Buffalo Bills: Is Kiko Alonso The Answer At Linebacker?
The Buffalo Bills used their second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Kiko Alonso, a possible stud linebacker. Alonso has been considered a significant piece in the Bills’ new defense, as he has been lining up at the “mike” linebacker position all through rookie mini-camp and OTAs.
Buffalo will bring a new-look defense this year. Mike Pettine will bring a hybrid version defense to the Bills. Fans should expect many formations and looks.
Alonso gives the Bills a lot of options at the linebacker position. At Oregon, Alonso was a stellar tackler and excellent at applying pressure on the quarterback. Also, Alonso is a linebacker who is known for his pass coverage. He can cover a tight end well and even hold a slot receiver one on one. But the best trait of the rookie linebacker is his versatility, which is perfect for Pettine’s defense.
Alonso could easily win over his defensive teammates with his play on the field. The Bills will expect a lot out of Alonso, but they will receive help from newly acquired veteran Manny Lawson and the emerging Nigel Bradham. Having Lawson, Alonso and Bradham as their starting linebacking corps is a big improvement from last season for the Bills. The Bills haven’t has a linebacker make the Pro Bowl since 2004; Alonso could end that drought.
Head coach Doug Marrone says that Alonso could receive multiple roles in the new defense even though he has been playing only one position during spring practices.