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Kiko cited as one of best picks in 2013 draft

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2014 – 10:51 pm

It took a year, but when a panel of reporters and analysts were asked to make a choice for the best draft choice in the 2013 NFL draft, one of Buffalo’s second round picks was mentioned.

There was some support for Jets DL Sheldon Richardson and San Diego WR Keenan Allen, but NFL Network’s Charley Casserly chose Kiko Alonso. Here’s his assessment.

  • Kiko Alonso’s instincts and playmaking ability will benefit Buffalo for years to come

    Considering his draft position (46th overall), Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is my pick. Many people felt he was the NFL’s best rookie defender last season, as evidenced by a close second-place finish in Defensive ROY voting. The statistics (159 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble) jump off the page, but I was particularly impressed by his instincts to find the ball — that’s the most important trait for a linebacker. 

    Based on a 10-year study that I conducted, any second-round pick has a 50-50 chance of just developing into a starter within four years. Alonso was a star in Year 1. Barring injury, this guy should enjoy a highly productive career, especially now that new Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is moving him to outside linebacker.

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