Kiko Alonso may have had to wait his time to really make an impact for the Oregon Ducks, but once he got on the field, he did more than enough to prove himself as one of the better defensive players in the Pac-12.
An inside linebacker who boasted a 6’3″, 238 pound frame, Alsonso was a versatile athlete for the Ducks, using his speed and strength to become a tenacious defender and a high draft pick. Racking up 81 tackles in his final year at Oregon, he overcame off-field issues and was subsequently drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 46th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Figuring to make an immediate impact with the Bills, the former Duck has officially been signed by Buffalo, tentatively establishing his home for the next few years. Though terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, it’s been reported that Alsonso signed with the Bills for $4.3 million with around a $1.7 million signing bonus.
“I was definitely spending my focus on football, but it’s good to get it done with,” said Alonso in an interview with Buffalobills.com.
Aside from signing a contract with the Bills, Alonso has also participated in the rookie minicamp and some OTAs for Buffalo.
“It’s been awesome,” mentioned Alonso about his experience with the Bills. “I think I’m a very aggressive player and that’s what they want here so I should be a fit.”
Though he has been reportedly spending most of his time with the second unit, Alonso figures to be a starter in the near future and has been lining up at the ‘mike’ linebacker position for Buffalo. His defensive versatility figures to help out the Bills, whose run defense was 31st in the league last year, surrendering 145.8 yards per game. Another former Duck, Jairus Byrd, helped Buffalo have a solid pass defense, as the team surrendered just 217.1 yards per game through the air (10th).
Alonso finished his career at Oregon with 143 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, nine passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six interceptions, and 3.5 sacks.