Brian Urlacher, right, former Chicago Bears middle linebacker, says the Bills’ Kiko Alonso, left, should win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
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Brian Urlacher is excited about the NFL’s group of up-and-coming linebackers.

Near the top of his list is Buffalo Bills rookie Kiko Alonso.

Urlacher, the former Chicago Bears middle linebacker, received the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award 13 years ago. He said Alonso deserves the honor this time.

“Kiko should win it,” Urlacher said Tuesday at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. “He had a great season. He’s the one rookie that actually stood out to me from the beginning. It should be his award to win.”

The award will be given Saturday night at a ceremony in Radio City Music Hall. Alonso would be the first Bill to win the award since Shane Conlan in 1987. Jim Haslett won it in 1979.

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