After a school-record 12 sacks as an end/outside linebacker in 2016, Key appeared poised to push for a top-five slotting in 2017, but after sitting out for most of the spring and summer for a leave of absence, a shoulder surgery and slow recovery Key played in just eight games. He still finished with a solid 33 tackles and four sacks despite playing with a broken finger, but a knee injury cut his season short.
But slow times and interviews that were rumored to be less than forthcoming regarding his off-field issues caused Key to drop all the way to the xxx round. Still, he has the potential to be a dynamic pass-rush force for the Raiders.
Key finished his LSU career with 21 sacks in 31 career games, tied with Gabe Northern for the third-highest total in program history.