When looking at the 2013 Buffalo Bills and considering the teams MVP this season there is only one reasonable choice the way I see it. The man… the myth… the legend that is linebacker Kiko Alonso! He was, without a doubt, the Bills’ most valuable player this year as he proved you don’t need a Top-10 pick in the draft to get a player who will have a monstrous impact on your roster.
Selected 46th overall in the second-round after the Bills obtained that pick by trading their eighth overall pick to the Rams for their 16th overall pick along with their second-rounder, that trade would later prove to be a stroke of pure genius on part of the Bills organization. Alonso racked up a team high 159 tackles which was also good for third most in the league and most among rookies. Adding four interceptions, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble Alonso’s non-stop playing ability is something that is truly admired and highly sought after by NFL teams everywhere.
There is also a lot to be said for the fact that Kiko Alonso took part of every single one of the Bills 1,145 defensive plays this season with Mario Williams taking the second most with 999. To expect such a high workload from a rookie and have him produce the way that Alonso has is a true testament to not only his athletic ability but also his heart and desire to succeed in this game.
Had analyst been able to properly predict Kiko’s playing ability and the impact he would have in his rookie year there is no doubt in my mind he would of been a Top-10 pick. Give a lot of credit to the Bills too for knowing exactly what they were getting with him right out of the gate as they immediately handed him the responsibility of calling out the defensive plays in training camp. They hit the nail right on the head while attempting to address their linebacker woes and the move should prove to pay dividends well into the future.
For having yet again another losing season in Buffalo there sure was quite a few shining moments from this team, but while considering the Bills MVP this season there is only one clear choice. Kiko Alonso not only proved he belongs in the NFL but he proved he’s one of the best in the NFL, while in his rookie year at that. So for me the decision is easy, Kiko Alonso is everything I look for in a defensive player and I very much look forward to what is to come from him in the future.