Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is one of the 100 best players in the NFL, according to a poll put together by NFL Network.
Four current teammates (center Eric Wood and defensive linemen Manny Lawson, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus), as well as New Orleans safety Jairus Byrd and veteran free agent tight end Kellen Winslow, extoll Alonso's virtues in the video announcement. Alonso, at No. 84 overall, ranks just ahead of Detroit running back Reggie Bush on the list, and just behind Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Alonso, a second-round pick a year ago out of Oregon, finished his rookie season with 159 tackles, five defended passes, four interceptions, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. His season got off to a blazing hot start when, in his first four games, he accumulated five turnovers, including a two-interception performance against Baltimore in Week 4 to help seal a win.
After spending his rookie season at middle linebacker - and not missing a single defensive snap in the process - the Bills are planning on moving Alonso to weak-side linebacker for the 2014 season.