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Bucs complete draft signings by agreeing with controversial Roberto Aguayo

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have agreed to a contract with their last unsigned draft pick, second-rounder Roberto Aguayo.

Aguayo was one of the most controversial of draft picks after being taken in the second round, 59th overall. Some felt that was far too high for a kicker. The Bucs, however, were convinced that another team was preparing to trade up for Aguayo, and they didn’t want him to go elsewhere.

Afterward, an anonymous general manager called the taking of Aguayo “the dumbest pick in the history of the NFL,” a league where Johnny Manziel, Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Josh Freeman and others have been taken with first-round picks. It was an interesting bit of hyperbole, especially with some predicting that Aguayo could make the Pro Bowl for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs have never waivered from their decision, with general manager Jason Licht calling Aguayo “the best kicker coming out of college I’ve ever seen.” Jimbo Fisher, Aguayo’s college coach at FSU, has called the decision to draft him in the second round “genius.”

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