The Buffalo Bills now have six of their eight 2013 NFL Draft picks under contract after second-round linebacker Kiko Alonso signed on the dotted line on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it'll be a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.3 million with a roughly $1.7 million signing bonus.
Alonso, a productive two-year starter at Oregon, is a solid athlete that intrigued the Bills' new defensive coaching staff because of his aggressive playing style and his versatility. The 6'3", 238-pound Alonso can play multiple linebacker positions - you'll see him play middle and weak-side linebacker in Buffalo, and perhaps even moonlight on the strong side on occasion - and is the type of linebacker that is consistently around the ball, whether defending the run or the pass. He's under a lot of pressure to step into the lineup right away for Mike Pettine and be productive as a rookie.
With Alonso now under contract, there remain only two unsigned Bills rookies: quarterback EJ Manuel, selected in the first round, and wide receiver Robert Woods, who was selected in the second round five spots ahead of Alonso. Woods is not at OTAs right now thanks to the NFL's college graduation rule, while Manuel is participating in practices sans contract, as is standard practice for rookies.