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Oklahoma's Ogbonnia Okoronkwo picked by the Rams in the fifth round

Oklahoma's Ogbonnia Okoronkwo picked by the Rams in the fifth round

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. He also lost his job as the punt returner and was utilized primarily as a decoy. Howard became Los Angeles' third pick at linebacker of the 2018 draft, trailing Virginia's Micah Kiser and Oklahoma's Obo Okoronkwo.

Kiser was the 2017 Campbell Trophy victor (academic Heisman) which is presented by the National Football Foundation.

His 6-foot-4, 258 pound frame makes him a nice fit on the edge and if he remains healthy, Young should provide some needed depth to the Rams' linebacker core. "There's probably been five or six teams that claim they're gonna draft me, so we'll see". The Rams have to replace outside linebackers Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin, who combined for 13.5 sacks last season, and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who led the team with 95 tackles.

After taking ME offensive lineman Jamil Demby, the Rams concluded the draft with four more players for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Okoronkwo was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round of Saturday's NFL Draft.

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"I'm pumped. This is a blessing. I feel like I've done a lot at the college level and only going to get better".

The Rams didn't wait long to take another potential impact player at a position of need. Okoronkwo could find an immediate role as a pass rusher with the Rams. But after last season's unproductive performance, he agreed to rework the deal to what essentially is a one-year contract.

Kelly is expected to serve as a change-of-pace back behind Gurley, the reigning National Football League offensive player of the year, and Malcolm Brown.


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