Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-04-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…2017: NAC...PMaxwell/PBednarik…Took Personal Leave from Team/(+) Coming off Spring 2017 Shoulder INJ...2016: 2ndC...2015: NAC
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01/20/18 - NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- LSU: Six underclassmen declared for the draft, which is no way to catch Alabama in the SEC West. Edge rusher Arden Key and running back Derrius Guice have first-round quality and were expected to leave, but coach Ed Orgeron also has to deal with losing both starting cornerbacks and two offensive linemen. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
01/04/18 - LSU junior Arden Key declared Thursday for the NFL Draft, where he figures to be one of the most intriguing prospects as an edge rusher. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang projected Key as going 14th overall to the Green Bay Packers in a first-round mock draft earlier this week. NFL teams that once relished Key's sacking ability are now curious about his disappointing 2017. Among other things, he took a leave of absence in February for personal reasons, underwent shoulder surgery, then showed up out of shape. After beginning to show glimpses of his sophomore season, when he set an LSU single-season record with 12 sacks, Key missed the final two games of 2017 after undergoing surgery on his pinky finger. NFLDraftScout.com wrote: "When healthy and focused, his ability to wreak havoc off the edge as a speed rusher is unparalleled in this class. ... He is consistently able to cross the face of tackles -- whether lining up out of the two point (stand-up) or three-point (hand in the dirt) stance -- or rushing off the left or right side." Key made 33 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and four sacks, in eight games this season. High points were making 1.5 tackles for loss in games against Alabama and Auburn - The Sports Xchange
11/07/17 - LSU DE Arden Key, a junior who's struggled with injuries this season, "made money" against Alabama as he kept "applying pressure in different ways" and appeared to be "in better shape and faster" than earlier this season, according to former NFL scout Ryan Hollern writing at @ITLScoutsNotes. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/16/17 - OLB Arden Key finally showed a glimpse of the player who set a school record with 12 sacks last season. He missed the first two games because of offseason shoulder surgery and had minimal impact in his first four games, getting just half a sack. But against Auburn he finished with six tackles, including his first full sack of the season with two seconds left on Auburn's final offensive play.
09/25/17 - OLB Arden Key -- Key's effectiveness has been limited in his two games since returning from offseason shoulder surgery. His conditioning isn't up to par yet.