Micah Kiser’s strong presence as an inside linebacker earned him a spot in the top-100 players for the 2018 NFL Draft. During his time at the University of Virginia, Kiser collected 400 career tackles and 20 double-digit tackle games in 36 starts. These statistics put Kiser fifth on the all-time leader’s list at UVA. Additionally, Kiser’s tackle statistics shine making him the number one tackler in the ACC and number three in the nation.
This young man’s accolades do not end with football season. Kiser is an Academic All-American as well as a two-time All-ACC Academic Team Member. Additionally, he received the William V Campbell Top Scholar-Athlete award in 2017 and graduated with his foreign affairs degree and a 3.42-grade point average.
Kiser is generous with his time, serving the community. He is active in Charlottesville as a part of the Boys and Girls Clubs, he mentors elementary school children and makes time to visit hospitalized children.
Despite his success as a player, community supporter and a scholar, many say that Kiser’s real strength lies in his leadership abilities. After waves of violence and hatred flowed over Charlottesville in August of 2017, Kiser led fellow teammates in making a statement of solidarity. The image of Kiser locked arm in arm with other UVA football players, on the steps of the university’s historic Rotunda sharing the message – “Our school, our city, our home. United forever.” garnered as much attention from the national news media as it did from Charlottesville local news outlets. In a statement to the media, Kiser said, “This a great opportunity for us to come together, stay together, and really show what this world is all about… If we can show what we can do together, then that’s a beacon of light for the community and an example for other people to follow.”
Kiser’s draft projections have him in the later second or early third rounds. I would imagine that a player who is talented and intelligent should go a bit earlier. Time will tell, but Micah Kiser seems like a good early second round pick.
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