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Tampa Bay moves up to draft FSU place-kicker Roberto Agauyo

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Tampa Bay Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht is a hard man to pin down.

Just take the NFL draft, where — in three rounds — he has traded down, stayed pat and traded up to bring in an interesting amount of talent. The Bucs added talented Noah Spence — and his troubled past — and then traded back into the second round to pick up FSU place-kicker Roberto Aguayo.

“We got the best pass rusher in the draft and the best kicker,” said coach Dirk Koetter, who had referred to Vernon Hargreaves as the best cover corner. Granted, there will be those who argue with Hargreaves and Spence, but it’s undeniable that the Bucs are thrilled with their draft.

The second round is high to draft a place-kicker, but coach Dirk Koetter has often talked about the need to add more points.

“I was just waiting it out, and the call came in,” Aguayo said. “I saw it was a Tampa number. It’s surreal. It’s so exciting.”

The draft is sure to please Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston, who played against Hargreaves at Florida, got to know Spence on the recruiting trail and then played with Aguayo at FSU.

 

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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