Arden Key takes over number one 2018 NFL draft prospect spot
Arden Key is the new leader of the NFL Draft Board. Key is now the number one draft prospect on the NFL Draft Board. More on Arden Key here. Key plays the “Buck” position for LSU. It is an outside linebacker/defensive end/edge rusher hybrid.
Since the 2017 Rose Bowl, USC quarterback Sam Darnold reigned supreme over the NFL Draft Board. But his grip on the top spot has steadily dwindled. Although Darnold is still the number two prospect on the NFL Draft Board. More on Sam Darnold here and here.
Sam Darnold 2017 Rose Bowl MVP
Darnold walked off the field with a Rose Bowl performance beyond description and the MVP. If you believe in divinity, you saw it during the Rose Bowl.
With just about two minutes left in the contest, senior Michael Hutchings made a huge tackle on third down to stop the clock and give it to Sam Darnold, who put on an unprecedented show under center for the Trojans all afternoon.
Chris Ransom who posts a new NFL mock draft every week at DraftUtopia.com thinks Darnold should return for the 2018 college season and come out in the 2019 NFL draft.
Sam Darnold is the consensus top prospect. He had a ton of issues with his accuracy and mechanics on tape despite completing 67 percent of his passes as a freshman redshirt. While he’s money in the red zone, and effective on third downs at times, he’d be better off returning to USC to get his degree and then declare in 2019 once he fixes his mechanics, accuracy, and has the degree. To Darnold’s defense his freshman redshirt season was lightyears better than Luck’s freshman redshirt season.
Arden Key left LSU for “personal reasons”
That has to send up red flags for any NFL GM. First of all, they don’t like secrets. Say “personal reasons” and NFL GMs will think worst case scenario, as they should. It is almost better to say that you broke up with your girlfriend and need some time away from Baton Rouge.
Advice for future NFL draft prospects
You never leave school for “personal reasons.” Just tell the truth. The truth is something NFL GMs can work with. You can leave school because you got caught messing with the coach’s daughter. NFL GMs with think at least it wasn’t worse.
Here, just watch this clip, or this clip. Now you know why Arden Key is the new number one 2018 NFL draft prospect. You can’t coach beast. You coach technique, but what you just saw was almost beyond human.
The quarterback vs. the beast
One of the problems for Sam Darnold is that there are too many quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft. At one point there were seven quarterbacks in the top 32 on the NFL Draft Board. And as the luster of the Rose Bowl MVP tarnishes, scouts see that Darnold isn’t a once in a decade quarterback.
Meanwhile, enjoy this clip once again.