Rams take Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (Gilman) in fifth round

The Los Angeles Rams picked Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (Gilman) with the No. 147 overall pick in the fifth round Saturday.

The Woodlawn native was a two-time Associated Press All-American with the Cavaliers and in December earned the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the country's best scholar-athlete in football. In 2016, Kiser ranked third in the country with 11.2 tackles per game and tied for fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with five forced fumbles. Last season, he finished with 145 tackles, including 9 ½ for loss and five sacks.

Kiser was named the All-Metro Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 at Gilman with teammate Henry Poggi (Michigan) after the Greyhounds won their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.

As a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in higher education, Kiser in August helped organize a team photo of the Cavaliers, arms linked, on the same Rotunda steps where hundreds of torch-wielding white nationalists had rallied on Virignia’s Charlottesville campus.

“It was something no one ever expected. I was watching my little brothers looking up at me, confused,” the 6-foot, 238-pound Kiser said in December. “So you take it on yourself to make sure we all stayed together, because that’s what you would do for your family members. We just wanted to send out a positive message that whatever was going on, it wasn’t reflective of what we’re a part of here.”

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