Alonso is an intriguing player, though one who carries some substantial risk. He played inside linebacker in Oregon's 3-4 scheme so he could play outside or middle linebacker for the Giants.
His talent level is on par with Ogletree and surpasses Minter's, which means New York could get a first-round talent in the third round (Alonso is actually currently projected to go early in the fourth round).
Why isn't he being put in the same class as Ogletree and Minter then?
Injuries and off-the-field issues are the two big reasons. He missed the entire 2010 season due to a torn ACL and skipped the Senior Bowl because of a lingering wrist injury. His reckless style of play suggests that staying healthy could be a problem for him and his new team at the next level.
Alonso has also had numerous run-ins with the law. He was charged with a DUI in 2010 and arrested on numerous charges, including burglary, for a 2011 incident that according to John Taylor of CollegeFootballTalk:
stemmed from a non-sober Alonso pounding on the door at a woman’s residence very early in the morning. After the woman had called 911 and left the residence, Alonso broke down the door. Police, who said their was no relationship between the woman and Alonso, arrived to find the Ducks player inside the residence.
On the bright side, Alonso has played nice since this incident so this may be a case of youth getting in the way of good judgement.
Despite some glaring question marks, Alonso is worth taking a chance on with New York's 89th pick.