The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with their second second-round pick, after selecting Noah Spence earlier that day. The Bucs traded up from their third-round pick (74th overall) to the second round (59th overall), giving up the fourth-round pick they added yesterday (106th overall). That's quite a haul to secure Aguayo's services, so he'd better be a really good kicker.
Roberto Aguayo is of course the best kicker in the draft, and arguably the best kicker to come out in about a decade. He has a strong leg, is incredibly accurate and has the ability to both boot kickoffs through the end zone, and consistently land them at the five-yard line to pin teams back deep. He was perfect inside the 40-yard line, hitting all 49 attempts in his career and made all 198 extra point attempts, as well 69 of 78 total field goals.
The ability to pin teams deep with a kickoff is a little more valuable this year, as a touchback will now give opposing teams the ball at the 25-yard line. High kickoffs to the five-yard line would help pin those teams deep instead.
Those are all very valuable traits. But. We're still talking about a kicker. Someone who's on the field maybe ten times a game, doing a job generally done adequately by undrafted and street free agents. While pushing back the extra point increased the value of kickers a little, spending a high third and high fourth-round pick one is still pretty ridiculous.
The Bucs have no more picks tonight, though they could always move back up into the third round from their fourth-round pick, the tenth in that round.
Buccaneers 2016 draft picks
Round 1: pick 9 (9th overall): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Round 2: pick 8 (39th overall)
Round 3: pick 11 (74th overall)
Round 4: Pick 8 (106th overall, from Chicago Bears)
Round 4: pick 10 (108th overall)
Round 5: pick 9 (148th overall)
Round 6: pick 8 (183rd overall)
Round 6: pick 22 (197th overall, from Washington)