After going back to back offensive players the Bills decided to get back to the defensive side of the ball but stay on the West Coast with ILB Kiko Alonso. The Oregon Ducks ILB comes in at 6’3, 238 lbs with 4.74 speed.
Alonso is a guy who plays faster than he is times and explodes into his tackles. He closes like a freight train and wraps up well. The key to this pick is how well Alonso covers in the open field. He has a natural drop and can man up against the TE down the seam. Alonso loves to fill the hole and deliver the blow, he’s definitely a guy who attacks down hill and hits like a truck.
Alonso is another thinner prospect who needs to add bulk and strength. He struggles to deal with traffic and does not have functional strength for the position. He’s also short on experience (19 career starts) and was suspended for all of 2010. He has multiple off the field incidents including alcohol. He’s been clean for the last two years though.
Alonso is yet another high reward high risk pick for the Bills who seem to be willing to make more risks with picks than ever before. Alonso adds some toughness to a LB corp that is definitely lacking pop. Can he add the bulk though to hold up the rigors of the NFL?