DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Key needs a more consistent inside move. Too often he gets swallowed up because he can’t redirect after his outside speed rush gets shut down. Key is not a good run defender. He needs to get stronger so he can get off of blocks better.
DFD COOKBOOK RECIPE
129 tackles, 24.5 TFL, 20 sacks, 3 FF
Today we look at one of the enigmatic prospects in the 2018 Draft. Arden Key was a four-star recruit from Hapeville Charter in Atlanta. He chose the Bayou Bengals over South Carolina (who he was committed to for a period of time) and Miami-FL. Key started nine games as a true freshman, finishing with 41 tackles and five sacks. He emerged as a top talent after a sophomore season in which he netted 11 sacks (including 2 each in games against Wisconsin & Louisville) and being named 1st team All-SEC. Following the 2016 season, Key left the LSU program for personal reasons before returning prior to the start of the 2017 campaign. He had a shoulder injury that sidelined him to start the season and finish the season. Key only played in 8 games and had only 4 sacks.
2016: Wisconsin, Florida
2017: Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama
Key hustles on every play. It allows him to clean up messes on some plays. Key has a nice burst off of the edge. He dips his shoulder well to get around the offensive tackles. Key uses his hands well to swat away the hands of the pass blocker. He then flattens and gets to the QB. Key is solid in zone coverage.
Arden Key flashes the talent we all expected him to have. He is not without flaws in his game. This doesn’t even factor in his off-field concerns. Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting said on Luke Inman’s “Draft Rap” podcast that there is real concern that Key could become the next Randy Gregory. A talented pass rusher who could not overcome all of the baggage. I truly hope that is not the case. With all of that being said, I have more on-field concerns about Arden Key than I did before. I think a landing spot between the 20’s and the top of round two is in play.