Scouting Report: Arden Key, OLB, LSU

Atlanta, GA | 6052 | 255 | 4.68E | 2019

So quick and explosive that he can literally run around blockers untouched on his way to blowing up the backfield—he is known to be faster than some of the defensive backs on the roster. Served primarily as a rush end in the Tigers 3-4 scheme but seemed to relish in the hybrid role, which also required him to stand up at outside linebacker. He was suspended for the 2016 season finale at Texas A&M for reasons unknown. He returned to the team for the Citrus Bowl win over Louisville but then left the program in February 2017 due to ‘personal reasons.’ He sat out offseason activities, including spring ball and has bulked up 17 pounds since being away from the team. Had academic issues coming out of high school and had to battle the NCAA over his eligibility as a freshman in Baton Rouge. Has been able to get by on raw talent and instincts and will need to sharpen his overall technique. His talent projects as a three-down passer rusher at the next level and he’s shown vast improvement against the run. However, the off-field questions will dictate whether he goes day one, day three or somewhere in between.


2016: School record holder with 12 single-season sacks… Led the squad with 14.5 tackles for loss … Finished sixth on the team with 56 total tackles … Also tied for fifth on the team in solo tackles with 24 … Recorded two sacks for 16 yards in the Citrus Bowl to take the record.

2015: Played in all 12 games and started the final nine contests at defensive end … Named a Freshman All-America by and 247Sports as well as an SEC All-Freshman Team member following an outstanding rookie campaign … Collected 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, a team-high nine quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.

High School: Rangy, explosive athlete at the defensive end position … Unanimously rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN … Ranked as high as the No. 3 weak side defensive end nationally by 247Sports and the No. 24 overall prospect nationally by ESPN … Touted as the No. 4 overall prospect coming out of Georgia … Racked up 15.5 sacks as a senior … Accounted for more than 100 tackles and eight sacks as a junior … Registered a dozen sacks as a sophomore … Member of the Rivals 250, Scout 300, 247Sports Top 247 and ESPN 300 … Garnered an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … Class 2A first team All-State selection … Coached by Winston Gordon.

Personal: Parents are Nicole Spencer and Arden Key Sr. … Born May 3, 1996 … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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