Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Miami 19 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Bills Kiko Alonso named Defensive Rookie of the Year

The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has been announced and its Buffalo Bills midde linebacker Kiko Alonso.  Alonso was the 46th pick of the NFL Draft and went in the second round with some questions about his ability to defend the run.  He demonstrated a tremendous ability to play the pass in college and that immediately showed itself as Alonso caught 4 interceptions early in the year, setting a pace for the award early.  Alonso’s interceptions dropped off, but his overall effectiveness remained with 87 solo tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries, 5 pass deflections and 11 stuffs over the course of the season.

The Bills defense boasted an extremely effective defensive line which was able to rack up sacks over the course of the year, but Alonso gives them a great presence in the middle that could allow that defense to get better and better over the next few years.  Those two areas of the team are going to be the building blocks of what could be a great defense if they can keep adding pieces to it.

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  • Paul Kawalerski

    Rookie of the year, but dissed for the Pro Bowl. Just doesn’t make sense. Kiko deserved a Pro Bowl Nod. Guess he’s not in the popularity club yet. No problem with that, I’d take pure performance over a Pro Bowl nod any day. He had a great year and in my mind out performed almost every other LB. He has a great future ahead and I’m glad he’s in Buffalo. If we pick up Kalil on the outside than we would have some LB dual. Reminds me of Bennett and Talley.