NFL scouts already fully aware of LSU edge rusher Arden Key

Arden Key

LSU edge rusher Arden Key already is getting attention from NFL scouts despite his leave of absence from the Tigers football team.

He reminds me of Aldon Smith,” one scout told Sports Illustrated. “He has bulked up a little this spring, which is good. Great speed and even better potential.”

Key, who seems likely to play both end and outside linebacker in LSU’s 3-4 set, gained nearly 25 pounds over the spring and currently weighs about 265, which he alluded to in a tweet earlier this week. Key said last fall that he planned to gain weight during the offseason.

In February, LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced that Key planned to take a leave of absence for “personal reasons,” but has said numerous time that he expects Key to return as early as the start of the summer semester June 5.

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“Doing very well. Still has things he’s working on,” Orgeron said.

Key was a freshman All-American in 2015 and a first-team All-SEC selection in 2016. He had 56 tackles, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles last season as a sophomore.

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