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Could Aguayo Join Winston in Tampa Bay?

Jameis Winston's former teammate at Florida State says he wants to be a Buccaneer.


The Buccaneers have two experienced kickers on their roster as this year's offseason workouts are set to begin in Patrick Murray and Connor Barth. Both players have been starters in Tampa Bay, with Murray handling the team's kicking duties in 2014 and Barth stepping in last season while Murray was on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Although the Buccaneers have depth at the position, the player who Jameis Winston referred to as the "best kicker" he's ever seen won't be on an NFL roster until the NFL Draft later this month. That kicker would be his former teammate at Florida State, Roberto Aguayo.

While with the Seminoles, Aguayo proved to be one of the most accurate kickers in college football history. In his three years at Florida State, Aguayo converted on 88.46% of his kicks, which is the third-best conversation rate in FCS history. Florida State scored 94 touchdowns during Aguayo's three seasons and he converted on every single extra point he attempted.

Some draft experts have Aguayo graded as high as a second-round pick, but the former Seminole has been vocal about his desire to join Winston in Tampa Bay.  

"The Bucs would be great," Aguayo told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's close and I could play with my quarterback," he said, referring to Winston.

Aguayo is from Florida, having attended South Lake High School in Mascotte, which is a little more than an hour away north of the Bucs' training facilities in Tampa. He also spent a year playing for IMG Academy in Bradenton, which is also an hour away from Tampa, but in the opposite direction.

Should the Buccaneers be looking at Aguayo? Some scouts believe he is worth the high price he may command.

"I had our special teams coach watch tape on him after our season was over and he really liked him," an AFC scout told NFL.com. "It may be time for us to upgrade our board."

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