Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Former Tennessee and NFL defensive end Chuck Smith recently spoke with Gridiron Now and had nothing but high praise for LSU outside linebacker Arden Key who he claims is the "best pass rusher in SEC in past 15 years."

Smith even said that former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, who went No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft is not even on Key's level....
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“Myles Garrett is not on this guy’s level when it comes to pass rush,” Smith told GN. “This guy is the best pass rusher in the SEC over the last 15 years. No one is even close.”

“… If he’s not the No. 1 pick next year? Teams are going to miss out.”

“He’s got bend like Von Miller and a spin like Dwight Freeney,” Smith said of Key. “He knows how to do all the pass rush moves, why to use the moves, how to use the moves and he has edge speed. He can head fake you like Osi Umenyiora. That’s what makes him special. I guess the last thing that makes him special is he has that dog in him. That real dog, and he is hungry to be the best.”
Key, who just recently returned from a four-month leave of absence from the team for "personal reasons," had shoulder surgery at the beginning of June. He set the LSU single-season record for sacks last year with 12.
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Shiftyplus183 months
If teams had actually gotten flagged for holding him last year and stopped doing it, he'd have been closer to his goal of 20. Rewatching highlights, and man, it gets ridiculous sometimes.
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Mouche33783 months
Garrett frame is where all the hype came from. He has a build that screams superstar. But when you see him on the field (except for a few splash plays) his talent level is average and if he can't make a big play, he gives up on the play all together. I think he'll just end up as a rotational guy on various teams throughout his career.
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TigerSpray84 months
G.O.A.T. at LSU and NFL - PRINT the Shirts - Saints won't pick him with the first pick either. They'll pass.
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Bristol Dawg84 months
Isn't Key just sitting out? Elected to have surgery at a time that impedes working out and even starting the season.
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blueboy84 months
Is Key actually going to play?
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luciouslou84 months
I could care less if he is the best pass rusher in the SEC in the last 15 years. I'm just worried that he's going to be in uniform game one
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Jaydeaux84 months
That's easy just dont quit on 98% of plays you have a blocker on you and you're better than Garett
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Whynotme84 months
This article came out a few weeks ago. SPEAKING OF OLD NEWS!
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STRIPES84 months
Myles Gatrett never did anything against the better teams on the A&M schedules. I always laugh when I hear A&M fans talk about their "November Slide". Their "slide" mysteriously occurs when their schedule is toughest and includes LSU and Bama. Lol.
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lsusteve184 months
Going to be? Already is
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Violent Tally84 months
Garett was soooooo overrated.
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Black n Gold84 months
Is it normal to get erections while reading hype like this about player on your favorite football team?
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drexyl84 months
Only if it lasts for more than 4 hours.
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CaptainPanic84 months
Uh...no shite. Myles Garrett is going to be one of the biggest flops in the NFL.
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