Prospect: Kiko Alonso, ILB, OregonKiko Alonso

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 238 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Twitchy athlete with an explosive first step to close on the football
  • Impressive open field speed with true sideline to sideline ability
  • Light feet in coverage and working laterally in the running game
  • Lean-framed linebacker who needs to add strength and sheer bulk to play between the tackles

Intelligence/Effort:

  • High motor and energy level as if his hair were on fire
  • Decisive linebacker who plays without any hesitation
  • Overall discipline level is relatively low, occasionally takes poor angles and loses inside out leverage even more often
  • Experience contributing on special teams with the skillset to do so in the NFL
  • Off the field rap sheet includes multiple run-ins with the law

Pass Rush:

  • Versatile blitzer with consistent production from a variety of different blitz techniques
  • Immense timing on blitzes, does so instinctively
  • Blows by flat-footed pass blockers with a strong first step and burst through holes
  • Occasionally works in a swim move or counter move against a well-positioned pass blocker
  • Tendency to try and leap over cut blocks from running backs, unsuccessful on the whole

Run Support:

  • Attacks the line of scrimmage with urgency and gets through holes quickly, disruptive force in the backfield
  • Frequently wrong-sides blockers with anticipation and quick first step to beat them to spots
  • Lacks strong lower body needed when forced to take on big blockers between the tackles
  • Strong and violent hands when he gets them to the frame of blockers, consistency lacking on overall hand usage though
  • Can work through congestion with sudden feet and a natural nose for the football
  • Struggles to handle cut blocks, combination of high playing speed and lack of developed hands
  • Raw tackling technique as a whole, fails to wrap and goes for the knockout blow too often, drops his head as well

Coverage:

  • Fluid hips to turn and run or change directions in pass coverage
  • Feels route runners instinctively and positions himself underneath short routes in zone coverage
  • Rangy cover linebacker who can man up and run with athletic tight ends well downfield
  • Consistently gets himself into great positions and makes the most of opportunities for interceptions, hauled in six balls between junior and senior seasons

Overall:

Kiko Alonso is a linebacker prospect with incalculable potential.  He can affect the game in a variety of ways, whether it’s in run fits, in blitz packages, or in pass coverage.  He pairs his impressive natural athleticism with a hunger for the football that makes him a to-the-whistle player every snap.  Alonso comes with a number of question marks though.  The first being his history of issues off the field.  He was charged with DUI in 2010 before being arrested again in May of 2011 and pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges.  To his credit, he’s stayed out of the wrong news section since.  His injury history is also notable.  He torn his ACL in 2010 and missed the whole season.  As a senior, he suffered a wrist injury that forced him to wear a hard cast for the last part of the season.  These question marks alone will probably be enough to steer a few teams in the other direction.  A team willing to take a chance on the potential Alonso has could be rewarded down the road.  His best fit is probably as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 after he adds the necessary weight.  His athletic ability could also lend itself to a 4-3 outside spot as well.  Coach up Kiko Alonso and you can make him into a linebacker who quarterbacks are pointing out to their offensive lines on a high percentage of snaps.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Kiko Alonso Scouting Report

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