Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 2/46 -- Kiko Alonso, ILB, 6-3, 238, Oregon...The Bills desperately need to get stronger up the middle (31st vs. the run) and were willing to take a chance on Alonso, who wasn't a full-time starter until his senior year and has a history of off-field problems. Had 81 tackles including 14 for loss last fall. With his size and foot speed, Bills hope he can run and cover and be a three-down player while helping their run defense improve. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 2/46 -- Kiko Alonso, ILB, 6-3, 238, Oregon...The Bills desperately need to get stronger up the middle (31st vs. the run) and were willing to take a chance on Alonso, who wasn't a full-time starter until his senior year and has a history of off-field problems. Had 81 tackles including 14 for loss last fall. With his size and foot speed, Bills hope he can run and cover and be a three-down player while helping their run defense improve. - The Sports Xchange
04/02/13 - Alonso spent Monday in San Diego with representatives of the Chargers and has four other visits lined up. Alonso is an instinctive, tenacious defender with a unique blend of size and athleticism. He's also shown an ability to play well in big games, not the least of which was Oregon's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin to end the 2011-12 season. In that contest, Alonso had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception of quarterback Russell Wilson to win MVP honors of the Rose Bowl.
In 2012, Alonso was especially effective against rival Oregon State (seven tackles, a tackle for loss, interception), Stanford (nine tackles, a tackle for loss, forced fumble), USC (10 tackles, two for loss, fumble recovery, interception) and six tackles, including two for loss, in Oregon's Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. While scouts love his production (81 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two forced and recovered fumbles last season), Alonso does come with significant red flags. Before the wrist injury, Alonso missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL and was twice arrested on alcohol-related offenses (2010, 2011) while in Eugene. If teams are convinced that Alonso has matured and is healthy, the versatile linebacker could warrant consideration as early as the second round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/02/13 - An unusual number of highly regarded prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft have medical questions. After fighting through a fractured bone in his left wrist to play last season, Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso was one of those prospects. He's one of the few, before this weekend's medical rechecks in Indianapolis, to be able to provide a positive answer to his medical concern. Alonso's wrist has healed and he has been cleared to resume full activity, according to a letter sent to all 32 teams, NFLDraftScout.com has learned.
The letter declares that NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated inside linebacker was cleared by Dr. Timothy McAdams, the orthopedic surgeon for the San Francisco 49ers. The injury, which caused Alonso to miss one game (Colorado) and play much of the season with a cast, kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Despite being unable to work out in Indianapolis, Alonso was a busy man, logging formal interviews with 17 teams, according to a source close to him.
It isn't difficult to understand why teams are intrigued. The 6-4, 238-pound linebacker is equally intriguing on the inside in the 3-4 or 4-3 and, as his four interceptions a year ago demonstrate, he possesses the athleticism to handle coverage duties on the outside of a 4-3 as well. He was clocked at 4.74-seconds in the 40-yard dash at Oregon's March 14 Pro Day and had a 4.18-second short shuttle and 6.96-second three-cone. In the days before and following his Pro Day in Eugene, he met with six clubs. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: Kiko Alonso, LB (6-foot-3 1/4, 235 pounds) - Alonso ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds on each attempt. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.18 seconds and he had a 6.93-second three-cone drill. He did not bench at the NFL Scouting Combine or at the pro day. Alonso had a good workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/15/13 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: As impressive as Barner was, Alonso's solid workout might have been even more critical to his draft grade as he had been unable to perform at either the Senior Bowl or combine due to his recovery from a wrist injury.
The 6-3 (1/4), 237-pound inside linebacker was clocked between 4.68-4.72 in the 40-yard dash. He registered a 30.5" vertical jump, 9'9" broad jump and was clocked at 4.18-seconds in the short-shuttle and 6.93-seconds in the three-cone drill. Alonso was particularly impressive in the linebacker drills, which were conducted by Jacksonville Jaguars' linebacker coach Mark Duffner. The linebacker coaches for the Arizona Cardinals (Matt Raich), Kansas City Chiefs (Gary Gibbs), and San Diego Chargers (Joe Barry) were also in attendance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com