The San Francisco 49ers have a variety of different directions they could go with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft and are targeting a number of players with the selection. However, they are very unlikely to take a defensive lineman after taking Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas early in each of the last two first rounds.
Things appear to be different for them in the second round as they're targeting LSU pass rusher Arden Key if he's available, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.
The former LSU linebacker has a tight schedule of workouts and visits in the coming weeks. A pair of NFL clubs — the 49ers and Saints — have scheduled both a visit and workout with Key.
“Those are two great programs,” Key said of the 49ers and Saints. “I can’t wait to show them what I can do on the field and then get to visit their facilities.”
Key was projected to be a top 10 pick at the start of the season but saw his stock draft due to a disappointing season that raised questions about his effort and motivation along with some off-field concerns.
That said, the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder still has plenty of upside thanks to his athleticism and ability to play either defensive end or linebacker.
Key appeared in just eight games for the Tigers last season, racking up only 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.
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