Why Kiko Alonso Will Win Defensive Rookie of the Year

By Scott DelleFave
Kiko Alonso
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Kiko Alonso stands at 6-foot-4, weighs in around 240 pounds and is now the starting inside linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. Alonso is a player that loves contact, perhaps too much. He is also excellent in coverage as well. With these tools Alonso possesses and the history of the Defensive Player of the Year going to linebackers the majority of the team bodes well for him, provided he stays healthy, including recent winners of Jerrod Mayo, Brian Cushing, Von Miller and Luke Kuechly to name a few.

That was somewhat of a problem for Alonso for when he played for the University of Oregon Ducks as he tore his ACL that cost him his sophomore year and a wrist injury this past season that caused him to miss a game as well. Additionally, it seems that Alonso plays better in bigger games as he was the 2011 Rose Bowl MVP with five tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception. That being said, whenever Alonso is on the field, he has to be accounted for as he as a force and a defensive playmaker and while he will be surrounded by other great talent around him in Buffalo.

Another one of the biggest strengths of Alonso also is he is extremely versatile as he could play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 and just attacks with the proper power and shoulder level. This will be an interesting season for Alonso if he stays healthy he could be in the running for the award. However, time will tell due to the fact this year’s draft was an extremely defensive heavy class.

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