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.