By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills went defense with their third draft pick, taking Oregon linebacker Kristian "Kiko" Alonso with the 46th overall selection.
Alonso represents the second-round pick the Bills acquired Thursday night from the St. Louis Rams when moving back from eighth to 16th overall.
Alonso played middle linebacker for Oregon last year. He recorded 81 tackles with 14 for losses, one sack, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two recoveries.
Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski wrote in his "Road to the Draft" capsule on Alonso:
Alonso is a versatile, three-down linebacker who can play in the middle or outside. ... Plays with an aggressive, attacking style that would likely appeal to new Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. ... Will run around, through or even jump over blockers to get to the ball carrier. ... Has impressive closing speed when finding the ball, which suggests he'd fit best on the weak side. ... Is athletic enough to match up with running backs or tight ends in the passing game.
On the downside, Alonso missed the 2010 season because he was suspended for two alcohol-related arrests. He declined to address the suspension tonight when asked by Bills reporters. Alonso claimed that's in his past, and he's concentrating on his future.
The Alonso selection could impact the Bills' decision to sign free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby, who was at One Bills Drive this week for a visit but left without a contract.
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