Micah Kiser Draft Profile

Micah Kiser draft profile


  • Strong frame
  • Quick to diagnose and respond
  • Tough guy who likes contact
  • Never over-pursues
  • Makes tackles near the line of scrimmage and doesn’t wait on running backs to get to him
  • Tackle production and impact play totals are staggering with 397 tackles, 33.5 tackles for losses, 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles over three years as a starter
  • Recognizes cutback lanes and fills the fit to look up runners in the cutback lane

Analysis: Micah Kiser has used his instincts, hustle, and powerful tackling to become one of the most productive linebackers (both against the run and as a pass rusher) in the country during his three years on the field with the Cavaliers.┬áKiser is a banger built to play inside the box, and his production was elite, totaling nearly 400 tackles and 19 sacks during his time in college. He reads and diagnoses better than most backers in this year’s class and you will rarely see him overpursue plays. He doesn’t wait for blockers or ball carriers to come to him, rather he strikes first usually at or near the line of scrimmage. He is not afraid of contact and wants to dish out big hits every play.┬áKiser redshirted his first year at Virginia. He made 15 tackles in 12 games as a reserve as a freshman, tying for the team lead with nine stops on special teams. Kiser was installed in the middle of the Cavs’ defense in 2015 and finished his second-team All-ACC sophomore year with a conference-leading 115 tackles (13 for loss, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles). The hits kept coming in his junior campaign, as Kiser was a first-team Associated Press All-American and All-ACC pick after ranking third in the country with 11.2 tackles per game (134 total, 10 for loss, 6.5 sacks, seven passes defensed) and tying for fifth in the FBS with five forced fumbles. He ranked among the nation’s leaders in tackles again in 2017, receiving third-team AP All-American and first-team All-ACC honors with 145 stops (50 solo), 9.5 for loss, five sacks, four pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries.


  • Possesses thickly bundled hips that limit bend and movement
  • Needs to do better job of dropping pad level as a tackler
  • Doesn’t have desired NFL range
  • Makes a lot of tackles but will miss a lot of tackles as well
  • Sluggish lateral quickness means he better diagnose early
  • Is a liability in man coverage
  • Will struggle to match patterns from man coverage

Analysis: Micah Kiser is a similar prospect to Josey Jewell in regards to their average athletic ability, slow-ish speed but an uncanny ability to play the game of football with instincts and effort. Kiser doesn’t have the ideal range you look for in an NFL backer and his slow lateral quickness will affect his play. He made an extremely high amount of tackles at Virginia, but he could have had more missing his fair share during his collegiate career. He will likely come off the field on passing downs due to his lack of ability to cover NFL backs and tight ends. He is a liability manning up guys in coverage. Your prototypical two-down run stuffing linebacker.

Size: 6’2 240lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Vontaze Burfict without the penalties and wild play

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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