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NFL draft profile — No. 48: Arden Key

earning second-team All with 12 sacks,Womens Marcus Mariota Jersey,The skinny: Elite prep arrived in Baton Rouge with a lot of fanfare, and he delivered early by starting nine (of 12) games as a true freshman, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 2016. This put him in a position to be viewed as a possible top-10 selection for the draft after it was assumed he’d declare early in 2018., recording five sacks. Key cranked it up a notch further as a sophomore in 2016

totaling 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks before opting out of the bowl game with knee and finger issues. Key declared early for the 2018 NFL draft and completed most of the drills at the NFL scouting combine.,Authentic DeMarco Murray Jersey,But his career went a bit sideways prior to last season when he left the program briefly in the spring for personal reasons before returning in the summer prior to camp. Key turned in a solid junior season despite missing five games

Upside: Bendy edge rusher with outstanding length and good short-area quickness and burst. Broad-chested. Flexible with loose hips. Has nice get-off and can fly off the snap, and also stood up in LB position at times. Showed the ability to drop into short zones effectively.,Authentic Corey Davis Jersey, even before some tackles are out of their stance. Lined up on both sides of the line

Has a knack for sniffing out the ball and can close fast. Can slip through cracks easily and penetrate. Can take down runners from behind. Able to dart inside on stunts and twists and create problems from slower guards and tackles. Works back well to the ball after being blocked upfield.

Pass-rush upside clearly evident in 2016 tape, especially in games against Wisconsin,Authentic Adoree' Jackson Jersey, including a safety. Watch him run the horn from a wide-9 technique and beat two Wisconsin blockers in 2016 for the pressure on a near interception:, Mississippi State and Auburn. Also helped contain and frustrate Lamar Jackson and Louisville in dominant bowl win — Key had two sacks

Lazy with technique at times. Not fundamentally sound. Motor runs hot and cold. Picks his spots and will disappear for stretches. Can tip his pass-rush moves and must develop better counters. Can get too high and pushed off his mark. Doesn’t have much of a bull rush. Inconsistent run defender who can struggle in the power game. Watch him get glued to a pulling guard’s block against Florida and fail to make the stop or force the run back inside:

NFL teams worried about Key’s reliability after he left LSU in spring,Authentic Taywan Taylor Jersey, ballooned up to 280 pounds and struggled to come back to full strength after offseason shoulder surgery. Key said he returned too soon from injury because of his competitiveness, Ole Miss and Alabama before shutting it down. Opted out of the bowl game with two minor injuries., but some evaluators felt like he was playing safely with an eye on the NFL. Cranked up his late-season intensity in three-game span vs. Auburn

but his inconsistency and step backward in 2017 are worrisome.,Authentic Jonnu Smith Jersey,Best-suited destination: Key would benefit going to a team that has a strong locker room and a defined role for him to be worked in. Could begin his career as a designated pass rusher and be put into a weight program that could maximize his physical skills in Year 2. He has all the tools

Teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are teams that could be intrigued by his upside., Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens

With the NFL combine all wrapped up, not really, we’ve cleared one major hurdle in the pre-draft process. And you know what that means: Time for a new mock draft! In our case, but we’ve included mock trades in this one! Three of them to be exact. Enough talking. Let’s get to the mock…, it’s time for our first mock draft, and we’re pulling out all the stops. OK

after missing out on Kirk Cousins — this mock is based on him ultimately signing with the Jets — get desperate and offer the Browns a bushel of picks and Aqib Talib to move up four spots to get Allen.,The Broncos

but New York will need a quarterback for the future and there’s no guarantee they’ll be in a similar spot to grab one in the next few years.,Reports suggesting the Giants are looking at Saquon Barkley are starting to pop up everywhere

With two quarterbacks already off the board, Arizona makes its move, who figure they can fill a need with a good player even after moving down. The Cardinals end up with their potential franchise QB.,Authentic Delanie Walker Jersey, swapping first-rounders with the Colts

The player the Browns wanted all along falls to them at four. Barkley gives Cleveland a true playmaker to play alongside their next pick…

but he has the right personality to help turnaround the Browns. He’ll combine with Barkley and Josh Gordon to form one of the league’s best offensive trios.,Mayfield is not only the best quarterback in this class

Having filled their massive hole at quarterback by throwing an endless supply of money at Cousins,Womens Delanie Walker Jersey, but Nelson is different., the Jets look to protect their new asset by drafting the class’ best pass protector. Guards don’t typically go this high

The best pass rusher in the class falls in Tampa Bay’s lap. The Bucs will sprint their draft card up to the stage if Chubb is still available at pick No. 7.

they’ll replace him with the best corner in the draft.,Womens DeMarco Murray Jersey,Another free agency prediction: The Bears win the Allen Robinson sweepstakes and can afford to pass on a receiver in the first round. After letting Kyle Fuller walk

however,The upcoming draft appears to be short on high-end receivers. Free agency,Womens Corey Davis Jersey, promises to have plenty.

Neither the Los Angles Rams nor the Jacksonville Jaguars opted to place the franchise tag on receivers Sammy Watkins or Allen Robinson on Tuesday, meaning both likely will be free to sign with another squad when free agency begins March 14.

one that includes big receivers like Buffalo's Jordan Matthews and Indianapolis' Donte Moncrief,Womens Adoree' Jackson Jersey, speedy ones like Seattle's Paul Richardson or Arizona's John Brown or ones that are familiar to Kyle Shanahan like Taylor Gabriel,They join a long list of potential 49ers targets at the position,Womens Taywan Taylor Jersey, who played under Shanahan in both Cleveland and Atlanta.

Cornerback and receiver promise to be among the deepest positions in free agency. Though cornerback is the team's biggest need -- 2017 rookie Ahkello Witherspoon is the only outside cornerback with true NFL experience who is signed for 2018 -- receiver is enticing as well.

The 49ers struggled in the red zone even after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took over as quarterback and Shanahan acknowledged the team had few big-bodied options at the position. Their top three players at the position -- Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor -- are 6-0 or shorter.

especially Robinson, who stands 6-3 and who caught 14 touchdowns in 2015. Robinson,Robinson and Watkins fit the desired profile, however, tore his ACL in last year's season opener and likely will have to sit out the upcoming offseason.

meanwhile, was a first-round pick by the Bills in 2014 but was traded to the Rams before the 2017 season. He played in 15 games but finished with only 593 receiving yards,Watkins, which ranked fifth on the team. His best game came in Week 3 against the 49ers -- six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns.

In other free-agency news, the Steelers on Tuesday placed the franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell. That makes San Francisco's Carlos Hyde the top runner poised to hit the free agent market as an unrestricted free agent. The 49ers have stayed in contact with Hyde's agents and want him back at the right price.

The Bears, used the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, a potential 49ers target. That designation comes with a one year $12.97 guarantee, and it gives the Bears the right to match any offer Fuller gets on the open market. Unlike the franchise tag, meanwhile, if he signs with another team, Chicago gets no draft-pick compensation.
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