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  • Oregon's Alonso, Beavers' Wheaton drafted on Day 2

  • The Buffalo Bills selected Oregon linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso with the 46th pick in the NFL draft on Friday, while Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton went in the third round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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  • The Buffalo Bills selected Oregon linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso with the 46th pick in the NFL draft on Friday, while Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton went in the third round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    Listed at 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, Alonso was a hard-hitting tackler over a three-year career with the Ducks. He played mostly at inside linebacker and finished with 143 tackles, six interceptions and 31/2 sacks in 36 games, including 17 starts.
    Alonso, the third Duck drafted overall, had one interception and five tackles in being named the 2012 Rose Bowl defensive player of the game in a 45-38 win over Wisconsin.
    He encountered off-the-field problems, and was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to separate alcohol-related offenses.
    The 6-1 Wheaton, who was selected 79th overall, caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Beavers in 2012. The Steelers are in need of depth at receiver after Mike Wallace left for the Miami Dolphins last month.
    Wheaton also gives the Steelers some versatility. He also ran for 631 yards during his collegiate career with an average of 7.3 yards per carry.
    The 22-year-old Wheaton, who is the only OSU player to be selected so far, will compete with veterans Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery for a spot behind starters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.
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