The 2016 NFL draft is 46 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 46?
Buffalo has drafted two players at pick 46. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon (2013)
Alonso’s tenure with the Bills was short, but he made quite an impression as a rookie. He started all 16 games for Buffalo in 2013 and finished the season with 159 total tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed, four interceptions, and one forced fumble. Some of Alonso’s tackles credited to Alonso were very generous, but there was a span of time where the linebacker made some big plays that helped the Bills win games. In his second career game, Alonso recorded a sack and interception in a 24-23 win over the Panthers. The sack came on the final play of the game. Two weeks later, Alonso recorded two interceptions in a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
It seemed like Alonso was well on his to stardom but the linebacker tore his ACL while working out at Oregon in July of 2014. He missed the entire season.
Everyone expected the linebacker to return in 2015 but in March of 2015, the Bills traded Alonso to Philadelphia for running back LeSean McCoy. It was a trade that Buffalo won hands-down. Alonso only recorded 43 tackles and one interception in 11 games with Philadelphia. His interception came in the first week of the season and it was the only impact play that he made all year. Recently, Alonso was traded to Miami along with Byron Maxwell.
At one time, it seemed like Alonso was destined to be a star, but now he’ll be joining his third team in four seasons.
Aaron Schobel, DE, TCU (2001)
Schobel spent his entire career with the Bills and finished his career second all-time in Bills sack history. He played in 133 career games and started in 128 games with Buffalo. In his nine seasons, Schobel recorded 483 total tackles, 78 sacks, 26 passes defensed, three interceptions, one defensive touchdown, and 19 forced fumbles.
The defensive end had four seasons that resulted in double digit sacks. His highest sack total in a season came in 2006. Schobel recorded 14 sacks that year and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He’d go back to Hawaii again in 2007.
In his final season, Schobel recorded 10 sacks, four passes defensed, an interception that resulted in a touchdown, and three forced fumbles. Buffalo released Schobel after the 2009 season and the defensive end decided to retire rather than continue his playing career elsewhere. Schobel stated at the time of his retirement that he had lost his passion for the game and wanted to spend more time with his family. Schobel is never listed among the greats of the Bills, but he had a very productive career in Buffalo.