The Rams have added a linebacker to the fold, drafting Virginia's Micah Kiser in the fifth round. Los Angeles acquired the No. 147 overall pick in a trade with the Panthers — sending their original No. 136 slot, in exchange for the fifth-round selection and an additional sixth-round pick.
After redshirting his first year in Charlottesville, the inside linebacker was a three-year starter for the Cavaliers. Throughout his college career, Kiser piled on over 400 tackles and 19.0 career sacks. In his senior season, he ranked among the nation's leaders in tackles (145) and received third-team AP All-American accolades as well as first-team All-ACC honors.
But his impressive production was not the only thing to stand out to scouts in the draft process. His speed and agility, coupled with his consistent playmaking ability, are expected to translate well at the league level. In 2018, Kiser will join a Rams linebacker room that features Mark Barron, Samson Ebukam, and Cory Littleton.
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