Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Two Bucs Make Kiper's All-Rookie Team

Two Buccaneers were selected to Mel Kiper's preseason All-Rookie team.

Pictures from Hargreaves' photo shoot following the NFL Draft.

Throughout the offseason, ESPN's Mel Kiper is plugged into the NFL Draft just as much, if not more than any analyst around the NFL. Now that the draft has come and gone and Kiper has been able to observe this year's rookies on the field during the preseason, he compiled a list of his pre-season All-Rookie team – a list that includes two Buccaneers.

Kiper listed cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and kicker Roberto Aguayo on his All-Rookie team. Hargreaves was one of three corners listed, along with Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey and Arizona's Brandon Williams. Aguayo was his lone pick at kicker.

Pictures of the Buccaneers during the 2016 preseason games.

"Rookie cornerbacks always have some serious lows to go with flashes of good play," Kiper wrote, "but these guys have a chance to be pretty good pretty soon. Ramsey does more than cover, because he's physical and fearless as a tackler. Hargreaves should see a ton of time when the Bucs are in nickel, which will be plenty. Williams has impressed early, and the speedster looks set for a ton of PT."

Aguayo's NFL career got off to a rocky start, missing a handful of kicks during in his first two preseason games. But he rebounded nicely in the Bucs' third and fourth preseason games, making all five of his attempts. Those early misses didn't sway Kiper, who remains confident in the Bucs' second-round pick.

"Everybody calm down," Kiper wrote. "So he missed a couple of kicks in the preseason. Aguayo is going to be fine."

Should Aguayo and Hargreaves finish the season on Kiper's All-Rookie team, they would become the sixth Buccaneers to earn the honor in the past two seasons. Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Kwon Alexander were all named to Kiper's postseason All-Rookie team following the 2015 season.

For Kiper's full list, click HERE.

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