The Buccaneers’ decision to trade back into the second round of the draft and select Roberto Aguayo may have surprised some, but according to Aguayo’s former coach, it was a smart pick.
"To me, it was genius,” Jimbo Fisher, Aguayo’s coach at Florida State, told the Tampa Bay Times. “It was pretty smart, what their GM and them did. (They) got a piece of the puzzle, which they needed. I'll say this: Most people who said that (it wasn't a smart pick) ain't ever coached. Maybe that's including scouts. They ain't never been on that sideline."
Fisher has all the reason to be bullish on Aguayo. While at FSU, the kicker connected on 96.73% of his kicks, which makes him the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. He never missed a field goal attempt inside the 40-yard line and was a part of the Seminoles’ national championship team in 2013.
“When you can get the best kicker you've seen and one of the best in the history of the NCAA, why would you not?” Fisher said.
When the Buccaneers drafted Aguayo, he was one of three kickers on the team’s roster. As OTAs get under way, he’s the only kicker left at One Buccaneer Place after the team released Patrick Murray and Connor Barth, who had been the Bucs’ starters in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The Buccaneers landed four starters in the 2015 draft and Aguayo is sure to be a fifth starter that the team has picked in the past two years. Depending on where Noah Spence, Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith fit in, the Buccaneers could have drafted nearly half of their starting lineup in the past two years.