Mike Mayock thinks he's found this year's Kiko Alonso
Updated 3:13 PM , February 20, 2014
Kiko Alonso was not widely viewed as a second-round talent heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Buffalo Bills, however, made him just that, and Alonso paid them back by turning in a solid rookie season. The Oregon product finished with 159 tackles, third most in the NFL, two sacks, one forced fumble and four interceptions, which tied for the team high.
During a conference call this week, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock identified the player in this year's draft he thinks most compares to Alonso -- Wisconsin's Chris Borland.
"Borland is one of my two or three favorite players this draft and the way I came on him was funny. I was getting ready to do a Notre Dame game, I think I was doing homework on BYU and the tape I happened to put in was Wisconsin and I was like, this 44 is everywhere," Mayock said. "So I was kind of hooked on him early and every tape I've seen since then reinforces that he could have the ability to be the Kiko Alonso of this year's group. I think he's probably going to go in the second round.
"I think he's going to start for whatever team takes him and as long as he stays healthy, he's just going to keep making plays. The kid makes plays. He's around the football all the time and I love watching him play football."
Borland finished his Wisconsin career ranked sixth in program history with 420 total tackles and fourth in tackles for loss (50). He also set a Big Ten record with 15 forced fumbles, the second most in Football Bowl Subdivision history.