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Roberto Aguayo, future Tampa Bay kicker?

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With less than a week until the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, many prospects still have no idea where they expect their names to be called. The Combine is long over, pro days have concluded, and private workouts are wrapping up. For most, the week leading up to the draft is filled with suspense, anxiety, and excitement.

For former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo, the process is no different. Although the kicker departs Tallahassee as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, he told NoleGameday in a recent interview that there is still uncertainly surrounding where he will end up come draft day.

There’s no one certain team that I can say, oh, they’re going to get me. There’s a lot, some show a lot of interest some days. At the end of the day the teams that have shown the most interest are the Jets, the Saints, the Buccaneers, and the Raiders.

Each of those teams is certainly in the market for a kicker. The New York Jets currently have Nick Folk on their roster, but he suffered a season-ending quad injury midway through 2015. The Jets converted 81.8% of their field goal attempts on the year. The Saints have Kai Forbath and Josh Scobee, both veteran kickers, but each were under 70% on their field goal attempts in 2015. The Saints finished with one of the worst field goal completion percentages in the league at 69.2%.

The Raiders already have an established kicker in Sebastian Janikowski, a Florida State alum. However, the lefty kicker is one of the oldest players in the NFL at 38 years old. While ending up at in Oakland might be a long shot for Aguayo, it is telling that their organizations likes the Florida State connection there.

Meanwhile, the team generating the most interest for Aguayo might be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course, it helps that his former teammate, Jameis Winston, is the lead man in Tampa nowadays.

Yeah, [Winston] is putting in the good word down there. He’s excited. He’s like, “Roberto is the best kicker I’ve ever played with”. He wants me and Jalen to go down there. It’ll definitely be exciting if I get picked there and hopefully win some Super Bowls there.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are definitely in need of a kicker. The Bucs finished with a 72.5 field goal percentage, good for 30th in the league. Currently, the Bucs have Connor Barth on their roster, but the nine-year veteran has not done anything to establish himself as a franchise kicker for the organization.

Could Roberto Aguayo be the next Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker? It’s certainly a possibility. We’ve previously highlighted that Aguayo has a great shot of being drafted on day two, sometime in the second or third round.

For now though, he and his family will just have to wait. But with less than a week left, their patience will soon be rewarded.

 

Dakota Moyer

Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.



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