Photo of Kiko Alonso
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 2
  • Pick 14
  • Overall 46

Combine Results

Grade
67.1 ?

Draft Analysis:

"He's one of my favorite players. He doesn't go away from any type of contact. He's a player who plays really well going downhill in the run game, does a better job in pass coverage than you might think." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 238LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Alonso led his Los Gatos (Calif.) high school team in tackles (150) and receiving (35-559, seven touchdowns) as a senior, joining the gaggle of Golden State recruits trekking to Eugene each year. Alonso redshirted in 2008, then played in the team's final 12 games the following year as a backup linebacker and special teams ace (16 total tackles). Upon his return from the suspensions, he started five of 12 games played in 2011, making 46 tackles, six for losses.


Alonso made his own difficulties early in his career at the University of Oregon. He was suspended for the entire 2010 season after a DUI arrest (while also rehabbing a torn right ACL suffered in the spring), then was forced to sit out the 2011 opener after being arrested the day after the team's spring game for breaking into someone else's apartment and passing out due to intoxication. He came back that season to eventually become a major contributor, including earning the Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game award in the team's win over Wisconsin (five tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, interception).


In 2012, Alonso missed another game vs. Colorado, but this time it was due to a wrist injury. When he was on the field however, Alonso served as a major playmaker. Alonso recorded 81 tackles, of which 14 were for loss. Alonso also managed to snag four interceptions, and force two fumbles.

Analysis

Strengths

Versatile inside linebacker with potential to play either middle linebacker (in a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense) or outside linebacker (in a 4-3). Attacks that blocker with the correct shoulder, and powerful hands. Moves forward quickly. Times his blitzes well. Fast enough to keep up with running backs on quick swings in the flats. Shows good awareness when asked to drop into a variety of different coverage situations. High effort player who has a motor that is constantly running. Flashes quick penetrating ability at the goal line, stays tight to the A gap and wraps up. Attacks with intensity.

Weaknesses

Likely limited to solely an A-gap blitzer due to a lack of bend and ability to change angles. Runs into the back of defensive linemen when closing the line of scrimmage quickly rather than splitting a gap or lane. Impact to jar blockers on first contact at the second level is lacking. A bit tentative between the tackles, especially against a lead blocker. Misdirection trips him up due to lack of quick twitch change of direction. Loses sight of quarterback in coverage, turns to look at the receiver. Takes himself out of plays with wasted movement, often guessing on where the ball is going.

NFL Comparison

Ben Leber

Bottom Line

Off-field problems and injuries kept Alonso from making his expected impact until into his junior season, but once he got past those two alcohol-related incidents and a torn right ACL, opponents began feeling his presence. Alonso is a bit of a linear athlete, but he still remains an explosive one. He could potentially fit into many different roles at the next level. Will fit best into an aggressive scheme as an OLB. If not a future starter, he should be capable of becoming a nickel 'backer that has special teams value.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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