Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso doesn't make logical sense as an Atlanta Falcons pick with the Comrade Filter in play, but he could very well be a selection should he fall low enough. The Falcons have shown interest, according to National Football Post's Joel Corry:
Let's pick apart Alonso's game and how he could possibly help the Falcons:
University of Oregon
Height: 6'3-3/8" Weight: 238 pounds
Arm Length: 32-1/8" Hand Measurement: 9-3/4"
40 yard dash: 4.74 sec. 10 yard split: 1.66 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.18 sec. 3-cone Drill: 6.96 sec.
Vertical Jump: 30.5" Broad Jump: 9'9"
2012: 12 Games Played, 81 Tackles, 14.0 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 4 Interceptions, 2 Fumbles Forced, 3 Pass Deflections
2011: 12 Games Played, 46 Tackles, 6.0 Tackles for Loss, 2.5 Sacks, 1 QB Hurry, 2 Interceptions
2010: Spent the season off due to a knee injury (h/t Oregon's official site).
2009: 12 Games Played, 16 Tackles, 1.0 Tackles for Loss, 1 Fumble Forced
Kiko Alonso is a great coverage linebacker. He can man up with a tight end in coverage and stick with him effectively. He can also play in a middle or even deep coverage zone for any scheme. Alonso is a good fit for a Tampa 2 scheme because of those abilities. He's also an extremely effective gap shooting blitzer who could help Atlanta in that aspect.
In run defense, he's a powerful hitter who can separate the offensive player from the ball. He can also take on smaller blockers effectively, and pursues well to the ball. He's going hard every play and is a leader calling signals while on the field.
Alonso has trouble taking on blockers when they have either size or decide to cut his legs from under him. He's got a skinnier build than most but Atlanta won't see much issue with that. He fails to wrap up tackles and sometimes gets dragged down the field. But for the most part, most of Alonso's negatives come in his off the field history.
If Alonso checked out perfectly on the Comrade Filter, he would be ridiculously tough to pass early on. He's a great fit for Mike Nolan's defense as he could be an ideal Amoeba defender, can play in the 3-4 as an inside linebacker and in the 4-3 as the strong-side linebacker. He also wouldn't involve too many resources from being used.
How Does He Fit the Comrade Filter?
Kiko Alonso has not only been arrested, but he has also been suspended. Back in 2011, he was arrested for burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, and in 2010, he was stopped and arrested for a DUI (h/t KVAL's Katie Boer).
On the bright side, Alonso later earned his way into a captain's role on the defense and is known as a tremendously hard worker for the Ducks. If he can put all of his transgressions in the past, the Falcons could very possibly give him a pass on the filter.
How He Would Fit into the Falcons' Plans
The Falcons would have to see Alonso fall to the fourth- or even fifth-round picks to consider him. However, he'd be an intelligent pick for Atlanta as he would fill the need at coverage linebacker and is a leader off the field. He could play inside or outside and could end up slipping to a lower spot than expected.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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