Arden Key is ahead of schedule in his rehab from shoulder surgery. That’s great news for LSU.
What would be even better news for the Tigers is if the junior linebacker returns in a big way. And that’s certainly a strong possibility.
Key, who was named preseason first-team All-SEC, is expected to be great again this season. On Tuesday, he was ranked as the top edge rusher to watch in college football in 2017 in a list by NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein on NFL.com.
Over his first two seasons with the Tigers, Key has totaled 96 tackles and 16 sacks. He had 11 sacks during his sophomore campaign last season.
Two other SEC players joined Key on Zierlein’s list. Missouri’s Marcell Frazier (No. 6) and Florida’s Jabari Zuniga (No. 10) are also poised to have big defensive years from the edge.
Here’s a look at the complete top-10 list:
Top 10 edge rushers to watch out for in 2017
1. Arden Key, LSU
2. Harold Landry, Boston College
3. Nick Bosa, Ohio State
4. Josh Sweat, Florida State
5. Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
6. Marcell Frazier, Missouri
7. Dorance Armstrong, Kansas
8. Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest
9. Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State
10. Jabari Zuniga, Florida