Did Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht actually spend a prized second-round pick on drafting a kicker? For real?
Heck, yes, he did!
It was a bold move from a bold general manager. What did you expect?
Actually, you have to learn to expect the unexpected from Licht sometimes. Remember, one of his best friends is Arizona head coach Bruce Arians – the guy famous for the saying “no risk-it, no biscuit.”
There is a risk in drafting a kicker – even one as great as Florida State’s Robert Aguayo – in the second round. But is there any more risk in drafting him than a player at another position? Not really.
More so than any position on the football field, kicking field goals and extra points is pass-fail. A kicker either makes the kick or he doesn’t. A team either gets the points, or it doesn’t.
Bucs K Roberto Aguayo – Photo by: Florida State
The idea of actually drafting a kicker rather than another positional player, such as Ohio State safety Vonn Bell for example, is sticking in the craw of some Buccaneers fans right now. I can assure you that Licht, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and the team’s scouting department realizes that there are another dozen or safeties that will be drafted on Day 3. They’ll find one.
In Licht I Trust.
However, there is only one kicker worth selecting in this year’s draft, and he happens to be the most accurate field goal kicker of all time in college football.
“Taking Roberto – the importance of special teams is paramount,” Licht said. “When you get a chance to get the best kicker in the history of college football, I didn’t want to risk it. I wanted to take him. I have a lot of confidence in him; I like the way he’s wired. I like the …read more
Source:: Pewter Report