Former LSU defensive end Arden Key was once viewed as a lock to go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but his stock could be tanking hard.
He had a brutal junior season that included him leaving the Tigers for undisclosed reasons and a lingering injury. Then he shocked everyone when he declined to run the 40 at the combine and struggled through the field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium.
There was still some hope, however, that he’d have a big pro day. But on Wednesday, those hopes were dashed in a major way as he ran his 40-yard dash slower than LSU’s punter, JK Scott, did at the combine.
— Off the Bench (@OTB_ESPN) April 4, 2018
For reference, Scott ran his 40 in 4.83 seconds last month at the combine. Key, even though he’s very slim right now at 238 pounds, couldn’t beat that time. And it looks even worse when compared to another player who is of a similar build, FSU’s Josh Sweat.
LSU DE Arden Key ran a 4.85 at 238 pounds. FSU DE Josh Sweat hit 4.53 at 251 pounds.
— Stephen Sheehan (@StephenPSheehan) April 4, 2018
NFL draft analyst Josh Norris, and many others, are starting to think Key is sliding fast.
You get the feeling Arden Key will be a round 3+ pick
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 4, 2018
It’s hard to imagine Key will be selected early. With red flags surrounding his health, and without knowing what caused him to leave his teammates last year, it seems a draft-day slide is inevitable.