The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to take a kicker.
The Bucs took Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall selection.
It was the highest a kicker has been chosen in the NFL Draft since the New York Jets took Mike Nugent at No. 47 overall in 2004. He’s the ninth kicker to be chosen in the first two rounds of the common draft, which started in 1967.
One NFL GM called the pick the “dumbest” in the history of the NFL Draft.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 1, 2016
It’s definitely unusual to take a kicker early in the draft, but make no mistake: Aguayo is very, very good.
In terms of how good players are relative to their positions, Aguayo might be the best of any player in the draft.
He’s the most-accurate kicker in the history of college football.
– Most accurate kicker in NCAA history with a .9673 conversion rate (267-of-276) pic.twitter.com/VUcYS2BRRs
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 30, 2016
Aguayo’s former teammate at Florida State – and his new teammate in Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston, is certainly excited.
— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) April 30, 2016
@Jaboowins looking forward to ballin on the field again with you bro!
— Roberto Aguayo (@_RobertoAguayo) April 30, 2016
The NFL’s best kickers in 2015 were Dan Bailey and Josh Brown of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, respectively.
Aguayo could join the NFL’s kicking elite early on.