The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected a kicker with a second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and that choice has been a mess from the outset. Former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo, through no fault of his own, has been under the microscope since the moment he was chosen and, after a rough rookie campaign, the Buccaneers elected to sign Nick Folk to compete with him ahead of the 2017 season.
When prompted about the move, Bucs GM Jason Licht did not exactly shine a glowing light on Aguayo in speaking to the Tampa Bay Times:
“Read the stats, he wasn’t very good last year. He wants to improve and he’s going to work at it. And we still have confidence in him but you’re always trying to get better.’’
It isn’t exactly breaking that news that Aguayo “wasn’t very good last year” but the frank nature of this statement isn’t super encouraging for the young kicker. Licht went on to say that Aguayo “had to learn that he’s not doing this for fun anymore” in addition to indicating that Aguayo has “a lot of people depending on him” in the future.
Tampa Bay is already catching plenty of heat for the pick but, if Folk wins the job, the choice of Aguayo with a second-round pick will quickly be added to the list of all-time NFL Draft blunders.