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It’s official: LSU’s Arden Key declares for NFL draft

Arden Key
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LSU pass-rushing star Arden Key officially has played his last game for the Tigers, and his next stop will be the NFL.

Key announced his intention to skip his senior season and enter the draft, making his announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

Key (6 feet 6, 265 pounds), who can play outside linebacker or defensive end, is expected to be selected near the top of the first round in April’s draft. That’s in spite of a season that was hampered by injuries to Key’s shoulder, finger and knee.

He missed Monday’s Citrus Bowl loss to Notre Dame because of lingering effects from his knee injury.

Key finished the season with 33 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a team-high eight quarterback hits. He finished his career with 21 sacks.

LSU fans now are waiting to see if junior running back Derrius Guice follows Key to the NFL. Guice is generally projected as a first-round pick.

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