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2018 NFL Draft: Micah Kiser selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round

Virginia linebacker heading west after going at the No. 147 overall pick.

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Linebacker Micah Kiser was selected No. 147 overall by the Los Angeles Rams, making him Virginia’s first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Kiser led the ACC in tackles for three straight seasons and was named the 2017 Campbell Trophy and Dudley Award winner. He’s a strong, tough player who doesn’t shy away from contact and flies all over the field.

His list of accomplishments in 2017 is impressive:

  • Sporting News All-American first-team
  • Walter Camp All-American second-team
  • Football Writers Association of America All-American second-team
  • USA Today All-American second-team
  • Associated Press All-American third-team
  • CBS Sports All-American second-team
  • SB Nation All-American second-team
  • Phil Steele All-American second-team
  • College Football News All-American second-team
  • All-ACC first-team
  • Campbell Trophy Winner (Academic Heisman)
  • Dudley Award winner
  • Butkus Award Semifinalist
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist

The Rams play a 3-4 defense, and Kiser could realistically see significant playing time immediately, especially since LA recently traded Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants. Former Virginia greats Chris Long and Rodney McLeod both previously played for the Rams (back when they were in St. Louis).

Congratulations to Micah!