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.