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
04/02/2013 - 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/15/2013 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: As impressive as Barner was, Alonso's solid workout might have been even more critical to his draft grade as he had been unable to perform at either the Senior Bowl or combine due to his recovery from a wrist injury.
The 6-3 (1/4), 237-pound inside linebacker was clocked between 4.68-4.72 in the 40-yard dash. He registered a 30.5" vertical jump, 9'9" broad jump and was clocked at 4.18-seconds in the short-shuttle and 6.93-seconds in the three-cone drill. Alonso was particularly impressive in the linebacker drills, which were conducted by Jacksonville Jaguars' linebacker coach Mark Duffner. The linebacker coaches for the Arizona Cardinals (Matt Raich), Kansas City Chiefs (Gary Gibbs), and San Diego Chargers (Joe Barry) were also in attendance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Teams will also want to take a close look at Kiko Alonso's medical tests. The former Oregon Duck had planned on playing at the Senior Bowl but, based on the advice of doctors, elected to pull himself out of the all-star game and allow a wrist injury time to heal. Alonso has shown no ill effects in the two years of action since but missed the 2010 campaign with a torn ACL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Alonso was charged with DUI two years ago. In May 2011, he was arrested for burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges to avoid jail time and appears to have matured since, earning praise from Oregon coaches over the past year for his re-dedication to the program. Having lost their opportunity to speak to Alonso in person in Mobile, teams will be anxious to interview him at the Combine. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2013 - Scouting the Oregon run defense: Oregon is allowing 146 rushing yards per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12. The linebackers have been tough against the run, as Dion Jordan was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection while Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay were second-team selections. - The Sports Xchange
11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: LB Kiko Alonso, Sr., Oregon...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - Oregon football
11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Oregon's Offense Frightening, But Defense Boasts Top 2013 Prospects: Alonso showcased his versatility early in this contest, demonstrating great awareness, flexibility and closing speed to pick off a Barkley pass in the second quarter. He was impressive in coverage throughout the game, lining up against backs, tight ends and even USC's dynamic receivers. This same combination of mental and physical traits was also evident in how he quickly diagnosed the run, slicing through gaps, at times, to corral USC's tailbacks at the line of scrimmage, as well as the vision and hustle to pursue downfield. Though he wasn't often asked to rush Barkley, when he did so, Alonso's speed and strong hands helped him get off blocks quickly and prove a hindrance to the senior quarterback. Before NFL teams are going to be willing to invest a top 100 pick in Alonso, they'll certainly want to do their homework as he's had multiple run-ins with police in the past. There is no denying, however, that he has this kind of talent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Oregon's Offense Frightening, But Defense Boasts Top 2013 Prospects: Though he hasn't registered nearly the national hype as his teammate Jordan, those paying attention to the Oregon defense certainly have recognized the terrific all-around play from senior middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso entered Saturday's showdown having already posted 42 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and a sack on the season. He's also proved to be a turnover magnet, registering two interceptions and has both forced and recovered a fumble. Despite playing the same position, Alonso isn't a mauler in the middle like Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the unquestioned top inside linebacker in the country. Whereas the Irish star has the perfect build for stuffing the run at 6-2, 255 pounds, Alonso has a slimmer, more athletic build at 6-3, 242 pounds that some scouts believe could make him valuable in the NFL because he'll likely be able to play all three positions in a normal 4-3 alignment. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com