Doctor: Oregon LB Alonso's wrist has healed

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

An unusual number of highly regarded prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft have medical questions.

After fighting through a fractured bone in his left wrist to play last season, Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso was one of those prospects.

He's one of the few, before this weekend's medical rechecks in Indianapolis, to be able to provide a positive answer to his medical concern. Alonso's wrist has healed and he has been cleared to resume full activity, according to a letter sent to all 32 teams, NFLDraftScout.com has learned.

The letter declares that NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated inside linebacker was cleared by Dr. Timothy McAdams, the orthopedic surgeon for the San Francisco 49ers.

The injury, which caused Alonso to miss one game (Colorado) and play much of the season with a cast, kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Despite being unable to work out in Indianapolis, Alonso was a busy man, logging formal interviews with 17 teams, according to a source close to him.

It isn't difficult to understand why teams are intrigued. The 6-4, 238-pound linebacker is equally intriguing on the inside in the 3-4 or 4-3 and, as his four interceptions a year ago demonstrate, he possesses the athleticism to handle coverage duties on the outside of a 4-3 as well. He was clocked at 4.74-seconds in the 40-yard dash at Oregon's March 14 Pro Day and had a 4.18-second short shuttle and 6.96-second three-cone. In the days before and following his Pro Day in Eugene, he met with six clubs.

Alonso spent Monday in San Diego with representatives of the Chargers and has four other visits lined up.

Alonso is an instinctive, tenacious defender with a unique blend of size and athleticism. He's also shown an ability to play well in big games, not the least of which was Oregon's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin to end the 2011-12 season. In that contest, Alonso had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception of quarterback Russell Wilson to win MVP honors of the Rose Bowl.

In 2012, Alonso was especially effective against rival Oregon State (seven tackles, a tackle for loss, interception), Stanford (nine tackles, a tackle for loss, forced fumble), USC (10 tackles, two for loss, fumble recovery, interception) and six tackles, including two for loss, in Oregon's Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.

While scouts love his production (81 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two forced and recovered fumbles last season), Alonso does come with significant red flags.

Before the wrist injury, Alonso missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL and was twice arrested on alcohol-related offenses (2010, 2011) while in Eugene.

If teams are convinced that Alonso has matured and is healthy, the versatile linebacker could warrant consideration as early as the second round.

 
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