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In Their Own Words: Kiser Eager to Make an Immediate Impact on Rams Defense


With the close of the 2018 NFL Draft, 11 college prospects can now call themselves Los Angeles Rams.

After a draft haul that saw the franchise make moves to acquire 10 selections in Day 3 alone, the Rams were able to replenish depth at multiple positions — bringing in several new, dynamic playmakers.

And now that the big event has come and past, will be taking a look at each member of the club's 2018 Draft Class.

Linebacker was one of the Rams' clear needs heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. Not only will Los Angeles likely be without both of its starters on the outside, but it also lost one of two starting inside linebackers — trading Alec Ogletree to the Giants during the offseason.

And while each of these losses represents a potential hole in the Rams roster, they also spell new opportunities for the four incoming linebackers drafted in 2018. 

Virginia's Micah Kiser is one such player. Kiser was the second player in ACC history — after current Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly — to lead the conference in tackles for three consecutive seasons. He is a versatile player who comes to L.A. "ready to contribute and be as productive as I can."

Here is Micah Kiser in his own words: 

On his reaction to becoming a Los Angeles Ram:

"I'm pumped. This is a blessing. I knew along, I knew the Rams organization liked me as a player and were interested. I'm just so happy to be a Ram, so glad that they chose me."

On what he brings to Los Angeles:

"I'm a very smart linebacker, a leader on the field, and a great player. Very productive, I think I've been one of the more productive linebackers in college football over the last three years. I'm just going to come in and do whatever they want me to do — special teams, linebacker. I'm just all about the team and I'm just a football player."

On if he believes he can come in and make an immediate impact:

"You know the roster, but everyone at this level is a pro, so you have to come in and work. Anyone can play. Anyone that gets picked in this draft or is a veteran, is a great football player. So, I'm just ready to come in and put my best foot forward and be as productive as I can. I feel like I've done a lot at the college level and it's only going to get better."

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