There was excitement and anticipation when the Buccaneers traded back into the second round. Was it Bell? Billings? Who could Jason Licht be taking? It was…Roberto Aguayo? A kicker?
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As we’ve done after every pick, we took to Twitter to get the reaction of Buccaneers’ fans after the Bucs draft a player. With a glaring need still at safety, many thought (us included) that Vonn Bell was the pick. Instead, Jason Licht gave up the Bucs’ third round pick (74th overall) and the fourth rounder they got from Chicago (106th overall) to move up to Kansas City’s pick number 59 to draft Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo.
Now, Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history and the Bucs lost at least four games last season because of missed kicks. I like Aguayo and was hoping Tampa Bay would pick him, but not by trading back into the second. He very easily could’ve been there in the late third, but apparently Licht didn’t think so. Let’s be honest, Licht has earned our trust in drafts thus far.
That being said, the initial shock was still a bit much for many Bucss fans;
Then there was this topical tweet from Jason La Canfora;
Others saw this move differently;
"Remember when we took Gramatica in the 3rd and won a super bowl 3 years later with some major kicks from him on the way"
Then you saw a few Bucs players weigh in…
And Rich Eisen continued to profess his love for special teams
And finally, to put things in perspective;
All in all, the Buccaneers improved their team today. Whether you agree with the trade up or not, the Bucs got better. Too many games come down to a kick and to have someone you can send on to the field and know you’re coming away with points is a huge asset. Remember, Licht came from a Patriots organization that witnessed the importance of kicking first hand with Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski. And, at the end of the day, it’s no different than having taken Hargreaves at nine and Aguayo in the third.
If you want a guy, do what you have to to get him. Licht does. He’s earned the right to make these moves without us questioning him. But if Aguayo ever misses a field goal less than fifty yards, he’s going to hear about it.
So how do you feel about the draft after day two? Sound off in the comments!