April 28, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– Virginia senior linebacker Micah Kiser (Baltimore, Md.) was selected by the Los Angeles Rams during Saturday’s fifth round of the National Football Draft. Kiser was the 147th overall pick and the first linebacker drafted out of Virginia since Max Valles was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round, 179th overall, in 2015.
Kiser is the first Cavalier drafted by the Rams since 2008 when Chris Long was taken in the first round. Kiser is the 10th Cavalier all-time to be drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.
Kiser was the 2017 Campbell Trophy winner (academic Heisman) which is presented by the National Football Foundation. Earlier this year took Kiser took part in the NFL Combine and was invited to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl. A three-time first-team All-ACC honoree and a first-team All-American (Sporting News) in 2017, Kiser’s 145 tackles were the fourth most in the nation and are No. 2 all-time on UVA’s single-season ledger. Over the past two seasons Kiser has been named to 11 different All-America teams, including earning second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2016, becoming the first Cavalier to do so in nearly 20 years. Kiser led the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is just the second player in league history to lead the conference in tackles for three straight seasons. Kiser was also a semifinalist for the prestigious AAU James E. Sullivan Award.