The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Roberto Aguayo to be their long-term kicker. The guy who could consistently make kicks, long and short, and help them win on kickoffs. They traded up into the second round to draft the Florida State kicker, who they loved. He was the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, by some measures, and never missed a kick shorter than 40 yards.
Five quarters into his first NFL preseason, he's missed two of his three kicks, hitting his first, 33-yard extra-point attempt against the left upright, and missing his first field goal attempt in his second game wide right -- a 32-yarder. He hit a 37-yard field goal at the end of his first game, but that's been his only successful kick so far. Not exactly a stellar start to his NFL career.
Making matters worse is the fact that his kickoffs have been lackluster, something Dirk Koetter noted after last week's game, too. It's not that they're bad, they're just not making a difference -- which is not what they drafted Aguayo for.
Of course, it's far too early to call Aguayo a bust, just as it would be far too early to call him a success if he had hit those kicks. Every kicker misses a few, and he may just be a little nervous adjusting to the NFL. But this is certainly cause for concern, especially given the risk the Bucs took in picking a kicker that high. If he's not one of the best kickers the NFL has seen over the past decade, this pick simply wasn't worth the value they gave up. Aguayo has yet to show that's who he can be.