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Big news from Buccaneers preseason as 2016 2nd-Round pick Roberto Aguayo has been released.
Aguayo missed on a 47-yard field goal and an extra point attempt in the Buccaneers first preseason game prompting his release.
Tampa drafting Aguayo in the 2nd-Round brought out many skeptics. He had impressive college statistics which seemed might translate to NFL success.
In his three-year career at Florida State he was 69/78 (88.5%), making him the most accurate kicker the ACC has ever seen.
In his collegiate career, he never missed an extra point in almost 200 attempts 198/198.
What’s next for Aguayo?
Could a change of scenery be good for him and possibly allow some of his college success to translate to NFL success?
Route to greatness through adversity
Arguably the greatest kicker ever, Adam Vinatieri was undrafted. After a successful college career at South Dakota State University, he went undrafted in 1995.
Vinatieri played for the Amsterdam Admirals for one season. He was then signed by the New England Patriots prior to the 1996 season, and the rest – they say – is history.
Vinatieri has played in five Super Bowls, winning four of them, and is the NFL’s all-time scoring leader entering his 22nd NFL season.
Having a pair of Super Bowl winning kicks on his resume makes him one of the most clutch kickers ever.
Route to obscurity
The other extreme chance for Aguayo is to end up like former New Orleans Saints kicker, Russell Erxleben.
The Saints drafted Erxleben 11th-Overall in 1979, stirring much controversy.
New Orleans was attempting to save a roster spot while having him serve as both their kicker and punter. Which made sense as Erxleben is the only three-time All-American punter in NCAA history.
While at the University of Texas he broke and still holds the record for the longest field goal in college football history with a 67-yard make.
Erxleben’s career as a kicker never panned out though.
After an injury sidelined him in just his second game, he never recovered.
In his career he went 50% (4/8) on field goals, and only lasted for five seasons as a punter. Most consider this the biggest draft bust in Saints history.
The future for Aguayo might end up along one of these two paths, and only time will tell if the Buccaneers made the right move.
Sean Eck, FIU Panther. Contributor to Pro Football Spot. Follow me for more articles like this on Twitter @Sean_Eck #gobucs
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