Nov 24, 2012; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso (47) defends against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers NFL Draft Watch: Oregon LB Kiko Alonso


The San Diego Chargers have shown a lot of interest in Oregon MLB Kiko Alonso. The Chargers brought him in for a visit and Chargers LB Coach Joe Barry was in attendance for his Pro Day.

Alonso is a 6-foot-4 linebacker that could fit well in the middle of our 3-4 defense. On our current roster, he would likely be the starter next to Donald Butler.

He has had problems with the law and with alcohol and that could push his stock down in the draft, but he is a very capable and athletic middle linebacker.

Here are some of the notes from his Pro Day:

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

Alonso could be a steal if we can grab him in the 4th or 5th round. He has the talent that is much better than that, but the baggage that he comes along with will be the determining factor on if he is draftable for the team.


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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Quick hands Ernie got that last article off the main board with the quickness, good man! I’d love to have Kiko maybe we’ll get him with one of the 2 picks we get for Rivers (drum roll)

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      :)

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        23 days to the draft brotha, just to guess how many starters do you think we draft with our 7 picks?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          on this roster…. 4… what is your guess?

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            4 with a slight chance of 5? depending if we find a hidden gem or 2. If they get a RB at some point he wont start but could take Matthew’s job if he sucks or breaks so then it would be 5 I guess.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            yea…can see a linebacker, a corner, and probably 2 linemen. possibly a safety if the linemen are not there. possibly tavon austin to make me smile.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            One thing cool about Tavon if you get him at #11 you could use him as the #3 RB as well and not select a RB later on. His highlight video is ridiculous, the angles he takes looks like old school techmo bowl where you run up and then down in a triangular motion and no one can tackle him lol

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            he can be our punt returner after we release eddie royal also.

          • 619chargers4life

            im rooting for CB McFadden . u know me, every year i gots to go for an Aztec.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            mcfadden is good. i think he would be a starter here also

          • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

            I’m with you on the Tavon Austin thing Ernie! Would fit well into the up tempo, quick strike offence we might be implementing! Not to mention that a Small shifty guy like that will make a defense back off on the blitz real quick when we keep dumping it off to him! Worked pretty well when we had Sproles!

  • tbell11

    What if Manti Te’o is available in round 2, would you guys consider him?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yup

    • Cgoodness13

      He will have to say he hates the city of Baltimore for the ravens to pass on him :/

      • tbell11

        There are rumors that the ravens are going to take john Jenkins out of Georgia instead

  • arnie

    Nice pick up Ernie. When was the last time the Chargers LB that could pass cover, chase down the QB, shoot the gap, and make plays in the backfield? Either this kid could be Ray Lewis 2.0, or the second coming of JR.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      It has been way too long… Put him best to Donald Butler and it would be so sick