#36, Travis Key, CB
(5085, 184, 4.50-4.62) Michigan State
Notes: Born 12/31/85. Parents are William and Jacqueline Key. Was a two-year starter at cornerback and wide receiver for coach Scott Shaw at Three Rivers (Mich.) High School. Earned all-conference honors as he intercepted 4 passes and returned 3 kicks (2 kickoffs, one punt) for touchdowns as a senior. Three-year letterman in track as a sprinter, earning all-state honors in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. He was also a two-year starter at point guard on the basketball team, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 assists as a senior.
College: Originally walked on at Michigan State in 2003. Saw limited action in 6 games in 2004; recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown. Appeared in 9 games and recorded 2 tackles in 2005. Played in 12 games in 2006; recorded 42 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, one interception, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Voted one of four team captains by teammates as a senior (2007); started at strong safety and registered 69 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, 8 PBU, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries (one returned for a score) and 2 interceptions (including one returned for a TD). Three-time Academic All-Big Ten. Played in 40 career games with 113 career tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 INT, 12 PBU, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. Earned his bachelor's degree in packaging.
Posted times of 1.54 10-yard dash, 2.59 20-yard dash, 4.54 40-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical jump in pre-draft workouts.
Pro: Originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft. Key also received contract offers from Cleveland and Indianapolis.
Positives: Tough, productive, overachiever who merits a look as a Cover-2 zone corner. Solid open-field tackler and hard hitter. Makes plays. Extremely hard worker. Very determined and focused on improving and succeeding. Sound character.
Negatives: Lacks size and top-end speed. Plays more like a safety but lacks the size you look for inside and the height and speed you'd ideally want at cornerback. Needs to improve coverage technique.
Summary: Has a little Antoine Winfield in him, in that pound-for-pound he is an impressive hitter and tackler. Like most rookies, he will have to impress on special teams to differentiate himself in training camp, but he's a tough, productive, overachiever who fits the mold as a zone corner.
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