The Bills now have six of their 2013 draft picks under contract.
The team announced Thursday that linebacker Kiko Alonso, the 46th overall pick of the draft and one of Buffalo’s two second-round selections. Wide receiver Robert Woods was the other second-rounder and remains unsigned along with first-round quarterback E.J. Manuel.
Alonso has been installed as a strong-side inside linebacker for the Bills during rookie minicamp and the start of OTAs. Coach Doug Marrone thinks that Alonso’s capable of playing more than one position, though, and it certainly sounds like the Bills plan to make good use of him right off the bat.
“He’s shown that he can play multiple positions. He’s shown that he can play on teams. He’s shown that he’s instinctive,” Marrone saod via the Bills website. “I think he can play two (positions). He can play man-to-man, he has good zone awareness, has a bunch of pass breakups. You see it from a coverage standpoint and then you also see him coming downhill making plays and he has a lot of tackles for losses.”
Wherever he winds up playing, it’s a good bet that Alonso will be in the starting lineup for Buffalo this year.