusher, he has good speed, he is a great pass rusher, and gets good pressure on the quarterback. He uses his speed to get to the quarterback, he is a clear tackling machine, and a defensive play maker. He also creates havoc on defense, is a relentless defender, and is a sure fire tackler. On the other hand, he has some issues with bigger offensive lineman at times, but that does not hurt his game, and he seems a bit too light to be a full time 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. With all of that said, I see Key being a 1st-round pick, likely ending up in the top 15, and one of the first 3 edge rushing defensive ends selected this April.

Strengths:

Nice tall edge rusher

Has good speed

Uses his speed to get to the QB

Gets good pressure on the QB

Is a great pass rusher

A sure fire tackler

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

Has a non stop motor

A hard hitter

Creates havoc on defense

A relentless defender

Tackling machine

A defensive play maker

Did a great job of getting the QBs and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Put up great sack numbers at LSU

Weaknesses:

Has issues with bigger lineman at times but that does not hurt his game

Too light to be a full time 4-3 DE in the NFL

Career Stats:

Games Played: 31

Tackles: 129

Tackles For Loss: 24.5

Sacks: 20.0

Pass Breakups: 4

Forced Fumbles: 3

Fumbles Recovered: 2