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2016 NFL Draft: Robert Aguayo selected 59th overall by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Aguayo - K, Florida StatePick Analysis


Robert Aguayo – K, Florida State

Pick Analysis

Right, I am a Bucs fan. And in his entire tenure, Jason Licht has been a stud GM when it comes to the draft. He has nailed it every year. So I will not be overly critical. That said. It’s a kicker. And believe me, I do my work on special teams. I know he’s “statistically” the best kicker in NCAA history. But that includes PATs as equal commodities to field goals. He’s perfect within 40 yards. But has had his troubles from longer. He lacks a strong leg. If you’re going to take a kicker this high, I want a strong leg. If you’re going to select a kicker this high and move up, giving up a pick, I want a kicker with a better leg. Whose form doesn’t lose something when he’s trying to force a little something extra from distance because he doesn’t have the leg. I love Licht. I love my Bucs. But I’m not a fan of this. If he kicks us to the playoffs I’ll retract it all, no problem. But I struggle to get on board with this right now. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

It’s rare for kickers to go early, but Aguayo isn’t the standard special teams prospect for the NFL. He not only declared a year early for this draft, but could have done so as a sophomore last season had he wished. Arguably it might have been better if he had. His 2015 season was certainly the “poorest” (relatively) of his 3 years for the Seminoles, failing to convert on 5 of his 26 attempts this year, giving him an 80.8% conversion rate. He’s never missed an extra point over his FSU career though, and is statistically the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Talk of going in the 2nd or 3rd round seems quite early though. That’s a big investment in any specialist, and given that Aguayo, as accurate and technically proficient as he is, doesn’t have elite leg strength, more of a mid-round value might be better suitable. It’s much more likely though that he doesn’t last that long. He’s far from perfect, but is about as good a kicker prospect as there’s been in recent years, and though his slightly down year in 2015 should be considered, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go on day two of the draft, should a team have the luxury of taking him that early. Rebecca Rennie

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2016 NFL Draft: Robert Aguayo selected 59th overall by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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