Bucs trade up to make Aguayo highest drafted kicker since 2005

Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making a substantial investment on special teams.

After trading up 15 spots to acquire another pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft Friday, the Buccaneers selected Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo.

In acquiring the 59th overall pick from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buccaneers surrendered picks in the third and fourth round, No. 74 and No. 106 overall.

Aguayo becomes the highest-drafted kicker since Mike Nugent was selected 47th overall in 2005, and just the ninth kicker taken in the first two rounds since 1967.

Known as "Mr. Perfect" during his three-year career at Florida State, Aguayo converted on 88.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and each of his 198 extra-point tries.

Roberto Aguayo Bio

Position: K
School: Florida State
College Experience: Redshirt Junior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 207 lbs.

Strengths

  • Made 88.5 percent of his field-goal attempts throughout his three-year career. Never missed an extra point, going 198-for-198 on PATs.
  • Leg strength on kickoffs improved with each year. Has outstanding 4.09 kickoff hang time. Unfazed by the moment. (NFL.com)
  • Excellent lift off his foot with a clean motion, generating leg strength from his sound plant-and-drive technique. (CBS Sports)

Weaknesses

  • Accuracy dropped in each of his three seasons, from 95 percent, to 90.5, to 80.8 in his junior year.
  • Will occasionally lose track of a kickoff and knock it out of bounds. While quality of kickoffs has improved, still doesn't have a booming kickoff leg. (NFL.com)
  • Could have trouble consistently making long kicks, with a career long of 53 yards and multiple misses from 50-plus.
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