Arden Key has been one of the SEC’s most talented pass rushers since he stepped on LSU’s campus before the 2015 season. As good as he’s been on the field, there’s been a good measure of concern off of it, however.
Key has dealt with multiple injuries, but the more concerning issue involves his brief departure from the team last spring. As a result, that mystery has several NFL teams more than a little concerned. In fact, the 6-foot-5, 238-pound edge rusher has gone from being a projected top 5 pick to falling out of the first round entirely.
The concerns were enough for Key to make a statement via Twitter on Wednesday evening.
The message I leave with NFL GM’s & coaches is that I made bad decisions in college. I’m pass that & have moved forward. Whoever pick me up will have a problem solver and I will get to the QB. WHOEVER PASS ON ME I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR QB!
— OptimusKey_ (@ardenkey) April 11, 2018
It’s a bold move for Key to make that second statement. With that said, the first part of the tweet should also send the message that Key is willing to own his past mistakes. It also shows that he’s a confident individual, despite the criticism he’s faced since returning to the LSU football program.
Key’s weight is down to 238 pounds, and that could end up benefiting him somewhat. No, it isn’t the size you want for an NFL edge rusher, but he didn’t look nearly as explosive when he ballooned to 265 pounds last season.
The last time Key played at his current weight, he racked up 55 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in only 11 games. At his heavier weight in 2017, he posted 5.5 sacks in eight games.