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Bucs trade up to draft FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo at No. 59

Roberto Aguayo never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career.

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Roberto Aguayo never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career.

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The Bucs have drafted former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. Tampa Bay traded with the Chiefs to pick Aguayo - the most accurate kicker in college football history - at No. 59.

Aguayo became the first kicker to declare early for the draft since another Seminole, Sebastian Janikowski.

The 2013 Lou Groza Award winner never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career. He hit each of his 198 extra points, and the Seminoles credit him and Deion Sanders as the only two three-time first-team All-Americans in program history. 

Aguayo also exceled on kickoffs; FSU ranked seventh nationally in opponents' starting field position, according to Football Outsiders.

Recent rule changes helped his draft stock. The NFL moved extra points back 13 yards last season and will push touchbacks up to the 25 this year. Both moves put a greater premium on accurate kickers - like Aguayo.
Aguayo is the first kicker chosen in the second round since 2005.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:24pm]

    

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