The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced a lot of criticism for trading up into the second round to draft Florida State Roberto Aguayo. How much is a kicker, even a very good one, worth? Even one that can execute so-called mortar kickoffs to perfection, given that the future of kickoffs in the NFL is pretty uncertain?
The NFL is trying very hard to allay those concerns by making kicking harder and harder, though. They moved the extra point back last year, though at 94% success rate it’s hardly a difficult try now. According to the Toronto Star, the NFL is exploring another option: narrowing the goalposts. It seems like they’ll start studies on that concept this year, possibly even in the preseason. Narrowing the goalposts will, create less leeway for field goal kickers on their attempts, which will either make accurate kickers more important, or push teams to attempt fewer field goals.
If the NFL pushes that concept through at some point in the next couple of years, Aguayo will likely start to look a lot more important for the Bucs, at least. If, of course, he actually turns out to be the hyper-accurate player the Bucs hope he is.