Many people in the NFL believe that Myles Garrett is a can’t miss talent at the pro level. That is why the former Texas A&M DE was taken (as expected) by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Garrett does everything well, he has the right attitude, and he has those intangibles that scouts just love.
There are some though, including former NFL defensive end Chuck Smith, who think that there is a better pure pass rusher in the SEC this season. Smith believes that Arden Key of LSU is the type of pass rusher you get once every 15-20 years and that his production in 2017 is going to blow what Garrett was able to achieve in 2016 away.
It is worth noting here that Smith owns a private instruction business for pass rushers of which Key is a client. Thus it makes sense for him to hype up his prospect as much as possible so that when Key is an early selection (perhaps even first overall) in the NFL he can use that to attract more clients.
With that being said, Smith knows his pass rushers.
Key was a monster at LSU last season. He broke the school’s single season sacks record by notching up 12 quarterback takedowns. That he did this as a sophomore only makes the achievement more impressive.
After taking a leave of absence during the spring, Key is back with the Tigers and he is ready to roll this fall. While Garrett has crafted himself into an outstanding edge rusher, Key is one of those players who seems to be oozing natural talent. He has an array of pass rush moves – from a Dwight Freeney style spin to a powerful bull rush – and he has a knack for getting opponents off balance as they try to guess what he will do next.
If Key can have another double digit sack season in 2017 – and there is no reason to think he will not – then LSU is going to have a fearsome rusher that will singlehandedly propel the Tigers towards the top of the SEC West.