Jimbo Fisher on Bucs' Roberto Aguayo trade: 'To me, it was genius'
Before Jimbo Fisher's Seminole Booster tour hits the Old Memorial Golf Club today, the Florida State coach sat down with me and a few other reporters to talk about the upcoming season.
During our conversation, I told Fisher that some Bucs fans (and pundits) are unhappy the team traded up to draft former Seminoles kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round.
"Why?" Fisher responded.
Fisher puts a high value on kickers as a coach and playcaller; when you're at a school with a list of Wide Right/Left kicks on Wikipedia, you can see why. Fisher pointed out that he signed a highly rated punter and a highly rated kicker in February.
"Tell me what a guard or a tackle's going to do more than a kicker does in critical situations. They're all just as critical...When a puzzle's put together, if one piece is missing, it's still empty. When you can get the best kicker you've seen and one of the best in the history of the NCAA, why would you not?"
If you're reading this blog, you probably know the argument against it. Good kickers are available in later rounds (or undrafted), and the Bucs might have had more glaring needs than kicker.
Regardless, Fisher loved the move because of how the Bucs did it. They picked up an extra pick by trading back in the first round, still landed their target (Gators/Wharton High cornerback Vernon Hargreaves) and used that bonus pick to trade up to grab Aguayo in the second.
"Really they didn't lose anything," Fisher said. "To me, it was genius. It was pretty smart, what their GM and them did. Got a piece of the puzzle which they needed...
"I'll say this: Most people who said that (it wasn't a smart pick) ain't ever coached. Maybe that's including scouts. They ain't never been on that sideline."