- 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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