Micah Kiser NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Rams' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (53) wraps up Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans (4) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va. Kiser was selected to the 2017 AP All-Conference ACC team announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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POSITIVES

—Four-year production with big-time tackle numbers over last three seasons.

NFL-ready frame that can handle physicality with ease.

—Play strength and tenacity to fill downhill on inside runs.

—Instincts and competitiveness to fit through trash and always find the ball.

—Do-it-all 'backer who can have an effect in all three phases.

        

NEGATIVES

—Won't be a backside tackler on edge runs due to a lack of true range versus speed.

—Boom-or-bust tackler.

—Not a player who can handle space against average NFL athletes one-no-one.

—Change of direction exposes limited flexibility and tight hips to open and run downfield.

—Form tackles are few and far between and will lead to close calls or extra yardage in the NFL.

      

OVERALL

Micah Kiser's numbers are eye-popping and highlight a player who routinely tracks the ball and makes plays when it matters. He has a relentless motor that keeps him active in all phases and will endear him with NFL coaches who love toughness and hustle. A limited athletic skill set makes specific matchups worrisome, but Kiser's thumping attitude is built for the NFL.

         

GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Blake Martinez, Green Bay Packers

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