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Despite checkered past, Bills say LB Kiko Alonso 'a good risk'

By Tim Graham

On a Google search for images of new Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, two of the first three pictures are a mug shot from one of his arrests.

The Bills have made a concerted effort to assemble high-character players under General Manager Buddy Nix. The last Bills regular to get legitimately arrested (not counting fullback Corey McIntyre's mistaken-identity case) was safety Donte Whitner four years ago.

But the Bills are showing faith in Alonso, selecting him with the 46th overall draft choice tonight.

Alonso has been arrested twice on alcohol-related charges, incidents teams repeatedly inquired about in pre-draft interviews.

"I just told them I put in my time, and I'm moving forward," Alonso said on a conference call with Bills reporters. "I'm ready to play football and compete."

Alonso was arrested for driving under the influence in February 2010 and suspended for the entire season.

He was arrested in May 2011 for -- while in a drunken stupor -- breaking into a house that wasn't his and falling asleep inside after the owner fled.

Alonso pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass. A judge sentenced him to two years probation, 200 hours of community service and "intensive" alcohol treatment. The Ducks suspended him for the 2011 opener.

"It was never drug-related," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said. "It wasn't beating up women and that kind of thing. He drank too much. Everybody else can maybe social drink, and he had too many.

"He's gone to counseling since then, and they constantly monitor him, and he hasn't had any problems since. We see a lot of those guys, and everybody needs a second chance. We think it's a good risk with him."

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2013 draft | Buddy Nix | Corey McIntyre | Donte Whitner | Kiko Alonso
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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