ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The SEC leader will be this under-the-radar DE, says a college football analyst

Expert picks unknown LSU player to lead SEC in sacks

The LSU defense will once again be among the strongest in the nation in 2016, and one expert says the unit will boast the SEC's sack leader. analyst Lance Zierlein says Tigers' sophomore defensive end Arden Key will supplant Texas A&M's Myles Garrett as the league's best pass rusher. Garrett finished with 13 sacks last season to take the honors, while the 6-6, 238 pound Key posted 5 sacks last year as a freshman.

Zierlein writes:

LSU's Arden Key will lead the SEC in sacks. Really? He'll have more than Myles Garrett, Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen? I'm predicting he'll do it. As a freshman, Key flashed the physical traits and tools to become a dominant pass rusher even though he finished the season with just five. Key will continue to grow into his gangly frame and with LSU moving Key to a stand-up rush spot, it is entirely possible that we see a huge spike in sack production from him.

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He'll have some stiff competition, to say the least. The top five SEC leaders from 2015 are all back and they all posted double-digit sack totals.