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Arden Key top underclassman in 2018 NFL Draft position rankings: Kiper

Arden Key top underclassman in 2018 NFL Draft position rankings: Kiper

LSU outside linebacker Arden Key rates as the top outside linebacker among underclassmen likely to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Kiper picked the top 5 each among seniors and underclassmen.

Tigers' running back Derrius Guice is the No. 2 underclassman running back and wide receiver D.J. Chark the No. 2 senior wide receiver on Kiper's list.

Two other Tigers made the rankings. Will Clapp is listed as the No. 3 underclassman offensive guard and John David Moore the No. 5 senior fullback.

Key is rated ahead of Texas' Malik Jefferson among underclassmen after leading LSU with 12 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries last year. The top senior outside linebacker is Harold Landry of Boston College.

Guice, who rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 TDs last season, is the ranked behind only Penn State's Saquon Barkley. Georgia's Nick Chubb is considered the top senior draftee.

Chark, who caught 26 passes for 466 yards and three TDs, is LSU's leading returing wideout. He was second only to Oklahoma State's James Washington among senior receivers.

Clapp, a two-year starter, will likely play center for LSU in 2017. Ahead of him were Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame and Florida's Martez Ivey.

Underclassmen OLBs

1. Arden Key, LSU
2. Malik Jefferson, Texas
3. Jerome Baker, Ohio State
4. Denzil Ware, Kentucky
5. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Underclassmen RBs

1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
2. Derrius Guice, LSU
3. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
4. Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
5. Damien Harris, Alabama

Senior WRs

1. James Washington, Oklahoma State
2. D.J. Chark, LSU
3. Darren Carrington, Oregon
4. Dante Pettis, Washington
5. Jester Weah, Pitt

Underclassmen OGs

1. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
2. Martez Ivey, Florida
3. William Clapp, LSU
4. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
5. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

Senior FBs

1. Jaylen Samuels, NC State
2. Khalid Hill, Michigan
3. Austin Ramesh, Wisconsin
4. Dimitri Flowers, Oklahoma
5. J.D. Moore, LSU