The Oakland Raiders added another defensive piece in the third round, but they once again traded up to do so.
General manager Reggie McKenzie traded with the Los Angeles Rams to move up from #89 to #87 to select LSU linebacker Arden Key.
Key is an interesting prospect as he’s a hybrid linebacker who had success getting to the passer early in his LSU career but his productivity fell off the last two seasons. Key bursted onto the scene his sophomore year, breaking the school’s record for most sacks in a season with 12. He added four sacks last year.
The young pass rusher stepped away from LSU in the spring to spend a “voluntary stint in rehab” to address his marijuana use. Key will now have the opportunity to learn from two of the best in the NFL in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.
Key could be good value at 87th overall should he return to the form he found his sophomore year.
The Raiders traded the 217th overall pick to move up two slots.