Arden Key Could Become The Surprise Of The 2018 NFL Draft!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
LSU Potential Super-Star Arden Key was a Sensational Defensive End and Outside Linebacker in 2016 when he was a Devastating Pass-Rusher and he could be another Devastating Pass-Rusher again in The NFL.
Key was Primed and Ready to become an All-American and a #1 Draft Choice in The NFL in 2017. Key Started his Final Nine Games as a True Freshman in 2015 when he Recorded 5 Quarterback Sacks and 6.5 Tackles for a Loss. Then as a Sophomore in 2016, Key had an Incredible and Amazing Year for The LSU Tigers as he Recorded 56 Tackles, including 12 Quarterback Sacks, 14.5 Tackles for a Loss, and 3 Forced Fumbles. Key also Recorded 2 Quarterback Sacks in The Citrus Bowl.
In that Incredible True Freshman Season, on The Season Opener, and on The First Snap of his College Career, Key Sacked Mississippi State Quarterback Dak Prescott. Key was Pretty Sensational in his 2015 Freshman Season and he Ended The Year by being Selected to the Freshman All-American Team and this All-American had all of The NFL Scouts in a Buzz.
I watched every single LSU Game in 2016 and I thought that Arden Key was a Defensive Freak. Another thing that was also Amazing about Key was that LSU was so dominant, Key and the rest of the Defensive Starters only played about Half of the Game in Several Games. They Finished 8-4 and although they Changed Head Coaches after four games, they Finished 5-3 in The SEC and 13th in The Country in The AP Poll.
After his Great Season in 2016, Key took-off some time away from The LSU Football Program in the Spring of 2017, for Personal Reasons, but then he Returned in The Summer. He, then had Surgery on his Shoulder in the Off-Season which caused him To -Miss his First Two Games as a Junior in 2017.
Although Key missed his First two game in 2017, he was Still Named to The Butkus Dick Award Watch List that goes to the Best Linebacker in The Country after he Set the LSU Single-Season with 12 Sacks and 11 Quarterback Hurries.
Key also Missed Two other games in 2017 with a Finger Injury, so he only Played in 8 Games. Although he had a rather disappointing year with only 33 Tackles, 4 Sacks, and 5.5 Tackles for a Loss, he still made a couple Fantastic Plays that brought back some Memories of The Old Arden Key in 2015 and 2016.
After watching Key play for the Three seasons, it is Really Obvious that he was a Little Overweight in 2017 after coming-back from Injuries and he was obviously not in Condition. Key can very easily get back on Track to becoming a Sensational EDGE-Rusher and a #1 Draft Choice in The NFL. Key also has the Unbelievable Potential to become a Starting 3-4 EDGE Rusher or a Designated Pass-Rusher in a 4-3 Defense.
Over the Last Decade, The NFL has become a Passing League and Unbelievable Passing Offenses and Schemes have replaced the Ole “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust” Offenses from The Past. To counteract these Passing Schemes, Top Pass Rushers are more Important to NFL Teams and NFL Team Owners than any other Position, other than a Quarterback. Von Miller is a Prime Example and Arden Key Might become The Next All-Pro EDGE Rusher.
Defensive Linemen Divided Into Four Categories!
Over the Years, the Defensive Line Position has Evolved into several different positions. In a 3-4 or a 5-2 Defense, The Defensive Nose Guard or Nose Tackle, or sometimes Called The Middle Guard plays Directly over the Offensive Center and in a 5-2 or 3-4 Defense, The Defensive Tackles play Directly over the Offense Tackles.
In a Typical 3-4 Defense, The Nose Tackles are “Big-Wide Bodies who can hold the Point of Attack and Force Two Offensive Linemen to Double Team him with the Offensive Guard and Center. They are also usually the Heaviest Players on the Roster, weighing in the 320 to 350 Pound Range. Height is Important, but Typical Nose Tackles are 6-3, 6-2, or 6-1-Inches Tall or Below.
In a Typical 4-3 Defense, both Defensive Ends are at a Down Position and with The Rush End in a 5 Technique, on the Outside Shoulder of The Offensive Tackle. The Strong Side Defensive End or Strong Side End is Lined-Up on The Tight End side. This Defensive End is Typically the Bigger, Stronger, and more Physically Gifted End of the two Defensive Ends, as he may be seeing blocks from either the Tight End, Right Offensive Tackle or Guard, and Fullback or a combination of two of those players.
The “Weak Side Defensive End” or “Rush End” is The Blind-Side Pass-Rusher against a Right-Handed Passing Quarterback and he usually is a Speedy, Athletic, and One of the Best Players on the Football Team. This Super Defensive End has Recently been given a New name of EDGE Rush End.
Arden Key Dropped 12 Pounds For The Scouting Combine And Runs A Great 4.25 Pro Schuttle.
In the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Arden Key Dropped about 12 Pounds for The Scouting Combine and he had maintained that weight for The LSU Pro Day. Key said he lost the weight with the goal of improving his 40 Time with plans to beef back up to 250 pounds by the time he reports to an NFL Mini-Camp. His ideal 40 Time was a 4.6, but he said that he was not discouraged and that some of The NFL Scouts had Clocked him at a 4.68 Forty.
In Indianapolis, Key ran a Great 4.25 in the Pro Shuttle, showing that he still has a Great and Freaky Quickness and Indicating that he is capable of running a much faster Forty. His 31-Inch Vertical Jump was not Exceptional, but it was Outstanding for a Defensive End.
One of the teams with the interest in Key is The New Orleans Saints. Key said he met with The Saints at The Scouting Combine and then had Dinner with them and will meet again with them before flying out to meet with The Cincinnati Bengals.
Super EDGE Rusher Arden Key could become an Unbelievable, Dynamic EDGE Rush Defender with the Uncanny Ability to take over an NFL Game and help Neutralize an All-Pro and Franchise Passing Quarterback. The only way to Stop this Type of Quarterback is To Completely Dominate The Pass Rush at the Point of Attack. Key could be that Game-Changer and a Defensive EDGE Rusher Franchise Player if he is able to Focus on being the Best Football Player that he can possibly be.